Mention Hong Kong and anyone would immediately think of shopping paradise and splendid gastronomy adventures that offer amazing arrays of mouthwatering dim sum, dai pai dong (open-air street stalls), pineapple bun, wife cake and Hong Kong style milk tea. Fabulous, fabulous! Combined with a day trip to Macau, it can feel like a heart beat – the sights of UNESCO Heritage site, popping out Ruins of St Paul, Largo do Senado (Senate Square) that give the feel and look of a rustic Portugal city, followed by a visit to the old town of Taipa. That’s not about it, we also decide to take a peek at the largest casino in Asia – The Venetian Macao that sits at Cotai though we are not up for the games, slot machines and money.
Hong Kong, is not a total stranger to me. Despite I had stopped, on transit for more than a few times during inter-continental trips, it had never came across my mind to visit this country thoroughly. This time however, I am aiming for the road less travel, hence skip the theme park attractions e.g. Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and Noah’s Ark Resort. Instead, it is a mixed of city walk, natural adventure blends with shopping galore and food hunting!
Wild, bizarre and easy, this piece of 4D3N Hong Kong itinerary is my first draft, good for reasonably fit travelers.
Hong Kong…See you soon!!
Day 1: Hong Kong The Peak + Lan Kwai Fong + Symphony of Light/Victoria Harbor @ Golden Bauhinia + Ladies Market
0600 – Penang to Hong Kong by air.
1330 – Arrival @HK Airport + purchase Octopus card at arrival hall.
1400 – Airport transfer to hotel in Mong Kok.
1500 – Rise & refresh at hotel + local snack at Mong Kok.
1530 – MTR Mong Kok – Tsim Shan Tsui – Star Ferry ride across to HK island
1630 – Board City Bus 15 (opposite central pier no 5.) up to The Peak. Pick the seat on top tier for the best sight-seeing experience along the winding road up to The Peak.
1800 – Descend The Peak either with Peak Tram or bus/cab.
1830 – Visit Hong Kong Park at foothill.
Walking tour, start at Central – Lan Kwai Fong (dinner) – Soho – Mid Level Escalator – Man Mo Temple – Hollywood Road – Western Market – Sheung Wan MTR
1945 – MTR Sheung Wan – Wan Chai. Walk to Golden Bauhinia to watch Symphony of Light
2100 – MTR Wan Chai – Mong Kok
Mongkok Ladies Market or Sportswear Street – almost everything under the sun from ladies’ accessories, clothing, wallets to shoes shopping.
2300 – Good night Hong Kong! Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.
Day 2: The Giant Buddha @ Lantau Island + Wan Chai @ HK Island + Arena of The Star/Symphony of Light @ Tsim Sha Sui + Temple Street Shopping
0600 – Rise & shine. Breakfast at tea shop – local must-try delicacy e.g. dim sum.
0800 – MTR Mong Kok – Tung Chung transit via Lai King Station.
At Tung Chung, walk through Exit B to Ngong Ping 360 Terminal.
Option 1: Ngong Ping 360 cable car station, fee: HKD$150 return for a standard cabin, operation starts 9am.
Option 2: Hike from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping around 2.5 hours. Free.
Option 3: From Tung Chung bus station opposite MTR, hop on a bus to Pak Kung Au. After 15 mins, alight and hike on Lantau Trail Section 3, it takes averagely around 3 hours from Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping.
Attractions: Big Buddha, Ngong Ping Village, NP piazza, Wisdom Path & Lantau Peak.
Lunch @ Ngong Ping Village.
1400 – MTR Tung Chung – Mong Kok.
Freshen up + cat nap.
1600 – MTR Mong Kok – Wan Chai.
Dinner at Dai Pai Dong. Toy street shopping + hop on Hong Kong Double Deck Tram (Ding Ding) for experience sake.
1800 – MTR Wan Chai – Tsim Sha Sui or Star Ferry ride (again!)
@Tsim Sha Tsui – Purchase Macau ferry ticket for the next morning 730 or 8am ferry.
Evening stroll @ Avenue of The Stars + Clock Tower + Museum stroll + Kowloon Park + Waterfront Promenade + upscale malls.
2030 – MTR Tsim Sha Sui – Jordon.
Temple Street shopping, that is famed for men’s stuff. The fact is ladies stuff are included.
2230 – MTR Yau Ma Tei – Mong Kok.
2300 – Sleepless in Hong Kong? After a long, wonderful day, I seriously doubt it!!
Day 3: Macau – Downtown attractions – Senado Square + St Paul’s Ruin + Fisherman’s Wharf, Taipa Village, Cotai Strip resorts i.e. Venetian and Galaxy
0700 – MTR Mong Kok – Tsim Sha Sui.
0730 – HK Tsim Sha Sui – Macau Ferry Terminal.
0900 – Arrive @ Macau Main Ferry Terminal.
Hop on Metropole Hotel shuttle bus to San Ma Lo (新馬路) (Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro).
Historic walk at Senado Square, then to St Paul’s Ruin.
1110 – Proceed to Sintra or Emperor, or opposite New Yaohan Department store to hop on free shuttle bus to the Cotai Strip Casinos. Otherwise check out the public buses or cabs at the interchange outside the Lisboa.
1140 – Arrive at Cotai Strip Resort for 12-3pm free show!
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Daily), 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Daily)
Performances: Every 15 minutes
Venue: Paradise Gardens, Sands Cotai Central
Admission: Free (souvenirs available for purchase on-site)
1300 – Grab a cab from Cotai Strip to Taipa Village. Good venue for lunch (famed for Portuguese egg tart, pork chop, durian ice cream) + walk around the old town.
1600 – Return to Macau Ferry Terminal. Cruise back to Hong Kong.
1730 –Arrive at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal.
2000 – Dinner at Tsim Sha Tsui.
2100 – Last chance to shop till drop, either at Temple Street or Ladies Market!
Day 4: Farewell Hong Kong!
0600 – Rise & shine. Dim sum breakfast.
0800 – MTR Mong Kok to Airport.
p.s. I am certainly coming back with more photographs (guarantee for the better ones than the sneak peek above!)