Our favourite free things to do in Hong Kong. Idle your time away at these iconic tourist attractions or beautiful beaches in the city, and save yourself some cash.
Hong Kong is a fascinating compact city with endless entertainment – happy hours, nightclubs, art galleries and different Hong Kong arts groups to check out. And if you’re a little short on cash, we’ve scouted out a number of quirky attractions and interesting places to visit that cost absolutely nothing. Now, enjoy these free things to do in Hong Kong!
Our favourite free things to do in Hong Kong
1. Picnic at Cyberport Waterfront Park
When talking about free things to do in Hong Kong, you can’t miss out on picnicking! Cyberport Waterfront Park is one of the best picnic spots in Hong Kong. It’s not too crowded, so kids can play peacefully; while the adults can lounge on the beautiful patch of grass, blast music out loud on their phones, enjoy some homemade sandwiches and catch the sunset together.
Cyberport Waterfront Park, 100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph Bay, Hong Kong, 數碼港道100號數碼港公園
2. Catch a basketball or football match at Southorn Playground
Southorn Playground is a sports and recreational space in Wan Chai where all the amateurs and semi-pros come to show off their skills. You can often catch an incredible basketball or football match in the evening and it’s great spot to meet like-minded sport enthusiasts. Plus the seating area catches the sun in the summer, making it the perfect spot to chill with friends. If you love sports and you’re looking for free things to do in Hong Kong, this is it.
Southorn Playground, 130-150 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 灣仔軒尼詩道130-150號修頓球場
3. Experience local comic culture at Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars
Showcasing thirty local comic characters from 1.8 to 3 metres, the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars is a wonderfully curated spot for everyone to look back at the heyday of local comics and learn more about Hong Kong’s comic culture. See popular characters such as Miss 13 Dots, Old Master Q and McDull, and be sure to take some selfies with the famous comic superstars.
Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars, Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 香港漫畫星光大道
4. Have a stroll around Hong Kong Cemetery
Hong Kong Cemetery is a serene and quiet space featuring a myriad of ornamental gravestones that show Hong Kong’s colonial history and heritage. Also, there are more trees being grown in here than most recreational parks in Hong Kong, with six of them already earning the government’s ‘Old and Valuable Tree Register’ title.
Hong Kong Cemetery, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 香港島跑馬地黃泥涌道香港墳場
5. Take a swim at Repulse Bay Beach (or any beach)
Away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Repulse Bay Beach might not be close to the city but it is one of the most beautiful beaches located in the south of Hong Kong Island. Beloved by local citizens and tourists from across the globe, you won’t be disappointed by its clean water and white sand.
Here’s a guide to some of the best beaches in Hong Kong
Repulse Bay Beach, Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 淺水灣海灘道淺水灣泳灘
6. Go on a hike at Lion Rock
Hiking is one of our favourite free things to do in Hong Kong. Situated on the northern vista of Victoria Harbour, Lion Rock is considered the easiest hiking trail in Hong Kong. The trail runs high above the skyline of the Kowloon Peninsula, and whether you’re a tourist in Hong Kong or a beginner in hiking, Lion Rock will be a lovely spot for you to experience the city in a different way.
Lion Rock, Hong Kong, 香港獅子山
7. Jockey Club Street Music Series presented by HK Street Music
HK Street Music has been collaborating with The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Kung Music Workshop to keep this diverse free-of-charge outdoor music event happening at least three times a month. The Jockey Club Street Series invites different musicians and bands to give experimental, acoustic or jazz performance in different parts of Hong Kong, making live music more accessible to everyone.
8. A walk through the Ladies’ Market
There are over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories, cheap knick knacks and souvenirs at the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok. You can find anything from stockings and teacups to children’s watches in here. It’s always crowded and perfectly captures the fast pace of city life – definitely one of the most iconic places to visit in Hong Kong.
Read more about the different Hong Kong markets.
Ladies Market, Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 旺角通菜街
9. Weekend market at Sai Kung Waterfront Park
Looking for free things to do in Hong Kong? Every Saturday and Sunday, there are over forty market booths set up by local artists and farmers, selling an array of handicrafts, accessories and fresh produce at Sai Kung Waterfront Park. It’s a family-friendly, fun and artistic outdoor space for everyone who loves free entertainment.
Sai Kung Waterfront Park, 18 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 香港西貢惠民路18號海濱長廊
10. Grab your next read at Hong Kong Central Library
Hong Kong Central Library is the biggest public library in Hong Kong with twelve floors and a floor area of 33,800 square metres. With facilities like a Multimedia Room, Language Learning Centre and Music Practice Room, it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon exploring the building – digging through literatures, textbooks, back issues of newspapers, old comics, DVDs and CDs. Plus they have free WiFi, bonus!
Read more about the Hong Kong bookstores.
Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3150 1234, 銅鑼灣高士威道66號香港中央圖書館