10 free things to do in Hong Kong

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Hong kong may not be a cheap destination, but there are plenty of things you could do for free and still get the best of the city. Check out my list and make sure you're able to do all of it when you visit Hong Kong. The best things in life are free! Breakaway!

1. Watch the Symphony of Lights

-Watch as the 50 plus Hong kong buildings  illuminate during a 15 min extravagance of lights, music and lasers. The best view is at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui District. Be there before 7 or 9 pm and get the best spot. Don't forget to bring a few snacks or drinks, like your watching in a movie house or something :)

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2. Ride the world's longest escalator

-One of the amazing features of Hong kong is it's 792 meter long string of escalators. It is the best way for the pedestrians to get around the steep districts of Central, the Mid-levels and SoHo. The escalators run uphill until midnight and downhill during the morning rush hour. How to get there? Take a train (MTR) and get off at the Central Station. The escalators will give you a nice view of the busy streets, traditional apartments and shops. In the mood for a drink? Go for a little detour, the escalators will pass by the hippest bars of SoHo! Cheers!

3. Check out the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

-Check out more than 10,000 Buddha statues all in different kinds and sizes, Beautiful temples and pagodas. There is also a vegetarian restaurant there which is well worth a try. How to get there? Take a train (MTR) and get off at the Sha Tin station then look for Pau Tai Street. The Monastery is open 9am to 5-30pm daily.

4.  Explore Hong kong Parks

-There are heaps of parks which you may visit like the Kowloon Walled City Park - you can get free Kung Fu demonstrations on Sundays here. The Hong Kong Park - you can see a huge aviary and this is also where the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is located. Victoria Park - Hong kong's largest park, the best time to visit is in the morning where you can witness tons of Tai-Chi fanatics showing off their moves.

cool modern structure I found in the park :)

5. Explore the Zoological and Botanical Gardens

-A great oasis in the middle of Hong Kong, there are hundreds of animals there including the largest collection of red-cheeked gibbons shrieked, 280 species of birds and more than 1,000 different plant species. How to get there? Take a train (MTR) and get off at the Admiralty station. Please bring your kids here! :)

6.  Get soaked in the atmosphere of Temple Street

-A street filled with thousands of colorful light bulbs, fortune tellers, Canto opera performers, food hawkers and an overwhelming number of stores which sell cheap goods like clothes, watches, designer fakes and accessories. A good way to tackle the night market is to start at the top by taking the train (MTR) to Yau Ma Tei station and walk south from Portland street.

7. See the best view of the city inside the Bank of China Tower

-No this is not the Starfleet Communications Research Center in the TV series Star Trek: Voyager! :) If New York has the Empire State Building then Hong Kong has the Bank of China Tower. The prism-like facade has become one of Hong Kong skyline’s most recognizable and appreciated features. An observation deck on the 43rd floor provides good views of Central Hong kong, absolutely for free! 

8. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Space Museum

-Looking for something free to do on a Wednesday in Hong kong? then go and check out the Hong Kong Museum of Art to learn more about the Chinese culture and arts and the Hong Kong Space Museum for a fun educational introduction to many facets of science especially in Astronomy.

9.  Witness the panoramic view of Hong Kong from the Victoria Peak

-The spot that offers the best panoramic view of Hong Kong, a quiet romantic place I think :) You may also visit the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum here (not for free okay?!) You can reach the peak via the Peak Tram, the 120-year-old funicular railway that departs from its terminal on Garden Road (nearest MTR: Central)

10. Join free classes 

-Every places we visit is an opportunity for us to learn and discover new things. Head to the Hong Kong Tourism Board and take part of the Cultural Kaleidoscope Programme where they offer free Feng Shui, Tai Chi and Tea preparation classes. 

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