What To Do In Hong Kong For A Week: Full Itinerary For Families

What To Do In Hong Kong For A Week: Full Itinerary For Families

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I have been several times in Hong Kong as a child when it was still a British colony, and have always kept a special place for it in my heart. As I had so many good memories from there, my husband and I have decided it’s time to visit Hong Kong with our kids. If you’ve asked yourself what to do in Hong Kong for a week? then the answer is a lot! 

Hong Kong is a city of extreme contrasts and countless exciting possibilities. For 150 years, East and West have mingled here and created a life that makes the visit to this island an unforgettable experience.

Hong Kong is a modern city filled with skyscrapers, highways, and huge malls. Because of these characteristics, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Manhattan of the East’. On the other hand, you will find ancient Chinese temples and many authentic markets that will remind you that after all this is part of China.

Today, the city has over 7 million inhabitants, winch it seems that they do not like getting up early. Only in the late afternoon do the relaxed atmosphere of the city change, and throughout the evening the city is overloaded. The colorful neon lights only add to the city’s atmosphere and you will find the shopping centers open for business until very late at night.

If you’re wondering whether or not you should visit Hong Kong, you can read our post: is Hong Kong a good place to visit? 

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General Information

Transportation

Hong Kong has a highly developed and efficient public transport system. The best way to travel is by HK’s subway called MTR. This clean, fast, cheap and efficient means of transportation is the best!


It is highly recommended to purchase the Octopus card, which is an electronic card that can be used in various means of transportation (subway, ferries, buses) and large networks such as Starbucks, seven eleven and even public phones and drink machines.

The Octopus card can be purchased at the airport (recommended) and loaded in the required amount along with a deposit that will be refunded upon return of the card at the end of use.

For more detailsclick here.
Please note that buses and Trams do not return change, so you should have the exact amount of money or get an Octopus card.

Weather

The climate in this area is considered unpredictable and influenced by monsoon systems. The Summer in Hong Kong is considered the wet and hot season, from May to September, with an average temperature of around 30 degrees a day (and even more in August) and up to 20 degrees at night. In addition to the high temperatures, Hong Kong’s summer is also accompanied by high humidity and rains. July and August are considered the months with the most sun and light hours during the day.

In the winter, the weather changes from month to month: the weather in Hong Kong in December is still sunny and with little precipitation, and as February approaches, it becomes more cloudy and cooler and sometimes there are strong cool winds and average temperatures of 18-13 degrees or less. In the winter you will find discounts in a variety of shops, decorations for Christmas and New Year, and in most areas, you will enjoy walking around in the cool weather, with a coat of course.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Hong Kong: in the spring the humidity is lower and the temperatures are around 20 degrees but note that in February to April the sky is mostly overcast and there are few hours of sunshine. The fall usually has a sun, it may be a little cool but pleasant to turn around and sometimes there is also a little rainfall. Between October and December, the temperature is comfortable and the accommodation prices are reasonable.

Visa

Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Hong Kong. For more details check the following site: https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Important:

  • The planning is based on the assumption that accommodation is in the Kowloon area. 
  • Day one depends of course on the hour of landing.

Buying an Octopus Card at the Airport

After landing in Hong Kong airport (one of the best airports in the world by the way), go straight to the MTR’s counter and buy your Octopus card. Load the card with some money. We loaded it with 500 HKD each which is around 60 USD. Afterward, you can load it on every Seven Eleven or similar shops.
I recommend taking the MTR to your hotel as it is easy, fast and this way you avoid traffic.

Tasting Egg Waffles at Mammy Pancake on TST (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Egg Waffles is a must when in Hong Kong especially when you have young children. Mammy pancake has been a recommended street food by the Michelin Guide year after year. They have a variety of egg waffles such as matcha, chocolate chips, coffee and more.
Opening hours: 10:30AM to 10:30PM
Address: 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

mammy pancake Hong Kong

Temple Street Market

Temple street market Is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and well known night flea market. 7 days a week, starting around 4 pm and into the night, you can walk around 400 stalls of products from clothes and food through accessories and electronics.

How to get there: From mammy pancake head to the nearest MTR station called TST and take the red line (Tsuen Wan line) one stop to Jordan. From there you’ll have signs to the market.
Opening hours: 4PM until midnight
Address: Kansu Street and Jordan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon. MTR, Jordan station.

Where to eat: If you are in the Temple street market at dinner time I recommend that you’ll seat in one of the local restaurants. If you are vegetarian there are also options that include only vegetables, so don’t worry.

Day 2

*Not on a Tuesday

Hong Kong Museum of History

This museum shows Hong Kong’s history starting from its formation millions of years ago until today. The exhibitions are fabulous and are suitable for children. There are many different exhibits and impressive reconstructions, for example, boat dweller, different old stores, an entire wagon and rooms of a house of the Chinese elite. All around there are old photos and videos.

We found that it was the best way to start the vacation in Hong Kong as we could show and explain to our children about the many transformations that this little country went through. When we visited the museum the entrance was free. You can check their website for more information.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday 10AM to 6PM
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10AM to 7PM
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays)
Address:100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
How to get there: MTR, Jordan / Yau Ma Tei station
Website: https://hk.history.museum/en_US/web/mh/

Where To Eat: Din Tai Fung (Miramar).

You can walk (10 min, 750m) from the museum of history to the affordable one Michelin star restaurant, Din Tai Fung (Miramar). When you arrive you will get a card where you mark off what you choose. Once you mark the card, the waiter will submit your order. Food comes out quickly and hot and the dumpling is delicious. There are vegetarian and vegan options.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:30AM to 15:30PM and 17:30PM to 22PM
 Sunday and public holidays 11:30AM to 22PM
Address: Shop F, 4/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, No.132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Din Tai Fung HK
Din- Tai Fung dimsum

Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery

This is a place of tranquility, natural beauty, and remarkable architecture, following the thousand years old building tradition of an interlocking wooden structure, no nails are used. In the gardens, there is a tea house near the lake, where you can get in for the view. The Nunnery is just next to Nan Lian Garden. The place is well kept even though no entrance fee is charged.

How to get there: From the museum head to the TST station (MTR) and take the Tsuen Wan line  (Tsuen Wan direction -red) to Mongkok (3 stations). Switch lines and take the Kwun Tong line (Tiu Keng Leng direction – green) for 6 stations, get off at Diamond hill station. Take exit C1 and follow the signs to the gardens (about 5 minutes walk).
Opening hours: 9AM to 4:30PM
Address: No.60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill. MTR, Diamond Hill station

Nan Lian Garden
Nunnery Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Symphony of Lights

After the visit of the Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery make your way back to TST. Depending on the hour, you can either stroll around TST and Nathan road or go straight to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

Every evening, at exactly 20:00, Hong Kong’s impressive skyline becomes the main actor in the city’s best show. To the sound of music light rays begin to climb along the skyscrapers of the Central District, the music gradually intensifies and with it the colors that paint more and more buildings. Laser beams appear above the tall buildings, piercing the sky with sharp streaks of light. The show consists of five stages, and each stage has a reasoned explanation. But even if you do not understand the hidden meaning of each sound and beam of light, the pleasure of the spectacular audiovisual vision is guaranteed. After 15 minutes of lights, colors, and sounds, everything is over and silence reigns in Victoria Harbor.

The best place to watch the symphony of lights is the promenade of Kowloon Island.

How to get there: To go back from Diamond Hill to TST take the MTR Kwun Tong Line (direction Ho Man Tin-green) for 6 stops and get off in Mongkok. Then take Tsuen Wan Line (direction Central – red) for 3 stops until you’ll reach TST station. From there follow the signs or map to Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.  

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

Day 3

*Not a Saturday or a Sunday

Stroll Along Nathan Road

Nathan road is the main street of Kowloon. This street is quite busy, both day and night, and it is long (3.6 km). The street has many shops, small malls, restaurants, coffee shops etc. The best time to visit Nathan road is in the morning. There are also interesting streets nearby.

You can go for some relaxation and fun with the kids to the Kowloon Park, where you will find a small lake, pagoda, gardens, and statues of Chinese cartoon characters – great for some nice pictures.

kowloon park nathan road hong-kong

Dialogue in the dark

This is definitely a great educational experience which our kids will remember and cherish for a very long time. Being in full darkness and relying on your other senses with the wonderful help of our guide, was a unique experience. It made us, especially the kids, realize that we take most of the things in life for granted. I don’t want to spoil the surprises of the tour so I’ll just say that it is highly recommended.

Important: You need to book your tickets in advance for the date and the time, be sure you choose the English version.

How to get there: From TST station (MTR) take the Tsuen Wan line  (Tsuen Wan direction -red) and get off after 8 stops at Mei Foo station.

  • Head to C1 exit. Walk across the road then turn right to the entrance of Lai Chi Kok Park.
  • Walk along outside the park until you reach the entrance of an outdoor car park, turn left and go through the carpark (swimming pool on your left-hand side, public library on your right-hand side).
  • Walk beneath a flyover then cross the road by zebra-crossing.
  • Turn left to Nob Hill Square, take the elevator to 2/F or escalators across circle K.
  • It is about 10 minutes walk in a nice neighborhood.
     Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:30AM to 19PM (Check the website for buying online tickets to the English tour)
    Address: Shop 215, 2/F, Nob Hill Square, No.8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Kowloon
    Website: http://www.dialogue-experience.com.hk/en

dialogue in the dark hong kong

Tip:

Day 4 is a whole day in Disneyland. We highly recommend that you will buy some  snacks and water bottles to take with you. There are many groceries and seven eleven so you will not have a problem to find one. You will want to take off early to Disneyland so don’t leave it to the next day. 

DAY 4

*preferably not on weekends

Hong Kong Disneyland

What else could I possibly say about going to Disneyland that hasn’t already been said?  This is truly magical place. Opened only at the end of 2005. The site is located on Lantau island. Although it is the smallest of Disneyland resorts around the world, it has amazing attractions for the whole family that you can not miss.

Most of the time the lines are not long (except for very busy times). A bit different from the original Disney California or the one in Paris, but still a great experience. It is indeed the happiest place on earth.

The only issue we had was the food. There were not enough options, the queues at lunchtime were long and the prices are a bit high. Although it is not allowed to bring in food (by the park’s rules) some snacks and water will be fine. 

You can read all about our 12 tips for successful visit in Hong Kong Disneyland and enjoy our photo diary of a perfect day in Hong Kong Disneyland.


How to get there: From TST station (MTR) take the Tsuen Wan line  (Tsuen Wan direction -red) and get off after 9 stops at Lai King station. Change train to Tung Chung line (direction Tung Chung – orange) for 2 stops and get off at Sunny Bay station. Take the Disneyland Resort train (direction Disneyland – purple) directly to the park. The whole trip from TST to the park takes about an hour.

Buying tickets to HK Disneyland online with a discount: we bought our tickets online at a cheaper price than the counter. Everything went smoothly and we didn’t have to stand in the regular queues. Click here for more information.
 
Opening hours: everyday 10:30AM to 8:30PM (depends on the season, check their website)

Address: Lantau Island

Website: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/?located=true

disneyland hong-kong toy land
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DAY 5

Lantau

Lantau is the largest island in Hong Kong. Despite this, the island had for years been almost uninhabited, the island’s main population was Buddhist monks looking for a place where they could live quietly and peacefully away from the bustle of the city, and also fishermen. But since the establishment of the airport, which is actually dehydrated land near Lantau Island, the opening of the highway and the construction of Tsing Ma bridge, the island has begun to develop.

How to get there: From TST station (MTR) take the Tsuen Wan line  (Tsuen Wan direction -red) and get off after 9 stops at Lai King station. Change train to Tung Chung line (direction Tung Chung – orange) for 3 stops and get off at Tung Chung. Follow the signs to Ngong Ping 360 cable car.

Tip: try to arrive early (not later than 10AM) as this is a day full of attractions in Lantau and you wouldn’t want to miss anything.

Ngong Ping and the Tian Tan Buddha

Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car connecting the Ngong Ping village with Tung Chung Center. Taking the cable car ride is recommended as you can see the magnificent views. The journey takes about 20-25 minutes. The entire route is 5.7 kilometers long and at its end is the Ngong Ping village offering a variety of facilities related to the life of the Buddha.

One of the main attraction is the crystal cabin which has a transparent floor, allowing maximum visibility of the landscape. We took the crystal cabin on the way up (one way) and it is a must! Fantastic views and unique experience.
Tip: For cheaper tickets with fast queue buy them online at KLOOK.

ngon ping 360 crystal cabin hong-kong
Tian tan buddah hong kong

Ngong Ping Village was established in 2005 as an authentic Chinese village. The village has a tea house, souvenir shops, restaurants, theater and more. The village also has an attraction called “Walking with Buddha.” This is a multimedia experience that tells the story of Siddhartha Buddha – the man who became a Buddha. The atmosphere is pleasantly serene and relaxed thanks to the piped music, stunning views and calming presence of the Tian Tan Buddha.

Tian Tan Buddha is a huge Buddha statue made of bronze. The statue is situated on a hill above the Po Lin Monastery, on Lantau island. The statue is over 26 meters in height and weighs no less than 202 tons. Around the Tian Tan are six smaller statues. There is also a small museum where you can see oil paintings and ceramic tiles depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. It is definitely worth climbing the 268 steps to view the statue closely and be impressed by the views of the surroundings.

The Po Lin Monastery is a very large Buddhist monastery built about 100 years ago. The monastery is located at the level of Ngong Ping, on Lantau island in Hong Kong. In the center of Po Lin Monastery, there is a temple with three bronze statues representing the Buddha in three periods – past, present, and future. The monastery is an attraction for hundreds of thousands of tourists a year and it is a must see if you arrive at Ngong Ping.
For vegans and vegetarians, I suggest you try the traditional vegetarian restaurants just near the monastery.

tian tan Buddha steps in ngong ping lantau hong kong
view from tian tan Buddah in lantau hong kong

Tai O village

Tai o is a tourist destination that offers an intriguing glimpse into the life of a traditional fishing village. Although the village is no longer at its peak and many have abandoned it, it is still possible to enjoy and be impressed by it.

You can buy fresh and dry fish and seafood in the village and of course smell their scent everywhere.

The village is one of the last places in this part of the world where you can still see traditional houses built on stilts above the water.

We recommend to take the opportunity and go sailing, it lasts about 30 minutes, and it gives you the possibility to see the houses from the different and better point of view. The boat skippers will try to sell it to you as a dolphin watching sail, but that does not usually happen. However, there are plenty of good reasons to go sailing, even without the dolphins.
The village offers restaurants and coffee shops and you can just stroll around and enjoy the unique atmosphere. There are no cars in the village which makes it even more fun to explore.

How to get there: From Ngong Ping bus station take bus number 21 (of new Lantau company). It leaves every hour. The ride takes around 20 minutes.

dry fish at tai o market in lantau hong kong
Tai o village lantau hong kong
view of Tai O village from a boat trip

Back to Tung Chung / Citygate outlet

After a long day in Ngong Ping and Tai O, it is time to head back.
We took a bus to go back to Tung Chung (where the MTR station is). There you can find Citygate outlet, which is pretty nice for a break or a quick dinner, but not a must.

How to get there: From Tai O bus station take bus number 11. It leaves every 15 minutes. The ride takes an hour.

Back to TST from Tung Chung (assuming your hotel is around TST, if not you should check with the MTR map)
Take Tung Chung line (direction Hong Kong – yellow) and get off after 3 stops at Lai King. Change to Tsuen Wan Line (direction central – red) and get off at TST station or the station near your hotel.

DAY 6

Ten thousand Buddha

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a temple that was established in the 1950s and is located near Sha tin, an area known as the New Territories. There are around 13,000 statues of Buddha there.

Along the climbing route, that includes 431 steps, you can see golden Buddha statues, and if you are lucky you can also see a group of monkeys roaming the area. Note that the monkeys are a little aggressive so try not to come close to them as they grab your belongings (phone, glasses, jackets etc).  

At the end of the climbing, you will arrive at a temple that includes a beautiful pagoda with thousands of small Buddha statues. Nearby you can see a spectacular view of the entire area. The entrance to the temple is free.

On the upper level of the temple, you will also find a vegetarian Buddhist restaurant, which imitates in a wonderful way a variety of meat dishes.

How to get there: If you are at TST go to the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and take the West Rail Line (direction Hung Hom – purple) and get off the next stop at Hung Hom station.
Change to the East Rail line (direction Sheung Shui – blue) and get off after 4 stops at Sha Tin station. The whole ride takes around 15 minutes.

  • At Sha Tin station take exit B. turn left and walk down the curved walkway, follow everyone down the pedestrian ramp.
  • Continue along the sidewalk as it will curve to the left. Once you reach the corner, you will see a mall that has an Ikea in it.
  • Cross the street towards Ikea and turn left. Once you reach the next street, you will see the Sha Tin Government Offices building.
  • Cross the street towards the building, then turn right. Keep walking down the front of the Sha Tin Govt Building. It is short and you should see a sign pointing to the entrance of the monastery.
  • Don’t be concerned about the entrance, just walk straight in and you will see the start of the walk up.

top of ten thousand Buddha in Hong KONG
the way to the ten thousand Buddha in Hong Kong
monkeys at the ten thousand Buddha in Hong Kong
family in ten thousand Buddha hong kong

Mongkok and Ladies Market

Mongkok is the district with the title of the most densely populated residential area in the world. It is also known as the busiest district in the world! This is a small district in Kowloon worth visiting, even to see how half a million people live in one square mile. But the Quarter is also the city’s main electronics and computer shopping area. It has streets with malls, small shopping centers and lots of gadget stores, phones, smart watches, and computer products of every kind.

How to get there: From the Ten Thousand Buddhas monastery go back to Sha Tin station. Take the East Rail line (direction Hung Hom – blue) 3 stops to Mongkok East station. Take exit C and look for the signs to the Ladies market (10 minutes walk).

Ladies market Has existed for more than 50 years and is one of the most popular markets in  Kowloon. It is a lively market that offers women’s clothing, bags and accessories at affordable prices. There are many successful imitations of international luxury brands, as well as good local merchandise. The market also offers a selection of men’s and children’s clothing, and there are also several cafes where you can rest after shopping.
Opening Hours: 12AM to 11PM

Other markets
There are many small markets near the Ladies market which we recommend to stroll around as it is not a long walk and it is very enjoyable. Attached is a map to guide you.
The other main markets are:
Fa Yuen Street Market
Sneakers street in Dundas street
Electrical Appliance Street is on Sai Yeung Choi Street
The Mongkok Computer Center is on the corner of Fa Yuen Street and Nelson Street
Langham shopping center

mongkok hong kong

Where to Eat: M Garden

In Mongkok, we ate the best vegetarian meal in Hong Kong at a restaurant called M Garden. It is a little bit hard to find (make sure you go all the way up to the 2nd floor), but absolutely worth it!
Address: 2/F, Omega Plaza, 32-34A, Dundas Street, Mongkok

m garden restaurant mongkok hong kong
m garden restaurant in hong kong

DAY 7

The Peninsula Hotel and the Clock Tower

The Peninsula hotel was opened in 1928, and is considered the oldest hotel that is still active in Hong Kong. It is one of the best-known hotels in the world and has been selected several times as the best hotel in the world. The hotel is known for the fleet of Rolls Royce cars for rent, which he holds for the benefit of his guests. Walk along it and stop for some nice photos, especially with the Cars.

The Clock Tower is a 44-meter tall tower used to be part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. This Clock Tower is a stunning reminder that this place was once all British. It is the only remains of the old railway station before it was moved. It is very close to our next stop, the Star Ferry, so take some pictures of it and of the beautiful view of the harbor.

How to get there: From Tsim Sha Tsui look for the signs, the direction is towards the harbor.
The address is Salisbury Road, Waterfront Promenade.

the clock tower in hong kong
the peninsula hotel in hong kong

A Ride on the Star Ferry to Central

The Star Ferry’s boat crossings at Victoria Harbour were an important part of the transportation system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and now it is an essential journey for visitors. The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of the 50 places to visit in a lifetime. The ferry ride is also well known as one of the world’s best value-for-money sightseeing trips.
The Star Ferry traces its origins to 1880 and the Company celebrated its centenary in 1998. Its fleet of 9 ferries is now serving two franchised ferry routes between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central and Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai.
You have the opportunity to step back to the old days and experience an era when third generation Star ferries were the major passenger connection between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.

How to get there: Go to the Star Ferry pier next to Salisbury Road. It can’t be missed. Be sure you are taking the ferry to Central.

Tip: Buy tickets for the second floor for amazing views and great photos.

the star ferry hong kong

Central and the Mid-Levels Escalators

Hong Kong’s Escalators were built in the 1990s and considered the longest escalator in the world. This means of transport, which is about a kilometer long, connects the different levels of the city. More than 50,000 Hong Kong residents use these escalators every day. This Escalator system includes 20 outdoor covered escalators, linking downtown and the financial center of Hong Kong Island.

This system was set up in 1993 to reduce traffic on the roads. But Hong Kong has benefited from it twice because beyond the importance of the escalator system as efficient and ecological transportation in the city, it has also become a real tourist attraction.

The escalators have a timetable where its direction changes. From 6AM to 10:20AM you can see hundreds or even thousands of people descending the 20 different stairways. At 10:20 AM the direction of the stairs is reversed and they move upward until it stops at midnight.

How to get there: Connaught Road, Central and West District

twelve cupcake Hong Kong
mid-levels escalators Hong Kong

Tai Cheong Bakery

This place is a Hong Kong food icon. This bakery was established in 1954 and is most well-known for its egg tarts. Among Hong Kong’s cuisine, egg tarts represent as the top five of the most popular snacks in Hong Kong. You can get a discount for your egg tart Here.
Most of us enjoyed the taste, if you are in the area you should try it yourself.

How to get there:  walk (around 50 meters) to 35 Lyndhurst Terrace

Address: 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

tai cheong bakery hong kong

Man Mo Temple

The Man Mo Temple It is one of the most important temples in the city. With the smell of incense, sounds of prayer and gong that is rife every time a donation is received. The temple is located in the famous district of Hollywood Road, next to a line of antique shops and artifacts.

It was built in 1847. As you approach this temple, you will already see from the outside the cast figures of eight immortal figures who guard the Temple against the outside and inside. The Man-Mo temple has two wings, each dedicated and named after one of the two gods it is dedicated to. The first, Man, is to the Chinese literature god, and the second, Mo, the god of war and martial arts of the Chinese.

Pay attention to the little paper offerings designed to please the souls of the dead. See also the candles with the many incense coils. They hang from the ceiling and fill the space with a special aroma. The red notes attached to them have the addresses and requests of those who donated to the Temple. Each of these incense coils burns for about two weeks.

There are many impressive temples in Hong Kong, but Man Mo Temple has a special atmosphere that makes the visit a unique experience.

The entrance is free. 

Opening Hours: 8AM to 18PM

How to get there: From Tai Cheong bakery Head northwest on Lyndhurst Terrace toward Gutzlaff Street and turn right onto  Hollywood Road. Continue with this road for 350 meters until you’ll reach the temple.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan

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man mo temple hk

Cat Street Market and Upper Lascar Row

Cat Street Market is a busy antique market. The tables piled with statues, pieces of jade and more. As we were just a few minutes walk from there and it was on our way, we decided to give it a visit. We think it’s worth it,  just to see the huge collections splashed out across the pavement. We even found some nice souvenirs for ourselves at reasonable prices.

How to get there: Cross the road in front of Man Mo temple and go down the stairs of Ladder street. You will arrive at upper Lascar Row, turn right and start strolling along the shops.

Taking a Ride with a Ding Ding (Tram) to the Peak Tram Station

Hong Kong’s trams, which are often referred to as Ding Ding, have been around since 1904. The trams have been running from East to West of Hong Kong Island. They remain an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong, and we highly recommend to take a ride with them, at least once while visiting the island.
We had a great time, nice views of the city, and the kids were very excited.

How to get there: from Upper Lascar street turn to Tung Street. Continue on Morrison Road. On Des Voeux Road Central you will see the tram station.

  • Take the line: Kennedy Town – Happy Valley, direction Happy Valley.
  • You get on the tram at the back door and you pay when
  • you get off at the front door (with Octopus card).
  • Get off after 6 stops at Bank Street.

The Peak Tram and Victoria Peak

This is a spectacular viewpoint on the island of Hong Kong and Kowloon. It is 550 meters high and can be reached by foot or by a steep tramway that runs at an almost impossible angle of 45 degrees. The view from the windows of the tram is unique as the buildings look like they are leaning on their side.

The Victoria Summit was also the preferred residential area for the first British governors, due to the favorable weather (altitude that moderates the local humidity) and the spectacular view.

At the top, there is a short circular route (about half an hour’s walk) that allows many observation points on the area.

The extensive tourism has led to the establishment of two modern shopping centers in the summit area so that you will not go empty-handed.

Tips:
With more than seven million visitors every year, the Peak is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong so planning is crucial to avoid queues and get the most of your visit. Try to get there before 15PM and avoid the weekend.
The views depend on the weather so be sure to choose a clear day for better visibility.
For free and less crowded views go to the Pavilion’s lion.

Opening Hours: daily, from 7AM to midnight.

Victoria peak Hong Kong
The Peak Tram Hong Kong

Where to eat: KALA – Grilled Cheese Toast & Sandwich Shop that is known as the rainbow toast founders. The toast was not only pretty but also delicious! We also enjoyed their smoothies. You can buy your rainbow toast with a discount here.
Address: 128 Peak Road G11, Ground Floor, The Peak Tower

kala's rainbow toast Hong Kong
kala rainbow toast the peak Hong Kong

Causeway Bay and Times Square

We have decided to walk to Admiralty MTR station and go through Hong Kong Park. We took our time and didn’t rush as we knew the minute we will arrive at Causeway Bay there will be a hustle. And we were right! This place is hectic and busy, but you should definitely pay a visit to this part of Hong Kong.

How to get there: from Admiralty MTR station take the Island Line (direction Chai Wan – blue) for 2 stops to causeway bay station.


Important: don’t forget to return your Octopus card at the airport before your departure.

ding ding hong kong central

Planning a route is a complex task and there is no one best way to do it. Everyone has different interests, goals, and needs on their vacation. However, I really hope you can use this itinerary for your family vacation in Hong Kong and come back loaded of wonderful experiences and memories as we did. 
If you have any questions you can write them in the comments or contact me.

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