5 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

28 March 2015



What's one to do when you're a budget traveler in one of the most expensive cities in the world? Look for free stuff of course!

While I had been warned before traveling about how ridiculously expensive Hong Kong was, I was surprised to find it quite affordable! I used couch surfing for housing and for food I ate from street vendors which kept my expenses down.

In addition, I found there was a lot of free things to do in the city:

Kowloon Park

What used to be British military base is now an expansive park including a traditional Chinese garden and an aviary. My favorite part was an military building that had been converted into a (free!) museum which detailed the history of Hong Kong from prehistoric to present day.

Wong Tai Sin Temple


While this isn't the most historical temple, this Taoist temple is famous for the amount of prayers being answered after praying here. Entry is free but you may want to pick up some incense on the way in for a couple dollars to place at the alter.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

This park is pretty much a zoo with out some of the larger animals. They still have plenty of mammals, birds, and reptiles though! The greenhouses make for a great place to chill out in the middle of the bustling city.

Victoria Peak

This iconic vantage point is a great way to see the city from above and completely free if you choose to do the hike on your own. It can also be accessed by tram for a couple dollars. At the top there's plenty of shopping and dining choices to pass the afternoon.

A Symphony of Lights

From the Avenue of Stars look out onto Victoria Harbor to watch this nightly light and sound show at 8 pm. Arrive early to get a good seat!

What  are some of your favorite free things to do in a city?

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