Looking for free things to do in Hong Kong? Then you’re at the right place! This list is made for you low budget travelers or for adventurers who just like all good things free. We tried covering all kinds of different free things that you can do in Hong Kong, so hopefully there’s something interesting for everyone. Let us know if you actually done something on this list or if you got any other great tips for your fellow travelers!
Top free things to do in Hong Kong
Museums and exhibitions
In Hong Kong there are many great museums that you can visit for just a low entrance fee. What’s even greater is that on Wednesdays, seven museums are free to visit! Find out more about Hong Kong at the Museum of History, Heritage Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Coastal Defence, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Musuem, Museum of Art and Space Museum (although the last two are unfortunately closed for renovations. For any other day, you might want to visit the Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Railway Museum, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum and some folk museums (like the Law Uk Folk Museum) that are free everyday.
For exhibitions that are free for everyone, go to the Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. If that isn’t enough art and culture for you yet, try checking out the Spring Workshop, Cattle Depot Artist Village, Oil Street Art Space and the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. And lastly, walk around at the PMQ creative hub in Sheung Wan to not only see some temporary exhibitions but also some great work from local artists. Since you’ll be saving loads of money with these activities on the list, it won’t hurt to splurge a little bit at the PMQ right?
Curious how the music scene is like in Hong Kong? Get a glimpse of it by checking out Street Music performances that are co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Kung Music Workshop. Concerts are held often where all kinds of genres are covered. It’s a great experience for music enthusiasts!
Beaches and nature
If you’re into hiking then Hong Kong is definitely a city for you to be. Your daily walking in Hong Kong can already be considered as a light hiking trip, but there’s also some beautiful nature to explore if you want to do some serious leg work. Set foot at the MacLehose Trail for one of the best hikes in the world (as claimed by the National Geographic), but really you can have a good hike at so many areas in Hong Kong.
Explore an island like the Lamma Island or Cheung Chau Island that are actually also great just for the scenery and food. Not to mention that you’ll be able to see a whole new part of Hong Kong (it’s not just skyscrapers in this city!). At Cheung Chau you can also have some fun at the beach. Or if you want to go for a good swim in the sea, there are some amazing beaches in Hong Kong with very clean water (check this list to find out).
At many public parks and gardens in Hong Kong you can find so many different animal and plant species. The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest of the world and so you can expect to enjoy some great nature there. Even better: every Sunday until 26 June 2016, there will be free guided visits available! Click here to see how you can participate in one of them.
Tai Chi and Kung Fu
When you’re talking about parks and nature in Hong Kong, of course you can’t not mention Tai Chi. Early in the morning you’ll be able to see many people working their Tai Chi moves at any park in the city. To just name a few, find them at the Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Park or the Zoological and Botanical Garden every morning.
Want to learn a bit of Tai Chi yourself? The Hong Kong Tourism Board offers free Tai Chi classes four times a week! The information found online vary per website, so the best way is to just contact the Hong Kong Tourism Board for the current data.
Another cool thing that you might want to go to is the Kung Fu Corner at Kowloon Park on every Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Performers from all ages will demonstrate different forms and there’s usually also some dragon dancing. Don’t expect kung fu masters performing, but it will be pretty impressive to see either way!
Interested to find out more about the spiritual side of Hong Kong? There are some amazing temples to visit in the city that are all for different religions and beliefs. Some temples that might be worth seeing are Wong Tai Sin Temple, Man Mo Temple, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Tin Hau Temple and Po Lin Temple.
Escalators aren’t exactly something you’d think as exciting, but the world’s largest outdoor escalator might make you think otherwise. When you’re trying to explore the Central area (or the area between Sai Ying Pun to Wan Chai) you might notice that you end up walking upwards pretty much most of the time. That’s because you’re literally walking up a mountain! The Mid-Levels is one of the most expensive residential areas that is located halfway on a mountain (hence the name). So yes, it might be a bit tiring to walk all the way up. And that’s when the Mid-Levels escalator comes to rescue. This 800 meters long escalator is an impressive trip itself if you’re not really planning on going somewhere. Just keep in mind that the escalator changes directions during the day: it runs downhill from 6 to 10 AM and uphill from 10:30 to midnight everday.
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