The Ultimate Hong Kong Bucket List

Are you planning on leaving Hong Kong and trying to think of a bucket list of things to do and places to go?

Perhaps you’re just arriving, or perhaps you’ve been living in Hong Kong a while and just want to explore more?

In any case, we have you covered.

If you’ve been living in Hong Kong, we don’t need to try to explain the beauty or wonder of Hong Kong to you. Instead, you probably just want a concise bucket list of places to go and things to do before you leave Hong Kong.

This article includes bucket list activities you may have never done before, such as bungee jumping from Macau Tower. Besides, this list includes plenty of things you probably have done before but should definitely do again!

This article covers:

  • What are things I should do one last time before I leave?
  • How should I be spending my last weekends in Hong Kong?
  • What bucket list items can I tick off on weekdays? 
  • What are some seasonal activities I should put on my buck list?
  • I have some time before leaving Hong Kong; what should I learn? 

 

What is the meaning of a bucket list?

If you're creating a bucket list of things to do in Hong Kong, Victoria harbor needs to be on your list.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/@kev01218).

The rationale behind creating a bucket list is to have a defined list of experiences you would like to enjoy in your lifetime.

For this article’s sake, the bucket list we have created is simply a list of things for you to do while living in Hong Kong. Start ticking off these bucket list items before it’s too late.

 

I’m leaving Hong Kong; what should I do one last time?

Tai Long Wan is an item that needs to be on your bucket list of things to do in Hong Kong while you are living here.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/photos/Hsvm9Lsn3rI).

If you’re getting ready to leave Hong Kong, here is a list of places that are worth going back to one last time

  • Visit your favorite beach once more: let the sun caress your skin and nature feed your eyes. If we are to pick for you, we will surely go for Ham Tin Wan’s beach at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung because of the soft and clear powdered sand.  
  • Visit Victoria Peak: Before you leave Hong Kong, visit The Peak to say goodbye. Victoria Peak gives you an expansive view of the whole city. Consider hiking up in the early evening; see the sun go down and say goodbye to the city. 
  • Sham Shui Po: Enjoy one of the city’s most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. Sham Shio Po has numerous well-known markets. The vibe is quintessential Hong Kong. Find some fabric so that you can get a new garment made to remind you of your time in Hong Kong. 
  • Aqua Luna/Duk Ling at night:  no matter how many times you have previously done this, try this one last time. Cruise through Victoria Harbour on one of Hong Kong’s oldest and authentic junks. Enjoy one of your last nights in the city, catching the views and the Symphony of Light show.
  • Cheung Chau Island: a 30-minute boat ride from Hong Kong will land you on the 7,000-year-old Hong Kong-owned Treasure Island. Saunter around the quaint villages and pick up lunch from one of the delicious stalls selling fresh seafood around the sandy beaches.
  • Elevator ride: enjoy a ride in the 7th world’s tallest building (ICC). The International Commerce Center’s (ICC) 100th floor provides you with breathtaking views of the city with a feeling that you’re in an airplane. Not enough? Enjoy a drink at the Ritz Carlton bar, Ozone, located on the 108th floor.
  • Dim Sum: Before you leave the city of Hong Kong, enjoy a brunch feasting on varieties of Dim Sum with your friends to have a perfect goodbye. Try out Maxims Palace City Hall. We review Maxims here as well as several other uniquely Hong Kong restaurants. 

 

I’m leaving Hong Kong, what should I be doing at the weekend?

Choi Hung Estate, otherwise known as Rainbow Estate, is a popular destination for taking photos. Tick this off your bucket list, take some photos here.

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  • Have you seen the above photo pop up a zillion times on your IG feed, but you’ve never taken the time to consider the exact location? The location is Choi Hung Estate (Rainbow Estate), Hong Kong. Take your own memorable photos here. 
  • Before you leave, consider saying a prayer at the mystical golden Big Buddha that guides life and property in the city. Take a cable car across Lantau Island for an unforgettable trip.
  • Bungee jump from Macau Tower: won’t it be exciting to plunge from the world’s highest bungee jump —233 meters and a 200km/hr fall speed at Macau Tower? We know it’s a huge task but try to have fun! The tower is just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong.
  • Bounce at Ryze trampoline park: well, you might say this is for children, but everyone can have a good time here. It’s a wall-to-wall bouncing delight for you and your family. 
  • Cycle around Hong Kong: enjoy the entire city via one of the many bike routes in the city. Let’s provide you with a perfect path — Tai Wei to the picturesque Tai Mei Tuk. The 20km stretch will give you the chance to pass through parks along a fascinating harbourfront. You can also pass through villages in Mui Wo; otherwise, take a guided tour to different city sections. Enjoy your ride; there might not be another time.
  • Island hopping: Hong Kong’s Islands provide you with an opportunity to take a quick moment away from busy city life. Consider taking the ferry to Lamma Island to savor the seafood feast, hike around the island, or stroll around the old fishing village.
  • Hire a junk: take some still moments away from the busy city life by hiring a private junk for a day. Enjoy any number of Hong Kong’s white sand and beautiful beaches on a junk lounge.

 

I’m leaving Hong Kong; what items can I tick off my bucket list on the weekdays?

Your bucket list of things to do before leaving Hong Kong should include taking a hike. There are so many fabulous hikes to do in Hong Kong.

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  • Hangout with friends: The last few days are genuinely emotional, but you know every journey must have an end. Therefore, chill out with friends, eat together, and take fantastic pictures. Don’t worry; they are just a phone call away. Consider having one last drink at Sevva to enjoy the views.  This is a must-do on your bucket list.
  • Helicopter ride from the top of the Peninsula Hotel: despite the stunning view of the city from the Peak, the best place to enjoy the city’s view is from a helicopter. The Peninsula’s “flight-seeing” tour begins at the China Clipper lounge located on the 30th floor. Your fun in the city is not complete without this exciting adventure.
  • PMQ: the former Police Married Quarters is a relatively new creative hub. The quarter was transformed into a sensational innovative space for artists, creatives, and food lovers. Make sure you have enough time to wander around. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and you’ll be able to tick another item off your bucket list.
  • Hiking: There are plenty of walks you can consider for the weekend, including Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock, and Bride’s Pool hike.  But if you’re trying to squeeze as much as you can into your time before leaving Hong Kong, consider doing an early evening hike to Victoria Peak or even 1,000 steps from Park Hill to Stanley. The views will take your breath away. Hiking provides you with the perfect opportunity to depart the noisy city and enjoy some quiet moments.

 

Seasonal things to do in Hong Kong 

  • Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance: though the area is relatively small due to the surrounding skyscrapers, the annual fiery dance’s enthusiasm has never been hampered. Check this Dragon dance during the Next Mid Autumn festival, which was made famous in the 19th century when the people of Tai Hang believed that a three-day Fire Dragon dance was the only way to halt the bad luck the village.  This dance is generally held around September or October. This event must be on your bucket list.
  • Join a beach clean up: Participate in the annual Hong Kong CleanUp challenge for ICC World Cleanup Day (normally around September) or on Earth Day (normally around April). You have probably enjoyed your time at Hong Kong beaches while basking in the scorching sun; help to leave the beaches clean for the next people that come. You can register here.

 

I have some time before I leave Hong Kong; what should I learn?

Learning how to make dim sum or dumplings should be on your bucket list of things to do in Hong Kong before you leave.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/photos/67mdthfNa1Y).

  • Learn to play Mahjong while enjoying dinner: Mahjong is a multiplayer time game that has been played for thousands of years. Doing well at this game requires skill, strategy, and calculation. Well, luck and chance count too. You should have seen plenty of people clicking their Mahjong tiles around the alleyways.  Put this on your bucket list! 
  • Join a Dragon Boat team: Dragon boating is one of the oldest sporting traditions in Hong Kong. It’s an exciting water sport where the whole city becomes the spectators. There are many teams you can join! 
  • Take a Tai Chi class: Heal your body and mind with a Tai Chi class and balance your Yin and Yang. The ancient art is one you must have seen people practicing. Don’t leave the city without enjoying this timeless tradition.
  • Take a Kung Fu lesson: No matter where you live in the world, you must have heard about Kung Fu, made famous by Hong Kong’s own Bruce Lee. Be a boss in your new country by taking kung fu lessons. Here are some of the best martial arts schools. A bucket list must!
  • Take Chinese cooking classes: you will miss the local delicacies once you leave Hong Kong. That’s why you should learn how to make some of the local food and show your family your cooking skills. When next you’re salivating for Dim sum, you only need to get to the kitchen and make some! For the best cooking classes in Hong Kong, click here

 

Finally

Regardless of if you’ve just arrived or if you’ve been living in Hong Kong for a while, exploring Hong Kong further is a great idea.

Perhaps you’ve done something particularly fun in Hong Kong long ago, but you’ve forgotten just how much fun it was. Or perhaps you’re looking for new inspiration.

Either way, having a clear bucket list of things to do and places to go can help you make the most of your time in Hong Kong. 

If you’re getting ready to depart Hong Kong, we know it can be a very emotional time. We hope that we can make the process of leaving Hong Kong a little easier.

Enjoy your last few days or last few months in Hong Kong by creating a bucket list and lasting memories. Once you know what’s on your bucket list, you can settle back and enjoy the last of your time.

You’ll be amazed at what you can still do in Hong Kong and what items you can tick off your bucket list within a short space of time.

If you think we’ve missed out on any topics on bucket lists for Hong Kong, or you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below.

 

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    Hong Kong is my hometown. I was born here and lived here until I was nine years old. While living in Toronto, I visited Hong Kong many times and witnessed the changes in the city. Sometimes I don’t feel I belong here but yet there is a sense of familiarity. I feel like I’m learning about the city from a foreigner’s perspective and it is refreshing to see the city from another angle.

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