Parents’ Travel Guide: What to Do in Hong Kong

Enjoy amusement parks, beautiful views and impeccable restaurants on your next family trip to Hong Kong.

Jul 30, 2014
Disneyland Hong Kong
An easy 30-minute train ride from Central Station, Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island.
Photography Katie Dillon

A place where modern skyscrapers blend in with old traditions, shopping and world-renowned amusement parks, Hong Kong is one of those versatile destinations enjoyed by food lovers, free spirits, business travellers and families alike. This is a must-visit destination for many reasons, but tapping into a little bit of everything Hong Kong is loved for makes for an unforgettable family trip.

Hong Kong standards are high when it comes to hotels, so it’s no surprise that Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is nothing short of spectacular. Located on Hong Kong Island and adjacent to the IFC mall, Airport Express train station and Victoria Harbour, the Hotel’s location is ideal for whatever plans you have for the day.

Why go

  • Impeccable service. With so many accommodations, it seems as if the Hotel staff can anticipate your needs before you have time to voice them. The minute you enter the lobby, you’ll feel a little more relaxed with such excellent service.
  • Delicious cuisine. Enjoy delicacies such as dim sum, egg tarts, typhoon shelter-style crab, Peking Duck, Beggar’s Chicken and egg rolls.
  • Easy accessibility. Though it’s a good idea to carry your address in Chinese, most locals in the service industry speak English. Conveniences that you may have forgotten to pack are likely available, the Mass Transit Railway is one of the cleanest public trains in the world, and the list goes on.

What you will love

  • Relaxation at the Spa. Allow enough time to enjoy the Vitality Lounge prior to your Organic Pharmacy Facial, Jade Stone Therapy or other signature treatment. Before you leave, be sure to browse through the shop’s signature line of spa products.
  • Michelin-starred restaurants. Three-star Lung King Heen serves delicious dim sum, as well as a variety of seafood. For fine French cuisine, romantic views and selections from Hong Kong’s largest wine cellar, enjoy a meal at two-star Caprice.
  • Free time. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping or a date night while your little travellers are kept busy with one of the Hotel’s registered babysitters. Ask the Concierge for more details.
  • Shopping. Whether it’s designer or bespoke, markets or malls, Hong Kong is a retail paradise.
  • Sight-seeing. If you choose to venture just outside of the metropolis, you’ll find beautiful beaches, wildlife and outlying islands.

What the kids will love

  • Hong Kong Disneyland. The kids will love the new Toy Story Land full of movie-themed rides and the anxiously-awaited Grizzly Gulch (Mickey’s Wild West), both exclusive to this park.
  • Eye-catching exhibits. Spend an afternoon at Ocean Park on Hong Kong Island, where you’ll find pandas, sea lions and other animals, along with a number of rides and shows for the kids to enjoy.
  • Fun with a view. Perhaps the best pool terrace in Hong Kong, the infinity-edge pool at the Hotel boasts a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour with underwater music (bring floaties for little kids), a jacuzzi, lap pool, freezing-cold plunge pool and plenty of room to relax poolside..
  • Symphony of Lights. This nightly laser show over Victoria Harbour is in the perfect location from a Harbour View room at the Hotel. You can also enjoy the lights from the pool terrace, Executive Club or Kowloon side. During Christmas and the Chinese New Year, the skyscrapers are also lit up with festive decorations, adding more excitement to the show.

Look for

  • Poolside treats featuring homemade gelato or fresh fruit popsicles. Try to spy one of the few remaining red-sailed junks (boats) in Victoria Harbour, a symbol of Hong Kong.

Eat this

Dine In

  • Narrowing the options is difficult. Chef Ringo Chan’s pastry kitchen delivers delicate, flavourful and ornate breads, pastries and cakes. Find them throughout the Hotel.
  • For families, all-day dining at The Lounge is a convenient service. Most notable is one of Hong Kong’s most popular afternoon teas, showcasing a number of must-try pastries and cakes.
  • Blue Bar has a buffet breakfast everyone will enjoy. Enjoy a variety of dishes along the lines of curries, Chinese favorites, salads, a carving station, seafood, cured meats and cheese and fruit.
  • Should you wish to take the kids to Caprice or Lung King Heen, lunch is a perfect time. Of course, delicious poolside and in-room dining are available too, both with full kids’ menus available. The Hainanese chicken or Alaskan king crab salad are both great choices to enjoy in the comfort of your room.

Dine out

  • Most Chinese restaurants are family-friendly, so take a walk to Yung Kee in Central for its famous roast goose or Heichinrou for evening dim sum.
  • Try international cuisine at The Peak Lookout, a spacious restaurant with a nice patio in the back. The restaurant has a kids’ menu and crayons, and for adults, the curries are delicious.
  • For a date night, the Concierge can make a reservation for you at the otherwise members-only China Club, a 1930s Shanghai-style club with gorgeous dark woods and bright-coloured accents.
  • For a taste of Hong Kong’s night scene, walk to to Lan Kwai Fong. Go dancing at Dragon-i, or enjoy drinks and a beautiful view of the harbour at Sevva or M Bar.

5 family to-dos

1. Hong Kong Disneyland: It’s an easy 30-minute train ride from Central Station, which is right next to the Hotel. Book a character breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel (a free, easy shuttle ride from the Disneyland MTR station), where Mickey and friends mingle with guests. The “My Little Princess” program is also at the Disneyland Hotel, where kids get professionally dressed up as their favorite princess.

2. Ocean Park: Located on Hong Kong Island, the taxi ride from the Hotel is about 15 minutes, traffic depending. This part conservation center, part amusement park offers a huge aquarium near the entrance, a sea lion enclosure and educational shows the kids will love. Older kids can ride the roller coaster, younger kids can climb around the play area and the whole family will enjoy a sky-high scenic cable car ride to the Summit (the upper level of the park).

3. The Peak is Hong Kong’s most famous tourist attraction. Walk or have a taxi drop you off at the Peak Tram, which zips you on the short, steep journey up for the most panoramic view of Hong Kong. Take photos, shop, eat, walk the scenic loop around Lugard Road or play at Mount Austin playground. See your favourite movie star at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.

4. Island tour: Take a ferry to one of the many islands just outside of the city. Lamma Island, a family favorite, is a 30-minute ferry ride that departs nearby the Hotel. This little island is quiet with no cars allowed, small villages, lots of greenery and delicious seafood restaurants. Be sure to walk the Lamma Island Family Trail while you’re there.

5. Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery: Take a 25-minute cable car ride to Lantau Island, where you will arrive at Ngong Ping Village. Spend a day enjoying the shops, restaurants and various children’s activities. You can also climb the steps of the Giant Buddha statue and enjoy a casual vegetarian lunch. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Po Lin Monastery.


One Comment about Parents’ Travel Guide: What to Do in Hong Kong

  1. Ling Tan says:

    Love the list! We’ve been to Po Lin Temple, but not with the kids… Check out Lamma Island too – that a lovely stroll, and the kids would love playing by the beach! Here’s a little review on what to expect :)

    We’d love to be back there again soon!

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