Day 1 in Hong Kong
Welcome to Hong Kong! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend that you get acquainted with the city by choosing an optional tour such as the Hong Kong Hop-on Hop-off Bus or Tram tours, showcasing attractions like Victoria Peak, Man Mo Temple, Stanley Market, Hong Kong Convention Center, Clock Tower and Golden Bauhinia Square.
Hop off at Stanley Market and grab some local cuisine, there are dozens of restaurants situated at The Murray House and the streets are filled with food vendors. Wander around the plaza and shop for some souvenirs. From here head to Repulse Bay, where you can relax on the beach and do some sunbathing, stroll along the soft white sand and take a dip in the clear blue waters.
On your first evening in the city make your way to Victoria Harbor, take a walk down The Avenue of the Stars, modeled after Hollywood`s Walk of Fame, then stroll along the Promenade, where you will find the Hong Kong Museum of Art, The Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the Clock Tower.
You will find plenty of restaurants and food trucks down here, as well as a large outdoor market serving traditional Cantonese food. Plus grab a front row seat to The Symphony of Lights synchronized light show that takes place at 8 pm each night. Enjoy some dinner and a cocktail, sit back and relax with spectacular views of the harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the show!
Day 2 in Hong Kong
Start your day early today by taking the Peak Tram from Central up to Hong Kong`s number one destination, Victoria Peak. The journey up provides visitors with spectacular views of the city`s iconic skyscrapers, travel up to 13,000 feet above sea level and check out The Peak Tower featuring shops, entertainment and restaurants. Enjoy some breakfast at the top of Hong Kong and check out the sites and attractions in the area.
When you`ve have finished exploring the Peak Tower, head to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, this is one of the oldest and largest temples in Hong Kong, the temple features giant incense coils that hang from the ceilings. People come here to pray for success and settle disputes. Also be sure to check out the bronze bell and clock on the site that dates back to 1847.
In the afternoon, make your way to SoHo, it is one of the main neighborhoods for entertainment in the city, filled with premier restaurants that specialize in dim sum and other international cuisines. Find a place to enjoy some lunch and stroll along the road where you can check out the shops and galleries. The Zoological and Botanical Gardens are situated close by with over 13 acres of greenery that sit on the north slopes of Victoria Peak, stroll around the stunning gardens filled with plants and wildlife.
If time allows, continue on exploring by heading to the pier and catching the famous Star Ferry, on board you will find some of the best views of the harbor and the famous skyline. If you plan it right you can also catch the Symphony of Lights show from a different perspective.
As the evening approaches, make your way down to Lan Kwai Fong, one of the most famous nightlife districts in Hong Kong. These vibrant streets are filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs with plenty of entertainment. SoHo is another great area for nightlife and a little more on the upscale side compared to LKF, if you prefer to spend the evening at a chic bar or club then SoHo is the place for you.
Day 3 in Hong Kong
Today make your way to Lantau Island, take a fantastic cable car journey on board the Ngong Ping 360, from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. The 25-minute journey provides travelers with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Once you arrive in Ngong Ping you will be in the hillside setting where the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan (Giant Buddha) are located. The picturesque village of Ngong Ping offers visitors some of the best views on the island along with restaurants, shops, and attractions.
Make your way to the quaint fishing village of Tai O situated on the western side of Lantau Island, this area offers a look into the quieter side of life away from the city and the crowds. In Tai O they live a more traditional way of life with houses built on stilts that sit over the water flats, most of the people that live here are the local fisherman and their families. You can take a boat ride around their village, stroll through the local markets and feast on fresh seafood and the famous shrimp paste that this little area is known for.
As the afternoon approaches head back and visit Kowloon Park and do some people watching, grab an ice cream and find a place to relax, the park also features a swimming pool where you can cool off from your morning adventures.
Alternatively, you can make the journey to the Ten Thousand Buddha`s Monastery situated in the Pai Tau Village, this temple offers visitors a journey that leads up hundreds of steps to the monastery with a path lined with golden Buddha`s.
On your last evening in Hong Kong visit the city`s largest and busiest market, the Temple Street Night Market. This area is a shopper`s paradise where you can pick up any last minute souvenirs, enjoy the lively atmosphere on these buzzing streets filled with stalls and the sweet smells of food floating through the air. Grab dinner on the go and wander through the Flower Market or check out the Ladies Market and enjoy the urban lifestyle this neighborhood has to offer.
Additional Days in Hong Kong
Should you be able to spend additional days in Hong Kong we recommend visiting more of the magnificent temples the city has to offer, including The Wong Tai Sin Temple, a famous Taoist temple known for fortune-telling and the Good Wish Garden. The Chin Lin Nunnery is another Buddhist temple featuring 16 temple halls, a bell tower, and a pagoda with beautiful Chinese gardens.
If you are into horse racing and visiting Hong Kong from September through July, check out the Happy Valley Racecourse where horse races are held every Wednesday night, featuring a lively atmosphere, cheap beers, and gambling.
For the outdoor lover be sure to head to The Dragon`s Back Trail, the most popular hike in Hong Kong covering 31 miles of coastline in the southeast part of the island.
Ocean Park, a famous theme park combining an oceanarium, animals and an amusement park. The park covers 226 acres with a cable car and the world`s longest outdoor escalator. With over 80 attractions and rides the park provides a great way to spend a fun filled family day out.
Another park situated in Penny`s Bay on Lantau Island is Hong Kong`s Disneyland. Based on Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida just on a smaller scale. The park offers rides such as Space Mountain and the iconic Sleeping Beauty`s Castle.
The Jumbo Kingdom is a giant floating restaurant another famous attraction in Hong Kong. Known as the theme park on the sea, it is a multi-story complex featuring dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Your Last Day in Hong Kong
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home.We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time toget you to the airport for your flight out.