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4 Best Places for Family and Kids in Hong Kong

1. Noah’s Ark – Noah’s Ark is located in Ma Wan, a tiny island between Lantau Island and the New Territories.

In the life-sized ark you can watch 2D and 3D shows promoting positive values of love for life, family, and nature. Behind this is a garden with life-like animal statues and a cast of talents dressed as a toucan, a tiger, and other characters to take photos with. Stay overnight at the Resort for more time to explore the activities at its Adventureland and Treasure House.

Getting there: Take the train to Tsing Yi MTR station, then bus number NR332 going towards Park Island. Alight at the first stop, and take the escalator down. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the entrance of Noah’s Ark.

Tip: Turn left after the escalator down to Noah’s Ark to get to a small beach that offers a nice view – and photo op! – of the Tsing Ma Bridge.

2. Hong Kong Disneyland – Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, next to Discovery Bay, where Hong Kong’s wealthy and the expat community live.

The latest addition to the park, Toy Story Land, consists of a Parachute Drop, the RC Racer, and the Slinky Dog Spin. The last resembles a mini roller-coaster and will be a favorite with younger children. Make your way from here to the front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle to catch the Flights of Fantasy Parade at 3.30pm or the “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks show at 8pm.

Getting there: Alight at the Disneyland Resort MTR Station.

Tip: The easiest way to get a photo with Mickey Mouse and friends – and skip whines and tantrums due to long queues – is by dining at The Enchanted Gardens Restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Remember to reserve your table beforehand.

3. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – After browsing through Harbour City shopping mall, turn right upon exit and you will find yourself at the beginning of the Promenade.

The Promenade offers an arresting view of Hong Kong Island. On your left are the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The dome behind them houses the Hong Kong Space Museum, where you can try your hands at the ‘laser beams’ which simulate how satellites communicate, drive ‘robots’ in ‘space’, and even moonwalk. You can also watch Omnimax and Sky Shows here. Walking further down the path will get you to the Avenue of Stars, the best places to enjoy the Symphony of Lights which comes on every night at 8pm.

Getting there: Alight at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station or enjoy the Star Ferry ride from Central or Wan Chai. It’s the cheapest – and one of the best! – harbour crossings in the world!

Tip: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Symphony of Lights narration is in English.

4. Specialty Street Markets – On the northern part of Nathan Road, just off Prince Edward MTR station, there are markets offering anything you could possibly desire.

At the Goldfish Market, the lines of shops sell all kinds of fishes, crustaceans, turtles and more in row after row of plastic bags and buckets, and all kinds of aquarium ornaments. Cross Prince Edward Road West and turn right, to the Flower Market. At the end of the road is a walled garden, the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. Over in Wan Chai, look for Tai Yuen Street, which is also known as Toy Street. As its nickname suggests, it is a place for “good and cheap” toy shopping.

Getting there: Alight at Prince Edward MTR station, Exit B2, for the first three markets. Alight at Wan Chai MTR station, Exit A3, or at the O’Brien Road tram stop for Toy Street.

Tip: Upon exiting the flower market, walk along Prince Edward Road West and pop into The Supreme bakery for some of their scrumptious cakes, cookies, and egg tarts.

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