• Claire

6 Hong Kong Must-Do's | How to Make the Most of a Stopover

Updated: Nov 5, 2018

I really loved Hong Kong and I'm usually not the biggest fan of big cities. Hong Kong is a destination with so much to offer - there's plenty of cool things to do in the city during an extended stopover or to fill a holiday on its own. I recently visited Hong Kong for a 3 day stopover when returning to Australia from India. In this blog post I give you my must-do's when exploring Hong Kong.



Hong Kong Harbour


It is an absolute must to see the Hong Kong Harbour both day and night! The Star Ferry is Hong Kong's iconic cross harbour ferry which has been taking passengers between Hong Kong island and Kowloon since 1888 and offers a great way to view both sides of the harbour.


At night iconic Hong Kong skyscrapers light up for the nightly light show - A Symphony of Lights where lasers, LED screens and searchlights illuminate both sides of the harbour in a colourful show synced to music. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is a great vantage point to see the show. We went on a harbour cruise to see the light show which was great!


Hong Kong harbour during the day

Hong Kong harbour lit up for Christmas at night


Victoria Peak


No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak is a mountain which at 552m is the highest peak of Hong Kong and has a spectacular observation deck at the top. You can reach the Peak via the historic Peak Tram - the world's steepest funicular railway that takes passengers from the Garden Road Tram Station to the Peak Tower. If you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day you will be rewarded with an incredible panoramic view over the Hong Kong city skyline.


The Peak Tram

View from the Victoria Peak lookout

View from the Victoria Peak lookout


Shopping


Hong Kong is super famous for its shopping. You could blow multiple days and many HK dollars on shopping in a visit. Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Central and Hollywood Road are some of the best known shopping districts. I really enjoyed the Ladies Market and the Temple Street Night Market in Mongkok - they're quite touristy but full off knock-off branded handbags, shirts etc and are super fun to look around.


Shopping in Mong Kok


Lantau Island


If you've got a spare half a day or so in Hong Kong, Lantau Island is well worth the trip. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car leaves from the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal and takes you on a spectacular 25 minute cable car ride to Lantau Island. Top tip: buy your tickets online or go early to beat the crowds as it was crazy busy when I went!


Lantau Island is home to the Big Buddha statue and the Po Lin Monastery. You can climb the 268 steps to reach the top of the Tian Tan Buddha statue and to see the view over the surrounding mountains and ocean.


The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Tian Tan Buddha

View from the cable car returning from Lantau Island at sunset


High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel


The Peninsula Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in all of Hong Kong Taking and afternoon tea in The Lobby is an iconic Hong Kong experience. The decadent afternoon tea included finger sandwiches, pastries and fresh scones with jam and cream. It was so rich we couldn't eat it all and had to take a doggy bag back to the hotel!


The Peninsula serves afternoon tea daily from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. We got there over an hour early as if you arrive later the wait can exceed 2 hours (especially on a weekend!).


High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel

The Lobby

Hong Kong Disneyland


Whilst it's the smallest of all the Disneyland's around the world and doesn't really have any major thrill rides, Hong Kong Disneyland is still well worth a visit. The Mickey Mouse themed MRT on the Disneyland Resort line drops you right at Disneyland and is easily accessible from downtown Hong Kong.


Hong Kong Disneyland is home to Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land and although the rides were a bit tame it was still a great day out. Be sure to stay for the fireworks show at 9:00pm at the Sleeping Beauty Castle - it was definitely the highlight of Hong Kong Disneyland for me!


Mickey Mouse Themed MRT

Disneyland!

Fireworks at the Sleeping Beauty Castle