Things to Do in Hong Kong in April

In this post, you’ll find all the best events and things to see and do this April in Hong Kong. We have a Top 10 list of things to do that is updated for 2020.

 

 


TOP 11 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL IN HONG KONG

It might be difficult to decide what to do first when you arrive in Hong Kong since there are so many options. That’s why we’ve written a top 11 list for you.

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1) Go to the Top of Victoria Peak

Known locally as “The Peak,” it is the highest point on Hong Kong island and offers the best – and most famous – views of both the city and the harbor below.

It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city for good reason. But if you want to attempt to avoid the largest crowds, you’ll need to visit at or before 9:00 am on a weekday.

 

 

You can get to The Peak by the public number 15 bus if you enjoy scenic rides up winding roads.

The most popular way to reach the top is by a tram-ride that takes you straight up. You can find tram tickets individually or combined with other tours:


2) Catch a Rugby Game

This April, you can watch a rugby sevens game at Hong Kong Stadium! This variation of rugby involves seven players per team playing seven-minute halves.

Locals and visitors alike go all-out with their enthusiasm for Sevens! The stadium turns into a venue for the biggest party of the year that includes school-aged kids through rowdy adults.

 

 

You’ll see plenty of Pimm’s, outlandish outfits, and partiers covered in face paint. The South Stand is infamous as THE party section.

You can find more sporting events in Hong Kong here.


3) Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Cheung Chau is one of the smaller islands just a short ferry ride southwest of the main Hong Kong Island. It has been a fishing village since at least 1368 during the Ming Dynasty.

When a plague afflicted the island around the late 1800s, the locals built an altar to the god Pak Tai to chase away the evil spirits. The plague ended shortly after the Taoist rituals in front of the Pak Tai Temple, and to this day the Cheung Chau Bun Festival celebrates the end of that plague.

 

 

The festival lasts a full week and includes Taoist ceremonies, live music, parades, lion dances, and a Bun Scrambling Competition.

NOTE: This year, the main parade will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020.


4) Tin Hau Festival

Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea and patron saint of fishermen. She is an important part of Hong Kong’s culture, which has revolved around fishing and maritime activity for centuries.

This free festival features celebrations with live music, lion dances, and martial arts displays in and around Tin Hau Temples across Hong Kong.

 

 

The village of Yuen Long hosts the largest festival with a 3-hour parade that starts at 10:00 am at Fung Cheung Road and winds its way to Yuen Long Stadium.

Sai Kung features the oldest Tin Hau Temple and popular festivities. Tin Hau Festival day is the only time you can get a ferry ride from North Point Pier directly to Joss House Bay, where the temple is located.

If you can’t make it to these two locations, find the nearest Tin Hau Temple and there’s sure to be live entertainment and possibly a parade.


5) Save More with a City Pass

If you’re considering going to multiple attractions while in Hong Kong, the all-inclusive Hong Kong iVenture Card grants access to 20+ attractions and experiences in the area as well as nearby Macau.

 

 

Depending on how much you use the pass, you can save up to 50% on retail prices.

Here are several attractions included on the pass:

  • Peak Tram
  • Hong Kong City Tour
  • Safari Park Shenzhen
  • Rickshaw Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour
  • Victoria Harbor Cruise
  • And more!

The pass also comes with a pocket-sized city guide with information on available experiences, city tips, and directions.

Get a tourist discount pass here.


6) Hong Kong International Film Festival

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society is a nonprofit and charitable organization that works to promote creativity in art and film.

 

 

They want to make international cinema accessible to the Hong Kong public and do so through several events including the springtime film festival.

You can find over 200 titles including documentaries, short films, animated movies, and feature-length pictures.


7) See Peppa Pig Live

Everyone’s favorite pig, Peppa, will be on stage with her family and friends for a fun, interactive evening!

 

 

If your kids love Peppa Pig, this is a can’t-miss show. They can sing along or dance in their seats as dancers and actors move through the aisles. They’ll also see quite a few familiar faces.

You can find more live theatre in Hong Kong here.


8) Explore Hong Kong’s Cuisine

Because Hong Kong was once a British colony and has long been an international commerce port, it is known for its diverse cuisine with many cultural infusion dishes. You can find Cantonese, European, Chinese, and Southeast Asian dishes and street food.

 

 

Therefore, if you want to really get to know the local culture, a great way to do that is by getting to know the local food.

If you want someone to lead you to the best street food and restaurants, taking a Secret Food Tour is the perfect tour for you! The tour lasts 3 to 3.5 hours.


9) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

If you want to cover more ground, you can take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city!

There is an audio guide available in 10 different languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.

 

 

TIP: The deluxe ticket comes with a 2.5-hour walking tour (snacks provided!) and a Peak Tram Sky Pass to get to the top of Victoria Peak.

You can also take an evening cruise to see the city from the harbor.

If you’re on a budget, there are several pay-what-you-like walking tours available. We have a full post listing all the free walks available in Hong Kong.


10) Hang Out at Happy Valley Racecourse

On Wednesday nights you’ll find throngs of locals and visitors alike, hanging out in the beer gardens and betting on horses.

In Hong Kong, horse racing is the only sport to allow legal betting. So you’ll see plenty of people lined up to place their bets.

 

 

Live races happen from September – July on Wednesday nights and occasionally at the weekend. Gates open at 5:15 pm before the first race at 7:15 pm.

The racecourse is an 18+ venue.

NOTE: Keep an eye out for the night’s theme. Those who dress the part can win prizes. Past themes have been Oktoberfest, Rio Carnivale, and Bollywood.

Find more information on the Happy Valley Racecourse website.


11) Party at Petticoat Lane

Petticoat Lane is one of the few LGBTQ+ friendly bars in the Hong Kong area and is known for its fun party atmosphere.

 


This photo of Petticoat Lane is courtesy of Tripadvisor

 

Wednesday nights are when the party really gets started. The bar itself has re-named the day to Wednes-gay.

Several times per month, there are also fabulous performances from the local drag queen community.

You can find live entertainment and event schedules on their website.

 


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