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How to explore Hong Kong

Transport in Hong Kong is part of the adventure for families – whether you walk, sail or ride – you will love exploring this vibrant city with kids. 

Hong Kong family activities

Something old, something new, something borrowed [By Britain], something blue. Picture: Shutterstock.

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry boats have been transporting passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year.

Jump on board and take a ride for an up-close (and inexpensive) look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours.


The original Peak Tram held only 30 passengers when it first opened 130 years ago, but in 1989 the Peak Tram underwent a major refurbishment. The carriages were replaced with the iconic red ones still in use today. From its earliest days, The Peak Tram has been one of Hong Kong’s most visited attractions. Over two million people a year take the journey up to The Peak for spectacular views of the skyline and beyond.

Hong Kong family activities

The tram has moved with the times and is part of Hong Kong’s culture now. Picture: Supplied.

Cable Car

Take the NP360 cable car to visit Hong Kong’s iconic Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, impress the daredevils with a glass bottom gondola for hair raising views of Lantau Island. Then explore the nearby Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path, before venturing out to the other parts of the island by bus. Take the bus to Tai O fishing village and from there you can take a boat to see Hong Kong’s unique stilt houses. 

Hong Kong family activities

Cable Cars give you the best view in the city. Picture: Supplied.

Taste Tour

When it comes to feeding the crew, get more bang for your bucks by creating your own mini foodie tour. For self-navigate foodie trails, pick up a neighbourhood guidebook from a visitor information centre (the guidebooks also include must-try dishes). If you’re looking for a fun dinner venue try Yum Cha HK, home to the most adorable dim sum creations and the
famous ‘vomiting’ custard buns.

Hong Kong family activities

Yum Cha is a must and don’t forget to be brave when it comes to new food. Picture: Supplied.

Historic Hiking

Escape the crowds and tire out the kiddies by heading to the outer islands for some hiking. From spectacular cityscapes and remote beaches; to rustic villages and or historical landmarks, Hong Kong’s hiking trails have so much to offer. For more hiking tracks pick up a Great Outdoors guidebook from a visitor information centre.

Hong Kong family activities

Hong Kong’s excellent hiking scene will take you by surprise. Picture: Supplied.


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