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Your Ultimate Guide to Fun Outdoor Activities in Hong Kong – For Free!

Your Ultimate Guide to Fun Outdoor Activities in Hong Kong – For Free!

I’m not even gonna sugarcoat it – Hong Kong is quite expensive (something I know since I live here). But even though that’s the case, there are still quite a lot of activities you can try here for free – apart from breathing!

Want me to prove it? Well then, hang tight because I’ve got the inside scoop on all the amazing things you can do here without spending a dime!

Take in the stunning cityscape from Victoria Peak

Take in the stunning cityscape from Victoria Peak

Location: 126 Peak Tower, Hong Kong. 

Operating hours: Monday- Friday: 10:00 AM –  11:00 PM |  Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM – 11: 00 PM

Okay, first things first, when you’re in Hong Kong, you have to check out that incredible skyline! Victoria Peak (or The Peak as some call it) is the highest spot in the city and it’s a tourist spot you can’t miss.

You get this unreal 360-degree view of Hong Kong Island, with Victoria Harbour, Repulse Bay, and Aberdeen all laid out before you.

Best time to hit this spot is in the evening, trust me. That’s when the Symphony of Lights show kicks off, and the whole skyline transforms. 

Keep in mind: The Peak itself is free for everyone. But if you wanna level up and head to the Sky Terrace 428 observation deck (there’s an access fee for that though!).

Watch the dazzling light shows

Watch the dazzling light shows

Location: Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 PM

Speaking of the Symphony of Lights, yes, it’s a must-see here in Hong Kong, and guess what? It won’t cost you a dime! 

This show is the grandest light spectacle worldwide (or, in my heart, it just is!). Every night, Hong Kong Island’s skyline glitters and sparkles with millions of lights.

But wait, it’s not your average light display. Picture 40 iconic buildings shooting out these massive beams of light, all perfectly synchronized into a breathtaking show.

Plus, they’ve got this killer soundtrack courtesy of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and some traditional Chinese instruments. All this for free – not bad a deal, is it?

Explore the Avenue of Stars

Explore the Avenue of Stars

Location: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Alright, so if you’re into movies, you need to check out the Avenue of Stars – it’s one of the coolest free spots in Hong Kong. 

The star of the show? Well, it’s gotta be Bruce Lee – or his statue, at least!

They’ve done some high-tech stuff with his statue, like augmented reality and QR codes. Through this, you can read up on his life story and snap some awesome pictures.

There are around 116 bronze handprints on wooden handrails, all paying tribute to big shots in the movie business. We’re talking Jackie Chan, Jet Li, John Woo, Anita Mui, Florence Lim, Leslie Cheung, and more.

And here’s a tip: visit this place in the evening so you can also catch the Symphony of Lights (how many times have I talked about this already!?). You know, kill two birds with one stone by crossing off two things from this list at once.

Lose yourself in Temple Street Night Market

Lose yourself in Temple Street Night Market

Location: Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Let me tell you this, one of the top things to do in Hong Kong for free is to dive into its rich culture, traditions, and local lifestyle. 

And where better to experience this than at the Temple Street Night Market? It’s one of the city’s largest and liveliest street markets.

Well, technically, it’s not 100% free if you’re shopping and dining. But if you’ll just check it out for the vibes, you don’t have to spend a dime (plus, window shopping is still a thing, right?).

Here, you’re not just browsing. You can chat with shopkeepers selling everything from Chinese silk jackets, artifacts, and paintings to trendy fashion items and children’s toys. 

Plus, it’s a fantastic opportunity to mingle with the locals. Oh, and the street food here? Don’t even think of skipping it! 

From mouthwatering seafood to steaming bowls of noodles, soups, chili crab, and flavored clay pot rice. All are perfect with a piping hot cup of Chinese tea.

Meet the Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Meet the Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Location: Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Have you heard about the Big Buddha? It’s also known as the Tian Tan Buddha, and it’s one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha globally, right here in Hong Kong.

This bronze giant is a massive tourist magnet and a must-visit spot in the city. Once you tackle those 268 steps to get there, get ready to be wowed by its majestic bronze beauty.

Built back in 1993, it stands tall, almost as if it’s watching over China. And let me tell you, when you reach the top, the view of Lantau Island with its valleys and lush greenery is something else!

Sing-along in street concerts in Wan Chai

Sing-along in street concerts in Wan Chai

Location: 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

Calling all music lovers and supporters of local talent! Wan Chai is where it’s at. 

Here, at absolutely no cost, you can dive into a musical extravaganza that spans classical melodies, jazz rhythms, indie beats, rocking tunes, and a whole lot more.

Imagine strolling along the streets and catching live performances by talented acts covering favorites like Arnie & Friends, Beatlemaniac, Neil Young, The FRC Band, and a myriad of other incredible performers. 

Explore the world of Kung Fu at Kowloon Park

Explore the world of Kung Fu at Kowloon Park

Location: Kowloon Park Sports Centre, Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Sunday: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Ever wanted to delve into the world of Kung Fu? Well, at Kowloon Park, you might not become a master overnight, but you can definitely gain a deeper appreciation for this martial art for free!

Here’s the deal: they’ve got a lineup of captivating demonstrations and performances that give you an insider’s peek into the essence of Kung Fu. 

And hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, some instructors might even show you a few basic Kung Fu moves to get you started! 

See the amazing galleries at Hollywood Road

See the amazing galleries at Hollywood Road

Location: Runs between Central and Sheung Wan

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Art enthusiasts, listen up! Hollywood Road in Central is a haven for gallery lovers seeking a free and vibrant art scene. This area exudes cultural richness and sophistication, attracting a diverse crowd.

You can wander along this road and explore galleries like White Cube and La Galerie Paris 1839. You’ll find works of international artists, alongside local spots like Voxfire Gallery, Galerie Ora-Ora, and Karin Weber Gallery.

Now, these galleries don’t just showcase paintings. They also feature photography, prints, and ink works themed around topics like transgenderism, peace, and inclusion.

Visit Hong Kong Park

Visit Hong Kong Park

Location: 19, Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

When the towering cityscape gets too overwhelming, Hong Kong Park swoops in. This lush haven amidst the urban chaos offers more than just greenery – it’s a playground of captivating attractions waiting to be explored.

One of its highlights is the Edward Youde Aviary, boasting a stunning collection of over 500 vibrant birds, including the White-eared Catbird, Nicobar Pigeon, and Emerald Dove. 

For the sporty souls, there are 12 squash courts to challenge your skills, while your kids have their own dedicated play area for endless fun.

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