Hong Kong may be one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to enjoy it. There are loads of fun things to do and see in the 852 that won’t cost you a dollar – if you know where to look. So leave your money woes at home and experience one of these freebie activities around the city.
1. Wong Tai Sin Temple
Visit the impressive Taoist temple with its beautiful architecture and tranquil Good Wish Garden, which is filled with ornate pagodas, exotic plants, and mesmerising carp ponds.
2. Chi Lin Nunnery
Enjoy some downtime in Chi Lin Nunnery, which boasts traditional Tang Dynasty architecture and the connecting Nan Lian Garden, scattered with beautiful water features, rockeries, and a charming tea house.
3. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Marvel at the countless life-size golden Buddhas striking all sorts of hilarious poses as you climb the 400 steps leading up to the stunning temple and pagodas nestled in the mountains of Sha Tin.
4. Explore a Wet Market
Snap incredible shots of flapping fish, leaping prawns, and haggling locals in one of the city’s wet markets such as Bowrington Road in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai Market, and Reclamation Street in Jordan. Be careful not to slip though – they’re called ‘wet’ for a reason!
5. Spot Flamingos in Kowloon Park
Wander around the 13.3 hectare park, and spot the brightly coloured flamingos relaxing in the watering hole. If you have kids, let them run loose in the fun playground area.
6. Take a Hike
Take in Hong Kong’s breathtaking coastal scenery during a hike along Dragon’s Back, or tackle the challenging Twin Peaks or a section of the MacLehose Trail, Hong Kong’s longest hiking route. For a unique experience, take a scenic night hike and experience the twinkling city lights from above.
7. Hit the Waves
Kick back at one of Hong Kong’s popular beaches like Big Wave Bay or Shek O on the Southside. Or, if you want to escape the crowds, venture further to Palm Beach or Cheung Sha on Lantau, or take a hike to breathtakingly beautiful Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung.
8. Stroll Around Hong Kong Park
Lap up some greenery in this beautiful natural oasis tucked away in the bustling Central district, and spot the koi and turtles swimming in the large ponds. A perfect place to go if you have kids too.
9. Wander Around Sai Kung Seaside Town
Head to the relaxing town of Sai Kung, visit the floating seafood market, or hop in a sampan to Sharp Island or Hap Mun Bay (aka ‘Half Moon Bay’) which offer crystal clear waters and spectacular views of the surroundings islands, without the heaving crowds.
10. Go for a Run in Victoria Park
Run a lap or two around the park’s race track or watch elderly locals enjoy a spot of tai chi in the morning. Catch the spectacular lantern display here during Mid-Autumn Festival and the colourful flower market during Chinese New Year.