You can’t miss the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre—that strangely shaped slanted building that dominates the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, right behind the historic clock tower.

When it was opened in 1989, the building was criticised for not having a single window, since it faces one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.

Nonetheless, this somewhat unimpressive building has a lot of impressive stuff going on inside, attracting talent from all around the world, from renowned philharmonic orchestras to ballet and dance companies and film festivals.

The Cultural Center has a Concert Hall, Grand Theatre and Studio Theatre, all of which have a busy rotating schedule year-round. With sometimes four or five different shows on every week, there’s bound to be something on that interests you while you’re visiting Hong Kong, whether it’s classics like The Nutcracker ballet, or new creations like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert.

This is also a great place to take in some local Hong Kong arts and culture, including theatre groups (but don’t worry, there are subtitles in English), as well as Cantonese Opera, Chinese Instrumental Music, and orchestras.

Ticket prices range from as low as HK$60 to up to HK$1280 for the best seats at the top shows, but with so many different events to choose from, you should be able to find a good show at a good price.

Those on a really tight cheapo budget will be glad to know the Cultural Centre holds free cultural programs at its foyer and outdoor piazza. Be sure to check their website for the free performances to see what’s on.

Exhibition of panda in front of Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Exhibition of pandas in front of Hong Kong Cultural Centre. | Photo by Eric BC Lim used under CC

Top sightseeing tip: Nearby are a number of attractions—the Avenue of Stars, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and the Star Ferry to name a few. Be sure to stroll around this beautiful waterfront area before or after the show, and enjoy the stunning views of Hong Kong Island’s skyline.


Barrier-free facilities, accessible toilets, elevators, seats designated for wheelchair users in the performance venues, service counter with height suitable for wheelchair users. Also baby care room with breastfeeding facilities.

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