16. Hong Kong  CHINA | Total Sights: 25+ | Nickname: The Pearl of the Orient





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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Hong Kong

China Hong Kong  Hong Kong, literally meaning fragrant harbour, with a population of more than 7 million sparkles as a city that never sleeps, bursting with high energy, featuring a highly impressive skyline.

The city, which returned to China's possession in 1997 after more than a hundred years of British occupation, is the fourth most densely populated territory in the world. 

 The former British colony is the ultimate destination for every dedicated shopping fanatic, scoring a record 9.5/10 in this category.

Other than that, the now Chinese metropolis possesses an outstanding setting with its deep natural harbour and a very impressive modern skyline (best seen from Victoria Peak) and a solid array of sights.

 There are not as many top sights as in other cities and Hong Kong is expensive.

Many of the more important sights lie quite far outside the city.




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Total Score








9.25/10 [1st]




9/10 [3rd]

8/10 [7.24 Mio]


B. Best Things to Do in Hong Kong (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.75/10.

Victoria Peak  7
With an elevation of 552 m (1,811 ft), Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island offering — on a clear day — spectacular views of the city, the harbor, and the outlying islands.

We recommend a visit just before it gets dark and then stay to marvel at the highly impressive lit up skyline. To avoid massive queues consider instead of the Peak Tram (actually a funicular railway) get to the top by public bus (#15C) or taxi.


Best Cities in the World | Hong Kong | Things to do in Hong Kong | Victoria Peak

Chi Lin Nunnery  6

Things to do in Hong Kong | Best Cities | No. 13: Hong Kong | Chi Lin Nunnery

Sky 100  6
Skyscraper  (total 484 m, observation deck 393 m)

by Staeiou / CC BY-SA 3.0

Ocean Park  6
Animal Theme Park  (opened 1977, with Grand Aquarium, ca. 4 million litres, by Gehry, 10 km)

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Nan Lian Garden  5
Park  (0.035 km2 [8.64 acres], opened 2006)

Things to do in Hong Kong | Best Cities | No. 13: Hong Kong | Nan Lian Garden (park)

Temple Street Night Market  5
Street Market

Ladies' Market  5
Street Market

Things to do in Hong Kong | Best Cities | No. 13: Hong Kong | Ladies' Market

Nathan Road  5
Shopping Street

Causeway Bay  5
City District

Things to do in Hong Kong | Best Cities | No. 13: Hong Kong | Causeway Bay (city district, shopping)

  Wong Tai Sin  5

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Hong Kong

-Nina Tower (total 320 m, observation deck 151 m, opened 2006)  5

-Man Mo Temple  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Hong Kong

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (theme park with world's largest aquarium, ca. 2h, by ferry to Macau and then bus or taxi)  7

MACAO (city,  1h by speed-boat)  7

Disneyland Hongkong (23 km from Hong Kong)  6

Big Buddha (statue, 57 km from Hong Kong, cableway)  6

Po Lin Monastery (57 km from Hong Kong, with cableway )  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Hong Kong (including close-by excursions)

Victoria Peak (viewpoint with funicular railway)  7
  MACAO (city,  1h  from Hong Kong by speed-boat)  7
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (theme park , ca. 2h from Hong Kong)   7
 Disneyland Hongkong (23 km from Hong Kong)  6
 Big Buddha (statue, 57 km from Hong Kong, with cableway)  6
Chi Lin Nunnery  6
Sky100 (total height: 484 m) 6
Ocean Park (animal theme park, 10 km from Hong Kong) 6
 Nan Lian Garden (park)  5
 Temple Street Night Market  5