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3 Days in Hong Kong

 

How to get there?

We flew  Shanghai-Hong Kong-Shanghai with Spring Airlines for 180 euros. Two hours flight that was actually 3-4 hours with all the delays. There are also international flights to Hong Kong, check them out here.
If you are planning on going back to China, make sure you request a two entries (or multi entries) when you apply for the Chinese visa.

Where to stay?

Hong Kong consist of 3 regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
If you want to have a real backpacker experience at Hong Kong stay at the ChungKing Mansions on Nathan Road (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Island). It is huge building full of low cost hostel with lots of inmigrants little stores in the entry and lots of people walking around the area. But I don’t only recommend it because of the experience of staying there but also due to its location and transport facilities.
In this huge building we stayed at the “New Euro Asia Hotel“. It was clean and had AC, which is all what I ask for.
Chungking Mansions entrance

Chungking Mansions entrance

From the Airport to Downtown

The easiest way for us to go to our hostal was to take the A21 bus from the Airport and stop at Middle Road (14 stops) in Kowloon Island, just in front of ChungKing Mansions. It cost 33 HKD and last 1 hour (depends on traffic). Once in the Airport, just follow the “Bus” signal.
Another way, that’s actually faster (20min) but expensier is the train (100 HKD). It takes you to any of the three regions.

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.

1st DAY

  • 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

Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong Skyline

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars

During the "Symphony of Lights"

During the “Symphony of Lights”

2nd DAY

  • 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
In our way to see the Buddha Tian Tan

In our way to see the Buddha Tian Tan

Buddha Tian Tan

Buddha Tian Tan

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery

Temple Market

Temple Market

Temple Market

Temple Market

3rd DAY

  • 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
From the Star Ferry

From the Star Ferry

Arriving to Central Hong Kong with the Star Ferry

Arriving to Central Hong Kong with the Star Ferry

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

The Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system

The Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system

HSBC Building

HSBC Building

From Sevva Restaurant

From Sevva Restaurant

Lady´s Market

Lady´s Market

Extra Time? 

Due to an unexpected flight change a few days before our trip, we had almost an entire extra  day, so we decided to go where the dreams come true: DISNEYLAND (500 HKD per person). Also very close to the Airport.
The subway to go there from Kowloon cost 22,5 HKD and the taxi from Disneyland to the airport 128 HKD.
If you have extra time you can also visit some of the well known Hong Kong beaches.

TIPS

  • 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”
Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong

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