You might visit Hong Kong, but now it’s time to really see it. Get unmissable views that you didn’t know you could get from these incredible lookout points.
Dragon’s Back hike
Sweeping views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea are all part of the 8.5km trek through the Southern District of Hong Kong Island. Start this gorgeous walk at Shek O Road near Tei Wan Village and you won’t have to go more than 20 minutes before seeing your first breathtaking view, this time of the Shek O Peninsula. You’ll end your walk in Tai Long Wan Village, near Big Wave Bay Beach, aka the perfect place to cool down after the hike. But if you need an added boost of adrenaline, try paragliding from the mountain gap on Dragon’s Back.
UNESCO Global Geo Park
By boat, see the awe-inspiring landforms that have been shaped by time over Hong Kong’s long history. Situated in both the East and Northeast New Territories, this Geo Park includes the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and a Sedimentary Rock Region. For the historians and geologists - or anyone with affinities for such - a stop at the Volcano Discovery Centre is a must. You won’t want to miss seeing an exhibit of the hexagonal rock columns formed by volcanic eruptions 140 million years ago.
Lantau Island (via glass bottom cable car)
The Ngong Ping 360 cable car service includes a 25-minute ride between the town of Tung Chung and Ngong Ping Village . Take in panoramic views of Lantau Island and then spend time back on terra firma in the Ngong Ping Village. There is a restaurant, tea house, shops and it’s the starting point to see the famous Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom Path (below).
Whirl and twirl your way at the ‘top’ of Hong Kong… on a rollercoaster! Ocean Park is a wonderfully fun theme park with thrill rides like the Hair-Raiser, Flying Swing, Ferris Wheel, Eagle, Crazy Galleon and so many more. At a slower pace, take the scenic cable car ride for a stunning view over Repluse Bay. If you are not an all-out thrillseeker, take in views of outstanding animal exhibits and other attractions.
If you wondered what this beautiful city looks like from 100 floors high, you can see for yourself. At the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions, you are given the chance to head to the 100th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong by the fastest double-deck high-speed elevators in the city. New attractions on the Observation Deck offer Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality perspectives of the city, as well multimedia exhibits explaining the storied history of Hong Kong.
Absorb the views from on high while calming your nerves at the same time. Hong Kong can be an urban jungle, with skyscrapers aplenty. Many of these buildings are crowned with rooftop bars. For those who like to stay up late, we recommend checking out Cé La Vie in Lan Kwai Fong. DJs will spin all night as you sip cocktails and dine on modern Asian cuisine. Just remember to mind their dresscode! For those who like to sit back and relax as they take in the 180° view, head to Eye Bar in Kowloon. Take a glance of Hong Kong through their telescope or sit against the glass balcony to feel like you’re truly on top of the world.