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Trips,tours,itineraries for travelers with only 24 hours in Hong Kong

Itinerary ideas for 24 hours in Hong Kong

  1. Must-see sites aroud "Central", Tsim sha Tsui and Mong Kok
  2. Monasteries, markets and international attractios in Kowloon and Central
  3. Old vs New on both sides of Victoria Harbour
  4. "Must see sites" in Central Hong Kong and a visit to Lantau Island's "Big Buddha"

  1) Must see sites in "Central" and Tsim sha Tsui  

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Start with a short walk across "Central", climb to the free observation decks in either Two IFC Tower (55th floor) or Bank of China (BOC) Tower (43rd floor), walk into HSBC Main Building and take the escalator to the 1st floor, just so you can see the enormous atrium...

 

The "See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass" can save you a lot of money on attractions and activities in Hong Kong

"See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass"

can save you a lot of money on

attractions & activities in Hong Kong!

Take a stroll along the "Central Elevated Walkway", a system of covered pedestrian bridges that connects Central's skyscraper and provides the visitor a true taste of Metreopolitan Hong Kong... 

 

Take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and enjoy the breathtaking views (only if visibility is reasonable).

 

Take the tramway (or the "Ding Dong Tram", as it is locally nicknamed), from "Central" to Western Market in Sheung Wan, and visit the streets around the market, where shops still sell traditional Chinese merchandise, just like they did more than a century ago.

 

Riding the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour is one of the highlights of your Hong Kong itinerary

Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to Tsim sha Tsui and walk to the "Avenue of Stars".

 

If you have enough time, do visit the Hong Kong Museum of History (requires at least one and a half - two hours...).

 

Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (Don't miss a visit to the Men's WC in "Felix", where the urinals face a floor-to-ceiling window, overlooking the whole city...).

 

Take the MTR from Tsim sha Tsui Station (or take one of the buses that run along famous Nathan Road) and travel to Mongkok, where you can shop at Ladies' Market. Alternatively, you can travel to "Jordan" (only one station from Tsim sha Tsui) and visit the famous Temple Street Night Market.

 

The Symphony of lights is best viewed from Tsim sha Tsui Promenade

Watch the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show, from Tsim sha Tsui's waterfront, or from one of the harbour cruise boats...

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner at one of  Tsim sha Tsui's numerous restaurants, or at a Mongkok authentic eatery, or in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island, and party the night away in LKF, SoHo or Wanchai.

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2) Chinese temples, street markets and "must-sees"  

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Chi Lin Nunnery is one of the best parts of every Hong Kong itinerary

Chi Lin Nunnery

Start the day with a visit to Chi Lin Nunnery and neighboring Nan Lian Garden.

If you wish to see another interesting Chinese temple, proceed to Wong Tai Sin (one station away with the MTR).

 

Take the MTR to Mongkok, where you can stroll through Ladies' Market and other open-air markets.

 

Have your lunch in one of Mongkok's authentic eateries, or proceed to Tsim sha Tsui, where you have more choice...

 

If you have enough time, do visit the Hong Kong Museum of History (requires at least one and a half - two hours...).

 

Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (don't miss a visit to the toilet, when in "Felix").

 

Walk through the "Avenue of Stars" to the pier and take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to "Central", on Hong Kong Island.

View from Victoria Peak ("The Peak") is one of the highlights of every tour to Hong Kong

View from Victoria Peak

 

Take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and enjoy the breathtaking views (only if visibility is reasonable).

 

Watch the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show, from the waterfront at the Golden Bauhinia Square, behind the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Wanchai, or from one of the trendy rooftop reto-bars in Wanchai or "Cenral"

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island (Central, LKF, SoHo or Wanchai), or take a short MTR ride to Causeway Bay (Also on Hong Kong Island) where you can enjoy a variety of great restaurants and night spots, as well as late evening shopping...

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Some of Hong Kong's best sightseeing spots and places of interest are located in remote areas of the territory, which means that exploring them by public transport might waste much of your precious holiday time... This is exactly the case where you might want to consider guided tours: Not only will you save time, but you will also be accompanied by a professional guide, who knows a lot about Hong Kong's temples and historic landmarks...

 

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3) Old vs New and "must see sites" 

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Hong Kong Tramway, or the "Ding Ding Tram",

Hong Kong's famous "Ding Ding Tram

Take the tramway (or the "Ding Dong Tram", as it is locally nicknamed), from "Central" to Western Market in Sheung Wan, and visit the streets around the market, where shops still sell traditional Chinese merchandise, just like they did more than a century ago.

  

Walk through Possession Street to Hollywood Road and visit historic Man-Mo Temple.  Follow the road till its end, in the dining district of SoHo, visit the impressive colonial buildings at the end of Hollywood Road, and walk down along the world-famous escalator, or along Pottinger Street's stone steps (You can also pop to the wet market in Gage Street).

  

Walk through Central, where you can see some architecturally impressive skyscrapers, such as Two IFC Tower (Free observation deck on the 55th floor) and Bank of China (BOC) Tower (43rd floor). Walk into HSBC Main Building and take the escalator to the 1st floor, just so you can see the enormous atrium...

 

Edward Youde Aviary, in Hong Kong Park, is like a slice of beautiful tropical jungle, right amidst the skyscrapers of central Hong Kong

In Edward Youde Aviary

A short walk will take you to Hong Kong Park, where you can visit the beautiful Museum of Tea Ware, and enjoy some superb Chinese tea and dim-sum at Lock Cha teashop. You should also visit the Edward Youde Aviary, in the park, before proceeding to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on neighboring Garden Road, from where you can take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and enjoy the breathtaking views (only if visibility is reasonable).

 

Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to Tsim sha Tsui and walk to the "Avenue of Stars".

 

Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (Don't miss a visit to the Men's WC in "Felix", where the urinals face a floor-to-ceiling window, overlooking the whole city...). 

 

Take the MTR from Tsim sha Tsui Station (or take one of the buses that run along famous Nathan Road) and travel to Mongkok, where you cans shop at Ladies' Market. Alternatively, you can travel to "Jordan" (only one station from Tsim sha Tsui) and visit the famous Temple Street Night Market. Watch the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show, from Tsim sha Tsui's waterfront, or from one of the harbour cruise boats. 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner at one of  Tsim sha Tsui's numerous restaurants, or at a Mongkok authentic eatery, or in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island, and party the night away in LKF, SoHo or Wanchai.

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4) "Must sees" + Lantau Island's "Big Buddha"  

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Start with a short walk in Central, where you can see some architecturally impressive skyscrapers, such as Two IFC Tower (Free observation deck on the 55th floor) and Bank of China (BOC) Tower (43rd floor). Walk into HSBC Main Building and take the escalator to the 1st floor, just so you can see the enormous atrium...

 

Take a stroll along the "Central Elevated Walkway", a system of covered pedestrian bridges that connects Central's skyscraper and provides the visitor a true taste of Metreopolitan Hong Kong... 
 

From Bank of China Tower, climb Garden Road or Cotton Tree Drive to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus, from where you can go up to Victoria Peak (Give it a miss if visibility is poor...) 

The "See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass" can save you a lot of money on attractions and activities in Hong Kong

"See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass"

can save you a lot of money on

attractions & activities in Hong Kong!

After descending, take the tramway (or Ding Dong Tram, as it is locally nicknamed) from the corner of Cotton Tree Drive and Queensway (opposite Lippo Centre towers), just a short walk from the lower terminus, and ride it all the way to Western Market in Sheung Wan.  You should also visit the streets around the market, where shops still sell traditional Chinese merchandise.

  

Board MTR's Tung Chung Line from Hong Kong Station (That is the Airport Express Station, NOT MTR Central, although there is a pedestrian passage that connects the two stations) and ride it all the way to the last station, in the modern town of Tung Chung, on lantau Island, right near Hong Kong Airport

  

The "Big Buddha" statue in Ngong Ping, Lantau, is one of Hong Kong's top sightseeing spots

The "Big Buddha"

Just a minute walk from Tung Chung's MTR Terminus is the "Ngong Ping Cable-car lower terminus", from where you can go up to Ngong Ping and visit the famous "Big Buddha" and neighboring Po-Lin Monastery (where there is a lovely vegan restaurant), as well as Ngong Ping Tourist Village (mostly cafés, souvenir shops and tourist clichés, although there is a fairly good visitor's centre there).

  

After descending, you can visit Citygate Outlets : Hong Kong's only outlets mall, where you can find international brand names at a good price...

  

Take Tung Chung Line up to MTR-Lai King Station, where you have to change trains and continue with the Tsuen Wan Line all the way to Tsim sha Tsui Station.

 

Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (don't miss a visit to the toilet, when in "Felix").

 

Walk to the "Avenue of Stars" (Hong Kong's answer to Hollywood's "Walk of Fame") on Tsim-sha-Tsui's waterfront and catch a vantage point from where you can view the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show (You can also watch it from one of the harbour cruise boats).

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner at one of  Tsim sha Tsui's numerous restaurants, or at a Mongkok authentic eatery, and party the night away in Ashley Road, Knutsford Terrace or across the harbour on Hong Kong Island (LKF, SoHo or Wanchai).

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