Whether you’re exploring Hong Kong solo, in a pair or as a small group, there’s plenty to keep you entertained…
There’s no denying it: 2020 has been a surreal year. But amidst navigating all the unknowns, there are some things we started overlooking right under our nose. So, to keep our spirits high and our bodies busy, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Hong Kong, whilst remaining in small groups. The most important thing is to stay safe, so if any areas look overly crowded, use your own judgement – and if in doubt, we’ve got a ton of ideas to keep you entertained whilst staying home.
Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if going out.
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For staying outdoors:
- Ride a bike on Cheung Chau.
- Go camping or spend the day in Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay).
- Kayak around Middle Island, Scuba dive near Sai Kung (or check out these other HK water sports).
- See if you can complete every one of these bucket list hikes (tag us on Instagram if you do!). For more hike options: we’ve got a list of waterfall hikes, shaded hikes, challenging hikes, beginner hikes, hikes under two hours and hikes to get you to the beach.
- Laze away on Shek O’s beautiful beach – or any of our favourite HK beaches.
- Plan a two-person picnic in Sun Yat Sen Park. If you’re having a small-scale celebration, we’d recommend ordering one of these special occasion takeaways directly to a park. And don’t forget the wine!
- Speaking of parks, spend some time at one, reading, chatting, playing frisbee or doing some relaxed yoga.
- Walk a pup at Hong Kong Dog Rescue. The team at HKDR are often looking for dog walkers!
- Kam Shan Country Park is for war history buffs and nature lovers. Bunkers and wildlife, what could be better? We’ve got to remind you though – don’t feed the monkeys! You’ve been warned.
- Lose yourself in the peaceful and picturesque Nan Lian Gardens.
- Go grilling at Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po – it’s one of our favourite spots! Check out our go-to BBQ spots here. Skip on the big group meal and make it a potluck. Whilst you’re there, pin a wish to the Tai Po Wishing Tree.
- For a trip down colonial Hong Kong memory lane, meander down the 1km Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long, and spot treasures such as the Hung Shing Temple.
- Climb 268 steps to reach Hong Kong’s iconic Big Buddha.
- While you’re in Ngong Ping Village, experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Li-Nong Tea House.
- Make a wish by the famous banyan trees in Lam Tsuen.
- Go fruit picking! Long Ping Strawberry Grape Farm has strawberries and Muscat grapes, while Go Green Organic Farm has pineapples.
For getting a view:
- Stroll down Tsim Sha Tsui’s famed Avenue of the Stars which pays tribute to the biggest names in Hong Kong’s film industry. Sip on a 7-Eleven bev of choice with the Symphony of Lights overhead (every night at 8pm).
- Head to these lesser-known IG-worthy spots.
- Better yet, plan your own street art tour around the city. Here are some of our favourite pieces around town to help you get started.
- Chill out at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and feast your eyes on our beloved skyline.
- Bid farewell to the city and head to the oyster villages of Lau Fau Shan and Pak Ni – the little oyster market is great fun to visit and the perfect spot to catch the sunset.
- Catch golden hour and watch the sun go down at Sunset Peak on Lantau.
- Treat yourself to an after-work cocktail at one of the city’s many rooftop bars and watch the world go by below you.
- Ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel for just $30 and enjoy spectacular views of both Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Book yourself in for a staycation.
- Jump on the Star Ferry at non-peak hours (even if you’re not going anywhere – it’s the easiest way to get out on a boat).
For exploring somewhere new:
- Escape the city with a trip to the serene Chi Lin Nunnery.
- Roam around Lamma Island. Explore the temple, local stores, beach and more.
- If you happen to be on Lantau Island, it’s worth checking out the old, serene Lung Tsai Ng Garden.
- Potter about in Stanley: there’s a street market to browse and a promenade to stroll down.
- A Hong Kong classic, we couldn’t leave off the Edward Youde Aviary. The colourful, exotic birds there never fail to delight.
- Find yourself surrounded by more than 1,000 different plant species at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
- Enjoy the quirky Yuen Po Bird Garden in Mong Kok.
- Spend a day at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin which, for the record, actually contains closer to 13,000 buddha statues.
- Head down to the Lions Nature Education Centre in Sai Kung. This country park visitor centre is a real gem for eco-lovers.
- If you’re en-route to Lantau Island for a day trip, don’t miss Pui O beach – it’s the perfect spot for a dip in the water.
- Get artsy and try your hand at a new craft with a friend. Here are a few classes you might be interested in.
- Feeling a bit stressed lately? Head to Hong Kong’s new CBD cafe for a relaxing CBD oil-infused coffee.
- Explore The Mills in Tsuen Wan, a hub for arts and culture, which once stood as the cotton mills of Nan Fun Textiles during Hong Kong’s manufacturing boom.
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