8 Reasons To Whisk Your Family Away To Hong Kong
Hong Kong can be an absolute delight with its shiny skyscrapers, enigmatic culture, heavenly food, ancient traditions and tourist-friendly locations. But when travelling with family, everything needs to be thought of twice.
To save your time we bring to you 8 places that are not only child-friendly but also ensure a good time for your entire family. Let’s get started!
#1 Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Location: 33, Man Kwong St, Central
Get access to the mesmerising views of the city skyline and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong’s version of the London Eye. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is massively popular among tourists and looms over the city at a height of 60m. With 42 air-conditioned gondolas having a capacity of 10 passengers, the Ferris Wheel evokes the photographer in you by providing un-obstructed and fabulous views on both sides. Moreover, the gondola goes around thrice (around 20 minutes) ensuring that you have a perfect Instagram-worthy upload. Free Wi-Fi just sweetens the deal. Suggestion: Try visiting the wheel at sunset or in the night when the Hong Kong skyline is at its very best!
Admission Fees: HK$ 100 for an adult and HK$ 70 for a child
#2 Hong Kong Disney Land
Location: Lantau Island
Step into the world of our childhood heroes and watch the magic of Disney come to life as you take in the wonders this mystical land has to offer! Disney Land has been the face of amusement parks for years and has been on everyone’s wish list since its establishment. For this vacation, gift your family a day full of unadulterated happiness with tickets to Hong Kong Disney Land. As you wander through the streets of the park, click selfies with your favourite characters, watch them dance and sing in the famous Disney Parade, enjoy the thrill the rides have to offer and lastly, grab a spot and witness the sky come to life with bursts of colours and fireworks. Oh, don’t forget to catch Mickey’s Philharmagic show at Fantasy Land.
Admission Fees: visit www.hongkongdisneyland.com
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#3 Ngong Ping 360
Location: Lantau Island
Why take a bus when you can fly? The Ngong Ping 360 saves you from the trouble of travelling in tourist buses and offers you a gentle swaying ride over the sea. What awaits you at the end of the ride is equally exciting! There is never a dull moment at the Ngong Ping village- street entertainers, tantalising cuisines, picturesque scenery and souvenir shops greet you at every corner!
The village even has quite a few attractions that you must absolutely visit! Experience serenity and calm at the ‘Walking with Buddha’ multimedia attraction, learn all about traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Li – Nong Tee House, share a meal with monks at the Po Lin Monastery and gaze at the Giant Buddha. Make sure to visit Ngong Ping early in the day or on a weekday to avoid the queues. Suggestion: Book the glass-floored crystal cabin; it can be a little expensive but it comes with a free pass for quite a few attractions on Lantau Island.
Admission Fees: Check their website www.np360.com.hk
#4 Hong Kong Science Museum
Location: Sha Tsui East
Visit the museum on the day when you feel like staying indoors. The Hong Kong Science Museum transports you into a world of science and technology; where every room is full of wonder and has something in store for everyone. It is filled with zones dealing with motion, sound, electricity, magnetism and transportation. The exhibits are interactive and cater to all age groups. The Energy Machine exhibit and The World of Mirrors are extremely popular among the tourists; the former occupies almost four floors! A suggestion- take your little ones to the top floor where the giant balloons and balls float around.
Admission Fees: HK$ 25
#5 Ocean Park
Location: Wong Chuk Hang
Is it an Amusement Park? Animal Theme Park? Oceanarium? Marine Mammal Park? Well, it’s all of the above! Spread across an entire mountain, Ocean Park has something in store for all. Marine life enthusiasts (The Grand Aquarium), adrenaline junkies (Thrill Mountain), history lovers (Old Hong Kong), animal lovers (Amazing Asian Animals), no matter what category you belong to, a great day is guaranteed! After you have built up an appetite, head to one of the many restaurants inside the park premises. A suggestion- grab a few maps and plan your day well to avoid missing out on the major highlights.
Admission Fees: HK$ 345 for an adult and HK$ 175 for a child
#6 The Trick Eye Museum
Location: Shop 1, level 3, The Peak Galleria, 18, Peak Road
Some places need to be experienced; The Trick Museum is one such location. How do you describe a museum where you can escape the jaws of death, attain nirvana with Buddha and jump over flesh- melting molten lava? Confused? Don’t be! The Trick Eye Museum is designed in such a way that visitors can achieve all this feats without breaking a sweat. The secret behind this sorcery is a painting technique called trompe l’oeil (Trick of the eyes) wherein true- to- life 3D paintings are placed in a room. But unlike regular museums, this museum does not come with a touch-me-not sign! In fact, visitors are encouraged to touch and click pictures with the art pieces. A must visit, if you ask us!
Admission Fees: HK$ 150 for an adult and HK$ 100 for a child
Location: 35 Aberdeen St, Central
Hong Kong can be pretty much an expensive affair, but there are certain sites which showcase creativity and talent free of cost, the PMQ is a one such example. Studios, shops and restaurants occupying the modernist buildings, spread across the breezy courtyard make up PMQ. Entrepreneurs and artists from all over the country come here to showcase and sell their products, services and art. Everything from designer furniture to jewellery to cupcakes can be found here. Don’t forget to hit the seven heritage spots within the complex. You can also embark on a guided tour to explore the cultural and historical background of PMQ. To get a better idea about their exhibits and permanent installations check out their website www.pmq.org.hk
Admission Fees: Free!
#8 Charlie Brown Café & Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui
Charlie Brown and Forrest Gump fans are in for a treat at Hong Kong with these perfectly designed eateries. Everything from the interiors to the service and food revolves around the theme. While the Charlie Brown Café is famous for its breakfast, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co has amazing shrimps, burgers and steaks. Little quirky factors like child- friendly replicas of characters, printed pancakes, flip signs, amazing views, etc, make these eateries even more awesome.
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