I have a 2 day stopover in HK in late September and was wondering if anyone has any must see's that they could recommend. I haven't been to HK before,
I am a mid 30's guy that is keen on adventure but also doesn't mind a bit of shopping!
Let me know your thoughts.
It all depends on where you're staying, but honestly, whatever you do, HK won't disappoint. My shortlist of must-dos would be:
a) Take the star ferry
b) Take the Peak Tram up to the peak (go as soon as it opens around 9am to beat the queues and explore without the crowds - and skip Madam Tussauds or even the observation deck; there's a Lions Lookout to the side of the peak that has just as amazing views and it's free)
c) Go to Mong Kok markets and try all the surrounding street food
d) Head up to Ozone at the Ritz Carlton for a drink and watch the nightly 8pm light show
e) Try some wontons at Mak's noodle bar (various locations)
f) Walk around the IFC mall to get your shopping fix
g) Go to Lantau Island and visit the bronze buddha - try to do it around lunchtime too because the vegetarian food is honestly out of the this world.
h) Have a night out at Soho (or at least a little bar hopping)
i) Book yourself another ticket back to HK and get a whole new list... there's too much to see!
Have an awesome time,
Martie about 2 years ago
Martie's points are spot on! Especially the last one, if there's only one thing you can do, work out how to stay for longer. I've been four times and there's always new reasons to go back.
The markets are a must (Jade Market, Ladies Market) and of course you will be expected to haggle - so enjoy it. For a large shopping complex with familiar brands check out SOGO at Causeway Bay but go early because this place gets very busy.
Walk along the Avenue of Stars where you will see various famous statues and the one of the most iconic views in the world of Hong Kong island (note: when I was there in December 2015, the Avenue was closed for renovation, so maybe check this). If you keep walking west along here, you will arrive at the port to get the star ferry to Hong Kong island.
The HK Museum of History is also good - perhaps add this to your second visit ;)
The Big Buddha is iconic although I felt it's more of a tourism trap than a way to observe local culture, as is the local fishing village.
Soho / Lang Kwai Fan is where the nightlife is, but be prepared for expat central. Avoid Wan Chai unless you're into "that" type of thing.
Wander around Tsim Sha Tsui and freshen up with green tea in a local tea shop.
Dine at Tim Ho Wan for the best cha siu bao (also known as the world's cheapest Michelin starred restaurant).
Lastly, get the bus into the city from the airport, its cheap (I think around 30 HKD), its easy to find and there's both an LED screen and a recording that tells you the next stop. So check out the nearest stop to your accomodation beforehand, find the correct bus number and wait for the stop :) about 2 years ago