The entrance to Ocean Park with a white dome and fountain with fish statues.
Containing the world's largest aquarium dome, roller coasters and water rides, Ocean Park makes for a day of fun for all ages.
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10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Trip to Vibrant Hong Kong

Dive Into the Cosmopolitan

Whether it’s your first time in Hong Kong or you have been many times, there’s always something new to discover in this fantastic city. As one of the best family vacations in the world, there is plenty for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

As a big city, however, there is lots to cater to all interests and ages, from entertainment to arts to cuisine. Check out our picks for what to do in Hong Kong and find inspiration for your next trip.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park is a massive animal theme park that has an oceanarium and marine mammal displays. Some of the park’s most famous residents are a pair of Giant Pandas.

In addition, guests can get up close and personal with other animals such as seals, penguins and dolphins. For a special dining experience, indulge in a delicious seafood meal next to the Grand Aquarium.

The park has a number of attractions for visitors of all ages including four thrilling roller coasters, the world’s largest aquarium dome and water rides.

A grass track for horse racing with a soccer field in the middle and towering skyscrapers all around.Mid-week race nights are open to the public where you can have a fun night watching horse racing.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Take in a Race at Happy Valley Racecourse

Many Wednesday evenings, Hong Kong socialites and race fans congregate at Happy Valley Racecourse to take in an evening of horse racing. Each of these mid-week race nights are open to the public with a selection of tasty food and beverages on offer.

See and be seen as you experience this mid-week social racing event.

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A view of the city from atop a skyscraper, looking out over other silver buildings and a view of the water.Enjoy a selection of delicious cocktails at the Ozone on the 118th floor of the ICC.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Enjoy a Cocktail with a View at the World’s Highest Bar

Located on the 118th floor of the ICC, Ozone is billed as the highest bar in the world. The bar is part of the Ritz-Carlton and serves a delicious selection of cocktails.

The Cosmopolitans and Martinis are our favorites but let’s be honest, we really come here for the view.

Outside the Space Museum, a white dome with people milling around the courtyard outside.The Hong Kong Space Museum is just one of many museums the city has to offer.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Enrich Yourself with a Day at the Museum

Hong Kong has a number of world-class museums, offering opportunities to learn a bit about the culture and history of this vibrant city during your visit. Some of our favorite museums in the city are the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Flagstaff House Museum, which highlights local tea-drinking culture.

Visiting one of the city’s museums is also a great way to spend a rainy day in Hong Kong.

A green and white ferry heads toward the skyscrapers on Victoria Harbour.Take a ride on the Star Ferry to get the best view of Victor Harbour.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Take a Ride on the Star Ferry

Virtually every film of Hong Kong shows the iconic skyline along Victoria Harbour. Board the Star Ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui and ride to Central to get the best views.

The ride is very affordable and takes less than 10 minutes, but the postcard-perfect views are some of the best you will find in the city.

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Green sign over the entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.As it's smaller than the theme parks in the U.S., Hong Kong Disneyland makes for a less hectic visit.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is a much smaller park than the Disney parks in the United States. In fact, it has the smallest capacity of any Disney park, which means it is not as intimidating for first-timers.

There are seven themed areas to explore with two others set to open in upcoming years. Daily parades, firework shows and special seasonal entertainment all add excitement and fun to any visit to Hong Kong Disney.

As with any Disney park, a visit to this theme park is sure to leave an impression.

Big Buddha is a massive statue of Buddha sitting atop a mountain covered in trees with a staircase leading up to its base.A popular outing is going to see the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Take a Glass-Bottomed Gondola Ride to See the Big Buddha

The largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world is a popular attraction among religious pilgrims and tourists of all faiths and backgrounds.

To get the most out of your trip to see the Big Buddha, travel on the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail cable car that offers beautiful views of Lantau Island on all four sides.

The outside of a temple with green and red decor and red lanterns hanging from overhead wires.Your visit to Hong Kong won't be complete without visiting a local temple.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Get Spiritual at a Local Temple

Hong Kong is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but just under the surface there are deep-rooted cultural and religious traditions and customs. While religious buildings of virtually every faith can be found in this international city, most visitors are interested in visiting Chinese temples.

One of the largest and busiest temples, Wong Tai Sin Temple honors a shepherd boy who was reported to have healing powers and came to be viewed as a sort of god. If you are into fortune telling, this particular temple is a popular place to have your fortune read.

One of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, Man Mo Temple, is a Taoist temple dedicated to the gods of literature and is another popular temple for tourists to visit. While these two are a couple of our favorites, there are many temples scattered throughout the city.

A tram-train with numerous trees surrounding the vehicle is overlooking a city landscapeHong Kong is very much like the New York City of Asia. It's packed with sights and activities, which means there are plenty of fun things to do in Hong Kong with kids.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / twilightshow

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Take in the View from Victoria Peak

One of the most visited spots in Hong Kong, and also the highest point on Hong Kong Island, the Peak offers stunning panoramic views of the city. You can reach the summit by taking the historic Peak Tram up the mountain’s steep incline.

Alternatively, burn some calories on your way to the top by hiking or biking The Peak Circle Walk.

A copper colored tea pot, two bowls of steeping tea, and a bowl of loose leaf.Going out for afternoon tea is a must while visiting Hong Kong.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Go for Afternoon Tea

Take part in a Hong Kong tradition and go out for afternoon tea. Many restaurants and tea houses offer a fantastic tea experience, but Luk Yu Tea House is one of our favorites.

It is a gorgeous tea house that was built in 1933. Here, you can sample delicious bites and soak in the Eastern art deco decor while you enjoy a selection of fragrant teas.

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