Expand Your Horizons at Hong Kong's Museums
A Museum Pass allowing entry to seven major museums, covering everything from Chinese art and Hong Kong's history to space, science, and cultural life in the New Territories, costs just HK$30. Or, go on Wednesday, when admission to these same museums is absolutely free.
Explore Hong Kong's Parks
Hong Kong's parks are destinations in themselves, offering a wide range of free activities and attractions. Among the most unique are Kowloon Walled City Park, once a no-man's land of slums and now a Chinese garden; Kowloon Park, with free kung fu demonstrations and a small arts fair on Sundays; and Hong Kong Park, with a huge aviary and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
"Meet the People"
Learn about pearls, feng shui (geomancy), Cantonese opera, Chinese medicine, Chinese tea, and other cultural traditions on free, 1-hour tours and lectures given by local experts. Inexpensive harbor cruises are also available aboard an authentic junk. To learn more about the Hong Kong Tourism Board's "Meet the People" program, stop by an HKTB Visitor Centre for the Cultural Kaleidoscope brochure (or access it online at www.discoverhongkong.com by clicking on "Things to Do"), which outlines the current free offerings.
Get Up Early to Watch Tai Chi
Before breakfast, head to one of Hong Kong's many parks to watch people going through the slow, graceful motions of tai chi. For the best viewing, go to Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Park, Victoria Park, or the Zoological and Botanical Gardens . You can even participate in free practice sessions, held three mornings a week on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade.
Explore the Western District
Produce, bolts of cloth, live snakes, ginseng, dried seafood, Chinese herbs and medicines, a historic temple, a museum dedicated to Chinese and Western medicine, and antiques and collectibles are just some of the things you'll see while strolling through one of Hong Kong's most fascinating neighborhoods
Stroll Tsim Sha Tsui's Waterfront
A pedestrian promenade stretches from the Star Ferry eastward along the Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, providing close-up views of the harbor and Hong Kong Island with its skyscrapers. After dark, this is a wonderful romantic stroll, with the lights of Hong Kong Island shimmering across the water. A bonus: Every evening at 8pm, Hong Kong puts on a spectacular laser-and-light show projected from skyscrapers on both sides of the harbor. The best place to see this colorful extravaganza? On the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.
Get Cultured at the Hong Kong Cultural Center
Free family shows two Saturdays a month, which may feature Chinese dance, a magic show, or music, the monthly Thursday Happy Hour spotlighting local groups performing Chinese classical music and other acts, and occasional free outdoor concerts are great entertainment at a price that can't be beat.
Imbibe at Happy Hour at a British Pub
To save money engaged in our favorite sport (we are talking darts here, aren't we?), end a busy day of sightseeing and shopping by rubbing elbows with Hong Kong's working population as they take advantage of happy-hour prices in British pubs throughout the city. Most pubs and bars offer a happy hour that can stretch on for hours, with two drinks for the price of one or drinks at reduced prices.
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