Top 10 free things to do in Hong Kong

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

A lot might think that traveling in Hong Kong requires certain amount of budget as it is one of the most developed metropolitan cities in the world. This assumption might not be wrong but in fact there is a huge space of bargaining. Hong Kong evaluates all kinds of travelers including those who have a low budget. That’s the reason why there are in fact a lot of activities and sightseeing to do without any payment! Here are 10 examples to convince you!

 

No. 1 Free Museum on Wednesday

In order to raise the public awareness of the museum, all the museums under LCSD, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be opened to public for entrance fee free (permanent exhibition only). If you are a real cultural lover & traveler, those museums should be on the top of your bucket list, don’t miss it!

Museum as below:

• Hong Kong Museum of History

• Hong Kong Heritage Museum

• Hong Kong Science Museum

• Hong Kong Space Museum

• Hong Kong Museum of Art

• Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

• Oi!

• Hong Kong Film Archive

• Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

• Hong Kong Railway Museum

• Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

• Sam Tung Uk Museum

• Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

• Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery

• Sheung Yiu Folk Museum

• Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum

• Law Uk Folk Museum

For more information, please visit the official website at https://www.museums.gov.hk/en_US/web/portal/plan-your-visit.html .

Koalabeds’ Tips: Check the opening hours carefully as it may differ between different museums.

 

No. 2 Picnic at Tamar Park

Grabbing a blanket, and enjoy having a meal outdoor as one of your excursion! Tamar Park, an urban park in Admiralty, adopts the design of ‘perpetual green’ and provides public area to the publics. Opened in 2011, there is an amphitheater that provides seating accommodating 240 peoples at the same time. It also has a large lawn for people to use. Why not taking a picnic here, enjoying the sunshine and cityscape?

Direction: Located in Harcourt Road, Admiralty. Exit from Admiralty MTR Station exit A, it is 5 minutes walking distance away.

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Koalabeds’ Tips: Weekday is comparatively quieter than weekends, it might be a good idea to avoid the crowds.

 

No. 3 Hong Kong Central Library

Escaping from the buzzing city? Here’s the right place to linger. Hong Kong Central Library is the largest library in Hong Kong, and consists of 12 stories in the building. Over theses 2.3 million books and items, you certainly will find something in this treasure hunting game! (It’s my favorite place in my childhood)

Direction: Located in 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay. Exit from Causeway MTR Station exit E, it is 12 minutes walking distance away.

Opening Hours: 10:00- 21:00/ Wed: 13:00- 21:00

Koalabeds’ Tips: Bring a jacket with you, the air- conditioner may freeze you.

 

No. 4 Art Park – West Kowloon Cultural District

Newly established, Art Park is one of the project of West Kowloon Cultural District. As a green heart centrally in West Kowloon, variety of trees, green planting and open lawn spaces for leisure and relaxation can be expected. Besides, visitors can picnic, play games, walk pets, run, or hire and ride a Smart Bike if you wish!

Direction: Located in West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui. Exit from Kowloon Station E3, it is 9 minutes walking distance away.

Opening Hours: 06:00- 23:00

Koalabeds’ Tips: You may also visit Xiqu Center which is also in West Kowloon Cultural District.

 

No. 5 Hiking at Lion Rock

“Hong Kong has more mountains than flat land”, you may heard of this phrase before. Indeed, hiking becomes an usual activities plus sport for local because of this. Hiking trails are all over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories or even Island District. Lion Rock symbolizes the spirit of Hong Kong, and it is an iconic spot to represent Hong Kong. The trail, long 6 kilometers, are generally achievable except the part of MacLehose Trail.

Direction: Exit from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station exit B3, and 20 minutes walking distance to Lion Rock. Map as below:

(Google map, 2019)

Expected Duration: 2 hours

Koalabeds’ Tips: Be aware of the weather, and bring sufficient water (at least 1L) during the hike.

 

No. 6 Wong Tai Sin Temple

This Taoist temple is famous for “What you request is what you get.” via a praying practice called “Kau Chim”. People believe that Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong, will listen & answer those humble prayers. When you visit and wish to pray for good fortune, you should genuflect in front of the temple, and pray wholeheartedly.

Direction: Located in Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin. Exit from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station B3, and it is 5 minutes walking distance away.

Opening Hours: 07:00- 17:00

Koalabeds’ Tips: After/ before hiking at Lion Rock, you may visit Wong Tai Sin Temple, as you will pass by it.

 

No. 7 Getaway to Cheung Chau

Apart from its annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, there are so many things you can do here! You can visit Sai Tai Road, Cheung Po Tsai Cave, Kwan Kung Pavilion, Mini Great Wall, North Lookout Pavilion, Pak She Praya Road, Pak Tai Temple, Reclining Rock, Tin Hau Temple, Tung Wan Beach & Kwun Yam Beach. Don’t get surprised a little outlying island like Cheung Chau have so many temples. It is because fishing is the major activity ago, people tend to be superstitious and pray for good fortune while fishing in the sea.

Direction: Ride the ferry from Central Pier 5 (get out from MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1 and walk through IFC mall).

Ticket Price:

Slow Ferry: Mon- Sat (HK$13.6 / common; HK$21.3 / deluxe), Sun (HK$20.2 / common; HK$31.0 / deluxe)

Fast Ferry: Mon- Sat (HK$26.8), Sun (HK$38.8)

Koalabeds’ Trips: You may rent a bicycle in Cheung Chau next to the pier, and riding the bicycle around instead of walking!

 

No. 8 Stanley Market

Feeling too crowded in Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market? Stanley Market is another good option for Street Market for a weekend getaway. The stalls and shops in this traditional old open-air market sell Hong Kong souvenirs as well as clothing, particularly silk garments and traditional Chinese dress. Toys, ornaments, luggage, souvenirs, paintings, and Chinese arts and crafts are also easily found here.

Direction: 1) Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in central, direction to Stanley.

2) Exit from Chai Wan MTR Station exit C, and take green minibus 16M.

Opening Hours: 10:00- 19:00

Koalabeds’ Tips: You may also go to Stanley Main Beach & Hair Pin Beach which will surely stun you!

 

No. 9 Breathe in Nam Sang Wai

It might be unfamiliar for you, but Nam Sang Wei is an important stopping place for migratory birds. It is a wetland area located in San Tin. Not only ecologically important to the environment, it is also a popular recreational & leisure destination, and recently become a best place for photo shooting, especially on weekends.

Direction: Exit from Yuen Long West Rail Station, it is 3 minutes walking distance to Nam Pin Wai. Take Bus 611 to Sha Pui Road, direction to Shan Pui Tsuen. Walk around 45 minutes and reach Nam Sang Wai.

Opening Hour: 24 Hours

Koalabeds’ Tips: Bring enough food and drinks due to its long transportation time.

 

No. 10 Po Lin Monastery

Founded in 1906 by three monks, the main temple consists of three bronze statues of the Buddha, representing his past, present and future lives. Besides of visiting the Buddha and temple, the vegetarian food there is worth for a try too!

Direction: Exit from Tung Chung MTR Station, take New Lantao Bus No.23 or 1R from Tung Chung Town Centre to Ngong Ping.

Opening Hours: 08:00- 18:00/ Vegetarian Kitchen: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Koalabeds’ Tips: Taking Ngong Ping 360 is an alternative to go there!

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