With more than 60 million tourists expected this year, Hong Kong is so much more than just a restless urban landscape. There’s incredible markets, historic walled villages and peaceful Buddhist temples to explore. But if it’s your first time, the city can be a bit overwhelming, so we rounded up some introductory tours to help acquaint you with the delights the city has to offer. Whether you want to explore by land, sea, air — or even with your tastebuds — we have the Hong Kong tour for you.
If you take this tour on your first day in Hong Kong, we guarantee you won’t eat at a single chain restaurant for the duration of your stay. Focusing on four different neighbourhoods, Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours showcase the most-loved Hong Kong dishes (and some not for the faint of heart, like snake) and the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Hong Kong has an incredibly high ratio of restaurants and cafes to people so the dining options are seeming endless. This food tour will help you cut through the fog to find some of the city’s best kept dining secrets.
Hong Kong has a beautiful skyline, but with over 8,000 hyper-modern skyscrapers, it’s hard to get an unobstructed view. Luckily, companies like Star Ferry Company offer morning, afternoon and evening trips out on the harbour to get the best seats in the city. While sitting on a junk boat from the 1920’s, you can also catch a light show during dusk sendoffs.
If you like taking things at your own pace, bus tours allow you to hop on and hop off to see as much of a certain destination as you like. With three different routes, BigBus shows off all Hong Kong has to offer from the hustle of modern Central to Man Mo Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in Hong Kong. Passes can span multiple days so you have the opportunity to see every corner of the city.
Anyone searching for a slower pace will appreciate this tour of the islands of Hong Kong. The tour begins at the Ngong Ping Cable Car, where you will be able to see the world’s tallest outdoor Buddha statue, and ends on the historical island of Tai O. Bonus: this tour gives you the opportunity to recreate shots from our photoshoot in the glass cable car and a the fishing village on stilts we visited earlier this year.
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