Solo Travel in Hong Kong
Types of Girl about the Globes – City GatG, Cultural GatG
Despite the fact that Hong Kong is located in the southern part of China, Hong Kong is a multicultural city due to its historical background. It is a vibrant city which influenced by China and Britain evolved from a petit fishing village to an international financial centre over a century gaining the title ‘the Pearl of the Orient’. Nights in Hong Kong must not be missed as the city gets more lively when the sun goes down.
Solo travel in Hong Kong and you'll find that it is a safe city to visit. Just keep an eye on your belongings whilst you are wandering in the city. Signs are usually written in traditional Chinese and English as they are both the official languages. Locals usually speak Cantonese and English. When in doubt, do not hesitate to ask the locals. It is better to ask young people as they speak English better but overall Hongkongers are always willing to help!
Below is our guide to how to travel solo in Hong Kong as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.
- Where To Go in Hong Kong
- Where To Stay in Hong Kong
- Tours in Hong Kong
- Getting Around Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Itinerary
- Best Time To Go To Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Airport
- Travelling Onwards
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Map of Hong Kong
- Plan a Trip to Hong Kong
- Related Posts
Where To Go in Hong Kong
Although Hong Kong is a small city, there are plenty of places worth visiting and most of them are located in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Hong Kong Island
Reopened in December 2017, Hong Kong Observation Wheel offers you a 15 minutes ride in the centre of this hustling city. The AIA Great European Carnival takes place right next to the Observation Wheel during the period between Christmas and Lunar New Year. It is close to the Star Ferry Pier so you can go directly to Tsim Sha Tsui by ferry after your ride.
You must visit the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators if you are a moviegoer as many films were filmed there, ranging from the local Hong Kong film Chungking Express (1994) directed by Wong Kar-wai to the Hollywood classic, Batman (2008). It is the longest outdoor escalator system (800 metres in distance) which connects the mid-level district to Central. Places are scattered around this escalator system.
180m away from the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, you can find Pottinger Street, also known as ‘Stone Slabs Street’ or ‘石板街’ in Chinese, which is named after the first governor of Hong Kong, Henry Pottinger. Built on a steep slope, it is paved with granite of different sizes for drainage purpose. You can find small Hong Kong style stores which is painted in green along the street.
If you would like to party and enjoy the nightlife in Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong, which is only 6 minutes walk from the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, is a good place to visit where you can find over 90 restaurants and bars which open until very late in night.
The five metres long mural at Graham Street of Alex Croft which depicts the old Hong Kong city view is one the hottest Instagram or Facebook check in places in Hong Kong.
Situated in the former Central Police Station built in 1864, Tai Kwun, which means ‘Big Station’ in Chinese, is revitalised and opened to the public in 2018. It is now a centre for heritage and arts with special exhibitions. After getting a Tai Kwun Pass online, you will be eligible to visit the compound in fixed time slot.
Like Tai Kwun, PMQ, built in 1951 and revitalised in 2014, transformed from former Queen’s College and Police Married Quarters to a place for creative and design industries. Being a Grade 3 Historic Building in Hong Kong, PMQ has a Underground Interpretation Area where you can learn about its architectural values. Apart from the underground interpretation area, there are more than 100 design studio shops and pop-up stores. There are also restaurants where you can take a short break after wandering in the city.
The Peak is one of the most visited attractions in Hong Kong because one can view the Victoria Harbour with no blockings. Going there by the Peak Tram is also a good experience as you can view the city while ascending to the Peak or descending from it.
Located between the Tin Hau Station and the Causeway Bay Station, Victoria Park hosts the largest Lunar New Year Fair in Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year. Large-scale political gatherings take place here too.
Situated in the Eastern part of the Hong Kong Island, Shek O is little bit far from the city but still worth-visiting. It is rather a slow-paced area as it is a remote local residential area. So slow down your volume whilst visiting. You can wander around the villages admiring the colourful houses. There are also beaches where you can hang out for the whole afternoon. For hiking GatGs Dragon’s Back is a good choice.
Stanley is just next to Shek O geographically. There are not only beaches but also a Market selling chinese or hongkongese souvenirs as well as some Hong Kong made artworks. You can also visit the Murray House which was originally located in Central during the Victoria-era.
Take a ferry across Victoria Harbour from Central, and you will reach the other side of the harbour where you find Kowloon. Tourist attractions in Kowloon are mainly scattered in ‘Yau Tsim Mong’ (‘油尖旺’) namely Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok which is linked by Nathan Road.
Although situated in Yau Ma Tei, Temple Street Night Market is near the Jordan MTR Station. Apart from local stores, there are also renowned Hong Kong style restaurants as open-air food stalls (known as Dai Pai Dong) and other restaurants serving up tasty seafood.
You can view the Victoria Harbour at a different angle at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade where you can find Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Space Museum and the landmark of Hong Kong—the Clock Tower, which was once the Tsim Sha Tsim train station. The promenade is only 15 minutes away from the Star Ferry Pier and 20 minutes from Canton Road.
Walk a little bit to the north and you will find the Chungking Mansions. It perfectly reflects the phenomenon of globalisation as more than 120 nationalities gather there. It is renowned for curry restaurants and cheap hostels.
Kowloon Mosque, which is surrounded by shopping malls including Mira and The ONE as well as the Kowloon Park, is only a 5 minute walk away. Visitors can freely walk into the building without having to reserve in advance.
If you have time, you can even walk to Tsim Sha Tsui East to visit the Museum of History in order to know more about the historic development and evolution of the city. Since 2016, everybody receives free admission to the permanent exhibition at the Museum of History. So grab the chance to learn about the history of Hong Kong!
Ladies’ Market/Tong Choi Street in Mong Kok is one of the most famous street in the world. Fa Yuen Street, another street market, is one street behind it. Sai Yeung Choi Street, not far from Ladies’ Market, is where you can find local and foreign street performers singing, dancing, and performing their magic tricks.
Situated in Wong Tai Sin, the district named after the person, Wong Tai Sin Temple is the place where local people worship Wong Tai Sin. This temple is graded as a Grade I Historic Building. It not only has spiritual value but also historic and architectural values.
When the crowded city side gets too much, Sai Kung in the New Territories is a great escape. It is known as the ‘back garden of Hong Kong’ because it is such a relaxing place to hang out. You can get your fix of seafood restaurants here too.
Cheung Chau is another Island mostly visited by local people as well as tourists. Cheung Chau Bun Festival, one of the most celebrated festival in Hong Kong, takes place here every year. Don't forget to watch the Bun snatching competition if you happen to visit there during the festival.
For active GatGs you can hike, swim or just enjoy the beautiful scenery in Lamma Island, an outlying island in Hong Kong. For cultural GatGs pay a visit to the Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village for a better understanding into the local fishing culture.
For other places to see in Hong Kong you can visit the Ngong Ping Village by Ngpng Ping 360 – the cable car which connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. This is perfect for right before or after your flight as they are also situated in the Lantau Island. There you can find Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha, the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world. Tai O, the ‘Venice of Hong Kong’ is also a place worth seeing todiscover the other side of Hong Kong.
Where To Stay in Hong Kong
As Hong Kong is a small city with limited flatland, the rental cost is usually higher than in other Asian cities or countries. Despite the well-constructed transport network, it is recommended to live near the city centre in order to save the transport fee. Staying in Kowloon or on Hong Kong Island will be much more convenient than staying in New Territories. Here are some recommendations on places to stay when you solo travel in Hong Kong.
If you prefer staying with a local, you can choose to rent a room or even a whole apartment through Airbnb. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link.
Homestay is an alternative to Airbnb. They offer stays such as a room in the centre of Hong Kong with a host family who you can video call before you book. Check homestays and prices here
This hostel is only 1 minute walk from the MTR station and is near the Kowloon Mosque and other must-sees. With helpful staff and 24 hours CCTV, Urban Pack is clean, tidy and safe. The dorm rooms are air conditioned and all have a fridge where you can store your food as well as lockers for your personal things. There is even a hairdryer in the shared bathroom. Choose from a 4, 6 or 8 bed mixed dorm room or a 4,6 or 8 female-only dorm. There is also the option of a single room with a shared bathroom or a superior double room.
- Prices start from £16 per night for a bed in an 8 bed dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Urban Pack
This hostel with various room types is only 1 minute walk from Times Square in Causeway Bay and is surrounded by numerous restaurants. It is situated near the MTR Station making it easy to get around. The rooftop terrace and common area are perfect for chilling out and meeting others. Coffee is free and you can cook your own meals in the kitchen. Choose from a bed in a 21 bed dorm room, a 9 bed mixed dorm or a 9 bed female-only dorm. You can also have your own double room with private bathroom.
- Prices start from £13 per night for a bed in a 21 bed mixed dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Yesinn
Located in the southern district of Hong Kong Island, this hostel is a little bit far from the city centre but there is bus transportation nearby. The hostel has an arty interior with beautiful views of the city from the top floors. They hold regular activities and events where you can meet with other solo travellers. Dorms are either mixed or female-only. Choose from a bed in a 3 or 8 bed dorm or a double room with your own private bathroom.
- Prices start from £22 for a 8 bed dorm per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour
Tours in Hong Kong
If you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours have an average of 10 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there. Their tours range from 8 days to 27 days for Hong Kong and major cities in Mainland China. We recommend them as a solo female friendly company.
Intrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more than G Adventures. Like G adventures, Intrepid Travel also provide tours packages that includes Hong Kong for two days and other cities in China.
The Hong Kong Free Tours, which is recommended by the solo female traveller from our Girls about the Globe community, provides insightful and unconventional walking tours in the city. Apart from group tours, you can also choose the private tour. Check tours here
You can also find different day tours, ranging from day tour in the city to nature tours in the countryside, in Hong Kong Tourism Board’s official website. The website is user friendly as tours are recommended by different themes.
Getting Around Hong Kong
The distances between places are short and easy to reach. It takes at most two hours to travel from one end to the other of Hong Kong and some places are even walkable. You can simply buy a Octopus Card which can be used on all transportation in Hong Kong and even to buy food at convenience stores and supermarkets.
The transport network in Hong Kong is generally satisfying. It is recommended to travel by MTR (metro in Hong Kong) and bus. With the extension of the train lines the MTR can now take you to almost everywhere in Hong Kong. The buses cover places where MTR cannot reach. Please note that the bus may not stop at every stop and they may not have announcements in English. Tell the driver where you are going to get off when you get on the bus.
Travelling by tram (Ding-ding) which is exclusively available in the Hong Kong Island, and by star ferry to across the Victoria Harbour is a must-try in Hong Kong.
There are also other ways to travel around the city such as by taxi and minibus. Although travelling by taxi is safe and convenient, it is expensive. As for minibuses, the language barrier may be a problem as minibus drivers may not speak English. Because Hong Kong has a good transportation network you don't really need to rent a car.
Hong Kong Itinerary
You can easily spend 3 days in Hong Kong but if you have longer split your time between the city and the islands.
3 Days Itinerary
Day one – Give yourself a self-guided walk around Hong Kong, window shopping in the boutiques and checking out the street art at Tank Lane. Visit the Man Mo Temple, the Cultural Centre and the Space Museum. At night stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Parade and stay for the light show at Victoria Harbour.
Day two – Spend the day in Kowloon and explore the green space of Kowloon Park before getting a bird’s eye of the city at the observation deck on Sky100.
Day three – Spend a few hours at the peak of the city at Victoria Peak. The peak tram takes you up to the top and gives you some epic views along the way. Take advantage of the free walks at the top of the peak before watching the sunset at Sky Terrace 428.
5 day itinerary = Hong Kong Island—2 days, Yau Tsim Mong—2 days, Lantau Island—1 day for seeing the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Steps.
7 day itinerary = Hong Kong Island—3 days, Yau Tsim Mong—2 days, Lantau Island—1 day, Outlying Island in New Territories—1 day.
Best Time To Go To Hong Kong
As Hong Kong is situated in the subtropical area, the summer there is usually hot and humid at the same time. Despite the hot weather, July and August are the best time to visit Hong Kong.
Below is a chart of the weather in Hong Kong. The yearly chart is from January to December.
Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong International Airport, the only airport in Hong Kong is situated in Chek Lap Kok in Lantau Island. You can reach the city centre within an hour by train or by bus. Prices and routes can be found online.
Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.
Hong Kong to Mainland China—You can go to mainland China after or before your trip to Hong Kong by bus, by train or by plane.
Hong Kong to Macao—As Macao is only 64km from Hong Kong, you can go there by ferry within an hour.
Hong Kong to Taiwan—Taiwan is reachable when travelling by plane from Hong Kong and it takes only about an hour to get there.
Hong Kong Express provides flights to over 20 asian cities within 1000HKD. Find more information on Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I drink the water? No
- Is tipping expected? No
- Fixed price or barter? Barter in the markets
- Any ATMs? Yes
- Which side of the road do they drive? Right
- Good for vegetarians? No
- Any seven wonders of the world? No
Map of Hong Kong
Plan a Trip to Hong Kong
If you are ready to plan a trip to Hong Kong here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, where you can volunteer and eco accommodation.
Budget – 800HKD (£78) a day
- Hostel – 250HKD+
- Hotel – 450HKD
- Average meal – 50HKD+
- Water – 5HKD+
- Transportation – 15HKD+
Language spoken — English, Cantonese
Local Currency — Hong Kong Dollar
Do I Need a Visa? You can stay for up to 6 months on a British passport
Did you know? Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world.
Hong Kong doesn't seem to have the types of eco accommodation where you can stay in a treehouse. They do have hotels which offer eco-hospitality such as the The Harbourview which developed a green policy for caring for the environment and serving guests in an eco-friendly manner.
HandsOn Hong Kong is an organisation that organises volunteer placements to empower the community by meeting pressing social needs. They have opportunities in digital media, helping out at food recycling services, knitting blankets for the elderly and spending your weekend with students with intellectual disabilities.
Mind, Body & Soul
Mind – Vipassana Meditation Centre holds ten day Vipassana Meditation courses. Learn how to become at one with yourself during a 10 day silent retreat within one of its two centres at: Dhamma Mutta, and Sheung Shui Hang Tau Centre.
Body – AIA Vitality Park holds fitness classes such as pilates and body balance. Book your ticket through Eventbrite to secure your place in a class.
Soul – Yoga Room is open to visitors to Hong Kong and offers one yoga class for HKD200. They are open 9.30 to 19.00 and Saturday from 9.30 until 13.00.
As Hong Kong is a multicultural city with a diversity of religions. Here you can find traditional Chinese temples, churches, and mosques.
Local Cantonese or Hong Kongese cuisine is a must try when in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is famous for its dim sum, cha chaan teng (tea restaurant), and dai pai dong.
Take a Macau World Heritage Excursion and learn about Macau heritage and culture as you visit the Cotai Strip and Macau Tower and take in 360 degree views of the city as you learn. Check dates, times and prices
Social Impact Projects
Take a Dark Side of Hong Kong Walking Tour and see how the people of Hong Kong really live. See how poverty and high living costs impact the locals whist exploring local markets that are in decline. Check dates, times and prices
Social Impact Partners are an organisation that helps improves the lives of people in Hong Kong by enabling sustainable change to systemic social issues. They work with: Teach4HK – a non-profit organisation which helps underprivileged students. Lizzie Bee Foundation which delivers art workshops and brings communities together, and Clean Air Network – an NGO that educated the Hong Kong public on the impact of art pollution.
Some locals are creating a democratic movement and are advocating for complete separation from the mainland of China believing that, “As long as Hong Kong is ruled by China there is no room, no way to realize real democracy and our autonomy. It's very obvious that our liberty, our rights are being deprived.” Local markets are being forced to be shut down causing demonstrations and clashes between police and citizens. Read more here
In a city where Cantonese is spoken by 90 percent of the population, many schools are only teaching in English and Mandarin. Read more here