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The Best Free Things To Do in Hong Kong

By Edited Feb 29, 2016 1 8

Hong Kong for Free

A tourist can easily spend a week in Hong Kong, and easily spend a small fortune on all the delights the area has on offer such as  Disneyland, Ocean Park and cruises in  harbour.  However, such is the diversity of this wonderful city, that there are also many brilliant attractions which are totally free.  So if you are planning a trip to Hong Kong try these excellent places.

Botanical and Zoological Gardens

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the  crowds, make your way to the Botanical and Zoological Gardens.  This oasis of tranquillity sits among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island.  In the early mornings you will find dozens of people performing  the graceful exercises of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.  This small, but perfectly formed,  zoo specialises in primates, and is home to families of orangutans.

Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong
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Symphony of Lights

Impressive as Hong Kong’s skyline is by night, the introduction of the Symphony of Lights has raised the bar to another level.  This 18 minute sound and light show utilises the outside of 44 buildings along the waterfront of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.  This stunning display takes place every evening at 8pm (with narration in English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and the best place to view it is from Tsim Sha Tsui.  According to the Guinness Book of Records the display is the largest,  permanent sound and light show on the planet.

Kowloon Walled City Park

Now a beautiful park adorned with topiary and pavilions this peaceful area of Kowloon was once the notorious Walled City, one of the most dangerous and poverty-stricken places in the territory.  Now you can go there to get some quiet away from the throb and bustle of Kowloon.  It is a great place for a picnic; and if you are a chess player, then  there are plenty of chess boards were you can watch or have a go yourself.

Hong Kong Harbour
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Temple Street Night Market

In Kowloon every night around 7pm,  Temple Street comes alive with a massive and colourful market selling everything from jeans and T-shirts to silk shirts and fresh fish.  At a junction in the middle of the market two fish restaurants spring into action – offering a range of formally, sea-dwelling creatures you can pick out and eat. 

The Avenue of Stars

Situated along the beautiful promenade on the Kowloon waterfront, this is a great place for an evening stroll.  Cooled by the breeze coming off the harbour and with magnificent views across the water, a 400m stretch of the promenade has been given over to the Avenue of Stars, which pays homage to Hong Kong’s movie making history.  The highlight (for me) being the life-like statue of Bruce Lee, erected using money donated by his fans. 

Bruce Lee Statue, Hong Kong
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May 14, 2014 6:11am
Thanks, comments are most appreciated!
May 19, 2014 2:01pm
Nice article, acko10. Hong Kong is expensive, but there are plenty of things to do without breaking the bank.
May 20, 2014 12:23am
Thanks, Mtnsdan, glad you liked it please feel free to share if you want.
Jul 17, 2014 9:09pm
I only got to spend a few hours in Hong Kong while I was en-route to Guangzhou, China. Wish I could have stayed longer, but if I ever get to return, I will definitely try to take advantage of some of these free outings. Thanks for the article!
Jul 18, 2014 5:12am
Thanks for the comment - hk certainly worth a return visit!
Jul 18, 2014 5:25am
Thanks for the comment - hk certainly worth a return visit!
Jul 18, 2014 5:25am
Thanks for the comment - hk certainly worth a return visit!
Jul 26, 2016 5:15am
Thanks for this list of freebies - always good t know these things in advance. We look forward to visiting Hong Hong again and doing some Tai Chi!
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