Disneyland Hong Kong is a premier destination which gives the whole family a fun-filled day’s entertainment. Seven themed zones include the Fantasyland Disney character park, Main Street USA and jungle location extraordinaire, Adventureland. Opening hours and fees: 10:00-20:45
Ocean Park is the other big theme park in Hong Kong. A 2005 revamp means this facility now has a total of 80 rides and exhibits. Flagships of these are big-dippers, pandas, an aquarium loaded up with marine species and a jelly-fish compound. Ocean Park’s management claim the draws here are more eclectic than Disneyland’s. Opening hours and fees: 10:00-18:00 or 19:00
Noah’s Ark is a sensory delight with a diverse portfolio of things to excite visors. A walk through the Great Flood with Noah’s animals in attendance is truly unique. A meteorite, Ma Wan Park Nature Garden and the Solar Tower are the other amenities here. The tower has a high-power telescope that enables budding astronomers to view the planets in vivid detail. Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong contains 100-plus figures of the rich and famous as well as 11 interactive zones. Jackie Chan in the Kung Fu Zone, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and the Fantasy Kingdom are all imbued with the Tussaud’s meticulous attention to detail. The Korean K-wave section is one of the Asia-specific draws here. Opening hours and fees: 10:00-22:00
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel provides riders with unrivalled perspectives all the way from Victoria Harbour to the outlying islands of the Pearl River estuary. The wheel occupies a prime position close to the waterfront at Central and is one of the best spots in Hong Kong to take in sunsets and the Symphony of Lights. The wheel opens every day unless there is a typhoon-level III warning in place. Opening hours and fees: 10:00-23:00
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is close to Victoria Peak and houses about 350 species of reptiles, animals and birds. Pygmy marmosets and the Amazonian emperor tamarin are quite a rarity in this part of the world. The greenhouse in the gardens has a good collection of orchids and other common tropical species. Opening hours and fees: staggered hours for different zones between 05:00-22:00
Golden Bauhinia Square is near the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai and holds a special place in the hearts of Hong Kongers. It was the setting for the official return of the former British territory to China in 1997. The six-metre sculpture of the bauhinia flower is gilded. This sculpture along with the flag raising ceremony every morning at 08:00 are the main draws.
Peak Tram History Gallery is a themed museum depicting the iconic cable-car service from its beginnings back in the 19th century. Old carriages, a renovated pulley room and displays authentically trace the lineage of this Hong Kong convenience. It is near the bottom end of the cable-car track. Opening hours and fees: 07:00-24:00; free entry to Peak Tram passengers with valid boarding tickets.
Happy Valley Horse Racing is a throwback to British rule and one of two venues in Hong Kong where gamblers can try their luck. Happy Valley and Sha Tin stage regular race meets. Happy Valley is probably more atmospheric for international visitors as it is right in the centre of Hong Kong Island’s historic buildings and skyscrapers.
The Hong Kong Racing Museum is located in the stands at the Happy Valley Racecourse and follows the path of the Hong Kong Jockey Club from its foundation in the 1880s to the present day. Exhibits include riding apparel from legendary jockeys, models of the jockeys and even the horses they rode. Opening hours and fees: 12:00-19:00 or 21:00 on evenings with racing