Hong Kong is small, yet many tourist attractions, for every attraction it is just a day trip. Hence itineraries are much easier, you can very much mix and match according to your own desire. Here are some guidelines.
5 day energetic route :
- Day 1 : Victoria ferry ride --> yum cha at historic tea house --> tallest building in HK --> Victoria Peak day and night view --> night life hot spot.
- Day 2 : Outlying island leisure hike --> seafood dinner.
- Day 3 : Beaches and mythic statues visit.
- Day 4 : Mong kok theme streets sightseeing and shopping.
- Day 5 : Theme Park -> tram ride.
|Day 1||Victoria ferry ride - from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Star Ferry Pier, if you stay at Hong Kong Island side, ride the ferry twice. Brunch at either Luk Yu Tea House or Lin Heung Tea House.|
|Shopping at International Fiancial Center(IFC) - walk downhill to Queen's Road Central, walk up to the pedestrian walkway in front of 100 Queen's Road Central, walk towards IFC.|
|Take open top bus for a glimse of Central District - go to the raised pedestrian walkway from IFC east side exit, get down to the road at Connaught Place, continue walking east, pass Edinburgh Square you will find the City Hall. In front of the City Hall, there is a bus stop for open-top bus. take the bus to Peak Tram station.|
|Take Peak Tram - to the Victoria Peak.|
|Walk the scenic loop of Luguard Road and Harlech Road - take your time and stop at scenic areas. Try to locate where your hotel is.|
|Dinner in the Peak Tower or Galleria - after dinner, go to the scenic view area of the Peak Tower or Galleria and enjoy the award-winning world-famous fabulous night view.|
|Take Peak Tram downhill - the view from Peak Tram is now totally different from when you take the Peak Tram uphill.|
|Take taxi to Lan Kwai Fong - walking from the Peak Tram station to Lan Kwai Fong is not too far away, but the road is rather empty, boring and quiet especially at night, in case if you get lost it is difficult to ask for direction. However, if you want to walk - go to the other side of Garden Road, walk west bound along Lower Albert Road, it is a windy road and continues to a 5-way intersection, take D'Aguilar Street, then turn right on Lan Kwai Fong..|
|Enjoy the night life in Lan Kwai Fong - meet other tourists or local Hong Kongers.|
|Victoria Harbour night view - after Lan Kwai Fong, if you stay in Kowloon, take Star Ferry again, a night ferry ride in Victoria is superb, don't miss out. Similarily, if you stay on Hong Kong side, you might as well take the ferry twice.|
Victoria Peak at night can be chilly, bring a coat. This itinerary requires quite a bit of walking, you can replace walking by taking taxi but it will be less interesting.
|Day 2||Breakfast at a tea cafe - don't get there before 9:00am weekdays as you will be fighting for tables with commuters.|
|Take a ferry to Lamma Island Yung Tsue Wan - start a day of leisure hike in Lamma Island, finish off with seafood dinner.|
|Seafood dinner at Lamma Island.|
|Day 3||Lunch at Malaysian Chinese Restaurant - a 70's southeast Asian dining experience.|
|Mythic beach visits - go to Repulse Bay, enjoy the scenic ride along the coast line in southern Hong Kong Island, and take a look at the shopping arcade of the former Repulse Bay Hotel, the building with a hole, and other interesting expensive houses and buildings. Don't forget to go the the left most of the Repulse Bay Beach, where there are Chinese mythic stories and statues and a shrine.|
|Heritage visit - take bus route 6, 6A, 6X, 63, 65, 66, 73, 260, 973 to Stanley Market/Village, do a little shopping.|
|Dine at seaside - dine at either the Murray House or Stanley Main Street|
|Day 4||Early stroll along the Flower Market - if you are early enough, you can see the market's busiest moment of the day - delivery of flowers from wholesalers. You can buy some small garden decorations to bring home, some tourists are interested in those small water fountains, note that they only sell those in 220V-240V. |
Have lunch here. There are several restaurants in the Flower Market, they are all quite good, and most of them are older style Hong Kong western food restaurants. Then, either -
|i) Walk around Mong Kok which has numerous big and small shops. Nathan Road is the major road in Kowloon, to avoid getting lost, always remember which direction is Nathan Road relative to your current location. OR|
|ii) Walk west bound along Prince Edward Road West, left on Lai Chi Kok Road, right on Shanghai Street. Take a look at the old-style shops and merchantile in Shanghai Street. OR|
|iii) Walk west bound along Prince Edward Road West, left on Fa Yuen Street (Sports Shoes Street), find a right pairs of sports shoes.|
|Ladies Street shopping - after spending an afternoon shopping in Mong Kok, you will reach the Argyle Street. Turn left (from Shanghai Street), or right (from Fa Yuen Street), you will find Tung Choi Street, a street that is packed with street stalls and people after 6:00pm, head south along Ladies Street and spend an early evening here by walking southbound.|
|Temple Street shopping - turn right when you are at the end of Ladies Street. (If you are right, you should be at Dundas Street), turn right on Dundas Street, left on Nathan Road, right on Man Ming Lane, left on Temple Street towards Temple Street Market, you can do a night shopping, have your palm read by a fortune teller, watch some Chinese opera, or have some late night snack.|
|Dinner - as Mong Kok is full of restaurants, you can stop anywhere for dinner. One suggestion here is - Hot pot in Temple street. To end the day, go to MTR Yau Ma Tei station and take an MTR ride to your holtel.|
|Day 5||Ocean Park day trip.|
|Chinese dinner or pick a cuisine in SoHo - If you are at Disneyland, take the shuttle at the exit, then take MTR to Central Station, or, if you are at the Ocean Park, at the exit of the Ocean Park, take the bus that goes to Admiralty, it will drop you off at MTR Admiralty station, then take MTR to Central. Have dinner at either Yung Kee Restaurant if you want bbq goose and other Chinese food, or Soho if you fancy some different variety of cuisines. Finish the day with an evening tram ride, just walk northbound until you see a tram way, ride a loop or get off at any MTR station to go back to your hotel.|
5 day easy route :
- Day 1 : Victoria ferry ride --> yum cha at historic cha lau --> Victoria Peak
- Day 2 : Lunch and panoramic view at rovolving restaurant --> Rose wood furniture street --> Tallest building in HK --> Roast goose dinner --> hang out hot spot .
- Day 3 : Beach visit and dining.
- Day 4 : Shopping in Mong Kok --> Dinner with horse race.
- Day 5 : Tour around the New Territories by light rail --> Tram ride.
|Day 1||Victoria ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central (Star Ferry Pier), lunch at either Luk Yu Tea House or Lin Heung Tea House.|
|Walk to City Hall - walk downhill towards Queen's Road Central, walk to 100 Queen's Road Central where you can walk up to an escalator, go northbound at the raised pedestrian walkway, then east bound(turn right), get down to the road at Connaught Place, continue walking east, pass Edinburgh Square you will find the City Hall. In front of the City Hall, there is a bus stop for open-top bus. take the bus to Peak Tram station.|
|Take the Peak Tram to the Victoria Peak.|
|go to the scenic view area of the Peak Tower or Galleria and enjoy the world famous fabulous view.|
|Have dinner in the Peak Tower or Galleria. After dinner, go to the scenic view area again to see the night view.|
|Take Peak Tram down, The view from Peak Tram is now totally different from when you take the Peak Tram uphill.|
|Day 2||Lunch at Hopewell 66 revolving restaurant, it gives you a leisure and easy way to see Hong Kong. Exit A3 of MTR Wan Chai station. Walk west bound along Johnston Road, left at Tai Yuen Street, right on Queen's Road East. Cross the street and you will see a small historic building, the former post office, and now the Environmental Resource Center. Keep heading west, HopeWell Center is on your left, use the transparent lift to go up to 66/f for a long leisurely buffet lunch.|
|After lunch, walk west bound along Queen's Road East, you will see a small old temple, Hung Shing Temple. The crafting and decoration on the roof is very unique and detailed, one of the best of such kind. Keep walking east you will see the Rosewood furniture street(still Queen's Road East).|
|After visiting the Rose wood furniture street, take MTR to International Financial Center - Exit A at MTR Central station, shop around at the tallest building in Hong Kong, and feel the comfort of shopping.|
|At dinner time, exit International Financial Center and go to Des Voeux Road Central, keep heading southwest, pass Queen's Road Central, pass Stanley Street, then to Wellington Street. Dine at Yung Kee Restaurant.|
|After dinner, walk east bound along Wellington Street, you will find Lan Kwai Fong, have a drink and meet some people at the pubs.|
|Day 3||Go to Repulse Bay, enjoy the scenic ride along the coast line in southern Hong Kong Island, and take a look at the shopping arcade of the former Repulse Bay Hotel, the building with a hole, and other interesting expensive houses and buildings. Don't forget to go the the left most of the Repulse Bay Beach, where there are Chinese mythic stories and statues and a temple.|
|Day 4 (Wednesday)||Walk along Nathan Road, Exit A1 or A2 of MTR Mong Kong Station, and do some shopping.|
|Go to Happy Valley Race Course, have dinner and watch horse race.|
|Day 5||Take Light Rail, do a loop and watch street views from the train, back to Yuen Long station and change back to MTR.|
|Exit A1, B, E1 or E3 of MTR Sheung Wan Station, walk along Des Voeux Road Central until you find a tram stop. Take a tram to either direction. If you have time, do ride the entire loop, it might take hours depending on how busy the roads are.|
This itinerary may need to be adjusted to do Day 4 on a Wednesday.
7 day extended Macau route :Macau is south west of Hong Kong, and is only 45min to 1hr by ferry. You can see Macau in 2 days, together with either the 5-day energetic route or 5-day easy route, you need 7 days.
You can buy ferry tickets, helicopter tickets or packaged tours at Shun Tak Centre or China Hong Kong City, If you are going to Macau on a normal weekday, you can purchase the tickets or tours right before departure, otherwise, advanced bookings are required. There are 2 ferry terminus and 1 helicopter terminal to Macau -
- Shun Tak Centre (ferry and helicopter)- Sheung Wan, Hong Kong - Exit D of exit D of MTR Sheung Wan Station.
- China Ferry Terminal (ferry) - China Hong Kong City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon - Exit A1 of MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station.
Remember, Macau is not a part of Hong Kong and there is a border between Hong Kong and Macau, so you have to bring your passport.
HK$ is slightly higher than Macau dollar, to avoid the hassle of money exchange, you can use HK$ throughout Macau, but for the change, try to insist in getting HK$.
As all the itineraries (except Macau) are made up of trips that can be done in the same day, you can easily take the itineraries as reference, do a mix and match, pick and choose, to create your own itinerary.
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