One of the most exciting cities in the world, Hong Kong boasts a dazzling variety of things to do. Relax on tropical beaches, shop in high-end boutiques, explore ancient cultural sights or head out for the night to explore Hong Kong’s legendary clubs, bars and restaurants. Check out our pick of the very best things to do in Hong Kong and maximise your time in this dynamic eastern metropolis.

1) Relax in Victoria Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in this lush urban oasis. Practice your backhand on the park’s tennis courts, work up a sweat on the local football pitch or cool off with a dip in Victoria Park’s very own 50-metre (164-foot) swimming pool.

2) Soak up the sun at Repulse Bay

Looking for the perfect place to top up your tan? Repulse Bay offers white sand, blue waters and an impressive backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains. Cafes, restaurants and shops line the waterfront, ensuring there’s always somewhere to grab a tasty meal or a refreshing drink when swimming and sunbathing get too much.

3) Pick up a bargain at Stanley Market

Boasting designer brands, traditional souvenirs and a huge range of accessories, Stanley Market is one of the best in Hong Kong. Explore the warren of narrow alleyways, haggle with stallholders or pick up some authentic local delicacies at one of the picturesque Stanley’s many eateries.

4) Dive into local culture at the Man Mo Temple

Dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), the Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest and largest in Hong Kong. Built between 1847-1862, the spectacular temple is part of an ornate religious complex which includes the Lit Shing Kung, or ‘saints’ palace’, and the Kung Sor or ‘meeting hall’.

5) Take in the view from Victoria Peak

Can’t decide what to do in Hong Kong? Well a trip to Victoria Peak should be right at the top of your wish list. Standing 552 metres (1,811 feet) above sea level, The Peak – as it’s known locally – is home to some of the most prestigious, and pricey, addresses in the world. Catch the Peak Tram right to the top for views that will take your breath away.

6) Get your pulse racing at Ocean Park

Boasting a giant panda habitat, one of the world’s largest aquarium domes, a floorless rollercoaster and a rainforest, as well as a host of other attractions. Ocean Park is a fantastic destination for an action packed day out in Hong Kong.

7) Experience urban Hong Kong at Causeway Bay

One of the most iconic parts of the city, Causeway Bay is home to many of Hong Kong’s most exclusive shops, restaurants and hotels. Shop for designer outfits, admire the towering skyscrapers, party the night away or soak up the bustling atmosphere of downtown Hong Kong.

8) See a different side of Hong Kong on Lantau Island

Home to the picturesque Tai O fishing village, the colossal Tian Tan Buddha and a picturesque 70-kilometre- (43-mile) nature trail, a trip to Lantau Island will make a fantastic addition to your stay in Hong Kong.

9) Relax and unwind on Lamma Island

Want to see a different side of life in Hong Kong? Catch the ferry to idyllic Lamma Island and explore its tropical beaches, peaceful temples, traditional fishing villages and picturesque hiking trails. Though just 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) from Hong Kong Island, Lamma feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

10) Taste Hong Kong's variety in Kowloon

One of the most diverse areas of Hong Kong, Kowloon is home to some of the best restaurants, museums and views in the city. Take a stroll along Kowloon’s waterfront, shop for souvenirs in the district’s night markets or sample delicious local delicacies in one of Kowloon’s family run restaurants.