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One Day in Hong Kong

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If you're only in Hong Kong for 24 hours, these are some of the most iconic sights that you shouldn't miss. And don't worry about having enough time — you're lucky that Hong Kong is the city that never sleeps!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Star Ferry

Ferries

Peak Tram

Tramways

Hong Kong Museum of History

History Museums

Stanley, Hong Kong

Historic Walking Areas, Flea & Street Markets

Temple Street Night Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Lan Kwai Fong

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store (Jordan)

Restaurants

Lincoln C's City Tips

  • Grab a taxi! Hong Kong can be oppressively hot sometimes, and taking a taxi is very affordable, quick and, most importantly, air conditioned!
  • Get a rechargeable Octopus Card to use on buses, trains and convenience stores. It will save you a lot of time from lining up or fishing for change.
  • There's a handy map in every MTR station that details the surrounding area. Use it to make sure you're leaving from the correct exit, as some exits are very far apart.
  • When on an escalator, walk on the left and stand on the right — or risk the displeasure of everyone behind you!
  • If you have dietary restrictions, double check ingredients with restaurant staff before ordering. Often vegetable dishes are still cooked with animal oils.
  • Most restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to the bill. You don't need to tip anything additional.
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    Star Ferry
    Ferries
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Up until the 1970s, the Star Ferry was the main method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Today, this short, 10-minute ride across the Victoria Harbour still offers the most amazing skyline views!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sit on the upper deck for a better view!
    • Special night sails are a great way to see the light show (at 8 pm), although they are more expensive.
    • Ferries run between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wan Chai.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy must do tourist icon 25/09/2018
    • Could be better 25/09/2018
    • Star Ferry
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2367 7065
    Other:
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    Peak Tram
    Tramways
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Opened in May 1888, the Peak Tram is one of the oldest modes of transportation in Hong Kong, and is now an iconic piece of Hong Kong's heritage. Running from Central district to Victoria Peak, its route covers a distance of about 1.4 km and an elevation of just under 400 meters, offering plenty of scenic views along the way. Plus, it is still one of the most efficient modes of transportation to get to the Peak!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If the lines at Central are very long, take a taxi or a bus up to the Peak, and then take the Peak Tram back down — often the lines are shorter at the top.
    • When you get up to the Peak, take a short walk around to enjoy the 360-degree views it offers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Not well organised and facilities awful 25/09/2018
    • Avoid the long queues - Go up by Bus and down by Tram. 23/09/2018
    • Peak Tram
    Address:
    No.1 Lugard Road
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2849 7654
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Museum of History
    History Museums
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    Lincoln C Says:

    This museum does a wonderful job of documenting Hong Kong's history, from prehistoric times to ancient Chinese dynasties, and all the way to the birth of the city and modern day. Through the use of dioramas, short documentaries, and a wide variety of other multimedia it engages and interacts with visitors, keeping things fresh and entertaining. There are also interesting temporary exhibitions. All in all, if you are going to visit a museum in Hong Kong, make it the Museum of History!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Entrance is free on Wednesdays.
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place to start 25/09/2018
    • This was a highlight for us 24/09/2018
    • Hong Kong Museum of History
    Address:
    100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2724 9042
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Stanley, Hong Kong
    Historic Walking Areas, Flea & Street Markets
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    Lincoln C Says:

    This area of Hong Kong has a little bit of everything! Rich in history, Stanley was the temporary administrative center when the British first took over. During World War II, it was here that allied troops mounted their last stand before surrendering to the Japanese. Nowadays, Stanley is a beautiful area on the south side of Hong Kong, and you'll find plenty of places to eat — along with stunning ocean views — on its Main Street. For souvenirs, head to Stanley Market, a bustling street market selling all manner of tourist favorites. And for beach-lovers, there are also a few pristine stretches of sand to explore.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For high-end dining with the best views, check out the restaurants at Murray House.
    • There isn't much local Chinese cuisine around Stanley — it's mostly western and international fare.
    • Stanley is bit farther out from Central and the rest of Hong Kong, so allow plenty of time to get there and back. The most convenient, although expensive, way is by taxi.
    • Stanley is home to the annual dragon boating festival, as well as many other events. Search online for upcoming events while you're in town.
    • Check out Murray House, a Victorian-era building (built in 1846) in Central. In the 2000s, the entire building was relocated, piece by piece, from Central to Stanley.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place that is have different vibe 23/09/2018
    • Rural version of Hong Kong 23/09/2018
    • Stanley, Hong Kong
    Address:
    South District, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2623 6536
    Other:
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    Temple Street Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Temple Street comes alive at night, when its tightly packed restaurants and market stalls open up and begin selling their delicious local food and just about anything else you can think of buying. Pull up a stool on the street and get adventurous with your ordering. Then dust off your negotiation skills — this would also be a great opportunity to buy small gifts for loved ones back home.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Temple Street stretches from Jordan to Yau Ma Tei, so you can get to the action from either MTR station.
    • Avoid visiting during the day, as the outdoor seating at restaurants and market stalls won't be open.
    • Try the "clay pot cooked rice," which is a local favorite.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #228 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Good night walk 24/09/2018
    • Quarrelsome shopkeepers..not worth yr time 24/09/2018
    • Temple Street Night Market
    Address:
    Kansu Street and Jordan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2807 6543
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Lan Kwai Fong
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Lan Kwai Fong is the nightlife center of Hong Kong, with large crowds and a vibrant atmosphere — especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Originally occupying just a small square of streets, the bars and restaurants have now spilled out into the surrounding area. Depending on which you visit, you'll find an interesting mix of expatriates, tourists and students among the large party crowd.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • To get a table at a high-end club, you will have to purchase bottle service, with a minimum spend for your group.
    • Most dance clubs will have a cover charge for men, and are free for women.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you are with friends while out at night.
    • Many bars and restaurants have a 'ladies drink for free' night (typically Thursdays).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 912 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Below expectations 15/09/2018
    • Sleepless street with endless music and alcohol 09/09/2018
    • Lan Kwai Fong
    Address:
    Central
    Hong Kong 00000
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2623 6536
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store (Jordan)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Your trip to Hong Kong isn't complete without some top quality Dim Sum! DimDimSum Dim Sum (say that 4 times fast!) is a local favorite Dim Sum restaurant with 4 locations around Hong Kong (Wanchai, MongKok, Shatin, and Jordan). Famous for its specialty (you guessed it) Dim Sum, it's affordable, delicious, and still relatively easy to get a table here, compared with the other famous Dim Sum haunts, Tim Ho Wan and One Dim Sum.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the chef's special dishes — they alternate every few weeks.
    • The perfect group size to go Dim Suming is 4 people — typically each Dim Sum serving comes with 4 pieces, allowing you to maximize tasting all the different types!
    • The shrimp in rice paper roll is absolutely to die for!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #147 of 9,526 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice place 22/09/2018
    • So good we went there twice! 16/09/2018
    • DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store (Jordan)
    Address:
    26-28 Man Wui St, Jordan, Kowloon
    Austin Station Exit A
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    +852 2771 7766
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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