Hong Kong is renowned for being one of the world’s major hubs of finance and business. The territory is also rich in culture and a mixture of Chinese and British heritage. Like Singapore and Dubai, Hong Kong shares a distinction for being an exceedingly expensive vacation destination. Thankfully, there are many activities you can do while visiting Hong Kong that won’t break the bank – fun things to do that are either free or very affordable.
Take in a light show
There aren’t too many cities in the world where you can watch a light show that involves an entire city skyline coming alive. Can you in Hong Kong. This event occurs during the Coordinated Symphony of Lights, in which the city’s forest of skyscrapers lights up with a variety of multicolored lights. Another free light show that is worth checking out is the Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show which appears on the wall of the Cultural Center and the Clock Tower in the Tsim Sha Tsui District.
Visit the markets of Kowloon
Markets may abound on Hong Kong, but the best ones are to be found in the Kowloon District. If you’re in the mood for traditional Cantonese cuisine or perhaps would like to find a unique souvenir to give loved ones back home, you’ll find it all in one place. Start your tour on Prince Edward Street where locals like to walk their pet birds in the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. Go south on Tung Choi Street to take in the ladies’ market as well as the Temple Street Night Market. Buying authentic jade products is something many tourists enjoy. Luckily, there’s a Jade Market here as well that sells jewellery and statues, etc.
Chill in the Edward Youde Aviary
The Edward Youde Aviary is located in the lush tropical hillsides above Hong Kong Park. This recreational area, which is named after former Hong Kong governor Edward Youde, includes 600 types of birds as well as monkeys and snakes. There are wooden bridges suspended within the trees. Relax next to waterfalls and forgot for a few minutes that you’re smack dab in the midst of one of the most densely–populated cities on Earth.
Check out the art galleries on Hollywood Road
Hong Kong has one of the most vibrant art scenes in Asia. The best thing about most of the art galleries in the former British colony is that they are free. The best galleries to visit are Art Basel, Pearl Lam, Gagosian, and White Cube. If you visit in the afternoons, many of the galleries will offer you complimentary glass of wine or champagne to enjoy as you browse the exhibits featuring paintings, sculptures, urban murals, and even comic books.
Head to the beach
Did you know that Hong Kong has over 50 gorgeous beaches located within the city limits as well as on surrounding islands? These beaches are an excellent way to escape the stifling heat and humidity of the summer. They’re also popular with surfers. It won’t cost you any more than a few dollars to take a bus or boat from downtown Hong Kong to reach one of these beaches. The top beaches for tourists are Stanley, Tai Long Wan, and Sai Kung.
A day at the races
Due to Hong Kong’s rich British heritage, activities such as horse racing are popular there. The Happy Valley Horse Track puts on races that cost as little as HK$10. These races have a proud tradition in Hong Kong dating back to the 1840s.