How to get there?
Where to stay?
From the Airport to Downtown
Where to eat?
- Sevva. Address: Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Aqua Restaurant. Nice view. Address: 29 + 30F, One Peking. Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Ozone Bar, the highest bar in Asia. Tapas and drinks. Also with a nice view of Hong Kong. Address: 118/f, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
- SOHO area, that has an attractive night life and lots of choices for a nice lunch and nice wine
- There are also lots of places inside Chungking Mansions. We went to an indian restaurant next to our hostel at the 7th floor of the E block. It seems like a clandestine restaurant, but you knock the door and they will open it for you
Keep in mind that Hong Kong is always in the top 10 of the Most Expensive cities in the world. So, don´t expect low prices in any of the fancy restaurants. Since, there is a lot of indian and also arabic immigrants in Hong Kong, it is easy, good and cheaper to go to any of Indian/arabic restaurants in the 3 regions.
- We arrived at midday and took us around 1 hour to get to our hostel
- We walked down to southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui (10 minutes from our hostel), in Kowloon Island, passing through the Space Museum and stopping at the Clock Tower to take some pictures
- Continued to the waterfront to enjoy the view of the Central area of Hong Kong across Victoria Harbour and walked through the Avenue of Stars, where there are commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, a life-size statue of Bruce Lee, among others
- At 20:00 we were again at the waterfront, close to the Avenue of Stars, to enjoy the “Symphony of Lights” multimedia show, where most of the buildings of Central Hong Kong are illuminated to the beat of music
- We took the subway to Tung Chung Station at Lantau Island (19HKD) to then take the cable car, and after climbing 251 steps, see the Buddha Tian Tan (115 HKD single trip), the biggest sitting Buddha statue built outdoor and the Po Lin Monastery. Beautiful. IMPORTANT: buy the tickets online 1 week before, otherwise you will have to wait around 75min in the queue. By the time we were in the queue, the online tickets were sold out. I hope you have a beautiful day without fog to be able to see the Buddha. It wasn´t our case, but anyway we enjoyed the visit
- To go down from the peak we took Bus 23 (27HKD) down to Tung Chung to then take the subway again. You have also the option to go to Tai O (fishing village) with bus 21 where you have the option to take a boat and maybe see pink dolphins
- On our way back to our hostel we stopped at the Temple Market in Temple Street, to live the experience of a street market, its local food and drinks
- To finish this day my recommendation is to go to Ozone bar and have a few drinks there
- We went walking down to the pier in Kowloon Island and took the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island for 3.5 HKD each (seat on the right side of the boat to have a better view of the city on your way). Coins are needed to pay the ticket, which it is very easy to get at the moment. It takes around 10min to get to the other side. This ferry has been working since the XIX Century
- Once in Hong Kong island, see the Man Mo Temple (free entry) in Hollywood road, from a walking distance from the pier, and go up the Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system, is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, stretching for over 800-metres and rising 135-metres through the streets of a steep hillside
- Then walk through the SOHO area, highly recommended for lunch and drinks
- Our next stop was the Botanical Garden (free entry)
- Walked through the Finnancial Center, and went up to the 25th floor of the Prince’s Building to see the skyline from Sevva Restaurant, a beautiful bar (men must wear long pants), and then took a visit to the impressive HSBC building
- Pass through the Hong Kong Park to take the Peak Tram (40HKD round trip) to Victoria Peak. Tickets are not available online and we spent around 1 hour in queue. If you take the “Big Bus” (touristic bus) the ticket is included and the queue is avoided, the same apply for the Madame Tussauds that is in the Victoria Peak building. Hong Kong is all about its skyline!
- After enjoying the sunset from Victoria’s Peak and taking back the tram, we took the subway to the Lady’s Market at Kowloon Island, where you can find lots of brands imitations and food little places. I specially found Temple Market a little bit better and cheaper, I was looking for a Quadcopter and I found more and cheaper options in Temple Market
- Credit cards are accepted in several places, but asked before assuming they accept them. Keep cash and change for buses and subway, buses don’t give you change and subway doesn’t take high denomination bills
- Check the weather before planning your trip. I went in August, it could have been worse, but anyway it was foggy, hot and very humid
- Almost everyone speaks english
- Buy water at the little markets or your hotel, it is usually expensiver inside the temples
- Check my post about “Travelling to China”