Here are 10 secret places in Hong Kong that regular travel guidebooks may not tell you about!
1. Garden Hill
Garden Hill is a challenge to find on Google Maps since there is no exact name for this mountain, but it’s so worth it! It only takes a 15 minute walk to reach the hilltop. You can expect a beautiful view of Sham Shui Po at the very top of the hill.
Directions : 15 minutes walk from Mei Ho House, Exit D2 Sham Shui Po MTR Station
2. Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Ma Wan is a small island between Lantau Island and Kowloon. There is a little known sand beach where you can clearly see the lighting of Tsing Ma Bridge. Although a bit far from the metro station, it is easily accessible by ferry from Central.
Ferry ( Central Pier No.2 < > Park Island)
Fares : HKD$24.6 for single journey tickets
Service hours :
Mon to Fri 7:00am – 11:30pm
Sat, Sun, and public holiday 7:30am – 11:30pm
From Park Island
Mon to Fri 6:30am – 11:00pm
Sat, Sun, and public holiday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Frenquecy : every 15-30 minutes
3. Sharp Island
Sharp island is called Kiu Tsui Chau in Cantonese and only a 15 minute boat ride from Sai Kung Public Pier. Not only is it a good place to escape the bustle of the city, you can also walk along the sand during low tide to reach a smaller island nearby.
Directions : 15 minutes ferry ride from Sai Kung Public Pier
Fares : HKD$30 for return tickets
4. Street arts in Sheung Wan District
Street art is usually not allowed in Hong Kong. However, you can find some legal street art in Sheung Wan. HKWalls, a local art organization, invites local artists to add their creative touch to these walls, after getting approval from the owners. Check out the map of all these art works on their website.
Directions : 7-8 minutes walk from Exit D2, Central MTR Station
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5. Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O is a small village on the west part of Lantau Island. It’s slow paced lifestyle stands in stark contrast to the busy Hong Kong. Stilted houses, dried fish stalls and beautiful sunset are famous in this outlying area.
Directions : Take Bus No.11 from Exit B, Tung Chung MTR Station
Fares : HKD$6 (Weekday), HKD$11.8(Holiday)
6. Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
At the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, you can access a massive open top graden ar the top of the terminal. You can see Victoria Harbour in its entirety without the usual crowds.
Directions : Take Green Mini Bus No.86 from Exit A, Kowloon Bay MTR Station
Fares : HKD$5.5
7. Tai Tam Reservoir
To reach the Tai Tam Reservoir, there is a short hike at Hong Kong Island until you reach the nice view. Most of walk is going downhill, so it is quite easy to finish the hike.
Directions : Take Bus No.6 from Exit C1, Admiralty MTR Station, and drop off at “Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park”
Fares : HKD$7.9
Route map of the hiking
OZONE is the highest rooftop bar in Hong Kong. With over 100 floors, you can see both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Address : 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening hours :
Mon-Wed 5:00pm – 1:00am
Thu 5:00pm – 2:00am
Fri 5:00pm – 3:00am
Sat 3:00pm – 3:00am
Sun 12:00nn – 0:00am
Average cost per person : HKD$100 – $200
Directions : 5 minutes walk from Exit C1, Kowloon MTR Station
9. Sai Wan Swimming Shed
Sai Wan Swimming Shed is only a 15 minute walk from Kennedy Town MTR station, so it’s an easy visit! Local photographers like to take a sunset shot over here.
Directions : 15 minutes walk from Exit C, Kennedy Town MTR station.
10. Tai Hang District
Since Tai Hang is so close to Causeway Bay, the district is slowly but surely getting attention from locals. Don’t miss out on this hidden food paradise, known for its local foods, fusion foods, and hot pot.
Directions : 10 minutes walk from Tin Hau MTR station
Edited by Ryan Chen