5 Sights to See in Hong Kong

Every day in Hong Kong is a new adventure. Around every corner there was always a cool street to explore or an important landmark or some historic monastery. Three weeks seemed like a lot of time when I first arrived, but by the time I left there was still so much I haven't seen!

Even though I didn't get to see everything, I did get visit many new places I haven't been to before. These are just a few of my favorite sightseeing spots:

 1. Wong Tai Sin Temple

Whenever we visit Hong Kong, we stay at my Uncle’s place, and this temple is just a 10-minute walk away. But despite having visited Hong Kong a few times, this was actually my first time visiting this temple. I was completely unaware that this was even here, which is ironic because I probably walked by it all the time on the way to the metro station. But this beautiful temple, dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong, is definitely worth checking out.

 
Main entrance to the incense burning area.

Main entrance to the incense burning area.

There are 12 statues dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac animals. The one pictured above is the rooster.

There are 12 statues dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac animals. The one pictured above is the rooster.

People worshipping and burning incense.

People worshipping and burning incense.

In Chinese mythology, Yue Lao (old man under the man) is the God of love and marriage.

In Chinese mythology, Yue Lao (old man under the man) is the God of love and marriage.

Tying a red cord is said to bring luck in finding love.

Tying a red cord is said to bring luck in finding love.

 

2. Victoria Peak

You can't go to Hong Kong and not take a moment to appreciate the amazing skyline HK has to offer, and the best place to do that is Victoria Peak. To get up there, you take a tram up to the higher part of Hong Kong Island. Once you arrive, you go into the shopping center where you take multiple escalators up to the sky terrace.

 
Be prepared for long lines, but it's worth it for a first-time tourist.

Be prepared for long lines, but it's worth it for a first-time tourist.

 

What I didn't expect to find on the way up, however, was a Madame Tussauds. I was so focused on getting to the top, I thought it was silly to stop by, but it turned out to be really entertaining. Never knew I could get so excited seeing wax celebrity figures!

 
Stop by Madame Tussauds for some fun entertainment!

Stop by Madame Tussauds for some fun entertainment!

Very life-like wax figures of One Direction

Very life-like wax figures of One Direction

 

After our little detour, we finally made it up to the top, and it did not disappoint...

 
Spectacular view of Hong Kong

Spectacular view of Hong Kong

 

3. Victoria Harbour

For another great view of Hong Kong, take a little cruise on Victoria Harbour. From Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side, you can take a boat to Hong Kong Island and back. For less than a $1, you'll get a panoramic view of Hong Kong's beautiful coastline.

 
The boat ride offers a great night view of Hong Kong Island coastline

The boat ride offers a great night view of Hong Kong Island coastline

Take a ferry ride before 8 pm to see the dazzling display of Hong Kong's nightly Symphony of Lights.

Take a ferry ride before 8 pm to see the dazzling display of Hong Kong's nightly Symphony of Lights.

 

4. Tian Tan Buddha

Seeing the largest sitting Buddha was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I was already in awe when I saw it on the ride up from the cable car, but seeing it up close and personal is even more amazing.

 
Take a cable car up to Ngong Ping Village

Take a cable car up to Ngong Ping Village

Tian Tan Buddha from a distance

Tian Tan Buddha from a distance

Below the Buddha are “The Offering of the Six Devas”

Below the Buddha are “The Offering of the Six Devas”

To get up close and personal with Buddha, climb up the 268 steps

To get up close and personal with Buddha, climb up the 268 steps

 

After you see the Buddha and go back down the steps, the monastery is worth checking out as well. There's also a little dining area where they're known for their vegetarian cuisine.

 
Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery

Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas

 

And if you're lucky, you'll run into one of the stray yaks wandering around the village. They're pretty friendly unless you agitate them, but I would still watch out for the horns!

 
A friendly yak wandering around makes for the perfect photo-op

A friendly yak wandering around makes for the perfect photo-op

 

5. Street Markets

Hong Kong has countless street markets where you can purchase really cheap souvenirs. Some of the most well known ones include Stanley Market, Flower Market, Ladies' Market, Sneakers Market, and many more. Each market is known for selling specific goods (Sneakers Market is literally an entire street selling sneakers), but you can find just about anything at each market from apparel to tech gadgets to home goods. You're also allowed to haggle, but if you don't speak the language the vendors may take advantage of you.

 
Fa Yuen (Flower) Street Market

Fa Yuen (Flower) Street Market

Stanley Pier Market

Stanley Pier Market

 

*Updated from original post on Violets for Vivien