Every April, Hong Kong comes alive with an electrifying atmosphere as it welcomes one of its biggest sporting weekends of the year: Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Instead of doing the standard fly in/fly out routine, why not extend by a few days and see the sights?
Hong Kong offers no shortage of group-friendly activities, tasty eats and unique experiences –from the luxe sky-high bars to treetop restaurants and sandy rims of the surrounding islands.
Even if you’ve done Hong Kong before (or 10 times over), in the ever-evolving city there’s always something new to unravel. Here’s our top picks of things to do in Hong Kong.
EXPLORE THE HARBOUR AND BEYOND
Hit the Cotai Strip in Macau
Like the sound of some high-rolling fun in glitzy casinos? Macau is a quick turbo-jet ferry ride away and it’s simple to organise a short-stay visa to explore it for a day or even a few nights. Cotai Strip is the hotel-casino area, home to fine dining, entertainment and nightlife. Beyond the strip, you can also explore the fascinating fusion of Chinese and Portuguese heritage on offer in Old Taipa Village. From ancient ruins and UNESCO heritage sites to beautiful modern squares and authentic Macanese restaurants, Macau truly has something to please every taste.
Talk to us about adding Macau onto your Hong Kong Sevens trip!
Mission Hills Golfing Experience
Golfers are in for a treat, with an opportunity to head for the grassy greens of Mission Hills Resort Dongguan, just a short two-hour trip from Hong Kong Island. Spend your days on five different premium 11-hole golf courses, before celebrating your wins (or drowning your sorrows) over a few whiskies in the wine bar before dinner. The resort also boasts a spa, fitness centre, and a hiking trail that overlooks the golf course with picturesque mountain views to top it off.
Experience Mission Hills over 3 nights, including 3 rounds of golf and all player fees.
Take to the Seas
There’s no better way to explore Victoria Harbour and the Outlying Islands than to hire a private yacht or junk boat and set sail. Hire a cruiser, a luxury yacht, or opt for a more traditional Hong Kong sailing experience on a meticulously crafted junk boat and prepare to be enraptured by intoxicating harbour views See the city from the water, step-off onto secluded beaches and witness a side of the city that can’t be experienced on land.
For a premium junk boat experience, check out our Hong Kong Sevens Packages with Junk Boat experience included. Relax in style with fellow travellers and rugby enthusiasts on this must-do cultural activity.
FIND THE TIME FOR FEASTING
Hong Kong is no stranger to good food. With over 60 Michelin-starred restaurants and a number of celebrity chefs in residence, it’s a city for fine dining and five-star service.
The 2019 three Michelin-Starred restaurants include Bo Innovation, Caprice, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, 8½ Otto e Mezzo – Bombana, Sushi Shikon, and T’ang Court.
Other Popular dining hotspots include Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo on the main island, Ashley Road and Kowloon City in Kowloon. Our top picks? Head to Bo Innovation for East-meets-West flavours, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon for celebrity dining, Sushi Shikon for Japanese, or Amber for French delights by the water’s edge.
Catch the Ferry to Lamma Island
Lamma Island is a naturally stunning paradise with no cars present to disrupt the serenity. It’s pleasantly laid-back, offering a nice change of pace from downtown Hong Kong, complete with beachside bliss in the long stretches of golden sands. It’s also home to superb seafood restaurants. Our pick is Rainbow Seafood Restaurant for an oceanic feast sure to impress even the fussiest eater in the group.
Street Food Tours
If you‘re a true foodie and appreciate the chance to indulge in authentic local flavours, explore Hong Kong’s culinary landscape at ground level in the many street stalls (‘dai pai dong’), tea houses, and local restaurants. The typical fare is Cantonese, though various Chinese influences abound. Try salty and delicious Chiu Chow da lang, beef brisket, pork neck, spicy Sichuan and the traditional Yum Cha.
To help guide your way from feast to feast, consider joining a foodie tour for first-hand recommendations and insights as you taste-test all Hong Kong has to offer.
DISCOVER HONG KONG FROM A HIGHER LEVEL
Victoria Peak Panoramas
First-timers to Hong Kong would be making a terrible mistake to skip the trip to Victoria Peak (The Peak), rickety tram ride and all. The view from the top is, without exaggeration, one of the world’s best urban views. Peer out across the mountainside to the sparkling skyscrapers that meet the winding curves of the deep harbour, further enhanced by the bustling city of Kowloon on the other side. Wait until the sun goes down and you’ll see Hong Kong spring to life in a dazzling kaleidoscope of multi-coloured lights.
Cable Car Ride to Big Buddha
For a unique Hong Kong experience, venture into the lush mountain scenery of Lantau Island in search of the Big Buddha – 250 metric tonnes of cross-legged statuesque bronze. This giant 34-metre-high Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Part of the fun is simply getting there. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is the longest bi-cable rope way in Asia and promises 25 minutes of beautiful panoramas as you glide over the island’s lush, green treetops to the misty summit.
Cocktails in the Clouds
For cocktails with a view in the centre of the action, Hong Kong has no shortage of rooftop bars that define sky-high style. The Felix delivers Avante-garde dining and classic interiors, Two Seventy Degrees Rooftop Bar is the place for harbour panoramas, and Wooloomooloo Prime is a stunning steakhouse when hungry. Otherwise, zip up the elevator to Sevva Rooftop Bar, Ozone at Ritz-Carlton, Aqua Spirit and so many more for high altitude beverages to literally top off your Hong Kong Sevens experience.
Dragon’s Back, aka Hong Kong’s Best Urban Hike
This moderate 4-hour hike is easily accessible from Central Hong Kong. Take in stunning views of Southern Hong Kong Island and its shoreline from multiple viewing platforms. As the trail meanders through the mountain’s peaks, the tail end of the hikes decent leads you to Big Wave Bay, a pleasant beach for swimming and occasional surf.
Join us in Hong Kong for an unforgettable experience. Explore our Official Travel Packages for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens here.