Make a wish at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Dedicated to the Taoist God of healing, Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to three of China’s main 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 Jade Deity in Taoism) and Confucius himself.
Rumoured to make every wish come true, Wong Tai Sin Temple receives hordes of visitors every day. Worshippers who pray here can learn their fortune via a process called Kau Kim, in which they shake a bamboo cylinder, receive a written message and consult a soothsayer to interpret its meaning. Why not head in and try your luck?
Go shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui
There is no better shopping in Hong Kong than in Kowloon. Tsim Sha Tsui to the south has the type of wide and never-ending avenues that you would expect to find in Manhattan. All the luxury designer brands can be found here, as well as many high street retailers including a new H&M flagship store. The main shopping street is Nathan Road.
If you prefer to shop with everything under one air-conditioned roof, then there are also some large shopping malls such as Habour City.
Learn to bargain in Temple Street Night Market
When night falls and neon buzzes, Hong Kong's liveliest market rattles into life. Covering multiple city blocks from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking St in the south, Temple St is cleaved in two by the Tin Hau Temple complex. In the 1920s, vendors gathered there to serve temple-goers; a century on, the crowds descend nightly for cheap clothes and watches, street food, trinkets and teaware. Marked prices are mere suggestions – this is a place to bargain.
Taste local life in Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is where you will find the last living vestiges of “old Hong Kong”. Rare examples of Lingnan architecture line the streets, which give a sense that the city’s rapid development just happened to skip past this neighbourhood. At Apliu Street Flea market visitors can pick up bargain electronic goods and antique trinkets. Do not miss the chance to see the Sham Shui Po Wet Market either, where traditional foods like salty fish, country egg and dried shrimp fill the stalls.
Visit Jade Market and Jade Street
Jade Market is a collection of traders all dealing in fashion jewellery, ornaments, rings, pendants, anything made from the semi-precious stone jade, in fact. The street next to the undercover market houses a whole row of shops and traders dealing in jade and other precious stones.
The quality of the jade is usually reflected in the price, and although the purest green stones are very expensive, it is also possible to pick up some rather inexpensive items, typically yellow or brown jade. Jade Market is closest to MTR Yau Ma Tei Station.
Hike Lion Rock Peak
The best view of Hong Kong requires a workout and some sweat but the views are so worth it. Lion’s rock is one of the most recognizable natural landmarks in Hong Kong and stands at 1,600 feet above the ground. Once at the top of the peak of Lion’s Rock, you will be looking over all of Hong Kong, no view will compare.
Stroll along Hong Kong's Hollywood Walk of Fame
Located next to the breathtaking Victoria harbour, the Avenue of Stars is Hong Kong’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The path is lined with handprints of famous Chinese film stars, commemorative plaques and movie memorabilia. And there is also a life-size bronze statue of Bruce Lee.