27 April, 2017
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Things to Do: Your Ultimate Hong Kong Bucket List

27 April, 2017

Visitors in town? Start ticking these off of your list!


From its neon lights to rolling hills, Hong Kong is a treasure trove of delicious eats, cultural delights and ace nightlife. Whether you’ve lived here for years or are fresh off the plane, there’s always something new to discover! Stuck for things to do with visitors? Save this link and show them the best of what the 852 has to offer – we’re making the most of this place we call home with our ultimate bucket list. How many have you ticked off?

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HK Bucket List - What to do in HK


– Dance on the bar in Carnegies (at least once!)
– Order a grilled cheese at one of Hong Kong’s hidden bars
– Bet on a horse at the Happy Valley Races
– Suffer through a jello shot at Stormies
– Sip with a view at one of Hong Kong’s rooftop bars
– Party ‘til the sun comes up at Dusk ‘til Dawn
– Agree to karaoke (and then regret it)
– Check out Hong Kong’s live music scene
– Complete the 15 shot challenge at Geronimos
– Have a cheap night out at ‘club’ 7-Eleven
– Drink tequila in a sombrero at El Loco Gringo (and brave the dentist chair!)
– Chow down at Andy’s Fried Rice at 4am in Wan Chai
– Order ‘Hong Kong’s cheapest pint’ at Beer Bay
– Party on a tram
– Dress up and experience the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
– Duck in to one of these late night eateries on your way home
– Drink beer from a bowl at Tung Po in Java Road Cooked Food Centre
– Suffer through a killer Hong Kong hangover

Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula

Food & Drink:

– Go for seafood on Lamma Island
– Drink your weight in bubbles at brunch
– Order egg waffles (and other quirky street-eats!)
– Try Hong Kong’s ‘best Dan Tart’ at Tai Cheong Bakery
– Try bubble tea
– Order off of a dim sum trolley at City Hall
– Book in for afternoon tea at The Peninsula
– Chow down on Chinese favourites at a Dai Pai Dong
– Brave Chungking Mansion for a curry
– Try the tofu dessert at Honeymoon Dessert
– Eat at one of Hong Kong’s Michelin Starred Restos (Tim Ho Wan is a firm fave!)
– Settle in for a beer at one of HK’s beach bars
– Slurp late night ramen at Ichiran
– Cook your own meal at a Korean barbecue joint
– Go to a traditional ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ for milk tea and pineapple buns
– Try your hand at a traditional Cantonese cooking class
– Have lunch at Tai O Fishing Village
– Have your dinner cooked by fishermen on a sampan in the Typhoon Shelter
– Try snake soup (if you dare!)

Outdoor activities to do in HK


– Go for a picnic at Victoria Peak Gardens
– Ride a bike on Cheung Chau
– Set sail around the harbour on the Aqua Luna
– Walk around the wetlands
– Take the morning trail up to The Peak
– Party like a rockstar on a junk
– Hike up 200 steps to see the Giant Buddha (then eat at the fabulous vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin Monastery).
– Take a sampan to Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant
Kayak around Middle Island
– Join a Dragon Boating Team
– Take in the view from ‘The Smiler’ at Ocean Park
– Cool off in a hotel swimming pool
– Watch the harbourfront fireworks at (Chinese) New Year
– Foster a dog
– Lend a hand in a beach clean up
– Haggle at the Ladies Market
– Scuba dive off Lantau
– Pick strawberries at one of Hong Kong’s organic farms
– Brave ‘the world’s highest’ bungee jump in Macau
– Go camping in Tai Long Wan
– Book in for yoga class amongst the sky scrappers in Tamar Park
– Go surfing at Big Wave Bay
– Bag a bargain at Tung Chung Outlet Centre
– Take the train and shop ’til you drop in Shenzhen
– Split a bottle of wine and head to Red Bar to watch the light show at ICC
– Ride the Star Ferry to Kowloon and back
– Tackle The Twins and reward yourself with a beer in Stanley afterwards
– Hike to the top of Sunset Peak and stay overnight in a hut
– Conquer a section of The Wilson Trail
– Go cliff jumping in the New Territories
– Go squid fishing with your friends and cook what you catch on board
– Spend your weekend at the beach
– Go Paddle boarding in Stanley
– Escape the city with a beach retreat
– Explore PMQ in Central

cultural experiences to do in HK


– Make a wish and bang the drum at Man Mo Temple.
– Get spooked during a tour of HK’s most haunted spots
– Buy fresh blooms from the Flower Market
– Marvel at Hong Kong’s bun scrambling competition in May
– Look for treasures at the Jade Market
– Have your fortune told at one of many markets
– Put a hex on the ex and ‘beat your enemy’ (Dai Siu Yan) under the bridges in Causeway Bay
– Shop for beads and cool jewellery bits in Sham Shui Po
– Spot Pink Dolphins with HK Dolphin Watch
– Go see (at least part of) a Chinese opera
– Embark on a container tour around the harbour
– Pin your wish to the Wishing Tree in Tai Po
– Go on a cemetery tour with Jason Wordie
– Have a suit tailor made
– Book a staycation with a view
– Escape the city madness with a trip to the serene Chi Lin Nunnery
– Snap a pic at Hong Kong’s cool street art finds
– Keep calm and sign up for tea meditation or ‘Cha Dao’

Have a suggestion? Let us know your bucket-worthy ideas and we may just add them to the list!

Featured image courtesy of Unsplash, image 2 via The Peninsula, all further images courtesy of Getty.

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