5 Must-Do Attractions To Visit On A Hong Kong Family Vacation

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Hong Kong is an exciting holiday destination. When visiting with children, especially when on a Hong Kong family vacation for the first time, there are a number of fun and entertaining things to do.

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and a former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

Star Ferry

Taking a journey across Victoria Harbour on the iconic Star Ferry is essential must-do while on a Hong Kong family vacation. The ferry service at Victoria Harbour has been operating since 1888 and even though the underground MTR provides the most efficient way to cross between Tsim Sha Tsui at Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the green-and-white ferries still provide the most scenic. Hop aboard, sit back and enjoy the views as you chug across one of the most scenic harbours in the world.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Part marine park, part animal theme park and part amusement park, Ocean Park Hong Kong has plenty to offer visitors. It is made up of two distinct areas, one at the base of a mountain and another at the top of the mountain. Attractions at the lowland area, known as The Waterfront, include an oceanarium, giant panda habitat and amusement area for young children. Take either a cable car or a funicular train up the mountain to The Summit where rollercoaster and other amusement rides await. Also at The Summit is a marine animal area and animal shows. Ocean Park is a home-grown attraction that is a must-do when on a Hong Kong family vacation with children.

Symphony of Lights

In the evenings, take a stroll along the Avenue of Stars along the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsuito enjoy the Symphony of Lights multimedia light and sound show. The show lasts for around 14 minutes and is projected on the walls of Hong Kong Island buildings. Accompanying music and narration for this free light show gets broadcast along the waterfront. Showtime is at 8 pm every night, weather permitting.

Hong Kong Science Museum

The Hong Kong Science Museum houses exhibitions that aim to excite visitors about science. It houses over 500 exhibits, the majority of which are interactive in nature. Science demonstrations are also held every day at the museum. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, check the Hong Kong Science Museum’s website for temporary exhibitions too.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

When on a Hong Kong family vacation with young children, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will invariably be on your itinerary. Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of all the Disneylands found worldwide but if you have very young kids (or are not fond of doing too much walking), this can be a plus point. There are seven themed areas in the park and rides include the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and Mystic Manor. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort also has hotels for those who wish to indulge in all-immersive Disney stay.

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Star Ferry

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Symphony of Lights

Hong Kong Science Museum

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN HONG KONG

We spent half our time in Kowloon hotels and the other half in Hong Kong Island hotels. We recommend the following hotels as we personally stayed there:

  • Budget Prices: Central Mini Hotel 
  • Midrange Prices: Hotel Jen Hong Kong
  • Luxury Hotel: Hotel Pottinger 
  • Boutique Hotel: The Luxe Manor