looking for ways to maximise your travel budget; after all, Hong Kong is known for its If you’re heading to Hong Kong, whether alone or with friends, you may very well be terrific shopping and it would be a shame not to be able to indulge in a few little treats for yourself!
If you want to have a great time without blowing your budget, here are some cheap things to do in Hong Kong:
Check out the Avenue of Stars
Paying homage to big names from the Asian big screen, the Avenue of Stars has many stars set into the ground, complete with the names of famous actors, actresses, directors, producers, and other names from the world of movies and show business. Located next to the waterfront, you can also enjoy great views with a stroll along the starry-eyed pathway. And the cost? Nothing!
Watch the Symphony of Lights
Visible from both sides of the water, the Symphony of Lights is a sound, laser, and light show that sees various waterfront buildings lit up quite splendidly against the dark night sky. The colourful reflections seem to dance on the shimmering water, and music fills the air. For the best views, claim your standing spot at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai or at Tsim Sha Tsui’s waterfront.
The show begins at 8 o’clock in the evening every day, but get there beforehand for front-row views. The commentary is in different languages according to the day of the week. English commentaries accompany the spectacle on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays have a Mandarin commentary, and Cantonese is used on Sundays.
Walk up Victoria Peak
Whilst most people pay to ride the Peak Tram up Victoria Peak, if you are feeling energetic and really want to save money when in Hong Kong, you can choose to walk up and down via the nature trails. Using your own two feet costs nothing. You can also take a bus up from Exchange Square Bus Station, costing around one pound (GBP) for a one-way ticket. Whilst, no matter how you get up there, you will need to pay if you want to enjoy the famous harbour views from the Sky Terrace 428, you can gaze through the windows of the Peak Tower, including the Peak Galleria Shopping Centre, for no cost.
Experience Local Life in the Markets
The colourful and lively markets offer an ideal opportunity for immersing yourself in the local Hong Kong way of life. Interesting fruits and vegetables are on offer, as well as temptingly cheap ready-to-eat goodies. The Jade Market has many affordable nick nacks, and the Ladies Market is great for women who love bargain fashion. For something a bit different, head to Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, where birds of many kinds are sold. And, don’t forget the vibrant night markets too!
See Many Different Animals in Hong Kong Zoo
A clean and well-maintained zoo that is home to a large collection of fascinating creatures from all over the world, Hong Kong Zoo is always free to enter. It’s a nice place to spend a few calm and peaceful hours. Into plants more? Don’t worry – the Botanical Gardens are also free to enjoy!
Visit Man Mo Temple
The country’s oldest temple, it is believed to date back to the mid 1800s. A colourful Taoist temple, it honors the gods of war and literature. Incense smoke wafts through the air, and you’ll see locals praying and leaving offerings in respect of the deities. There are several shrines to look at, and it’s a top place to absorb some of the local culture and spirituality. Don’t miss seeing the large drum and bell.
Visit the Hong Kong Film Archive for free movie screenings, take a wander through Hong Kong Park, indulge in a cheap and refreshing cup of tea in a tea shop and be treated to a traditional tea ceremony, go hiking at Dragon’s Back, explore the ruins of Kowloon Walled City, chill out on the country’s beaches, visit the free Hong Kong Railway Museum, and ride the Mid-Central level escalators. Also, if you’re into museum hopping, make sure to plan your visits for a Wednesday, as most of the larger museums offer free mid-week entry!