Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating, exciting cities in the world, and being known as Asia’s World City means that there’s a huge variety of things to see, eat, and do - even locals would never be able to cross everything off the list! So we’ve put together recommended itineraries for your trip to Hong Kong, whether it’s for 3 days, 5 days, or a week. Also remember to pick up the Hong Kong Tourist Pass for packages that include fast track admission into Hong Kong’s top attractions, museums, and tours.
Start your vacation in Hong Kong with an introduction to the city, in the comfort of a double-decker bus. Start the morning on the Big Bus Tour (Hong Kong Island Tour) that starts in Central and winds through the main areas of the island - a great way to discover Hong Kong. Get off in Causeway Bay or Wan Chai for a nice lunch, check out the shopping mall Times Square, and get back on to finish off at Central. Then, aim for a late afternoon Star Ferry trip to Tsim Sha Tsui. Remember to take lots of photos! Finally, finish up Day 1 with sunset at the Sky 100, on the 100th floor of the ICC in Kowloon.
Time for some tranquility today, at the top places to visit in Hong Kong! Rise early, and take the Tung Chung line all the way to Tung Chung (the end of the line). From here, ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to Ngong Ping Village. Enjoy the truly spectacular views. While there, be sure to climb the steps to the iconic Tian Tan Buddha, and visit the Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom Path.
Grab some food at the village, before descending back to the MTR to Tsing Yi Station on the Tung Chung line. Take Exit C and walk to the bus terminus. Take the Park Island bus service to Noah’s Ark. Spend 2 hours at the Park with your children, then head back to Central via the MTR. Wrap up the evening by getting the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. Enjoy the sunset and night time views at the Sky Terrace 428, then go into the Peak Tower to have some fun at Madame Tussauds, and have dinner up at the Peak in style!
Today is all about heritage, culture, views, and great food! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes today as there’ll be a lot of walking around. We’ll begin the day in Central, at the IFC Mall. Load your Google Maps, and put in Man Mo Temple as your destination. Your walk will take you via the famous Mid Levels Escalator up to Hollywood Road. After visiting this exquisite temple, continue walking uphill via Shing Wong Street to reach Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum. Spend an hour or two learning about this revolutionary man.
After that, it’s time for some lunch. Walk east on Caine Road to the Mid Levels Escalator. Welcome to SoHo! This is where you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining options. There’s every cuisine you can think of, they’re all family friendly and a lot of them serve a great selection of drinks too, offering visitors indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy a relaxing, delicious lunch here before heading back down the escalator to IFC. Here, you can choose to do some shopping before finishing the day on a harbour tour.
Aim for a sunset tour for the best view. In terms of tours, visitors can choose between the Aqua Luna Tour or the Star Ferry Tour. Both offer complimentary drinks and snacks, and roughly go the same route with the same journey length. The only difference is the type of boat. The Aqua Luna uses a traditional Chinese junk, and offers a more luxurious experience, while the Star Ferry uses an antique model of their fleet.
Today we’ll be exploring the museums and night markets of Kowloon. Enjoy a lazy morning, and start the day by walking along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade, to admire the panoramic skyline of Hong Kong Island. While you’re here, visit the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Museum of Art, and the Space Museum. We highly recommend visiting the Space Museum! Spend a few hours there, before walking to Mody Road, which is where the Science Museum and Museum of History are. Choose one of these, and enjoy the fun learning.
Next, take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok, where the famous Ladies Market lies. Here, get all your quirky, affordable shopping done, whether it’s electronics, clothing, shoes, or souvenirs. Remember to go to a few stores first before buying, and definitely haggle. Then, rest your feet and grab some delicious lunch at Langham Place Mall. After that, cross off another museum or simply wander along Nathan Road as the sun goes down, before wrapping up at Temple Street Night Market, a very famous market for food and shopping.
Day 5 of your trip to Hong Kong will be spent away from the city, getting some much-needed relaxation in nature. Start at Central Ferry Pier, and pick an island to go to, whether it’s Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, or Mui Wo. We recommend skipping Lamma and Peng Chau as there’s not much to do there. The other three all have hiking trails (family friendly), fantastic beaches, and restaurants.
Continue your relaxation at a rooftop bar in the evening, back on Hong Kong Island. Check out Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai, or Ce La Vi in Central. Prepare to be amazed!
Day 6 is going to be a family day out - so expect lots and lots of fun! Start early so you won’t have to be overwhelmed by crowds. Visitors can choose between Ocean Park and Disneyland. Both theme parks are brilliant, but they differ in terms of attractions and location. Ocean Park is nearer to Central, and is more catered towards older kids seeking thrills, while Disneyland is close to the airport and is catered more to families with small children.
Spend your last day in Hong Kong, sightseeing on the city’s iconic double decker trams. Start on the Eastern Side at Quarry Bay, and ride Westbound all the way to Sai Ying Pun. The journey should take slightly over an hour, so get comfortable. Sit on the upper deck, at the front, with your cameras out. At Sai Ying Pun, visitors can explore the up and coming, trendy area, and choose to have lunch here. After that, walk back to Central via Sheung Wan. This will take you past lots of small streets with niche stores and lots of great street art!
So there you go! Here is our suggested itinerary to help you get the most out of Hong Kong while you’re here. Do keep in mind that it’s better to plan to do less than more. Take it slow and enjoy yourself. Finally, don’t forget to use your Hong Kong Tourist Pass, as this gives holders fast track admission into the city’s top attractions and museums, as well as unlimited rides on public transportation!
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