Hong Kong can be quite an expensive city to visit, especially if you factor in the hotel bills. With my freebie hunter hat on, here’s some of my tried and tested free things to do in Hong Kong. What’s not to like? It’s Free!
Nan Lian Garden at Chi Lin Nunnery
Shh! This Tang-dynasty-style garden is a hidden gem and not many tourists are aware of its existence. It’s our little secret, ok? Escape from the crowds in Central and take in a breath of fresh air at Nan Lian Garden. You will feel that time has stood still as you gently stroll along and admire lotus ponds and koi ponds framed by perfectly manicured bonsai trees. Plenty of photo ops!
Address: 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
How to Get Here: 5 mins walk from Diamond Hill MTR station (exit C2)
Victoria Harbour is a great place to admire the Hong Kong skyline. It’s also one of my favourite spot to people watch. It’s a little crowded here as compared to Nan Lian Garden, but this means it is everyone’s favourite spot too! Victoria Harbour is beautiful whether it is night or day. Do keep an eye out for the DukLing Harbour Cruise, an authentic Chinese junk. You are lucky if you manage to spot the DukLing! At about 8pm each night, there is a Symphony of Lights show which lasts about 13 minutes. It’s a really romantic place to be in if you can stand crowds.
Address: A Vantage point for buildings on Hong Kong Island
How to Get Here: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
Technically if you manage to not buy anything from the hawkers peddling clothes, scarfs, art, souvenirs (both cheesy and tasteful ones) and bedding, then you have bagged yourself a free visit.
Address:Stanley New Street and Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
How to Get Here:
- Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D.)
- MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit F1. Walk to Jardine‘s Bazaar and then take minibus 40.
- Bus 973 from Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui outside Silvercord Centre.
On your bus journey to the Stanley Market, you will pass by the upmarket residences of the Repulse Bay. Repulse Bay is a fine example of a sandy beach. Now get your shades on and let’s soak up the sun!
Address:Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Island
How to Get Here: Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) and alight at Repulse Bay Beach.
Standing on top of the world (or in this case, Hong Kong!) admiring breathtaking views of Hong Kong skyscrapers is one of the must do in Hong Kong. Don’t bother paying for the Sky Terrace! The panoramic views from the rooftop of the Peak Galleria Mall is just as good.
Address: The Peak, Hong Kong Island.
How to Get Here:
- By Bus
Route No. 15(First Bus)
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Route No. 15B(First Bus)
Wanchai Convention Centre to The Peak
Minibus No. 1
Central(Two IFC) to The Peak