Hidden Discoveries of Hong Kong to Explore

  • Apr 4, 2024
  • Reading time: 4 mins read
  • By Anoushka
Hong kong

Key Takeaways

  • With its iconic landscapes and bustling streets, Hong Kong conceals hidden treasures waiting to be explored.
  • Apart from Big Buddha and Monastery, Lantau Island also has secret coves and beaches. 
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple Offers fortune-telling practices performed by Taoist and Buddhist Monks.
  • Hong Kong also has a variety of hiking trails suitable for all levels of hikers with stunning views.

Hong Kong is the kind of city that tends to keep itself to itself, which means it retains plenty of charm, but it also means that travelers don’t often know much about it. 

That’s why it’s worth learning more about this place with its iconic landmarks, bustling streets, and long, captivating cultural heritage. 

The fact is that the city conceals a treasure trove of hidden just waiting to be explored, so keep reading to find out more about some less-known things to do and experiences that will leave you in love with this region.

Lantau Island’s Secret Coves 

Lantau Island

Lantau Island is probably most famous for the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery (neither of which you should miss out on when you’re visiting, and if you’re on a quick stopover from a P&O Cruises trip, these must be on your list), but it also has some magnificent and little-known secluded coves and beaches. 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to beaches like Pui O Beach of Cheung Sha Beach, where you can relax, swim, or perhaps try some water sports. 

Wong Tai Sin Fortune Telling 


When you visit Wong Tai Sin Temple, a revered religious site, you can completely immerse yourself in some interesting and traditional fortune-telling practices, which might come as a surprise, but will always be fascinating. 

Ask for guidance from Taoist and Buddhist monks who use various techniques like palmistry and face reading to give you insights into what’s to come. 

You don’t have to believe in fortune-telling to enjoy this unique experience. 

Hiking Trails With A View 


Did you know that hikers absolutely love visiting Hong Kong due to its plethora of gorgeous hiking trails? 

There are so many to choose from that everyone, from beginners to experts, will be able to make the most of them and take in the magnificent views that come with them. 

Challenge yourself with the Dragon’s Back trail which has some of the best views of all, or, if you want something a little less busy, hike to Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung Country Park, where you’ll find pristine beaches that hardly anyone seems to visit. 


The Forgotten Hakka Villages 

Hakka Village

Hong Kong is a beloved city, and it can get busy, so if you want to escape the crowds, venture into the New Territories to discover the Hakka villages where traditional culture and the old way of life are very much part of things. 

Villages like Lai Chi Wo and Kat Hing Wai are charming places to visit, and are completely in tune with their ancient past, with enthralling architecture, friendly locals, and lots of history and culture to learn about. 

The respective village was put in place by founding clans from mainland China and has a history that dates back 300 years.

Traditional Tea Houses

Do You know?
Lai Chi Wo is a walled Hakka village that is home to 211 hillside residents. 

Traditional tea house

If you know anything about this city, you’ll know the tea-drinking culture is hugely important, so while you’re there it makes sense to delve in and try it for yourself by visiting traditional tea houses. 

Luk Yu Tea House in Central is the ideal example that has stood the best of times, and you can savor dim sum and Chinese beverages in stunning surroundings.  

Escape the bustling streets of Hong Kong and visit the Pui O Beach of Cheung Sha Beach. With Dragon’s back trail to traditional tea houses, discover the hidden treasures of this region. 


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