These humble vessels have been chugging their way across Victoria Harbour since way back in 1880, giving visitors an unrivalled view of the water, skyscrapers and mountains beyond. Plenty of tourist cruises zoom around the harbour, but the Star Ferry costs relatively little for the same mesmerising vistas.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Dedicated to Wong Tai Sin (Great Immortal Wong), Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three leading Chinese religions: Buddhism; Taoism, and Confucianism. Icons of gods from the three faiths are worshipped here, including Guanyin (Bodhisattva of Compassion) from Buddhism, Yu Di, the most superior God in Taoism, and Confucius himself. Known to make every wish come true, Wong Tai Sin Temple receives crowds of visitors every day and worshippers who pray here can learn their fortune via a process called Kau Kim, in which they shake a bamboo cylinder, receive written wisdom and consult a soothsayer.
A unique way to approach the Victoria Peak experience is to join in a trip via the Peak Tram which was established in 1988 and soak in the incredible and panoramic views of Hong Kong from The Sky Terrace 428. Known as the tallest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong, it's an idyllic and scenic landmark that you need to visit once.
Symphony of Lights
Every visitor needs to get themselves to Victoria Harbour at 8pm of an evening, when this dazzling light show illuminates 40 buildings on either side of the water. With the Guinness World Records recognising the Symphony of Lights as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, it’s easy to understand why a visit to watch the Symphony of Lights is consistently among the most popular things to do in Hong Kong.
Tai O Fishing Village
This part of Lantau Island is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the soaring skyscrapers of Victoria Harbour, but it feels like it’s on a different planet. The locals in Tai O have built their homes on stilts above tidal flats, best seen on a boat tour of this traditional fishing village, where you might even spot a rare pink dolphin if you’re lucky.