Hong Kong is a tourist attraction for the whole world, and for kids and families from all over the world too! Here are our suggestions about having your family tour Hong Kong.
Here is a way to plan your Hong Kong trip.
We have tried to suggest options that won’t put too much strain on your budget or force you to spend too much time in travel. The point is to have a wonderful time.
There are man things that make Hong Kong special: the relative safety (crime is low) and the decency (a combination of Confucian standards and English morals) mean that the people are generally respectful. These social aspects play a large part in making a happy family visit.
Other positives are the modern infrastructure and hi-tech attractions, the nature preserves, the ease of transportation, the cleanliness and low pollution, and the relatively low cost.
At the top of the list are three amusement parks:
In Hong Kong the local favorite attraction is Ocean Park for its big modern thrill rides and hi-tech educational facilities, the sea world exhibition, performing animals, and children-oriented zoo. From the high flying tram you can see it all and the surrounding sea and view.
It is currently one of the world’s top 15 amusement parks in terms of annual visitors.
There are Disney cartoon characters, thrill-rides, and brand new theme lands called Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land, which small children would especially like.
Do you want to teach your kids about creation, the world, and themes like love and family? Then Noah’s ark is a prime option, not only for its themes, but also for its great seafood buffet restaurant and hotel.
Noah’s Ark Amusement Park is especially designed for families. The room rates and meal prices are low. Located at the eastern tip of Lantau Island, the life-guarded public beach there, Tung Wan Beach is also good for families.
This two-day tour itinerary will give you a knockout family fun trip, and also enable your family to have a great educational tour of Hong Kong. However, you may choose just one day.
The world's fifth tallest building has a special upper observatory called Sky 100 with exhibits about Hong Kong and its attractions and the ICC Tower's construction and history. The 3-D multimedia theater and memory-lane time tunnel will allow your family to learn about Hong Kong. (Entry about 150 HKD (19.50 USD).
Breakfast: The Lounge & Bar at the Ritz Carlton (floor 102) offers a breakfast buffet (305 HKD or 40 USD per adult, including fee) and great views until 10:30am. Customers should not wear shorts or sandals. Hotel room reservation isn't required.
Take a look at the harbor from this pedestrian walk and look at the sculptures and the movie star hand prints. Then board the Star Ferry with your kids for an almost free boat ride (25 US cents per person), and enjoy the view of the harbor.
Board the Peak Tram, take Bus 15, or take a taxi up to Victoria Peak. You can get a view of the whole city, Victoria Harbor, and the western sea and far off islands.
Lunch: You can have lunch with your family at the restaurants in the mall area.
If you and your family want a 45-minute walk down through the jungle on an access road, see our Hong Kong hiking page for a suggested route.
Take your family to your favorite amusement park. See above.
Instead of staying in a hotel, would your family want to try tent camping? The campgrounds have full facilities and hiking trails, and are easily accessible by public transport. You can even surf or take your kids for body surfing at a life-guard-supervised beach called Pui O on Lantau Island. It has a great white sandy beach that is safe for kids.
Go over to your other favorite amusement park.
Go to the Avenue of Stars in the evening, and watch the Symphony of Lights. The performance starts at 8pm and lasts about 20 minutes.
Dinner: You can have a fine meal at one of the restaurants at the Harbor Mall.
For Spacey Fun: The Hong Kong Space Museum
Enter the strange white dome that rises mysteriously from the ground along the Avenue of Stars. In the Space Museum see what the cockpit of a space shuttle looks like inside. Learn about the origins of rocketry in China. The ancient Chinese led in rocketry and other sciences.
What the kids will really enjoy is the IMAX Theater presentations on the roof of the big white dome that houses the Space Museum. The video fills the whole dome, and the visitors wear earphones and select their language (English, Mandarin, Cantonese) to hear the movie.
Travel Back to your Hotel or Tent: Tsim Sha Tsui Station is a few minutes walk away. If you are camping near Pui O, remember that you can take the Star Ferry to the other side of the Harbor and then the Lantau Ferry to Mui Wo. The trip to the island takes either an half an hour to an hour.