Things to do in Hong Kong at night
Hong Kong ranks number one for nightlife and clubs among all major cities in China. As it gets dark in Hong Kong pretty early, the nightlife becomes more vibrant around 20.00 with many people starting to go out at 2am!
If you feel that 20.00 is too early for going to a bar or a club, then head out for sightseeing! You can see all the buildings and sights from a different point of view as everything is beautifully illuminated.
Visit Victoria Peak at night
This is one of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong at night. Official observation point “Sky Terrace” on Victoria Peak is open till 23.00 but there is a free one nearby. So if the night is cloudless, you can catch a taxi to the Peak and admire at the stunning view of skyscrapers. Unfortunately, most part of illumination shuts down at midnight but there is still much to see.
Ride a double-decker tram
Double-decker tram in Hong Kong is a win-win entertainment. It’s cheap, the weather doesn’t matter, the time of the day doesn’t matter too as the view from the window is great during the day and at night. Nighttime tram ride from “Kennedy Town” to “Shau Kei Wan” will let you see the whole island, skyscrapers, historical buildings, and simply rest after a long walk. The only disadvantage is that the trams run only till midnight and the ride is kinda rough.
See the Symphony of lights and the Avenue of Stars
When it gets dark, head out to Tsim Tsa Tsui Promenade and Avenue of Stars. There you can see the palm prints of Hong Kongese and Chinese stars and also watch “Symphony of lights”, a daily show listed in the Guinness World Records. The show starts at 20.00 and lasts 14 minutes, this is a must see thing in Hong Kong at night and it’s completely free. Besides that, you can stroll along the promenade and see Hong Kong skyline at any time of the day.
Hong Kong night market and shopping
Going to a night market is one of the fastest ways to buy souvenirs and try local cuisine. The night market Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei area is open from 18.00 till 00.00 ( but frankly speaking there is nothing to do after 23.00). If markets are not for you, head out for luxury shopping which is everywhere in Hong Kong. Most shopping malls, however, work only till 22.00.
Go for a walk in the nighttime city
This option is suitable for those who like walking a lot and exploring new cities on foot. The city is very safe so you can walk around even at night without any side thoughts. For your promenade, you can choose either Kowloon with its bright shop-signs or streets between skyscrapers in the center of Hong Kong. Or you can take a famous Star Ferry around Victoria Bay and enjoy the view of the illuminated city from the water.
The most lively Hong Kong areas at night
Lan Kwai Fong:
Lan Kwai Fong is one of the most popular nightlife districts in Hong Kong, with 90 bars and restaurants. A variety of people from loud companies to stylish couples drinking wine come to this area for entertainment. The food here is as diverse as the local public.
Basically, the area is filled with people working in central offices who want to have fun after the working day.
Carnivals and other festivals are often held in the area during major festivals such as New Year, Christmas and Halloween, as well as their own Beer festival.
Life in this area of Hong Kong does not stop for a second. Here you can find entertainment for any budget and taste at any time of the day and especially at night. Soho is the most fashionable area in Hong Kong, where trustfund kids and expats from all over the world hang out regularly. The name of this area according to local stories comes from its location: South of the Hollywood Road.
In each building of Staunton and Elgin Streets you can find a variety of venues: bars where you can enjoy some of the best wines, restaurants with cuisines from all over the world and designer showrooms.
In the bars and restaurants of Kowloon, you can observe most beautiful views of the night city with thousands of neon lights. The bars in this area serve exotic cocktails. The Eyebar Bar has a telescope with indexes of the main landmarks and sights of the city, and if you throw a coin in it, you can even peep into the famous men's toilet in the Felix restaurant!
Every evening at 8 o'clock you can watch a Symphony of Lights from this area.
Despite the large number of various bars and clubs, the prices for entertainment are very high. Although they are not as high as in London or New York, Hong Kong is still the most expensive city in China.