Free Things to Do in Hong Kong
Watch the Beautiful Light Shows
Fantastic light, laser, beam, and searchlights celebrate the five themes of awakening, energy, heritage, partnership, and celebration. The show is elevated by reverberating music from Asia’s most famous Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and traditional Chinese flutes and string instruments.
Location: Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day at 8 pm.
The show lasts for 10 minutes.
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Visit the Famous Market - Temple Street Night Market
Here not only can you interact with shopkeepers selling Chinese silk jackets, artefacts, paintings, fashion clothing, children’s toys, etc. but also get to meet locals. One must not miss the street food stalls here that sell delicious seafood, hot bowls of noodles, soup, chilli crab, flavoured clay pot rice, etc. washed down with a hot cup of Chinese tea.
Location: Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm
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Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival
Each brightly colored boat is adorned with a huge colourful dragon-head that is considered to be the lucky mascot. The festival falls on different dates each year depending on the lunar calendar.
Location: Popular locations are Stanley main beach, Aberdeen Promenade, and Sai Kung waterfront, Shing Mun River, and Tai Po Waterfront.
Timings: Approximately 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
See the Amazing Galleries at Hollywood Road
These include Voxfire Gallery, Galerie Ora-Ora, and Karin Weber Gallery. These galleries not only feature paintings but also photography exhibitions, prints and ink works inspired by themes like transgender, peace, and inclusion.
Location: Hollywood Road runs between Central and Sheung Wan.
Timings: Every day 8:00 am till 10:30 pm
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Visit Chungking Mansions
The mansion has a particularly vivid atmosphere created by the dark winding alleys and maze-like 17 floors. It is a melting pot of people from countries like Africa, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The building has plenty of budget hotels, African restaurants, shops selling Indian clothes & electronics, etc.
Location: B2, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 11:00 am- 9:00 pm.
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Visit Stanley Market
You can pick up Chinese silk clothes, scarves, hats, rugs, jewellery, imitation watches, etc. It is a great place to soak in the local banter and hear interesting stories by the local Chinese shopkeepers, while you bargain for your purchase. Round off your day by trying the authentic Chinese snacks like noodles, fried fish, and dim sums.
Location: Stanley Municipal Services Building, Stanley Road, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
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Visualize Your Life in Kowloon Walled City
The building was demolished in 1994 and converted to Kowloon Walled City Park, which stands today as an ode to the bygone era of anarchy. The park has a beautiful landscape comprising of traditional Chinese architecture, gardens, ponds, etc. A special section Yamen holds a replica of the walled city. The southern entrance still has a few old signage of the pre-demolition time.
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Visit the Edward Youde Aviary
The aviary is beautifully constructed with thick tree canopies, flowering shrubs, and pools. There are graphic illustrations all over to educate people about the birds. This aviary also houses exotic tree species like Kapok, Candlenut, Pond Spice, Figs, etc.
Location: 7, Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Go for Window Shopping
There are vibrant night markets that sell cool Chinese artefacts, textiles, jewellery, precious stones, and souvenirs. High-end mega malls that house international brands and vibrant shopping districts & commercial areas are also aplenty.
Location: Temple Street Night Market, Stanley Market, Jade Market, Landmark Mall, Langham Place Mall, Harbour City, Nathan Road at Tsim Sha Tsui, etc.
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Stroll through the Tai Kwun Centre
There are five interesting themes like heritage, performing arts, lifestyle enjoyment, historical timeline, and buildings history. Don’t miss the Pop-up store Murakami vs Murakami, CARFT, Glue & Goods, Hahahaflorist, and Harrison Wong.
Location: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Street Concerts in Wan Chai
Location and Timings: Arts Centre (third Saturday of every month)- 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm.
Blue House (every second Thursday)- 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Comix Home Base (every last Sunday)- 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
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Have a Tea-rific Time at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
The timeline of tea is traced through interactive displays. Amongst the top things to do in Hong Kong for free are the interesting sessions here like Chinese Music Tea Gathering and DIY Teapot, etc. Video demonstrations are held on tea brewing processes. There is a shop from which you can buy amazing tea ware and authentic Chinese teas.
Location: 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong.
Timings: Monday & Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Tuesday
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Stroll Along Bowen Road
Lush canopies of trees shade the entire road making it a very pleasant and cool place to be. There are 8 fitness stations and changing rooms along the track. This is a great place and amongst the best free things to do in Hong Kong, which allow you to spend quality time with your entire family, especially children.
Location: Bowen Road extends from the Magazine Gap Road to the Stubbs Road.
Timings: Open 24 hours
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Praise the Beautiful Tai-O Fishing Village Entrance
The locals offer boat rides, which take you around the village. This 14th century village has many landmarks from that era like Kwan Tai Temple, which is famous for its colourful architecture.
Location: Western side of Lantau Island.
Timings: Open 24 hours
Click Instagrammable Pictures at Choi Hung, Western District Public Cargo Pier
One of the most spectacular photo opportunities here is during the evening at sunset when the orange-golden hues of the setting sun are mirrored in the waters against the tough-looking ‘props’. People take couple selfies, landscape pictures, and even shoot for their wedding albums here! While it is officially off-bounds for the public, it remains the top places to visit in Hong Kong for free.
Location: Kennedy Town, Hong Kong.
Timings: Open 24 hours
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Avenue of Stars
There are around 116 bronze handprints embossed on the wooden handrails dedicated to actors and filmmakers like Jackie Chan, Jet Lee, John Woo, Anita Mui, Florence Lim, Leslie Cheung, etc. The best time to visit this landmark seaside promenade is during the evening when the skies light up with the magnificent light of the Symphony of Lights show.
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Timings: Open 24 hours
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Man Mo Temple
The temple is adorned with figurines of mythical gods, murals, paintings and hanging incense coils that burn constantly lending a beautiful smoky fragrant hue to the temple. Local folklore says that you can get your future told by Chinese fortune sticks and settle disputes in the presence of Mo Tai!
Location: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The best time to visit is during the evening hours to see the skies light up during the Symphony of Lights show. While The Peak is accessible freely to the public, the observation deck, Sky Terrace 428, has an access fee.
Location: 126 Peak Tower, Hong Kong.
Timings: Monday- Friday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am to 11: 00 pm
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Hong Kong Museum of History
The permanent exhibition ‘The Hong Kong Story’ takes one through 400 million years of journey of change that the place has seen. Other exhibitions celebrate the natural environment, folk culture, and ancient history and its transformation to a modern metropolitan from the Japanese occupation.
Location: 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong.
Timings: Weekdays (except Tuesday): 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
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Nan Lian Garden
The major attraction of the garden is the Blue Pond with crystal clear waters and the very striking red Pavilion Bridge built over it (this bridge is not accessible to visitors). There is a one-way circuitous route that visitors need to follow to absorb the beauty of the place.
Location: 60 Fung Tank Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Chi Lin Nunnery
This inspires and signifies a harmonious existence of humans with nature. The entrance gates represent compassion, wisdom, and skills. Further inside, there is a Lotus Pond Garden that blooms with bonsai trees, lilies, and lotuses. The open compounds are adorned with wind chimes whose tinkles envelop the place in soothing tranquillity.
Location: 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Timings: Garden- 6:30 am to 7:00 pm
Nunnery- 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tian Tan Buddha Statue
Built-in 1993, it overlooks China as if it is protecting its lands. The top is also a great vantage point that offers beautiful views of Lantau Island and its valleys and expanses of green.
Location: Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Timings: Every day 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Hong Kong Park
The Edward Youde Aviary here houses over 500 colorful birds like White-eared Catbird, Nicobar Pigeon, Emerald Dove, etc. There is a huge conservatory, which displays jungle foliage plants and those from arid areas. The park also has 12 squash courts and a children’s play area.
Location: 19, Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Timings: Monday-Friday: 10:00 am- 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am- 8:00 pm
This moon-shaped beach developed in the 1920s is now a high-end residential location and one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Hong Kong for free. The beach has plenty of restaurants serving Caribbean & Hawaiian cuisines, beautiful temples, art galleries, shopping centres, etc. Water Sport enthusiasts can indulge in surfing and swimming at the beach.
Location: Southern District, Hong Kong.
Timings: Open 24 hours
People mostly frequent it during the festivities especially Chinese New Year celebrations when the place is bathed in lights and colours. The Clock Tower is one of the best vantage points to enjoy the Symphony of Lights show.
Location: Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Timings: Open 24 hours
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