Hong Kong for Free

In consumer paradise Hong Kong prices vary from the exorbitant to the very cheap to totally free, and the scale of contrast doesn’t stop there.

Ancient temples and an interior of small fishing villages and forests with hidden temples, lie just beyond the cacophonous city ripe with a million odours – designer scents to night market cooking. Prices vary so much that in Hong Kong even if you blow the contents of your wallet on the shopping Hong Kong is famous for there is a lot you can see and do for free.

If you really came to Hong Kong just for the shopping then the markets are the inexpensive option, if you didn’t the markets are worth experiencing because they’re just a fireworks explosion of life, colour and smell! They’re also great for free food in the form of taste testers and free entertainment. Stanley Market is Hong Kong’s best known and the place to find both traditional crafts and curios and cheap gadgets, but the Temple Street Night Market, and the Kansu Street Jade Market are just as colourful. For something totally unique the Goldfish Market and the Bird Market are the places locals take their feathered and finned pets for a walk as well as to shop for pet accoutrements.

If you’ve shopped and dropped, get out of town and see a whole other Hong Kong along one of the walking trails winding into the interior. The MacLahose and Lantau Trails both curve past traditional fishing villages and carve though man made forests to hidden temples.

Not that Hong Kong is known for hiding its beliefs! At 34 metres high, huge bronze Tian Tan Buddha is a pretty impressive sight sitting on top of a hill of halls containing religious relics. You have to pay to enter the halls but you get a free meal with it – vegetarian naturally. The more buddhas the merrier at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, which has almost 13,000 buddhas displayed in five temples, four pavilions and a pagoda – all free – or wash your dirty materialistic hands clean at the Wong Tai Sin Taoist Temple one of Hong Kong’s most popular.

The other other side of Hong Kong is its history which you can learn about for free each Wednesday at the Hong Kong Museum of History which covers the 400 million years leading up to Hong Kong’s reunification with China in 1997. Other days of the week take a free peek at the Hong Kong Police Museum. It’s got a replica manufacturing lab, a display of counterfeit notes and the head of a tiger who mauled a policeman in 1915.

But one of the first things to do in Hong Kong is to get some perspective on the place. Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world to fly in to, and to get another view of Hong Kong spreading out below you get up Victoria Peak. You can take a tram up but the walk won’t cost you anything and seeing the houses change from average to super ritzy as you go is another way of experiencing this city’s contrasts. You’ll also feel the air cool dramatically…

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