Hong Kong is made for a family break
Cable car rides, beach outings and Mickey Mouse – the city and its islands have lots more for families than just shopping! But if you look up any guide to Hong Kong, you might be forgiven for thinking the only thing to do here is to shop. New malls crop up regularly if you want a designer label, but there are also bargains in the Chinese markets to be had. But clothes shopping is just no fun with young kids in town. Hong Kong is actually one of the best places to travel with kids because there is something for all ages. Here are five ideas for where to take your kids during your family vacation in Hong Kong to have one of your best family holidays ever.
5 of the Best Places to Travel with Kids on your Hong Kong Family Holiday
Bearing that in mind, The Peak on Hong Kong island is a good place to get your bearings if you arrive here on a family vacation. A tram takes you up from the Central business district so steeply that if you put it down, your bag will slide across the floor to the back of the carriage (WARNING! Children find this fun!). At the top, you do emerge to a shopping mall but head 50 yards up a path past the shops, and there's a stunning view: a harbour teeming with boats large and small, fringed by a forest of skyscrapers and hemmed in by lush, green mountains. There is a nature trail, a playground, Madame Tussauds and a number of restaurants that cater well for children. There is a short walking path that you can explore at the top of the peak. It takes you all the way around the top of the peak and gives you scenic views of Hong Kong from many different perspectives. The path is by no means a hike, which means that the whole family will enjoy it!
Here is more information about exploring the Peak and Peak Tram tickets.
Star Ferry to TST
When you come back down again, there's something mesmeric about a port in full flow. The iconic old green and white Star ferries still ply between Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui, as they have for more than a century. Catch one at 8 pm and with your journey, you get a spectacular choreographed light show played out by the main harbourside skyscrapers for free. Perhaps before doing that you can enjoy a picnic at the Cyberport Waterfront Park. It’s got a wonderful view of Hong Kong and who doesn’t love a picnic, young or old and a run around a green space next to the water?
Here is more information about the Star Ferry (schedules, fares, and more).
Day Trip to Lamma Island
Hiking isn’t always a favorite of those under ten, but if you can persuade them, then Lamma Island offers the Lamma Island Family Walk which allows you to take in the beautiful glistening beaches, hills, fishing villages and the best seafood around. If cycling sounds preferable there are plenty of options. Tai Wai/ Sha Tin to Tai Po starts along the Shing Mun River and takes you through the Hong Kong Science Park, the Pak Shek Kok Promenade as well as the Tolo cycling track – Hong Kong’s most picturesque cycling route! With cafés dotted along the route and Tai Po Waterfront at the end, this three-hour-long route could easily be stretched into an all-day affair. Lamma Island is a great place to get away from the bustling city for some family time during your Hong Kong family holiday.
Here is more information on what to do at Lamma Island and how to get there.
Ocean Park is one of the world's most beautiful theme parks and was ranked as the 7th most popular theme parks in the world by Forbes. Even better, a portion of ticket proceeds goes toward wildlife conservation programs in Hong Kong and Asia. Ocean Park is a destination for the iconic Marine Land, Amazing Asian Animals (giant pandas, red pandas, Asian otters, etc.), and cable cars as well as state-of-the-art, world-class facilities such as Polar Adventure, Thrill Mountain, and Aqua City. Ocean Park is easily one of the best places to travel with kids in Hong Kong. It is conveniently located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island and is not too far to get to from Hotel ICON.
Plan your visit to Ocean Park. Learn more about attractions and how to get there.
Spend a day at Disneyland, the city’s largest theme park. Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-see because of its special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture. There are many attractions to check out during your day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Visit Fantasyland for themed rides that are fun for the whole family. Some popular rides are the Cinderella Carousel, “it’s a small world”, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Mad Hatter Tea Cups. Tomorrowland has more rides for bigger children that seek some more adventurous rides. If your children like a little thrill, take them to HyperSpace Mountain. Rocket into the middle of a Star Wars battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction! Be sure to go on the Iron Man Experience - the first ever Marvel themed ride to feature at a Disney theme park! A day at Hong Kong Disneyland will be a fun day for all during your Hong Kong family holiday.
Learn more about Hong Kong Disneyland here.
A family vacation in Hong Kong has everything: buckets and spades; chopsticks and pandas; Mickey Mouse; bright lights, big city. What more could a young child want? Hong Kong is a city that has something for everyone, and though it may feel small, there are new things to try every day. We are excited to welcome you to Hong Kong and hope you are even more excited about your Hong Kong family holiday!