Hong Kong attractions vary as much as the destination itself and with most are based around the local cuisine, shopping and the wonderful natural landscapes, there's sure to be something to suit everyone. Whether you're an intrepid traveller up for some hiking or would prefer to just relax on the beach, the landscapes offer all this and more. If you love to shop til you drop then there are plenty of shopping malls and street markets are also a great way to get a taste for the local cuisine.
Actually an island, the territory of Hong Kong is home to a wide range of beautiful beaches, particularly on the southern coast. Some of the most popular beaches include Repulse Bay, Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Hung Shing Yeh Beach. Offering a great range of facilities as well as easy access and plenty of kiosks, cafes and restaurants, these beaches are a wonderful way to spend a day. Repulse Bay is especially good for families while Shek O is more popular with younger people. Big Wave Bay is a favourite with surfers while Hung Shing Yeah is one of the most popular and is therefore busier, however it's a small price to pay for the white powdery sand and crystal clear waters.
Sailing is another great way to see the sights and enjoy both the beaches and the natural landscape. Junk boats are available for hire and can fit up to 30 people so whether you've got a bit group or just a few people, this is a wonderful way to tour the waters. Most sailing adventures begin in Sai Kung where you can sail to the surrounded beaches for a more secluded experience. If you're after something a little cheaper then you can also hire a water taxi which is a lot smaller but will still take you everywhere you want to go.
Hiking is a bit of a surprise attraction in Hong Kong but it's one of the most ideal ways to appreciate the spectacular scenery. Aside from the beaches and the glittering cityscapes, the majestic mountains offer some amazing though at times challenging hiking opportunities. There are a number of hiking trails which are easily accessed by taxi or bus, the most popular of which include the Lantau Trail, the Hong Kong Trail, the Maclehose Trail and the Wilson Trail. A wonderful contrast to the modern city, hiking in Hong Kong is a rewarding experience, however due to the hot and humid conditions and at times steep terrain, visitors are strong recommended to go prepared with plenty of water, suitable clothing and insect repellent.
Shopping is a favourite pastime in Hong Kong and it's no surprise when you consider how many huge shopping malls there are located throughout the city, not to mention the street vendors and markets that can be found all over the place. Tourists love to shop, whether it be for discounted designer brands and electronics or authentic handicrafts and souvenirs and all of the above is available from the markets and malls. Some of the biggest and most popular malls located in Hong Kong include the IFC Mall, Pacific Place, Festival Walk, Cityplaza, Landmark, APM, Harbour City, Langham Place, Elements and Hong Kong's very own Times Square.