Ngong Ping Tea-house
Ngong Ping Tea-house

When it comes to Hong Kong, you will probably think of shopping, the bright light from neon lights and urban lifestyle in Central Hong Kong Island. However, some of Hong Kong’s most secret places are not on this island. Have you want to do something different in Hong Kong? Let’s discover some unique Hong Kong experiences that maybe you never do before with top 10 Hong Kong hidden gems: Special places in Hong Kong and unusual places in Hong Kong and top unusual, cool and unique things to do in Hong Kong you should do for your next trip with to this vibrant island Living Nomads below.

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Tian Tan statue (Big Buddha). Credit: special places in hong kong blog.
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Hong Kong harbor at night. Image by: unique things to do in hong kong blog.

Visitors do not often pay attention to a large part of Hong Kong. Where they have not well-known is the New Territories nearby. This place is rich in history, culture and lively nature, which is a new world awaiting you to explore.

The New Territories is the largest area in Hong Kong

The New Territories is one of Hong Kong’s three main areas, next to Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. Here you can find dolphins in Tai O, eat seafood in Sai Kung, go on scenic paths, and many other places.

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New Territories, Hong Kong. Credit photo: hong kong hidden gems blog.
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Coming to Tai O, you can enjoy seafood, buy gifts and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the indigenous life. Image by: unique things to do in hong kong blog.
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Tai O fishing village

It is the home of many small islands, mountainous areas, ancient villages, beautiful countryside, wild nature in Sai Kung. This place is considered as the back garden of Hong Kong – and many other places. This is the best way to escape the crowdedness and noise of the capital.

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The Sai Kung Beach

Indeed, you should plan your travel and get ready for these activities for your next trip to Hong Kong. Now, let’s be with Living Nomads to refer top 10 best secrets in Hong Kong!

Walking around the wild nature areas

Hong Kong Global Geopark
Hong Kong Global Geopark. Credit photo: hong kong hidden gems blog.

First, Hong Kong Global Geopark is located in Sai Kung. It is the most frequently overlooked landmark in Hong Kong. One of the ways to experience the beauty of this place is to take part in a walking trip on the Sai Kung Peninsula.

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The unique stone mountain in Hong Kong Global Geopark

As you pass through the mountainous areas of the Global Geopark, you will also discover pristine beaches and famous sites for jumping from the pass down the river. Be try jump into the clear water to complete your trip at this remote place!

Driving the Kayak boat around Sai Kung Island

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Driving Kayak around Sai Kung Island

Instead of walking, you can also admire the beauty of Hong Kong’s Global Geological Park when getting around the clear water of Sai Kung island. Let’s join the driving Kayak tour to get around the island and along the coastline of this tropical paradise.

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Island Kayaking in SaiKung. Credit photo: hong kong hidden gems blog.
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Scuba Diving In Sai Kung
Scuba Diving In Sai Kung

In addition, the experienced tour guides will train and make sure you have the best kayak experience. Your journey will continue with scuba diving in the clear blue water of the park. This is also known as Okinawa of Hong Kong.

Enjoying the seafood party

Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant Credit photo: hong kong hidden gems blog.
Credit photo: hong kong hidden gems blog.

Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant

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When traveling in Sai Kung, if you do not eat at least one seafood meal, it is definitely a big regret. Highly rated by the Michelin Food Guide (in continuous 7 years), the Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant is the top choice. With a variety of fresh seafood choices prepared by top chefs, you will not be disappointed at all. However, when ordering local dishes, it will be quite difficult if you can not speak Chinese. Let’s make sure that you have booked a meal from Klook in advance in order for an easy and economical experience.

Seeking the pink dolphins off the coast

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Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.

Now let’s admire the beautiful and cute Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins during this half-day tour. At a rate of 97%, you will be able to see these dolphins all year. You will also be part of responsible ecotourism, by taking a tour that will minimize the disturbance of dolphins’ habitat.

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Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins

White dolphins are sometimes called pink dolphins because of the way they appear. Being able to watch dolphins in their natural habitat is indeed an amazing experience.

Visiting the ancient villages with fences in Ping Shan many years ago

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The ancient villages in Ping Shan. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.
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The entrance gate to Sheung Cheung Wai, a 200-year-old walled village
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Ping Shan Heritage Trail. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.
The oldest temple in Hong Kong - Tsui Sing Lau
The oldest temple in Hong Kong – Tsui Sing Lau

With a 1.6 – kilometer walk in Ping Shan, you will see the historic architecture of the Tang family. In fact, they are the first family of the Five Families and have their origin in this area. Just going through 3 villages in the route, there are pagodas, residential areas, schools and also churches. The main point of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail walking tour includes centuries-old churches, a 200-year-old wall of villages at Sheung Cheung Wai, the oldest temple in Hong Kong – Tsui Sing Lau, and many other places.

Seeking out the secret waterfalls of Plover Cove

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People paddling in the stream near Bride’s Pool, Plover Cove. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.
Plover Cove Reservoir
Plover Cove Reservoir
Small waterfall in the stream at the top of Mirror Pool Cascade, Plover Cove
Small waterfall in the stream at the top of Mirror Pool Cascade, Plover Cove
Waterfalls of Plover Cove
Waterfalls of Plover Cove

Let’s explore the beautiful scenery of Plover Cove Reservoir as you walk and ride a bike at one of Hong Kong’s most pristine areas. Along the way, you will discover secluded waterfalls and lush forests, and it is completely quiet from the jungle. Remember to drink enough water, especially in hot months, and the moisture is very important!

Having chance of seeing Pui Pui – a crocodile in Hong Kong Wetland Park

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Hong Kong Wetland Park from above. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.

Why don’t you come to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the area at Hong Kong Wetland Park – a wonderful eco-park in Tin Shui Wai? In this eco-park, you can find a variety of different wildlife from amphibians and reptiles to birds, butterflies, fish and many other species. The park has two areas including an indoor visitor center – Wetland Interactive World area and an outdoor area – Wetland Reserve area. At the visitor center, you can find a 3D cinema, a theater, galleries and a play area.

Pui Pui – a crocodile in Hong Kong Wetland Park
PuiPui – a crocodile in Hong Kong Wetland Park. Image credit: unusual places in hong kong blog.

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Pui Pui – a crocodile in Hong Kong Wetland Park
Hong Kong Wetland Park

On the other hand, in a 60-hectare open-air conservation area, this is the area to regenerate the habitat of the wild animals. In places like Wildside Walk, Stream Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk, you will be in close contact with the animals. And do not forget to visit the Pui Pui crocodile here.

Asia’s best urban sightseeing walking tour

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Dragon’s Back. Image credit: unusual places in hong kong blog.

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Dragons Back Trail
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Lion Rock Hike, Hong Kong
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Tai Long Bay. Picture: hong kong unique experiences blog.
Tai Long Wan Beach
Tai Long Wan Beach

Having just won the award for the best urban sightseeing walking site by Time Magazine in Asia, “Dragon’s Back” is a classic route with the Hong Kong’s secret sights. After your trip, let’s come to the white sand beach at Tai Long Bay for a swim or rest on the beach.
From mountain ranges to secluded forests and white sand beaches, it is not surprising that Dragon’s Back is one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful walking trails. Remember to wear appropriate shoes because the trail can have many rocks!

The amazing view of Lantau Island

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Ngong Ping 360 in Hong Kong. Foto: unusual places in hong kong blog.
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Lantau Island from cable car

Let’s try the feeling on the Ngong Ping 360 cable cars with the glass bottom to see the spectacular view of the whole area from a unique perspective. It takes about 25 minutes to move by cable car. You can get all great scenery of Lantau Island, the airport, the coast and Ngong Ping Village.

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Ngong Ping 360
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Ngong Ping 360 cable cars. Foto: unusual places in hong kong blog.
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Great Buddha Statue views from cable car
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Full day Lantau island with lunch and Skyrail. Picture: hong kong unique experiences blog.
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Ngong Ping Tea-house
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This is also home to Po Lin Monastery, the Great Buddha Statue, and a wood trail in Wisdom Path. Ngong Ping Village has many things to explore.

The Wisdom Path, Hong Kong
The Wisdom Path, Hong Kong
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Even if you don’t understand Chinese, the peaceful atmosphere together with the beautiful mountainous scenery here is also enough to make you feel good. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.

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Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery
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The magnificent view from Po Lin Monastery. Photo by: unusual things to do in hong kong bog.
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The interior of Po Lin Monastery can make anyone surprised for its beauty
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This is a small village with traditional Chinese architecture and calm atmosphere

Moreover, as being a famous site of Hong Kong, it can be quite a long wait. However, if you order tickets from Klook, you can go to the private road for VIP. Please miss the long wait line and get your ticket now.

Preparing camera for the trip – the ecological photo capture

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir at Tai Lam Country Park
Tai Lam Chung Reservoir at Tai Lam Country Park. Image by: unique things to do in hong kong blog.

You don’t forget to capture the glamorous moments of lush vegetation and wild nature with your camera when passing through the routes via the landscapes of Tai Lam Country Park. With a guide, a professional photographer, you will receive photography tips as well as information about the natural environment in Hong Kong.

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Tai lam waterfall
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Riding a bike around Tai Lam Park. Image by: unique hong kong experiences blog.
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The breathtaking scenery at Tai Lam Country Park is not self-existed. Only a decade ago, this place was an arid region. After many efforts to plant and fight against adversities such as poor soil and forest fires, the lush vegetation that you are admiring just begins to emerge.

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Day view from Lugard road Hong Kong. Credit: special places in hong kong blog.

If someone asks you about Hong Kong next time, you will have an ideal list of them. Do you want to visit other destinations? Come to Living Nomads right now and you will find everything from activities, attractions, products, and even cuisine reviews in Hong Kong.

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Victoria Peak Tower. Credit: special places in hong kong blog.

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