Create Your Own Adventure: Our Favorite New Activities In Hong Kong That You Must Try!
While sampling great delicacies and dropping by famous landmarks are always in one’s bucket list, discover these new activities in Hong Kong that will make you fall in love with this wonderful destination more.
Hong Kong will never leave you feeling bored—the myriad of things to do, eat, discover, and try is a list of endless possibilities. You’ll never run out of events to attend that will spark that passion for arts and culture; hopping from one restaurant or bar to another is always a wonder. Admiring nature as well as architecture and technology won’t run short either, and even a simple day’s walk or riding trams is, in itself, an exciting adventure. Plus, there’s the colorful community of people that you’ll get to encounter during your stay.
It’s simply picturesque, lively, and always packed to a brim, that’s why Hong Kong is always top of mind when you just need to get away from Manila for a much-needed break. Even shopping holidays are a staple, as much as going to theme parks with the family that abound the area is. With the post-lockdown bringing forth new destinations for eager tourists looking to indulge in new things Hong Kong has to offer, some of these finds are even located in our favorite spots—an extra cherry on top of the cake, so to speak.
To introduce the city’s latest attractions to the already long catalog of must-dos in the city, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has launched the campaign "New Adventures at Every Turn". Using the Rubik’s Cube as the project’s logo, it represents the freshest experience within the city, which you can easily twist and turn to form your own personalized itinerary.
On your next journey to this cultural mecca, experience a different kind of Hong Kong with these new must-do activities that you shouldn’t dare to miss!
1. A New Fairytale Experience at Castle of Magical Dreams
Hong Kong Disneyland will always be a happy place for kids and kids-at-heart all the time. This time, it reawakens an already classic favorite attraction that will give you a heart-stopping time, as if you’ve entered a different fairytale altogether. The new Castle of Magical Dreams—formerly the Sleeping Beauty Castle—features architectural elements that pay tribute to Disney Princesses and Queens. Its uniquely designed towers, turrets, and spires will leave you breathless at every turn, transporting you to a place rightfully fit for a royal.
Why we love it: We love this for IG-worthy moments, with or without your princess garb.
2. Rediscover childhood stories in the “Momentous” lightshow
Do not leave the castle without catching the latest showcase Hong Kong Disneyland has to offer. Dubbed as “Momentous”, watch the Castle of Magical Dreams being illuminated with a large scale projection mapping technology, highlights stories of Disney Animation and Pixar stories like “Frozen”, “Peter Pan”, “The Lion King”, “Coco”, and more.
Why we love it: We know these stories by heart, but when it’s through a light and sound show (that you watch with a crowd), it always feels like the music is sweeter, the storylines more intense.
3. Water fun all year round at Water World Ocean Park
If you love water parks, you’ll have the time of your life at the Water World Ocean Park. Asia’s only year-round, all-weather water park boasts of 400,000sq.ft. of playing area, with exciting slides, wave pools, and splashing good time!
Why we love it: Have you tried out ‘Torrential River’ or ‘Rainbow Rush’? You’ll understand all the hype when you feel the rush when you try out these attractions. You’ll need more than one day to go through all the rides: from ;Thrill Valley’ to ‘Thunder Loop’, and ‘Daredevil Drop.’ If you just want to hang with the family, you can go to Water World Plaza or try out surfing in ‘Surf Striker’ which is located at ‘Hidden Village.’
4. Build your childhood dreams at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Reminisce the days when building LEGO blocks is your life. At the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center, located at K11 MUSEA, 10 LEGO-themed areas await visitors to marvel at and play in! What’s more, this spot features a MINILAND Hong Kong, a miniature form of Hong Kong’s destination highlights!
Why we love it: Apart from MINILAND which can give you a virtual tour of Hong Kong: from the Bank of China Tower to Temple Street, this is also a chance to try the Lego Creative Workshop where you can learn from a Master Model Builder.
5. An upgraded Tram experience at The Peak
Of course, you can’t leave Hong Kong without dropping by The Peak. But this time, this top tourist attraction gets a premium upgrade, with an even grander The Peak Tram launched last month! Enjoy a more spacious tram experience, plus less waiting time per way—so you’ll get to spend more of your time marveling at the place.
Why we love it: Not only will it give you a major photo moment for your feed, you can enjoy the sights at The Peak from any time of the day.
6. Amp up your selca game at Madame Tussauds
If spotting celebrities is a sport, you’ll definitely win at Madame Tussauds. With over 100 wax figures of our favorite personalities, it’s even more breathtaking now with several additions to their vast lineup of wax models. Fans of Jackson Wang, Pia Wurtzbach, Lee Chong Wei, Manny Pacquiao, and more will surely be thrilled in taking selfies with each figure in the house!
Why we love it: It’s like a live history lesson, with tons of photo-opportunities!
7. Feel the romance at Love Rocks
Bring your sweetheart for a date at Sky Terrace 428, where it displays a new area that immortalizes your love in photos. Love Rocks is a brand new heart-shaped Love Padlock decoration coated in pink and iridescent elements with love locks for a charming moment with the love of your life. A sweet AR-enabled special Instagram effect check-in hotspot is also available, which includes “Northern Starry Light” and “Message Cloud” that will make the best couple photo to take!
Why we love it: It’s the perfect date place. Don’t forget to visit the Wishing Corner where you can profess your love.
8. Indulge your Monopoly-loving self at Monopoly Dreams
The first Monopoly-themed attraction in the world, MONOPOLY Dreams lets you have a rollercoaster ride of your life! There are attractions like the Train Station 4-D cinema for a unique adventure, the MONOPOLY Property that will allow you to print your own unique Title Deedor, the MONOPOLY Cafe, where you can hoard banknotes and have them exchanged for yummy snacks on stock!
Why we love it: It’s so unique, plus you’ll find limited-edition MONOPOLY sets here to take home.
9. Immerse in rich art Hong Kong has to offer
Art lovers will fall head over heels in one of Hong Kong’s pride, the M+. One of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, it is worth getting lost inside this wondrous space—filled with 33 galleries that house visual art, design and architecture, and moving images.
Why we love it: Apart from its extensive visual offerings, its Roof Garden allows you a peek of the city’s stunning skyline.
10. Be ahead of the trend and visit the city’s newest art hub
Finally opening its doors to visitors in July this year, one must not leave Hong Kong Palace Museum out of your itinerary. With over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum, it’s an extensive collection that celebrates Chinese art and culture merged with the city’s heritage.
Why we love it: A lot of pieces inside the museum are never before seen by the public—so better grab this opportunity to see them for yourself!
11. Sweating it out on the bike
Nature and fitness lovers will be delighted to cover a new route when in Hong Kong. The “Super Bike Track” cycling track, launched during the pandemic, is an 11-kilometer that connects Tuen Mun and Ma On Shan. It also takes six hours to reach end to end—so make sure you’re all prepped and hydrated to take on the challenge!
Why we love it: This scenic ride will leave you in awe of the Pat Sin Leng mountain range and Tolo Harbour, which you’ll pass by!
12. Get lost in the mountains
Don’t just bask in the city—get pumped up on the different hiking trails that are suitable for every type of adventure seeker. Beginners will love the tranquility of Lau Shui Heung reservoir, while intermediate hikers will find fun and challenge in the Tai Tam Reservoir hike. Advanced hikers will be rewarded with the best of Hong Kong’s naturescape when they go on the Wilson Trail Section 9 hike.
Why we love it: The many discoveries you’ll find along the trail are priceless gems!
13. Savor new delights in Harbour City
While you’ll always have your happy dining place, Hong Kong is a food haven that always brings something new to the table, Case in point the latest culinary delights offered in Harbour City!
Why we love it: A visit is a whole day-worth of itinerary in itself—get your caffeine fix at Cupping Room, sample on fish maw dishes at Art of Canton, and enjoy extraordinary Robatayaki izakaya dinner at Shiawase.
14. Or hop from one dining spot to another
If you’d rather go on a bigger exploration of flavors among the city’s best offerings, the hippest restaurants are now open and ready to serve you. From Wing’s local produce-focused menu to the wide variety that KIN Food Hall offers, you’ll never be bored of the wide array of choices. Even vegetarians won’t feel left out—just drop by JAJA for your yummy meat-free fix!
Why we love it: We’re adding to the already long list of favorite dining spots in Hong Kong!
15. Stay in the swankiest hotels
Live in Hong Kong in style—with accommodations that fit your exquisite taste! Our top picks: The newly refurbished Hotel 1936, boasting of 50 designer guest rooms, and minimalist AKI Hong Kong–M Gallery.
Why we love it: Posh travelers will find the grandeur of Hotel 1936 outstanding, while fans of Japanese-style tatami rooms will enjoy AKI’s unique and chic lodging.
For more information, visit Discover Hong Kong.