We’ve lived in different countries in Southeast Asia including Hong Kong. We raised our kids here for many years and have a great list of family friendly activities in Hong Kong.
A lot of friends contact us asking if Hong Kong is a good place to consider for a family trip. The short answer is yes! Apart from a day trip to Hong Kong Disneyland (you can get discount tickets here), here’s some other activities you might want to consider. These activities are suitable for younger kids as well.
Get off the beaten path and take a hike:
Option 1 – Repulse Bay to Tai Tam: This is a mild climb for a wee bit and then it heads down, both on dirt paths and then a cement path to the exit. It’s about 1.5 hours. If you stop at some streams and eat along the way it would be longer.
Option 2 – Old Peak Road to the Peak: This is a 1 km uphill climb to the Peak, on cement. Once there you can add a 3km loop that goes around the peak. You could take the peak tram back down as an alternative to walking down. To do the whole 4km loop would take anywhere from 1.5 hours.
Option 3 – Parkview to Jardine’s Lookout: This is a mild 1 km climb to a lookout over Hong Kong. It’s a dirt path with a few rocks to climb on as well. Save this one for nice weather because it is an awesome view. You could walk back and call it a day or, another 1.6km down into the country park would take you to the upper reservoir which is fun to see. There are massive carp in there. Take bread to feed them. The exit is another 2.6km to the road. You can add as much or as little on this hike. (Maps of these three trails are in the media gallery.)
Discover lost treasure at the markets:
Most markets open from 11am and stay open till late.
1. Ladies Market: full of stall after stall of electronics, gadgets, purses, etc. South Tung Choi Street.
2. Goldfish Market: lots of fish, some reptiles, dogs – North Tung Choi Street.
3. Wan Chai Market: This is a local market on Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai with all kinds of stuff including food and butcher stalls that sometimes have wacky things. I always take guests here as it’s easy to wander and pop out whenever. If you visit here make your way to Lee Tung Avenue and eat Emack and Bolio’s ice cream! The kids will love it!
4. Temple Street Night Market: This is the most touristy market. Opens around 6pm and goes until late. Has everything from souvenirs, electronics, clothes and so on.
5. Stanley Market: A lot of stores have closed in recent years. But for kids the waterfront and rocks are a great place to run around. There are also plenty of restaurants on the promenade. You could tie this in after a hike in the Tai Tam Country Park as it’s close.
6. Upper Lascar Row: Or, Cat Street Market. This antiques outdoor market is nestled in Sheung Wan.
Time to feed the family:
The usual kid favorites can be found all around including Five Guys Hamburgers, Paisano’s Pizza, Subway, Burger King, Cali-Mex (pretty good mexican), and Motorino also has good pizza. Here’s some local delicacies that your family might enjoy as well.
1. Mak’s Noodles – Central Station: Well known noodle and wonton restaurant. 77 Wellington St.
2. Dim Sum – City Hall: arrive before 11:30 am. Trolleys go around the room with dim sum and you choose the dishes you want to try. Always fun!
3. Fun Dim Sum – Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui: Yum Cha in the shape of characters and you can poke them and the insides ooze. Gross but cool.
4. Egg Tarts – These are a must try. I get them from any bakery if I see them!
5. Dai Pai Dong – the outdoor food stalls all over. Try the sweet sour pork ribs, or other stir fried dishes! Sing Kee, 82 Stanley St. Open from 11-3 or 5-11.
6. HK French Toast – Beloved Hong Kong food. Thick, super soft white bread with butter/peanut butter then fried and topped with more butter of course! Many local places sell it.
7. Ichiran Ramen – individual cubbies for eating and ordering your ramen. 440 Jaffe Road.
8. Jumbo Floating Restaurant – Chinese food. Not a must, but you’ll find it in Aberdeen if you are in that area. You can get discount tickets to Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant here.
9. Egg Waffles – Mmmmmm. Sold at little stores on the street, all over Hong Kong.
Things to see and do:
Here’s our round up of some of the best family friendly activities in Hong Kong that will give you a taste of the culture and its people.
On, or nearby Hong Kong Island
3. Hong Kong Avenue of Stars – you can take a ferry over and it’s on the promenade.
4. Maritime Museum at the Star Ferry Pier – I haven’t been, but someone recently said there was a nice exhibit.
5. Ride the historic double decker trams or “ding ding” – cheapest ride you’ll ever have.
6. Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road is cool with all the coils of incense burning. Near Upper Lascar Rd antiques market.
7. If you or the kids have a thing for cemeteries, check out the cemetery in Happy Valley.
8. Mid Levels escalator – the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.
Get off Hong Kong Island with ease and explore
10. Visit Tai O fishing village on Lantau Island. Definitely a whole day adventure if you add it on to your Big Buddha visit. Catch a bus from Ngong Ping down from the Big Buddha to Tai O. Or, catch a ferry to Mui Wo and then a bus. Option to take a boat ride around the stilt homes.
11. Big Buddha – this is a very touristy area but the cable car is a nice ride there, and there is a small hike to the wisdom trail. Best reached by MTR to Tung Chung Station. Buses from there go to Ngong Ping (Big Buddha) or do the cable car. If you want to ride the cable car, buy the tickets online first and you enter a different line when queuing up. You could get to Tung Chung and do Big Buddha first thing in the morning and be back in 1/2 day if you wanted. It depends on the crowds on any given day.
12. Take a ferry to Cheng Chau island and rent bikes. There’s an old pirate’s cave here too.
1. Ride the Star Ferry between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
2. See the Hong Kong skyline from the Kowloon promenade at night.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle keep you from bringing the kids with you.
With lots of green trails, beaches, and places to visit there are plenty of family friendly activities waiting for you in Hong Kong!