My wife loves an open top bus tour. With a passion. So as first-timers in Hong Kong it was a no-brainer to get our bearings with the three tours offered by Big Bus, one Kowloon-side, and two on Hong Kong Island.
It all started very well. We met Lorna at the Kowloon starting point just outside our hotel. She was very helpful and helped us choose the best options for what we wanted. No overselling here, which was appreciated.
We bought two 48 hour deluxe tickets, all three routes, plus 8x Star Ferry tickets and entrance to The Peak tram. About £100 all-in, for two, so not cheap.
The problem is that Hong Kong just doesn't have that much to show off on a bus tour except skyscrapers and heavy traffic. And that is pretty much all we saw. The audio commentary was on the light side, and repetitive. It even missed mentioning the Noonday Gun as we flew past. The Green route bus ran quite late when collecting us from Stanley, as was evident by the driver clearly trying to catch up. "Hairy" doesn't do it justice by a long chalk. Also, 1.9km upstairs and outside in the Aberdeen tunnel during rush hour does horrible things to your lungs.
The Peak tram was worthwhile. We may try the Kowloon trip tomorrow, but are more likely to keep to our feet, and see this city as it is best seen.