Hong Kong has a lot to offer families – from cable car rides and beaches to shopping on Toy Street and riding a junk boat. It even has Mickey Mouse and all his Disneyland pals.
Remember travelling is easy on the MTR system with stops near most Hong Kong tourist attractions. Here are seven must-see activities for families.
1. Ocean Park
This theme park/zoo is a mix of emotions. Your children will scream with delight on the rides, and gasp in awe at the pandas in the Grand Panda enclosure.
Ocean Park is for kids of all ages. It is one of Hong Kong’s oldest attractions and it does get really busy. Arrive early to try and beat the crowds.
There’s something for everyone – sharks, dolphins, cable cars, a rainforest walk, and you can even have lunch with the penguins.
The best way to get there is by MTR to Ocean park station. By taxi it is about a 20-minute drive (depending on traffic) from Central. Ocean Park Hong Kong tickets start at about $40.
2. Escape to the Beach
You could be forgiven for thinking that Hong Kong is all high-rise buildings climbing higher every year towards the clouds. Not true.
It also has some idyllic, quiet beaches. If you catch the MTR to Hang Hau station, and then a 101M minibus you will end up in Sai Kung, on Hong Kong’s eastern coast.
This is as close as you will get to a pristine and untouched in Hong Kong. It is a Unesco-certified geopark where you can go stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking around the stunning rock formations.
3. Michelin Star food for all the family
A family of four can eat for about $35 at Tim Ho Wan, one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world and. The baked bbq pork buns are to-die-for.
The restaurant only holds 30 people and it is really busy. So take a ticket, join the queue, and get ready to devour Hong Kong’s most famous Dim Sum.
There are six restaurants around the city – all serve the same amazing food.
4. Ride the city escalators
In the morning, locals ride this 850-metre escalator from the upper residential districts down to the heart of Hong Kong’s Business district. After 10.30am it changes direction and the 20 escalators and moving walkways become a tourist attraction.
It’s free, unique to Hong Kong, and runs between Queens Road and Conduit Road. There are 12 hop-on hop-off points along the way for you to get off and explore different parts of the city.
5. Hong Kong Disneyland
The MTR is the best way to get there. You can board the Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station. Think seriously about booking a two-day ticket because there are so many things to see and do.
Here’s our shortlist of can’t miss activities: Adventureland (Tarzan’s Treehouse), Fantasyland (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh); Grizzly Gulch (Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars); Main Street USA (Art of Animation); Mystic Point (Mystic Manor); and Tomorrowland (Hyperspace Mountain). Hong Kong Disneyland two-day passes start from $133.
6. Toys, toys, toys
If you – or your children – love toys then Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai will certainly be on your Hong Kong bucket list. It is a street dedicated to toys.
Think Hello Kitty, limited edition Star Wars, Barbie, Thomas the Tank, Peppa Pig, Marvel characters, model cars and so, so much more.
It doesn’t matter when you grew up you are likely to find something that represents your generation. If Lego is your thing, head to Hung Hing Toys where all your dreams will come true.
The better shops are at the near the Johnston Road end of the street.
7. Go to the Peak
Your children will love the ride on the iconic century-old Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong’s Island’s highest point. When you get there you will be 552 metres above the city with million-dollar views of Victoria Harbour.
It is stunning at night as the city turns on its 365-day-a-year light show. The tram ride to the top takes about 10 minutes and the Lower Terminus Station on Garden Road is a 10-minute walk from Central or the Admiralty MTR stations. A Peak Pass costs about $18.50.