Everything you should do on your exchange in Hong Kong

By Gemma Dignam (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Now I have finished my exchange in Hong Kong, I’ve put together a list of everything I recommend an exchange student to do whilst you’re there- from climbing the tallest peak in Hong Kong, to the best rooftop bars to watch the incredible skyline.

Places and Activities
  • Take the tram up to Victoria Peak
  • Explore Central and Soho- taking the Mid-Levels Escalator ( the longest escalator in the world)
  • Have a beach barbeque at Shek O
  • Go shopping in Causeway Bay
  • Go shopping in CityGate Outlet for great discounts
  • Watch the horse racing at Happy Valley
  • Go to Ocean Park- Hong Kong’s signature amusement park with a zoo, water rides and rollercoasters
  • Go to Hong Kong DisneyLand
  • Go cycling in the New Territories, to the Shenzhen border to see China or along Tai Po
  • Visit Lamma Island for an easy hike, beaches and to stroll round the villages
  • Visit Cheng Chau Island
  • Go to the Choi Hung Estate
  • Visit the Monster Building, a famous photography spot
Cycling to the Shenzhen border
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Culture
  • Experience Mid Autumn Festival by going to Wong Tai Sin Temple, Victoria Park and eating a mooncake
  • Take the cable car to the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island
  • Visit the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens
  • Go to Tai Kwun- the Centre for Heritage and Arts
  • Visit Tai O Fishing Village
  • Visit the West Kowloon Cultural District
  • Visit the markets and have street food in Mong Kok
  • Explore the museums in Hong Kong- Art, History, Science, Space and M+ Museum
  • Visit the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery
Nature-based
  • Go camping in Sai Kung and watch the sunrise
  • Go kayaking from Clear Water Bay to Green Egg Island
  • Hike to the tallest peak in Hong Kong- Tai Mo Shan
  • Stroll around Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Park
  • Hike the Dragon’s Back trail
  • Hike up Sunset Peak
  • See the monkeys at Kam Sham Country Park
  • Visit Tung Ping Chau island, part of the Hong Kong Geopark
  • Complete the Pineapple Mountain hike and visit the ha pak lai wetlands on the way down for sunset
  • Hike to Lion’s Rock to see the city views and sunset
  • Go to the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls
Food and Drink
  • Eat DimSum at Fresco
  • Try the dumplings from Bafang
  • Go to a Hong Kong cafe and try the milk tea
  • Try an egg waffle
  • Get a drink at Ozone, the highest bar in the world
  • Head to Wan Chai on Wednesday- Carnegie’s, Devils Advocate
  • Night out in LKF- Iron Fairies, C45, Zentral, Space, Le Boudoir are popular
  • Get a drink on Peel Street
  • Go to Mr Wong’s for unlimited food and beer for £8

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