[gini’s guide] Top 5 Free Things to do in Hong Konggini | June 6, 2019
Here at gini, we believe that the best things in life ARE free. With Hong Kong being one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s important to budget your finances accordingly — but that’s not to say it should be all work and no play. There are tons of exciting activities that will not hurt your wallet at all, so save that penny for a rainy day, and experience the beauty of Hong Kong without spending a single cent.
Visit Tai Kwun
In recent years, Hong Kong has become quite the hub for modern art, what with all these major art exhibitions and art galleries popping up around the city. One of the newest and most interesting additions is Tai Kwun, which actually has a rich cultural heritage. It was once the Central Police Station compound that housed the Central Magistracy and Victoria prison quarters, which dates back to the 1800s. Now fully restored and converted into a cultural hub, you’ll surely have a great time weaving through the old prison quarters, and the contemporary art museum, which features temporary modern art exhibitions regularly.
Hike up Lion Rock
Hiking along Hong Kong’s trails has become a quintessential activity amongst locals and tourists alike. It truly is one of the best (and cheapest!) ways to see the city’s breathtaking views. A popular destination is Lion Rock in Kowloon, which as the name suggests, features a rock formation that’s shaped just like a crouching lion. Once you’ve reached the peak, you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hong Kong’s skyline. It’s not an easy trek, but the amazing view is definitely worth the trip.
Take a trip to Sai Kung’s Beaches
If trekking up mountains isn’t your cup of tea, going to the beach is an excellent activity for you and your loved ones. Sai Kung is home to the best public beaches in Hong Kong as they are nice & secluded, with pristine blue waters and powdery white sand! Take a dip at Half Moon Bay, Ham Tin, Long Ke Wan (among many others) and see for yourself! It’s definitely a refreshing alternative to the city’s usual beach spots that can get pretty crowded on weekends and in the summer.
Visit Man Mo Temple
Visiting a temple in Hong Kong makes for quite a unique cultural experience. If you’re not keen on leaving the city centre, a good destination would be the Man Mo temple, as it’s situated right at the heart of Central. It features rows and rows of gorgeous lanterns that hang from the ceiling and off the railings, and is well-loved amongst locals and tourists alike.
Go on a Photo Walk around Xiqu Centre
Hong Kong is home to a lot of intricate, eye-catching architecture that are definitely worth visiting #forthegram, but this newly-opened cultural centre should be at the top of your list. Situated at West Kowloon, Xiqu Centre showcases impeccable modern architecture that’s actually inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns. The centre features state of the art Chinese theatres that regularly showcase amazing Chinese artists and talents — a must see in Hong Kong!
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