Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient, is a great family-friendly destination, with fun things to do for both parent and child alike. Skyscanner has put together a 5-day itinerary of must-see Hong Kong attractions and wholesome things to do in this bustling city that will be enjoyable for the whole family.
A walk to Harbour City for an early dinner is a great way to start Hong Kong off right. The complex of malls offers up a variety of food and shops to satisfy all appetites. After eating your fill, stroll down to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and admire the view of the harbour.
Gradually make your way down to the Avenue of Stars which features the giants of Hong Kong Cinema, most prominent of which is Bruce Lee. If possible, try to make it to the waterfront by 8pm to catch the eclectic light show, Symphony of Lights. Head back to your hotel room (the Cosmopolitan Hotel, perhaps?) and rest up for the next day of exploring the city.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is a great hotel that’s extremely accommodating to families with children, as they have themed suites like the Ocean Park Suite and the Toy Suite. Many rooms come with a range of age-appropriate toys, gaming consoles (like the Wii), welcome snack boxes, and other complimentary delights for the whole family. The hotel has a great location too, located only 10 minutes away from Causeway Bay MTR right in the heart of the city.
Catch the free light show on the promenade every night at 8pm.
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You’re sure to win Parent of the Year if you bring your kids to Disneyland Hong Kong. Awaken your inner child as you explore the magic of the park, which is so expansive that a full day might not even be enough! The park comprises of 8 themed areas, like Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, and Adventureland. The Grizzly Gulch is perfect for kids who love playing cowboys and horses, while Tomorrowland is just the place for any future-loving kids. Step into a whole other world in Mystic Point, a tropical rain forest filled with mystery and supernatural surprises around every corner.
Once tummies start to rumble, take the family to Main Street where there is a wide array of international cuisine to satisfy all taste buds. It’s easy to access the park by both bus and MTR, which makes popping in and out of the grounds no problem at all.
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Get a good start to your third day by exploring the Nan Lian Garden, an exquisitely landscaped garden peppered with Tang Dynasty architecture and priceless Buddhist relics. After working up an appetite strolling around the garden, stop by the vegetarian restaurant within the park by a teahouse for lunch.
Next, head over to Kowloon Park to seek respite from the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. If you visit on a Sunday, you may even be able to catch a kung fu performance or a lion dance!
Once the sun sets, why not visit the infinitely interesting night markets? The Temple Street Night Market is close by and quite popular, whereas the Ladies’ Market is slightly further away in Mongkok, but is sure to satisfy the shopaholics in your family! If market shopping isn’t enough, you could visit some of the malls in the area such as K11 and iSquare to continue your spree.
Hong Kong’s night street markets are a nice change of scenery after a day in the parks.
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Another fun park to visit is Ocean Park, with thrilling roller coasters for the daredevils, alongside aquatic animals for the aspiring zoologists in your family. As the park is pretty popular, we’d suggest you aim to arrive before the park opens its gates at 10am to queue.
Once you’ve had your fill of thrills and spills, make your way to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus. The tram takes you to Hong Kong’s highest elevated point, so get your cameras ready as you look out to the gorgeous panoramic views overlooking the city. Extra points for you if you manage to catch it at sunset!
There are plenty of dinner options near the Terminus, but it may be fun to check out Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine, especially for fans of both the iconic cat and Hong Kong’s iconic cuisine, dim sum! The restaurant is located only 5 minutes away from the Jordon MTR station.
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For your last day, we’d suggest a flexible itinerary that can accommodate flight times and last-minute kid requests. Once you’ve checked out of your hotel and placed your luggage in the hotel’s storeroom, take a last trip into town to see some attractions the kids will enjoy.
Many of Hong Kong’s world-class museums are located in Tsim Sha Tsui, just walking distance from the MTR station. Some of those museums are even free on Wednesdays, which are words every parent loves to hear. If anyone is a fan of the Peanuts franchise, check out the Charlie Brown Cafe in Tsim Sha Tsui on Cameron Road, or Snoopy’s World in Sha Tin, where kids of all ages can enjoy the Peanuts-themed playground and rides. Grab a last meal before heading back to the hotel to pick up your luggage, then to the airport and onto your flight home.
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You can also download the My Hong Kong guide for nearby recommendations while there.