Cheap ways to see Hong Kong's sights
Chatteris' own Hannah Wilson talks us through her top tips to help you save money whilst sightseeing!
Hong Kong is full of amazing sights and tourist attractions. Most are reasonably priced, but there are a lot of tourist traps that can be easily avoided. So, here is my advice for getting to see the best sights in Hong Kong as cheaply as possible.
Above: Happy to have made it to the top of Big Buddha.
Big Buddha is a must-see attraction in Hong Kong. Many people are tricked into believing that it can only be reached by taking a cable car that costs 235HKD (£23.50). However, when you arrive at Tung Chung MTR station, walk behind the cable car station to find the bus terminal. You can take bus number 23 which takes you on a scenic journey for a fraction of the price. The bus costs 16HKD (around £1.60) each way Monday to Saturday, and 25HKD (around £2.50) each way on Sundays and Bank holidays.
LKF - the craziest nightlife area in Hong Kong. There’s no need to bother with the expensive drinks in the bars, 7 eleven has got your back! The streets of LKF are safely policed but also very relaxed, so you can easily drink your 7 eleven tinnies and then go into a club to have a boogy. There are very rarely entry fees to clubs, so it is easy to have a cheap night out. You can spend as little or as much as you want!
Ladies night - usually on Wednesday and Thursday nights in Wan Chai, and some places in Central. As the name suggests it’s for ladies, men can come as well, but it is fairly expensive! Ladies get free entry and free drinks, and the men have to pay… sorry! The deals normally last from 10pm to midnight, but it’s a perfect midweek girls night out!
Above: A group photo at Garden Hill.
Hong Kong’s Skyline is amongst the most iconic in the world, here are a few suggestions of cheap ways to see it from all angles.
Aside from the Star Ferry and TST promenade which are the obvious tourist hot spots, there is a hidden gem called Garden Hill near Sham Shui Po. If you head to Berwick St, behind the youth hostel there’s a long set of stairs. After a steep but short walk up the stairs, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of mountains, sea and skyscrapers.
Whampoa promenade is another lesser-known spot that provides brilliant views of both Kowloon Bay and Hong Kong island skylines. There is also a public swimming pool, which only costs 17HKD (around £1.70) that can be paid for with your Octopus card. You can enjoy the view while relaxing in one of the 8 swimming pools.
If you want to admire the view from Hong Kong Island, head to Tamar Park. It’s a great place to relax, and there are often events and exhibitions. Beer bay rooftop at Central Ferry Pier No 3 is another public space on Hong Kong Island that provides undisturbed views of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. It is also great for relaxing with drinks and watching firework displays, which happen on public holidays.
Above: Pictures at Victoria Peak.
Victoria Peak is arguably Hong Kong's best viewpoint. But if you want to see it without hiking or queuing hours for the infamous tram, you can take bus number 15 from Central or Admiralty MTR stations for only 9.8HKD each way (less than £1). The bus takes you to exactly the same spot as the tram. Another hidden cost at the Peak is the skybar, which is an additional 50HKD (around £5.00). However, there is a lovely viewpoint called the “Lion Garden" just a 1 minute walk around the corner which provides virtually the same view for free.