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Five Child-Friendly Things to Do in Hong Kong

Five Child-Friendly Things to Do in Hong Kong

story by: Jo Wedlock

If you have never been to Hong Kong you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just another stopover point on your way to Europe or a bustling Asia city just like any other.  You’d be wrong, of course, as Hong Kong has so much to offer for all ages and in all different types of experiences!

Hong Kong is one of my favourite places to take my kids to and there is heaps for them to do. With the Asia influences, even things like Disneyland are a new adventure that both them and I can enjoy.

When planning your trip to Hong Kong, it pays to get some advice from your House of Travel specialist as, while it’s a very western Chinese city, it still can be a little tricky to get around town if you don’t speak the language or know where it is you’re trying to get to!

From several trips to Hong Kong with kids in tow (ages 5, 11 and 13) here are some of our favourite things to do:

Hong Kong Disneyland
As with Disneylands everywhere, kids love them! The beauty of the Disneyland in Hong Kong is that it’s very close to the airport and can be accessed from the airport or city by the train direct to the park.  One of the nice things about HK Disneyland is the food!  While I find Disneylands in the US have a very strong ‘fast food’ element of deep fried foods, the Hong Kong Disneyland has lots of great Asian foods as well as mainstream Western options.  Our favourite hotel in Hong Kong is the Disneyland Resort Hotel, which is just like staying in a fairy tale!  It’s located on the park area, which makes it easy to get around. It has more than three great pools, water slides, etc. and the characters even attend meals.  Even my ‘jaded’ 13 year old loves it!

Hong Kong Zoo
Zoos anywhere are a firm family favourite and Hong Kong is no exception. The zoo here has been operating since 1871 and includes the botanical gardens, located on the Northern slope of Victoria Peak. Head to the Eastern part of the garden which has the children’s playground as well as the aviaries, or checkout the new garden which is home to the mammals and reptiles!

Temple Street Night Markets
Keep the kids up a little late (not too late – 8pm it’s all a-go here!) and head to the Temple Street Markets.  Here is where you will get all the cheap electronic games, gadgets, toys and much more, really cheap!  The kids will go nuts! The markets are named after the Tin Hau temple located in the centre of the main drag (you may recognise this from numerous movies!) and if you are lucky you’ll get to see some great examples of street theatre and festivities.  The markets are on every night so head over – and don’t’ forget to barter on the price of your goods!

Harbour Light Show
Victoria Harbour is dazzling all on its own, but each night the city puts on a ‘Symphony of Lights’ which involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. Recognised in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, there are laser beams and searchlights that perform an unforgettable light spectacle synchronised to music. Head down to the English narration which is live nightly along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong cultural centre. 

Avenue of Stars
The movie industry, over the years, has filmed hundreds of films in Hong Kong, so many of the sights you can see will seem familiar before you’ve even explored! The Avenue of the Stars is a bit like the Asian version of the Hollywood star walk – and is in fact referred to as the Hollywood of the East.  There are commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints in the concrete and a life size statue of Bruce Lee. The kids will love hunting for their favourite movie stars and putting their hands and feet inside the shapes!

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