Whether you live here or just visiting, people figure out pretty fast that Hong Kong Island certainly isn\u2019t a cheap place. Whether it\u2019s your tiny, overpriced hotel room, eating out at a nice restaurant, or trying to find a cocktail that costs less than , it\u2019s easy to burn through your cash while here. If you\u2019re on a shoestring budget, or simply frugal by nature, you\u2019ll be glad to know that despite the reputation, there are in fact many free things to do in the Fragrant Harbour. Sometimes all it might take is the cost of public transportation which, thankfully, is dirt cheap and awesome. Check out our cheapo list to ten fun and free things to do on Hong Kong Island. You\u2019ll thank us, and your wallet will thank you. 1. HK Free Walk Need a guide but don\u2019t have the bucks? The first free walking tour in Hong Kong offers guided walks on Hong Kong Island (as well as Kowloon). The volunteer guides operate on a tips-only basis, so even though the walk is free, make sure to have a little something for your guide. 2. Hit the museums Though the big museums are mostly in Kowloon (Art, Science, History), you\u2019ll still find plenty on the Island. Explore a jail cell at the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum in Stanley, or learn about China\u2019s history at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum. There\u2019s an 18th-century Hakka walled village to see at the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan, or you can batten down the hatches at the Fireboat Alexander Grantham, moored in Quarry Bay. Read our handy Guide to Hong Kong\u2019s Best Museums to learn more. 3. Learn about Chinese tea Don\u2019t know your oolong from your elbow? Get a crash course in Chinese tea at the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware in Central. The free tasting event has only ten seats per session, you need a reservation. Through the demonstration, you\u2019ll learn about the fine art of tea brewing and different kinds of tea. On Saturdays afternoons guests are treated to a live performance of classic Chinese music. 4. Good Music This Lunch If you\u2019re heading to dim sum lunch at the famous Maxim\u2019s Palace in City Hall, Central, go a bit early (like 11am) so you can catch the 12:45\u00a0pm \u2018Good Music This Lunch\u2019 series. This free lunchtime chamber concert by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, held at the Hong Kong City Hall Foyer, is specially designed to lift the spirits of weary office workers. A number of their other events are also free to observe. 5. Hike to the Peak Skip the pricey ticket for the Peak Tram and instead work off those dim sum pounds by legging it up to Victoria Peak; it\u2019s not as intimidating as you might think. One easy one is to follow Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road. It goes past the scenic Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, and up into the hills until it reaches the Peak. Part of it is the Pok Fu Lam Family Walk\u2014but stay on the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to get to the Peak. The views are fabulous along the way. See our full guide to hiking up Victoria Peak. 6. Free foreign films Watching some French cinema might seem like a strange thing to do in Hong Kong, but Alliance Fran\u00e7aise offers film fans the chance to see French movies, for free, with English subtitles. The Mexican Consulate also has a free film club, Cineclub Mexico, held on the last Thursday of every month, plus they\u2019ve got popcorn. 7. Poetry OutLoud Talking about the Fringe Club, if you happen to enjoy poetry, be sure to check out their free Poetry OutLoud event, held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30\u00a0pm. The Fringe Club also holds a number of free art exhibitions, so be sure to check their website to see what\u2019s on. 8. Tour the Blue House The iconic four-storey Blue House in Wan Chai is a Grade 1 Historic Building which was, at different stages of its life, a hospital, a tenement, a temple, and a martial arts school. Today Blue House has been revitalised and preserved, and you can join a free one-hour public tour in English if you make a reservation. 9. Live shows at Tai Kwun The Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Art in Central holds a weekly \u2018Afternoon Series\u2019 every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Whether theatre, mini concerts, jazz, comedy, or dance, there\u2019s always something interesting going on at this heritage complex which once was a prison, police station, and magistracy. 10. Happy Birthday! If it\u2019s your birthday and you have a Hong Kong ID (sorry tourists, this one isn\u2019t for you), you can skip the lines at Madame Tussauds at Victoria Peak with their special birthday offer for Hong Kong Residents. The same birthday deal applies at Ocean Park, (and at Sky100 though that\u2019s over on Kowloon side), but you\u2019ll have to go with one companion who actually is buying a ticket. Read this guide for more birthday ideas in Hong Kong. Need more freeness? Check out our events page for lots of fun, free things across Hong Kong, and also be sure to read our guide to 10 Free Things to Do in Central, All in One Day.