Unique Activities You Never Knew You could do in Hong Kong
What comes to mind when we say Hong Kong? Dimsum, cafes, The Peak, Disneyland and shopping are probably at the forefront of many's mind to answer that question. Without a doubt Hong Kong is a popular choice for those activities as its vicinity to Malaysia makes it ideal for a short or long getaway and its growing Muslim community continues to draw and encourage Muslim travellers to explore this vibrant country.
But setting aside the usual activities that first-timers to Hong Kong would do, there are some things you never knew that you could do in Hong Kong.
1. See pink dolphins up close
In the lieu of this pandemic and a lack of water traffic, Hong Kong's pink dolphins have returned to the waters between Hong Kong and Macau. The rugged southern coastline of Hong Kong's outlying Lantau island provides shelter from typhoons and predators for these endangered species of dolphins. Efforts are being made now to preserve these rare and beautiful creatures before developments eventually drives them into extinction.
The best way to see them is joining a boat trip from Tai O or the ever popular Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watch Cruise from Tung Chung.
2. Explore the Hong Kong UNESCO Global GeoPark
Officially named the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, this conservation area is dedicated to Hong Kong’s unique geological formations and comprises two main regions: the volcanic rock region in Sai Kung and the sedimentary rock region in the Northeast New Territories.
Take advantage of the free tours of the different Geopark sites to explore islands, sea caves and abandoned fishing villages that aren't often ventured to by the everyday tourist. Another great place to start is the Volcano Discovery Centre, which can be found at the Sai Kung Waterfront Park.
3. Dine at one of many Michelin Star Restaurants
Set aside your cravings for dim sum and splurge a bit more at one of the many Michelin Star restaurants dotted across Hong Kong. Hong Kong's award winning restaurants are no strangers to the scene and have maintained their status if not improved each year. In 2021 alone, there are 69 Michelin star restaurants in Hong Kong, offering French, Italian, Japanese to local cuisine. So you can rest assured that you will definitely be dining well.
We recommend trying out Kam's Roast Goose for that traditional cantonese style roast goose and the farm-to-table restaurant, Roganic for a green dining experience that has been dubbed as superior by critics.
4. Sipping on the local Wine
When it comes to winemaking, you couldn't think of Hong Kong.
But you will be for a surprise and a treat to learn that Hong Kong has four locally made wines under the label The Urban Project by Eddie McDougall. One of them, Sampan, was awarded first runner-up in the Old World Red Wine Below HK$100 category in this year’s Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong House Wine Awards.
5. Immerse Yourselves in the Arts
Over the past few years, the art scene has really taken off in Hong Kong and there are lots of beautiful pieces scattered around the city such as Soho, a neighborhood just above the CBD, and Wan Chai. You can easily spend an afternoon walking around and stumbling upon funky and colorful street art.
Hong Kong also hosts several arts exhibitions and events throughout the city. This year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has rolled out the ‘Arts in Hong Kong’ campaign to help audiences reconnect with art and the vitality of Hong Kong, whether here in person or abroad. From May to June alone, there are 10 exhibitions and events running which you can learn more about here.
6. Visit Noah's Ark
Where else in the world can you find a giant model of Noah’s Ark celebrating one of the Bible’s most famous stories? Measuring some 450 feet, the full-size simulation can be found in an evangelical Christian theme park on Ma Wan Island and features sculptures of 67 pairs of animals emerging from the Ark.
Quirky on the outside, it’s even more surprising on the inside where you’ll find a fully operational hotel and youth hostel, as well as a full multimedia experience. Even if you don't stay the night here, visiting the world's biggest replica of the legendary ark is something you can only do in Hong Kong.
7. Rent a private Yacht to wine and dine abroad
Is it really summer in Hong Kong if you aren't spending your weekends lounging on the bow of a superyacht? No, we didn't think so. From live orchestras to five-star catering and on-board jacuzzis, you can live the high life even if it's just for a few hours on the waters of Hong Kong, away from the crowd.
8. Explore Mr Monopoly's Residence
Step aside Mickey Mouse because Mr Monopoly is moving in. Behold the world’s first-ever Monopoly-themed attraction in Hong Kong.
Located on The Peak – a must-visit destination in itself – Monopoly Dreams™ invites you to Mr Monopoly’s home city and secret residence, where you’ll find holograms and 4DX technology designed from the classic board game. You’ll also be able to find limited-edition Monopoly sets and souvenirs and enjoy delicious snacks.
9. 100km Walk at MacLehose Trail
Did you know that you can embark on a 100km walk along the MacLehose Trail? Stretching from East to West, the crown jewel of Hong Kong's hiking trails connects six country parks, from hills to shorelines. Brace yourself for a breathtaking adventure as the MacLehose Trail takes you into some of the most pristine landscapes of Kowloon and the New Territories.
But if you prefer to be on wheels, then our next activity is just for you.
10. 60km Cycle Through New Territories
See the different parts of the New Territories on bike via a 60km cycling track. The track stretches from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan, and snakes through numerous neighbourhoods that are well worth exploring including Yuen Long, Tai Po, and Sha Tin. This route offers a combination of refreshing seaside views along with lush greenery, offering respite for those who wish to get away from the bustling city.
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