Hong Kong is a very expensive city and one of the most expensive places to visit in Asia. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be rich to visit Hong Kong, Here is how to experience Hong Kong without breaking the bank or missing out.
1. Bus to the Big Buddha
The famous Big Buddha is actually free to see. Usually people take the scenic cable car up to the top of the mountain but you can still see this iconic Buddha on a tight budget. Just take New Lantau Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Center (you can take the MTR here). The bus ride takes about an hour.
2. Take a Time Out in Tai O Fishing Village
The village itself is the attraction so it won’t cost you a cent. Just walk around and soak in the unique houses built on stilts. This is a great place to pull out your camera and have fun or just escape the hectic city.
3. Cruise Causeway Bay
There is so much to explore in the busy Causeway Bay. This may seem like a fancy area but I promise you that there are some free things to check out too. You don’t want to let an empty wallet to stop you from at least checking this area out. Here is good blog with some ideas of things you can do in the area.
4. Take a Boat Ride
Take the ferry across Victoria harbour. It literally costs you less than a MTR ride. This will be the cheapest boat cruise that you ever have in your life. The boat ride is beautiful at night when all the sky-rise buildings are lit up. It’s a nice little way to perk up an evening in Hong Kong.
5. Enjoy the Night at Central
Central is the party area of Hong Kong. While clubs and bars can be quite expensive you don’t actually have to enter any bars to have fun here. The streets are alive with people and you can hang out on the streets people watching or mingling with people as you enjoy a cheap drink from 7/11.
If you do want to check out a bar they are free to enter so you can still go in and dance your pants off. And who knows, maybe someone will buy you a drink.
6. Visit Man Fat Sze Monastery
Better known as the 10,000 Buddha Monastery this is one of the most impressive temples in Hong Kong. What will you seen here? You guessed it, Buddha’s- lots of them. The temple is open from: 9;00 am. To 5:00 p.m. More information such as how to get there can be found here.
7. Find Peace at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Compared to Man Fat Sze Monastery, this temple is a lot easier to find.The temple also has a beautiful pond and bridges for you to take a thoughtful walk around. If you are lucky you may even see the turtles going for a swim.
8. Learn something at a Museum
If you want to check out Hong Kong’s Museums but don’t want to pay then wait until Wednesday when admission is free. Some museums with free admission on Wednesdays include Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum, Museum of Art, and Space Museum. If Wednesday doesn’t work, the Hong Kong Museum of History is always free and is right next to the Science Museum.
9. Appreciate the Beauty of Diamond Hill Park
This area isn’t actually really Diamond Hill- this is just the MTR stop to get off at. What you are really here for is the beautiful Chinese gardens and nunnery. This park is so beautiful and is one of my favourite places in Hong Kong. You will want to leave yourself a lot of time to enjoy this free attraction.
10. Spend time at Kowloon Walled City Park
Another beautiful park that is also free is Kowloon. This used to be a slum and has since then been turned around into a beautiful park. With round doorways and beautiful architecture this is a lot more interesting than your average park and it offers some culture.
11. Get Lost in Mangkok
This is a must visit area for anyone coming to Hong Kong. Mangkok is an outdoor market but that doesn’t mean that you need money to enjoy this area. It is fun just looking at all the different vendors and their items. Goldfish street is cool to walk down but it’s not like you were planning on bringing a goldfish home with you.
Mangkok is filled the energy of Hong Kong so think of it more as a cultural trip than a shopping trip.
12. Appreciate the City from Above
Another iconic site for Hong Kong is the beautiful lookout over the city from Victoria Peak. The popular way to reach the peak is using the tram which costs about $6 round trip.It is possible to reach the top by bus though or completely free by hiking up.
You can also skip the tourist trap lookout that you have to pay for and instead follow my instructions to the secret lookout that is just as beautiful- but no tourists and no cost.
13. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
It’s one hundred percent free to walk your feet along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade along the harbour and take in the city skyline. I would recommend coming here at night to see all the buildings lighting up the night sky.
As well, this area often has street performers that are also free for you to enjoy. Of course, we can’t always guarantee that they will be enjoyable.
14. Get Hot Hiking
Of course- nature! Probably the best free entertainment that there ever was. Head to one of Hong Kong’s hiking trails for a day to take in the beautiful nature that this city has to offer. I hiked Dragons Back while in Hong KOng. This is a very popular hike because of the beautiful scenery it offers and the views overlooking the ocean. It is a suitable hike for all levels.
15. Relax at the Beach
Hong Kong has even more nature to offer you. Head to the beach for not only a free activity but a fun and relaxing one. Hong Kong’s heat can get intense while walking around the city so instead embrace it by heading to the beach. Spend the day soaking up some rays while dipping your toes- or entire body- in the refreshing ocean.