There are lot and lots of fun things to do in this island nicknamed “Pearl of the Orient.” From amazing eateries, open markets to some of the best views in the world. ANYDOKO has prepared a super exciting and busy day showing you how to experience what Hong Kong has to offer in just 24. For easy navigation, I have added means of transport and pinpointed the locations.
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7:00 AM: VICTORIA PEAK
Get up early and make your way to one of Hong Kong’s best view before it gets crazy busy.
If there is a single view that could encapsulate Hong Kong, it would be the panorama from the Victoria Peak. This famous vantage point enables one to have a view of world best harbor plus skyline so improbable that the Manhattan’s peak looks provincial by comparison.
- Location: Lower station Garden Road in Central, upper terminal at the Peak Tower.
- Open hours: The peak tram runs from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (Mon-Sun & public holidays)
The Victoria peak tram departs every 10 to 15 mins.
A trip last 7 minutes
- How to get there: Hong Kong MTR to Central Station (Exit J2), then walk to Charter Garden.
Take bus 15C in Central District to the Garden Road Tram Station.
- Price adults: one-way HK$32
Round trip HK$45
For kids (3-11 years) and seniors (above 65 years): one-way HK$ 12
Round trip HK$20
9:30 AM :YUM CHA @ LUK YU TEA HOUSE (breakfast of champions)
Travel down from The Peak and join the retired Hong Kongers as they go for their favorite past time, Yum Cha. Luk Yu Tea House is an institution, and their baked barbeque pork buns are enormous.
A large number of tourist and locals come to the tea housed for the traditionally prepared dim sum. It’s also a great place to savor and taste exceptionally local foods in the ambiance of old Hong Kong.
- Location: Ground floor to 3rd floor, 24 Stanley St in Central Hong Kong.
- Open hours: Mon to Sunday 7 AM- 10 PM
10:30 AM :EXPLORE THE CENTRAL (where east meets west)
After breakfast, wander around the Central and artsy Sheung Wan to work off the Siu Mais. It’s a great area to see some arts, visit a hip café and to go shopping.
Some of the places to shop in Central include Landmark shopping mall, IFC mall, Time Square shopping mall, etc. You can get accessories, electronics and buy designer good is you prefer.
How to get to central Hong Kong: MTR is the cheapest method.
12: 30 PM: MAN MO TEMPLE (Zen In the City )
Climb up the many stairs of the Central District to find the Man Mo Temple, a piece of Zen nestled in the middle of busy Hong Kong. Make sure to light some incense and snap some pictures of the lanterns and coils.
Inside the Man Mo Temple, you will find two idols, the god of war and the god of Literature. The pair was worshipped by students taking Imperial China’s civil service exam, which was very prestigious back then.
- Location: 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan.
- Open hours: 8 am -6 am daily.
- How to get there: Use MTR Sheung Wan, Exit A2.
1:30 PM : LAN FONG YUEN (The Best Milk tea)
On your way back down to the harbor, stop by Lan Fong Yuen, home to the best milk tea in Hong Kong.
Lan Fong Yuen is also well known for its pork chops. A must try the pig chops are the marinated, packed with flavors and crispy exterior chops. Best spot for Jyu paa bao enthusiasts.
- Location: 2nd Gage Street in Central Hong Kong.
2:00 PM : ODDIE FOODIES
Have a snack at Oddies and get addicted to one of Hong Kong’s favorite street foods, egg waffles.
This tiny dessert café serve dark chocolate gelato and vanilla ice cream with the Hong Kong eggettes. By now the heat will be up, and anything cold and delicious will taste heaven sent. Signature dish in Oddies includes the mob, red odd, Loner, Shades and the night wolf.
- Location: Ground floor, 45 Gough Steer, Central Hong Kong.
- Open hours: Mon to Sun 12:30-10 pm
- How to get here: Use the MTR to Central station.
2:30 PM: STAR FERRY (The best skyline)
Take the iconic Star Ferry to the Kowloon side of Hong Kong to admire one of the most impressive skylines in the world.
The Star Ferry will carry you across the Victoria Harbor. The best time to cross the harbor is just before 8 am. Only then will you catch the Symphony of Light Show- one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. The ferries run frequently with the cross taking just 10 minutes. Children pay half the adult price.
- Location: the star ferry runs a circular route covering points at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai.
- Operation Hours: At Tsim Sha Tui 10:20 am -8:45 pm, central pier 11:45 am -8:05 pm
3:30 PM: KAM WAH CAFE (Hong Kong style food)
Eat like a local and explore the crazy mix of Asian and Western food at Kam Wah. This is your chance to try famous dishes lime macaroni in ham broth and spam sandwiches. Also, grab a world famous pineapple bun while you’re here.
If you are desperately looking for a place to have the best boloyou, look no more. Kam Wah Café has the best, and its rating proves so. At the same café, you have a chance to try some of the best milk tea, chicken wings and egg tarts in the city.
- Location: 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward.
- Open hours: Mon – sun 6:30 AM-11 PM
- Price range: under HK$70
- How to get there: Take MTR to Prince Edward and exit B2 to get to street level.
4:30 PM : LADIES MARKET (shop till you drop)
Hit up one of the regions business markets. Check out the stores for souvenirs and killer fridge magnets. Just don’t forget to bargain.
Ladies market is the premier fashionista destination on the island of Hong Kong. If you need to get trendy clothes, bags, and accessories, this 1.26 street market is the place to narrow your search.
- Location: Between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
- Open hours: noon – 11 pm, daily. Crowded during weekends.
- How to get there: Take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui and get off at Nelson St.
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along the Nelson St. for two blocks.
7:00 PM ROOFTOP DRINKS (cocktail with a view)
Race back to Hong Kong Island to see the sunset with a cocktail at one of Hong Kong’s iconic rooftop bars.
Some of the sky bars to give a consideration are Ce La Vi, Above, Ozone and Eye Bar. See our article on these bars.
8:30 : DINNER @ MOTT 32 (eat like a king)
After the sun has set splurge on dinner at Mott 32, one of the region’s best Chinese restaurant. Here, Chef Lee takes your Chinese favorites to the next level.
- Location: Standard Chartered Bank along 4-4A Des Voeux Rd, Central district.
- Open hours: Mon to Sun 12- 2:30 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM
- Website: MOTT
10:30 :PM WAN CHAI (get wild)
Continue the adventure in one best nightlife areas. Make your way from swanky cocktail bars to live music venues as you dance the night away with local and expats.
For our 24 hours in Hong Kong segment these are the best-hidden bars in Wan Chai, Djibouti, Stone Nullah Tavern, Ham and Sherry and Trafalgar.
- How to get there: Wan Chai Star ferry: MTR Wan Chai station, Exit A1
4:00 AM: SUN HING RESTAURANT
Bonus points if you are not in bed yet. Join likeminded spirits at Sun Hing which opens at 3: am for the most fulfilling dim sums you will ever have.
The place is super famous among HKU students for its egg custard buns. If you drink your ass off and starving, BBQ pork buns will satisfy your craving. Its crazy busy during this hours so hope you don’t mind sharing a table.
- Location: Sai Wan, Markfield Building.
- Open hours: Mon to Sun 3 AM -4 PM
- Price: meals HK$ 50
- How to get there: 3 minutes’ walk from Exit B, Kennedy Town MTR Station.