Hong Kong’s top attractions are popular because those who came here voted with their feet. As a tip, we recommend you to store money on an Octopus Card. Few destinations pack as much variety into as compact a place, and you can go from lush peaks to surf in just one district.
From Ocean Park, it’s a short bus ride to the finest beaches, each with its own demographic, but if you don’t fancy sand between your toes you’ll also find a contemporary arts hub here, and independent artists’ studios, so keep an eye out for names like Rossi and Rossi and Blindspot.
1st PLACE: The Peak
Even if you have many things to do here, don’t miss the highest point on Hong Kong Island, as the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keeps visitors coming to see the place where the opening and closing scenes of the movie Soldier of Fortune. The Peak Tram service is temporarily suspended in stages for a substantial upgrade project until 25 January, but alternative modes of public transportation will be available, while the Peak Galleria is closed and the Peak Tower remains open. The view is what makes The Peak the most popular attractions, as by day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers all the way to the green hills, while in the evening this panorama melts before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, and if you listen carefully enough, you can hear the humming below.
2nd PLACE: The Verandah
With views over the ocean, it is Part if Hong Kong’s original recreational hotel, a reproduction of the grand decor offering a nostalgic dip.
3rd PLACE: Hong Kong Disneyland
If you’re planning to visit Disneyland, we’ll help you plan the perfect trip, because this is one of the smaller Disney resorts with only three hotels, although the park is in the midst of a six-year rebuilding plan and an expansion of the castle. Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently being transformed into something totally different, and an exact date is not yet known, but it seems likely that work won’t be done until 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland’s 15th anniversary will be in 2020 as well, so it might be worth waiting but if you’re going to visit in 2019, the first thing that comes up is to avoid the summer, when we regularly see highs over 80 degrees that keep people away. Since Hong Kong only has one park, it’s much easier to plan a visit here than around the world, even with the language barrier, but various nuances of international travel can make it a little tricky. We found the Christmas offerings to be quite excellent, and late November is a great time to visit, as well. We’re really excited for the expansion plans that will add a new castle and Marvel Land, which sound awesome, although neither will be done until 2020, so if you’re only going to visit it once, we suggest waiting until they are finished.