Hong Kong is a massive urban sprawl of cars, high rises and people! Over 7 million people live in this autonomous territory but it is a fantastic place to visit with kids. If your children are too young to walk, choose a sling or a baby carrier over a pram as the amount of people on the sidewalks does not make it conducive to pushing one. Although Hong Kong has an expensive reputation, many things can be done for free! There are many hidden gems in HK such as deserted beaches and beautiful mountainous hikes to do with children. All prices are quoted in HK dollars (approx 1USD to 10HKD).
Hong Kong has its fair share of museums and places to visit and learn and most of them are free on Wednesdays and are close by to each other, so you can see many in one day!
1. Hong Kong Museum of History
This museum is a great stop if you are keen to learn about the history of Hong Kong. You can learn about the folk culture of the people of HK, how the city grew and its natural environment. The museum often holds talks and lectures on specific aspects of the city for the public and has interactive and multimedia exhibitions on their infamous 'Hong Kong Story'.
2. Hong Kong Science Museum
It is well worth spending a fair bit of time at this museum as it has so much to do. Besides the usual exhibitions dedicated to mirrors, light and mathematics, this science museum has daily demonstrations of liquid nitrogen, artificial clouds and molecular gastronomy (whatever that is!). It also has a fantastic children's gallery on the 3rd floor completely geared towards kids who touch and investigate everything!
3. Hong Kong Central Library
Another great thing to do that is free on a rainy day! The Hong Kong Central Library is enormous and full of different things to see and do. There is a purpose built 2nd floor just for children, housing rows upon rows of shelves of books for the Under 12s, a multimedia children's centre, a toy library and a children's activity room. You can easily spend quite a few hours on this floor alone! In addition to this, it also houses periodic exhibitions within the library and even has a rare book area to check out!
Hong Kong has such a fusion of cultures and has such a melting pot of nationalities that you will find food from all over the world here.
4. Heaven on Earth
This restaurant serves amazing Cantonese food for reasonable prices. Try the chilli beef or the crispy duck with cranberry sauce! The restaurant is also quirky in its decoration and has awesome bathrooms! This is a great place to try unknown food and the service is friendly and non-intrusive.
5. Din Tai Fung
This place is always heaving and with good reason! The food here is cheap, fresh, flavoursome and keeps on coming! It does get busy so you might need to either wait to be seated or head there early to be sure to get a table. There is a general buzz in Din Tai Fung and waiters are happy to spill messes and clean up after your kids.
6. Yum Cha
A visit to Hong Kong is not complete without eating dim sum and the variety of places is astounding but opt to visit Yum Cha in Central! Make sure you order the BBQ piggy buns and hot custard buns with eyes! An absolute pleasure to watch kids seeing these child friendly dim sum characters!
7. Jumbo Restaurant
Make sure you stop at the Jumbo Restaurant in Aberdeen to eat inside an enormous floating restaurant! It can seat 2300 people and it still manages to get busy!! The crispy duck pancakes are delicious and can be paired with a teapot of beautiful Jasmine tea.
There are so many things to see and do in Hong Kong that only a Top 100 article would cover most of them! Instead we've created here 3 top itineraries in a bid to cheat the Top 10 request :)
8. The Star Ferry
Start in Central at the HK Observation Wheel (tickets start at 21.20HKD per adult an 11:60HKD per child up to the age of 11) and get the tram to Wanchai to visit the Golden Bauhinia by the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visit the Ani-Com Park nearby for fun photos with cartoon characters. Cross into Kowloon via the Star Ferry and walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and visit the Clock Tower. Near the Promenade is where the Cultural Complex is which houses many of the HK museums. At 8pm each night there is a light show, called The Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbour.
9. The Peak
Take the number 15 bus from Central to Victoria Peak and visit the Sky Terrace. Do the circular walk around the Peak and travel to the top to see beautiful views of the city (if it's not foggy!). Take the Peak Tram down to Central and catch the 260 bus to Stanley. The market is amazing and it is less crowded and more open spaced for the kids to run around.
10. Hiking to Tai Long Wan
Hong Kong has many beaches but the deserted beach of Tai Long Wan is by far the most beautiful. Make your way to Sai Kung in the New Territories and to Wong Shek Pier in particular. From here get a sampan (water taxi) directly to the beach or to Chek Keng and then you have an hour hike ahead of you. You can bring prams for this hike although there are a few stairs at the beginning. Be prepared though, there are not many shops along the way so take enough water and food to keep you going for the day!
There are so many things to see, do and eat in Hong Kong and lots of it cheap or even free!