Tourism in Hong Kong
Tourism is one of the “four key industries” that contribute to Hong Kong’s growing economy (click here for more on Hong Kong businesses). In 2014, Hong Kong was ranked as the 11th most visited countries among international tourist. In the same year, the industry raked in an astounding 38,376 million USD from 27.8 million visitors. The industry accounted for 7% of all employment in Hong Kong and was responsible for 5% of the GDP.
So, what is all the fuss about?
Top 10 Attractions in Hong Kong:
1. Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is without a doubt one of the most popular destinations among tourists in Hong Kong. The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and is also the home to some of the wealthiest people in the world. The line can get crazy but taking the peak tram up to the peak will give you the whole experience. From The Peak, you will get a breathtaking view of Hong Kong’s nature and Skyscrapers like the picture above.
2. Lan Kwai Fong
Also referred to as LKF, Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife spot. It is a small area but is packed with close to 100 bars and restaurants. The spot doesn’t get too busy until after dinner but you have many choices when it comes to how you want to spend your night. You can open a nice bottle of wine or you can pick a place a little more gnarly and opt for Jello-shots. The choice is yours but I’m sure you will have an unforgettable night in Hong Kong (unless you literally cannot remember anything from all the alcohol…)
3. Ocean Park Hong Kong
This marine-life theme park is also one of the most popular destinations in Hong Kong. Ironically, the Giant Panda, which is not a marine animal, is one of their attractions.
4. Hong Kong Disneyland
This needs no explanation. Who doesn’t like Disneyland? However, do not expect Disneyland like in the US because the one in Hong Kong is quite small in comparison.
5. Avenue of Stars
This is the Hong Kong equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Located in the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) side of Hong Kong, the Avenue of Stars has handprints and information boards on Hong Kong actors. To top it off you will find a statue of Bruce Lee as well.
6. Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha
Located close to Hong Kong International Airport, Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery that is home to the Giant Buddha. This Giant Buddha is considered to be the largest seated Buddha (outdoors) in the world.
Hong Kong has many markets worth checking out: Stanley Market, Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market, Goldfish Market, Jade Market, etc. Pick an interest and make sure to visit them.
8. A Symphony of Lights
This is a light and sound show which happens at Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong every night at 20:00. The best location to view this is from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
9. Sky100 Hong Kong
Sky100 is Hong Kong’s highest observation deck located on the 100th floor of the ICC (International Commerce Centre) in Kowloon.
10. Happy Valley Racecourse
If you happen to be in Hong Kong on a Wednesday, be sure to visit the Happy Valley Racecourse, the home of horse racing in Hong Kong. The view from inside the racecourse is quite special as you will be surrounded by hills and skyscrapers.
There are much more hidden gems in terms of attractions in Hong Kong; however, they are a little harder to find due to the top of search engines occupied by the same top results. If you are looking to cut through the rankings, getting help from an SEO firm in HK is your best bet.