Hong Kong has many sights that are well known such as the Big Buddha, The Peak and The Starr Ferry but there are also many other places around Hong Kong to be explored.
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden are both beautiful places to visit that are not as well known as other sights in Hong Kong. They are next to each other making them easily accessible and are very close to the MTR. It’s great for a simple walk in the city.
A somewhat touristy area, or a more heavily influenced Western area would be Stanley Park which is on the outskirts of Hong Kong Island. It’s not accessible by MTR but it is easily accessible by bus or car/taxi. There you can see the water and some beautiful views. It’s relaxed and a great escape from the hustle bustle of the city.
The Escalators in Central is already a great tourist site because it’s famous for being the longest escalators in the world. I spent a lot of time on these escalators because they are so convenient. They connect you to the MTR and also can take you up the steep slopes of Central. They reach a long way up and can make a great adventure for people who want to see Hong Kong from a different view.
Hong Kong Park is basically a park within the city. It’s accessible from Admiralty and contains a free zoo, a fountain and lots of places to walk and explore.
One of my favourite places to visit in the city is PMQ. PMQ is essentially a restored Police Quarters. Now it’s used for people to present their art to the public. It’s totally free and a great place for young aspiring artists to place their artwork. It’s also good for people to discover new artists. Events are held here every so often so there’s always something new and interesting to see.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail is in the Yuen Long District on the Kowloon side. It’s fairly far from the main area in Hong Kong but it’s one of the few heritage trails in Hong Kong. Here you can see Pagodas, old temples, expensive bathrooms, mansions and also you could potentially spot some Hong Kong celebrities (when I visited I was lucky enough to see Shawn Yue).
The Blue House which is located in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island side is famous for being one of the few remaining balcony type buildings in Hong Kong. It is a heritage building that was originally the first hospital that provided Chinese medical services to local people. This is a beautiful historical monument that contrasts nicely with the classic Hong Kong buildings around it. If you don’t want to go to far from the center of Hong Kong, this is the place to go to see something historical.
The Sai Wan Swimming Shed provides you a great view of the harbour. It’s a place where lots of people come to take wedding pictures. It’s somewhat difficult to find and the hill down to the shed is steep but the view is quiet nice and makes an amazing photo.
The 1881 Heritage located on the Kowloon Harbour is another historical place that was the former marine police headquarters. It’s now been beautifully redecorated into a tourist site that’s been features in many videos. Also it’s often decorated during special holidays with bright lights and other decorations.
Kowloon Park is a huge park in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. Here they have gardens, museums, sporting facilities and flamingos. It’s great for an afternoon out if you don’t want to travel far from the city.
An extra tip: I am a huge TVB and Hong Kong drama fan so I set out to find a few sights that I’ve seen in Hong Kong dramas. Unfortunately, I only had a chance to visit a few (believe me there were many on my list). I visited admiralty for the view and for the law building and also Yau Ma Tei Police Station which is a classic drama site. If you’re also a fan of TVB these are the places to visit to really feel nostalgic.