As one of the busiest places in Asia, traveling to Hong Kong is a full sensory experience! Explore local food, historical sites and interesting markets alongside art galleries, high-end bars and bustling shopping areas. This unique city has it all.
Need help with planning? No problem, we’ve put together all the essential must know and do in Hong Kong
Where to stay?
Hong Kong has 18 districts, but not all are recommended for tourists to stay in; there are two main locations we would consider – Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (including Tsimshatsui). On the Island, as closer you get to Central, prices will rise, but the eastern parts are less expensive and great to stay in too. This way or another, the MTR is super easy to use and easily connecting all parts of the Island.
How to move around?
If you are planning to use public transportation, make your life easier and purchase an Octopus card. You can buy the card at any one of the MTR stations or at the Airport express customer service center. It can be used not only for the MTR, Buses, Ferries and trams, but also as a payment method in some restaurants and in every convenient store as well.
The MTR system (subway/underground) is one of the best in the world and in general, very traveller-friendly. The best things is – Google maps actually work in Hong Kong (in oppose to mainland China) and is helpful in planning trips around the city. Different public transportation systems are very much synced so you can very easily coordinate buses with Ferry schedule, or the Airport express with the MTR, for example.
Note: taxis in Hong Kong might be the fastest way around, but make sure you have the location name also written down in traditional Chinese, as not all drivers can speak English. Make sure you also have cash with you as most of the taxis cannot accept payments by Octopus card.
What to see?
Everything! Well, you might need few weeks to actually see and do all, but don’t worry, we are here to help. If you only have few days (or few hours) to explore Hong Kong, try to follow the check list below:
Ride the Tram!
Honk Kong Trams system was introduced to the city about 110 years ago and they run east to west, from Kennedy town to Shau Kei Wan with a branch extension circulating through Happy Valley amusement park. Hope on the Tram for an overview of Hong Kong Island – it is both a Historical and fun way to explore it!
Take a ride in the longest glass-floor cable car in the world!
Ngong Ping 360 is currently the longest cable-car running above water, in the world. And – they also offer a glass-floor cart, for the brave ones! The cable car will take you all the way to Po Lin Monetary and Tian Tan Buddhha with beautiful views of the harbor and Hong Kong. Plan for at least 3-4 hours for this trip, if you are planning to travel on your own.
The views from top of the mountain at Victoria Peak are beautiful regardless of the time of the day, but if you manage to get up there after sunset, you will be able to enjoy also the beautiful lights of the Island. There is a special Tram going up from Central to the Peak which is a wonderful experience on its own.
- Explore Lan Tao in a daily group tour
- Take a full day Group Tour in Hong Kong
- Enjoy a Victoria Harbor Dinner Cruise
Explore one of the Islands near-by
If you have more than one day in Hong Kong, we’d recommend you explore one of the nearby islands like Lantao or Lama Island. Lantao has a beautiful old fishermen village with some nice restaurants and short boat ride to watch the Pink Dolphins even. Lama island is a tranquil place with cool on-the-water front restaurants serving good sea food options. The ride there will be on a Sampan boat from Aberdeen Harbor where you can also explore Aberdeen floating fishermen village. If you have 2 days, you can also include a visit to Macao
A Foodies’ heaven
If Michelin decided Hong Kong should be one of their first Asia locations to explore, it is safe to say you’ll be able to satisfy your foodie-needs in Hong-Kong. Check out Michelin’s restaurants guide here. Don’t mistake the guide for an expensive only-options, there are many budget restaurants listed as well
The Guardian published their recommendations for local restaurant as well, check the article here
- Take a unique evening, walking tour and explore local food spots of Hong Kong
- Or book the morning tour and enjoy a walk and breakfast too
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