25 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong for an Inexpensive Vacay!
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While Hong Kong city is an expensive place, but with a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can find some of the most interesting and unforgettable free things to do in Hong Kong. There is an astounding array of places to visit in Hong Kong for free, which promise to leave you with wonderful experiences and memories.

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There are sacred temples like Man Mo, vibrant 14th-century fishing villages, an oasis of greenery like Bowen Road and Edward Youde Aviary. The glamorous Avenue of Stars, world-famous Symphony of Lights Show, pristine Repulse Bay, and the intriguing Chungking Mansions, are virtually free for travellers to explore.

Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

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Watch the Beautiful Light Shows

Watch the Beautiful Light Shows
Every day the night skies of the Hong Kong Island dazzle with millions of lights during the world’s largest light shows- The Symphony of Lights. One of the most popular free things to do in Hong Kong is to watch how 40 key buildings effuse huge beams of lights into the skies in a perfectly choreographed show.

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

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Visit the Famous Market - Temple Street Night Market
Amongst the best things to do in Hong Kong for free is to get to know new things about its rich culture, traditions, and the locals’ way of life. A great way to do this is to visit the Temple Street Night Market, one of the largest street markets in Hong Kong, and lose yourself in its lively vibrancy.

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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See the Amazing Galleries at Hollywood Road

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See the Amazing Galleries at Hollywood Road
If you are an art aficionado and love to gallery hop, Hollywood Road is amongst the ideal free places to visit in Hong Kong. This road located near Central embodies a sophisticated art scene, well heeled people, and cultural vibrancy. The galleries here range from international names like the London-based White Cube and French La Galerie Paris 1839, which feature international artists to the ones promoting regional artists.

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

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Visit Chungking Mansions
One of the most intriguing and interesting places in Hong Kong that can be experienced for free is Chungking Mansions. After being featured in the famous film Chungking Express, and catching people’s fancy, it is now one of the most iconic buildings here. Visiting it is amongst the most popular things to do in Hong Kong for free.

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

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Visit Stanley market
Stanley Market is a welcome change from the glitzy skyscrapers and high-end shopping malls. One of the most vibrant and free places to visit in Hong Kong, it is the go-to place for buying quirky knick-knacks and souvenirs.

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

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Visualize Your Life in Kowloon Walled City
Kowloon Walled, once the most crowded place on earth, was an enormous labyrinth of over 300 interconnected buildings home to over 3,30,000 squatters till 1994. However, due to political issues between the Chinese and British governments, it became quite a lawless & dangerous place.

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. 


Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Timings: Open 24 hours 

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Visit the Edward Youde Aviary

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Visit the Edward Youde Aviary
This aviary is one of the major attractions inside Hong Kong Park and amongst the top free things to do in Hong Kong. It houses a large selection of over 500 birds from 70 different species. If you enjoy bird watching, this place will offer you a chance to see the exotic Bali Mynas, Java Sparrows, Red Lory, Barbets, Modena, Golden Yellow Pheasant, etc.

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
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Go for Window Shopping

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Go for Window Shopping
Hong Kong is a haven for people who love to shop. One of the best things to do in Hong Kong for free is window-shopping. This shopper’s paradise has some of the best laid out stores that make window-shopping a great experience. The choices for shoppers are endless.

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

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Stroll through the Tai Kwun Centre
Tai Kwun is the central place for promoting heritage, history and performing arts. It is one of the best free things to do in Hong Kong to immerse oneself in the present day rich contemporary culture vis-à-vis history.  The adaptable indoor and outdoor spaces at the Centre are used to host interactive programmes, workshops, exhibitions, visual art performances, etc.

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.
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Street Concerts in Wan Chai

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Street Concerts in Wan Chai
People who love to explore local music scenes and encourage young artists are in for a great time at Wan Chai. Here, without spending even a penny, you can immerse yourself for hours in music from classical to jazz, indie, rock and many more. You can hear local favourites like Arnie & Friends, Beatlemaniac, Neil Young, The FRC band, etc. This is amongst the best free things to do in Hong Kong.

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

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Have a Tea-rific Time at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
You have an opportunity to visit this one of a kind museum, one of the topmost free things to do in Hong Kong. Tea has been an integral part of Chinese culture for thousands of years and this museum pays a beautiful tribute to this most-loved beverage. It houses over 600 pieces of teaware from the 770 BC and seals from the Ming dynasty.

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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Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival

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Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival
Hong Kong is home to one of the world’s largest Dragon Boat Festivals. Held during the Tuen Ng Festival, this is when over 30,000 people participate in adventorous day of thrill and energy. There is nothing like seeing these young teams compete with each other amidst reverberating drum rolls, cheering crowds, and thumping music.

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
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Stroll Along Bowen Road

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Stroll Along Bowen Road
Bowen Road is one of the few places in Hong Kong that allows people to breathe in fresh air while taking in beautiful views of Central, Happy Valley, and Wan Chai. This 4-kilometre route (one-way) prohibits bikes and motorcycles and offers an uninterrupted hike to the walkers.

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

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Praise the Beautiful Tai-O Fishing Village Entrance
Home to the Tanka Boat people, Tai-O fishing village is a charming area where the old world charm is still beautifully intact. This is one of the few places where you will see the traditional stilt houses, live seafood tanks, and village elders selling things like seafood, shrimp paste, fresh fruits & vegetables, and handicrafts.

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 
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Click Instagrammable Pictures at Choi Hung, Western District Public Cargo Pier

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 Click Instagrammable Pictures at Choi Hung, Western District Public Cargo Pier
Popularly known as the ‘Instagram Pier’ The Western District Public Cargo Working Area is an industrial place that has a very bourgeois yet sophisticated background, quite unlike any place in Hong Kong. People throng to take cool pictures with the wooden pallets, unused shipping containers, lampposts, and signages.

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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Nan Lian Garden

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Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian Garden is a beautiful oasis of lush greenery right in the busy city of Hong Kong. Built with Buddhist and Daoist influences, the garden has charming ponds full of lilies, water cascades, pagodas, canopied walkways, flowering trees, and Bonsai displays. It also has ornamental rocks, storeyed pavilions, the Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery, etc.

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.
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Victoria Peak

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Victoria Peak
One of the most popular free things to do in Hong Kong is to revel in its marvellous skyline. The award-winning Victoria Peak or The Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong that provides 360-degree views of the island city including the Victoria Harbour, Repulse Bay, and Aberdeen.

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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Chi Lin Nunnery

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Chi Lin Nunnery
The Chi Lin Nunnery is one of the largest and most impressive monasteries in Hong Kong dedicated to the Four Heavenly Kings. Dating to the 1930s its wooden architecture has influences from the Tang dynasty. The monastery is uniquely designed without the use of any nails with the pieces fitting naturally with each other.

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
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Tian Tan Buddha Statue

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 Tian Tan Buddha Statue
Tian Tan Buddha, standing at a height of 112 ft., is amongst the largest seated statues of Buddha in the world. This bronze statue is a major tourist attraction and one of the most popular places to visit in Hong Kong for free. Once you reach the structure after climbing 268 steps, you can’t help but feel mesmerised at its bronzed grandeur.

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

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Hong Kong Park
Amidst the sky-high buildings, the Hong Kong landscape is interspersed by patches of beautiful green parks to give people a respite from the noise and crowds of the city. Hong Kong Park is free for public use and has many interesting things to keep one occupied.

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

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Hong Kong Museum of History

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Hong Kong Museum of History
If you are a history buff, the Hong Kong Museum of History is the best place for you to understand the rich culture and heritage of this place. Unlike many museums that have static displays, the 4,000 exhibits at this museum are made interactive and dynamic through the use of multimedia.

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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Repulse Bay

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Repulse Bay
Hong Kong is not only about its grand architecture and opulence. There are beautiful beaches here that are a major tourist attraction. Amongst the most famous of them is Repulse Bay. This beach with the most intriguing name originated from an 1841 event when the British army repelled attacking pirates.

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
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Avenue of Stars

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Avenue of Stars
A beautiful ode to the art of films, the Avenue of Stars is one of the best free places to visit in Hong Kong. The most famous statue here is of Bruce Lee, which is integrated with augmented reality and QR Codes for people to read his biography and take pictures.

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

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Man Mo Temple
The glorious and mystic Man Mo Temple is living proof of the fact that in Honk Kong, modernity comfortably coexists with traditions and heritage. This is one of the oldest temples in the city built in the 18th century as an ode to the Gods of Literature (Man Tai) and War (Mo Tai).

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.
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Clock Tower

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Clock Tower
One of the most iconic places to visit in Hong Kong for free, the Clock Tower stands as an ode to its rich history and the glorious bygone era of the steam engines. This 1915 tower stands at a height of 44 metres and has striking red and brown granite architecture. There is an observation deck within its premise, which allows one to soak in the grandeur of the tower.

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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