Hong Kong, China
With an iconic skyline, a bustling energy, and futuristic skyscrapers, Hong Kong never fails to impress. The city makes a first impression like no other place on Earth and for all the right reasons. It’s a place where colorful traditions prosper amidst a multifaceted culture, and where the energy is beautifully unparalleled.
From the legendary cuisine, to the lush nature, to the energetic nightlife and fantastic traditions – there is something for everyone in Hong Kong. The striking juxtapositions are enough to keep you entertained throughout your entire trip.
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PLANNING & BOOKING
The dreaded part of any vacation - planning! Every savvy traveler knows that it’s always better to plan and book early in advance to bag those irresistible bargains. Not only do you get to save up to 25% on flight and hotel prices, but you also get to never settle for second-best! Lower flight prices, room deals and early bird discounts are only some of the many benefits of booking your tickets, excursions and accommodation early on. We recommend planning and booking 3 to 6 months in advance – a surefire way to have a worry-free pre-holiday buzz when the time to travel is near!
Unforgettable Moments - Hong Kong Highlights
The enchanting neighborhoods of Hong Kong are a feast for your senses – from historical trams, to glazing harbors to little villages and volcanic sea arches. No matter what type of traveler you are, you will find a neighborhood of Hong Kong that caters to your needs. You’ll enjoy panoramic vistas at the Victoria Peak, indulge in the city life at Tsim Sha Tsui, trek along Lantau Island, enjoy the waterfront scenery at Victoria Harbour and much more!
Day 1: Arrival + Exploring
Getting to and from the Hong Kong International Airport is extremely easy. There are a few different ways you can reach the center, and it depends on where exactly you’re staying. Whether you’re staying at Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, you can be at both in about 30 minutes.
You can get the train right at the airport (don’t forget to purchase your tickets online to avoid the lines and get a 30% discount), and you can also use the Hong Kong Airport Express. The train will take you 24 minutes to Hong Kong Island and will cost you $16, while the one that takes you to Kowloon will cost you $15. A taxi trip will cost about $30.
When you first arrive into the city, you’ll want to do nothing more but put your bags down and get lost in the winding busy streets, taking in the bustling energy of the place, and discovering what this city has to offer. Start your first day on Kowloon. This is how you get a gist of authentic Hong Kong before you head to the major tourist attractions. We recommend taking cash with you and carrying a light bag because your first day will be mostly spent by markets.
Your first stop will be at Sham Shui Po – the place to enjoy all types of mouthwatering food, find some urban Chinese finds, bargain, get some goodies, fabrics, accessories and much more. Expect to wander around for at least an hour or two. Cheung Sha Wan Road is a fashion trove for anyone even slightly interested in fashion. With over 250 fashion stores that dot the street, you’re bound to find incredible bargains there.
After that, go to the Mong Kok area. There are a lot of markets there that you can enjoy including the Flower Market, the Ladies Market, and Jape Market.
Grab lunch at Tenku Ryu Gin, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and make sure to order the incredible kaiseki. After that, go to Tsim Sha Tsui. This is without a doubt, Hong Kong’s entertainment hub and the place the city truly comes to life in.
Walking around will give you small glimpse of everything Hong Kong has to offer – some streets have restaurants and boutiques and others have high-end retail stores. Don’t miss out on walking down Canton Road – the Champs Elysees of Hong Kong. Dotted with luxurious boutiques and high-end stores, the street is one of the most famous in Hong Kong. If you want a quick snack, then Din Tai Fung should be your first choice. They serve delicious dim sum.
Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History to go on a journey from the prehistoric times to the modern era and explore over 90,000 historical objects and the temporary exhibits as well.
Finally, arrive at the Avenue of the Stars where a light show takes place every day at 8 pm. The promenade is similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood in the sense that it pays homage to some of the biggest film stars in Hong Kong and it’s a very popular hangout spot. The waterfront promenade is a great place to relax after a long day out. After that, stroll around the Temple Street Night Market where you can sit with a fortune teller, enjoy the multiple street performers, and check out the different vendors.
Your second day will be spent in Hong Kong Island, the financial district of Hong Kong that looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie. Have breakfast at The Flying Pan – a breakfast joint with a 50’s diner feel that serves ranchero eggs, pancakes, waffles and excellent coffee.
The first thing you should do is go to the Victoria Peak. Take the tram up to the top so you can enjoy panoramic, 360 views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, bustling city center, and beautiful backdrops. You can walk around the park itself for an hour or two while enjoying your morning coffee.
Taking the Star Ferry is a rite passage to being in Hong Kong, and is one of the city’s most iconic tourist attractions! The ferry itself has played a huge part in the city’s history and is adored by both locals and visitors. You can take the ferry from multiple places around the city, and you can check their schedule and drop-off points online.
Have some delicious Pho at BEP and end your night with a fancy cocktail at Sevva’s rooftop.
Day 3: Exploring Lantau
Lantau Island is the biggest island in Hong Kong and has some of the best sights in the entire city. It’s where you’ll get to see the Big Buddha, enjoy incredible panoramic vistas, ride cable cars, and watch the eccentric pink dolphins.
Start your day by traveling either by MTR or by taxi to Tung Chung. From there, you can take the Ngong Ping Cable Car which takes you directly to the Big Buddha. If you want to add a little bit of oomph to your trip up you can always choose the glass-bottom cable cars!
The mighty Big Buddha is Hong Kong’s most recognizable sight and its symbolic attraction. This 34-metre tall is as majestic as you can imagine and is the biggest of its kind in the world. The whole experience of standing underneath it is an awe-inspiring one. You can also check out the Po lin Monastery that sits right next to the Big Buddha.
Take the taxi to Tai O, a beautiful fishing village that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped back in time. Stop for lunch at the Tai O Heritage Hotel before starting to explore. Get lost amongst the meandering alleyways of Tai O, explore the bridges, stilt houses, and the farms.
Next, take a taxi to Cheung Sha Beach where you can take a dip and relax for the rest of the day.
A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without dinner at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin starred restaurant. From roast meats to pork ribs to dim sum, you’ll find yourself wanting to order everything on the menu.
Day 4: Macau Day-Trip!
Macau, a former Portuguese colony, is an incredible juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Discover Portuguese heritage, enjoy the trademark casinos, get lost in the beautiful streets and get lost in the many streets around. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Portugal for the entire day.
Morning – the journey:
Take one of the many high-speed ferries to Macau. There are three main terminals in Hong Kong: Sheung Wan, Kowloon, and Hong Kong International Airport. We recommend taking the Turbo Jet ferries as they arrive in 55 minutes to Macau. We definitely recommend booking in advance, specifically if it’s on a weekend.
Start your day at Largo de Senado, the main square. The square looks exactly like every Mediterranean square so don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling like you’re in Spain or Portugal. The colonial buildings surround cobblestone streets, fountains dot the square and there is a prominent laid-back vibe all around. You can check out the ruins of the Sao Paulo Church and then head back to the square to get some food at one of the Dai Pai Dongs (the small stalls that have cheap Chinese snacks.)
Very reminiscent of Portuguese cities, Macau is also blessed with 3 beaches. Definitely visit Hac Sa Beach and indulge in the many water-bound activities there. After you’ve had enough of the beach, head over to Fernando’s where you can enjoy a jug of Sangria and outstanding food.
Next, you’ll be visiting a completely different part of the city. The dazzling juxtaposition between the central square and the Casinos is incredible. Check out The Venetian (the biggest casino in the world), or head over to the Sands for the ultimate Vegas atmosphere, free drinks and live music.
Day Five: Ocean Park
Morning + Afternoon
Your fifth day will be dedicated to Ocean Park, an amusement park, marine park, animal theme park and an Oceanarium at the same time. The place is massive so expect to spend all day there. The theme park is basically divided into two areas – the Waterfront and the Summit. People usually go between the two places using a cable car or train.
Start at The Waterfront and head straight to Aqua City. You’ll get to thousands of fish from over 400 species at the Aquarium. Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasure will be your next stop where you’ll find the famous Golden Monkeys.
We definitely recommend taking the cable car to the Summit solely for the gorgeous views along the way. If you’re looking for a little bit of adventure then Thrill Mountain is for you, while if you want to explore a little more of the wildlife then head towards Polar Adventure. You can have lunch at any of the restaurants in the park.
If you still have any energy left at the end of your day, then you go either go to Wooloo Mooloo for great drinks, or Lockhart Rd. if you’re looking to party.
Grab breakfast at any of the restaurants next to your hotel and get ready to climb Lion’s Rock. It’s about a 4 hour hike, and despite the fact that it’s a little big challenging, the hike will take you up to absolutely gorgeous views. Tie your laces and hit the best hiking trail in all of Hong Kong. Make sure to bring enough water, watch out for the monkeys (don’t feed or touch the monkeys), and pack a lot of sunscreen
Get back to your hotel, shower and change and then head back to Kowloon. The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. It’s home to three main religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The temple claims that every wish made there will come true upon request. It’s both, an important attraction and a scenic one as well so take some time to explore its multiple buildings.
Have some tea at the Peninsula Hotel after.
How does ending your day sipping on a cocktail while sitting on the highest rooftop sky bars sound like? The Ozone is an incredible bar and definitely the place you want to be when the sun is setting. When it’s night-time you’ll get to enjoy the glimmering lights of the entire city.
Day 7: Joigin Hong Kong!
We recommend taking the latest flight out of Hong Kong so you can enjoy the city a little bit more before you leave. If you gave time check out any of the:
· Longevity Bridge
· Nan Lian Garden
· Chi Lin Nunnery
· 10.000 Buddhas Temple