Categories > Guides and Tips
- Avenue of Stars
- Tsing Ma Bridge
- Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
- Jockey Club Innovation Tower
- 1881 Heritage
- Yick Cheong Building
- Lui Seng Chun
- Nan Lian Garden
- Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
- Po Lin Monastery
- Tian Tian Buddha
- Man Mo Temple
- Victoria Harbour
- Victoria Peak
- Hong Kong Clock Tower
- Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
- Ngong Ping 360
Have you ever traveled somewhere and felt overwhelmed by the number of places to see? If Hong Kong is the next place on your travel bucket list, we’re sure you’ll have the same problem.
That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the landmarks that should be in every visitor’s list when they come here! From iconic skyscrapers to cultural hotspots, this should give you the best experience of Hong Kong.
1. Avenue of Stars
Address: Ave of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2918 1722
Operating hours: 24 hours
One of the things that Avenue of Stars is famous for is its stunning panoramic view of the iconic Victoria Harbour. Because of the gorgeous views you can indulge in here, a lot of people go here to walk, sightsee, jog, and more.
Of course, another reason people flock to Avenue of Stars is because it’s quite similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. You’ll see numerous local stars’ handprints on the ground as well as some statues.
The most famous statue would perhaps be of Bruce Lee’s that can be found on the eastern portion of the Avenue of Stars. Don’t miss this famous photo spot!
2. Tsing Ma Bridge
Address: Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong
The Tsing Ma Bridge is considered the 11th longest suspension bridge in the world. It connects Lantau Island to the heart of Hong Kong.
Because of its architecture and engineering, it’s now one of the famous landmarks you shouldn’t miss when you find yourself in the city.
If you want a great view of the Tsing Ma Bridge, we suggest heading over to the Lantau Link Visitor center and Viewing Platform. If you want to see the bridge in its full glory, try visiting after sun down.
3. Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
Address: 18 Tat Hong Avenue; Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Because of its iconic architectural design, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre is a famous building in Hong Kong. In fact, it‘s received numerous awards over the years.
Since it’s an academic building for City University of Hong Kong, it can only be admired from the outside most days. However, it still attracts curious visitors who would like to discover one of the structures that adds to Hong Kong’s uniqueness.
If you really want to explore the building, we suggest being on the lookout for events that are open to outsiders. Head to their website to stay updated.
4. Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Address: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom Campus
The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is another building that is bound to turn a few heads. Designed by none other than the Pritzker-winning architect Zaha Hadid, people find it magnificent because of its futuristic vibe. If it were to fly and head to the stars, we wouldn’t be surprised!
Anyway, this iconic structure is for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design. Fortunately, anyone can go inside the building, so you’re free to explore it whenever. Believe it or not, it’s even more remarkable inside!
We find it best to explore the building during the morning to afternoon. There are some areas with huge glass windows that call for some stunning photo opportunities.
5. 1881 Heritage
Address: 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2926 8000
- Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 12 AM
Next on our list is the 1881 Heritage. Previously the marine police headquarters, they revamped this historical building into a shopping landmark. It now houses several luxurious shops, restaurants, bars, and even a hotel.
Needless to say, prepare for a full day of fun and adventure if you’re going to 1881 Heritage.
They also host events at the 1881 Heritage from time to time. Sometimes purchases from available restaurants or shops would grant you the chance to receive cash coupons. Other times, there are exhibits for everyone to enjoy.
6. Yick Cheong Building
Address: Yick Cheong Building, King’s Rd, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2562 1151
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the Yick Cheong Building. Also known as the monster building because it’s basically 5 apartment buildings clumped together, it’s one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong.
This colossal structure is world-renowned because of its symmetry and size. In fact, we’re sure photos of the monster building have made their way to your Instagram explore page once or twice!
Do note that this is a residential area. You’ll see a lot of warning signs telling people not to trespass and to not take photos on some spots, so be sure to follow the rules.
7. Lui Seng Chun
Address: 119 Lai Chi Kok Road
One thing we love about our city is that we’ve actually managed to preserve a lot of our historical landmarks. One of them is Lui Seng Chun, a four-storey-building that has been around since the 30s.
Lui Seng Chun used to be a shophouse but is now a Chinese medicine centre. That said, it still continues to be one of the most beautiful, historical buildings in Hong Kong that seamlessly combine Chinese and Western aesthetics.
There’s not much you can do here aside from admiring the building. However, you can take a bit of time and check out the first floor that has a herbal tea shop and exhibitions.
8. Nan Lian Garden
Address: Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 3658 9366
- Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 9 PM
A visit to Hong Kong would be incomplete without experiencing its authentic Chinese gardens.The one which we most recommend visiting is the Nan Lian Garden.
Mimicking the Tang Dynasty style, the golden age of the classical Chinese garden, Nan Lian features inspiration from poems and legends. This is why you’ll see pavilions and weirdly-shaped rocks and plants.
Anyway, aside from admiring the garden, there’s also a vegetarian restaurant, Chinese tea house, and a souvenir shop to check out.
- To get the most out of your experience, we recommend staying until sundown when they’ve turned on all the lights in the garden. It will make you experience the well-maintained garden a lot differently.
- To avoid crowds, we recommend going here on a Tuesday.
9. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Address: 221, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2691 1067
- Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is famous for its numerous life-size Buddha statues, which make the 430 steps to get to it worth slogging through. Each of the statues is different, so people tend to linger on the path.
Anyway, aside from that, there’s also the main hall, where you’ll see 10,000 Buddha statues. Additionally, there’s a 9-floor pagoda and several pavilions.
There will be a lot of walking – obviously! – so be sure to bring comfortable shoes. You’d be surprised how many tourists wear unsuitable footwear when visiting this attraction.
10. Po Lin Monastery
Address: Ngong Ping, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2985 5248
- Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM
The Po Lin Monastery is one of the top places one should visit in Lantau Island. It’s surrounded by mountains so going up would require quite a trek or a cable car.
Anyway, there are plenty of temples to check out at the Po Lin Monastery, which would require around 3 hours or so of your time. It’s a great way to take a breather when you get tired of the city.
- From the Po Lin Monastery, you’ll be able to get a fantastic view of the Tian Tian Buddha, which we’ll cover next.
- Make sure to try their vegetarian dishes while you’re there!
11. Tian Tian Buddha
Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2985 5248
- Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5:30 PM
The Tian Tian Buddha is a massive bronze Buddha statue that stands 34 meters high. In fact, it’s considered one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world!
To see it up close, you have to make your way to 268 steps of stairs – which, honestly, aren’t that bad.
To top it off, the great Buddha statue isn’t not the only thing you’ll get to see once you’re up there. You’ll also be blessed with stunning views of Lantau Island, so there’s more than one thing to put on your Instagram feed when you go!
Make sure to also check out the exhibition in the building. It’s worth a look!
12. Man Mo Temple
Address: Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2540 0350
- Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 6 PM
Man Mo Temple was built in the 1800s, making it one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It was built as a dedication to the god of literature and the god of war – Man and Mo, respectively.
You’ll see a lot of locals and visitors every day of the week, so this place is always buzzing with people. You can join them in lighting incense and praying if you like.
We think that history buffs would love visiting this special place, especially if they’re curious about the local way of living. Participating in local traditions is also worth experiencing!
They have an interesting temple shop we suggest you check out. They sell a lot of religious items and souvenirs.
13. Victoria Harbour
Address: Admiralty, Hong Kong
Hong Kong wouldn’t be what it is now without the beautiful Victoria Harbor. Here, you can get a panoramic view of the iconic skyline that helped shape the city’s identity.
During special holidays like the New Year, you’ll even get to watch fireworks displays from here. It’s definitely worth it!
Your Hong Kong trip wouldn’t be complete without watching the sunset at Victoria Harbour. Make sure to check it out before you leave!
14. Victoria Peak
Address: Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island
Victoria Peak is one of the famous spots to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline from 552 meters up. Since this is considered the tallest hill in the city, this is the one we recommend if you really want to take in the view.
If you’re not up for a hiking adventure, don’t worry. Hiking to the top isn’t the only way to get to Victoria Peak, as you can take a taxi and the bus or you can even try riding the Peak Tram.
- The Peak Tram is one of the most popular ways to get to Victoria Peak. That’s why a lot of times, you have to line up for hours just to ride it.
- If you want to be prioritized, here’s a tip: book a tour in one of the local touring agencies to avoid waiting.
15. Hong Kong Clock Tower
Address: 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Clock Tower is a famous landmark in Hong Kong because of what it symbolizes for millions of Chinese immigrants – the start of a new life. Moreover, it was previously a part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway, making it one of the few remainders of the age of steam.
If you find yourself in the area, you’ll be able to hear chimes coming from the clock tower every hour from 8 AM to 12 MN.
We recommend going here at night if you want to see the Hong Kong Clock Tower lit up.
16. Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art
Address: 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 3559 2600
- Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 11 PM
Those looking to experience the local art scene will love the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art. Here, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in several programs and exhibitions that will help you develop a stronger love for art, culture, and of course, Hong Kong.
An example of the programs they conduct here is called Movie Steps. They show local movies – all with departure as a theme – that were released in the 90s.
To enjoy Tai Kwun Centre, we recommend going on a guided tour. It’s free of charge and is conducted in English, Cantonese, or Putonghua. Refer to their website for the dates available.
17. Ngong Ping 360
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 3666 0606
If you love heights, then you’ll love Ngong Ping 360, a cable car that connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. It’s a 25-minute ride, so you’ll get to fully enjoy the experience of seeing Hong Kong from a different point of view.
You can purchase tickets for either single journey or roundtrip through their website.
If you remember us mentioning the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tian Buddha, going there using the Ngong Ping 360 would make your trip faster and easier.