Hong Kong is easily one of our top 5 favorite cities, as it has SO much character, energy and things to do! It reminds me of the Asian version of New York, but with mountains and more picturesque landscapes.
How To Get Around…
Taxi: Taxis are clean and metered in HK and are the fastest way to get around. They are easily flagged down in the street and are color coded for which regions they go to. From the airport to SOHO, take a 20 minute red taxi for about $295HKD ($35USD) or to TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) for $240HKD ($30USD). There are staff members at the airport to help assist in the English to Chinese translation to the driver for your destination.
Note: Many taxi drivers don’t speak good English, so have your destination in Chinese on your phone prior to leaving for more convenience.
Subway (MTR): A more cost affective way for travel in HK. There is an airport express line that will take you to Hong Kong Station in 25 minutes for $100HKD ($13USD). The subway is easy to navigate in comparison to other major cities in Asia.
Note: Check with your hotel, as many offer free shuttle pickups from the airport.
Airport SIM Card…
To make your stay easier in HK, it’s advisable to purchase a prepaid SIM card at HK airport 7-11’s for about $10USD. Note: Your phone must be unlocked.
The easiest place to buy SIM cards is in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1. In the smack middle next to HSBC is a Seven Eleven 7-11 where they carry SIM cards you can pop into your unlocked phone. The cards are available behind the cashier so you’ll need to wait in line and ask the cashier to pull it out.
Where To Stay…
We stayed in amazingly located Airbnb, that is sadly unavailable anymore. I’d totally recommend getting an Airbnb in SOHO, as it’s a great starting location for all the awesome sights and has great food options.
For $36 off your first Airbnb booking, click HERE:
Butterfly on Wellington (SOHO):
Rooms are small, but the location is paramount, especially for the price. $116USD/night
Lan Kwai Fong Hotel (SOHO):
Another affordable accommodation nearby the nightlife street of Lan Kwai Fong. $121USD/night
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel (TST):
Centrally located in TST, this hotel offers up a cocktail terrace with epic views of Victoria Harbour. $184USD
Where To Eat…
Peel Street Espresso Bar:
This is an excellent spot of a quick morning breakfast and coffee. Get the Avo Toast or Banana/Nutella Bagel…they’re divine.
Wagyu (Wundham Street):
The PERFECT sit down breakfast spot, but a bit more on the expensive side. Create your own mega-omlet or get the bacon egg burger, they’re both amazing!
Tipping Point Brewery Co:
HK’s first brew pub, with great beers on tap!
EPIC views of the city with an outstanding menu and a VERY steep cost. This is totally a special occasion place, but worth every dollar. Order the filet mignon, topped with crab meat and served with four different dipping sauces. YUM!
Paisanos New York Style Pizza:
If you’re craving pizza and in a hurry, this is your place.
DIM DIM SUM:
Dim Sum is the Chinese version of tapas and THE food to eat for lunch in Hong Kong. Affordable and delicious.
Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum:
THE iconic franchise that is now all over Asia. Their char siu (barbecued pork) baked buns are delicious.
Ozone Bar-The Highest Bar In the World:
The view is breathing, even though the drinks are ridiculously overpriced. Located at the Ritz Carlton in West Kowloon. TIP: Take the Star Ferry from SOHO over to TST for dinner, then hop a taxi to Ozone.
Lan Kwai Fong:
This is THE place for nightlife in HK. Hard Rock Cafe is also located here.
What To Do…
Graham Street Wet Market (SOHO):
Located between Queen’s Road Central and Hollywood Road, this is HK’s oldest street market (160+ years!). Walk around and enjoy all the fresh fish, veggies, fruits and sights.
|Peak Tram Sky Pass
(The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428)
|Adult||HK$ 88||HK$ 75|
|Child (aged 3 – 11)
Senior (aged 65 or above)
|HK$ 42||HK$ 34|
Note: You can purchase tickets for the tram without the Sky Pass, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Hours: 7am-Midnight daily (train departs every 15 minutes)
Time At Attraction: 4+ Hours
Hong Kong’s #1 tourist attraction and an absolute MUST see on my list. The Peak offers EPIC vies of the city, with multiple restaurants and shopping available as well (plan to stay a while).
NOTE: Go 2.5 hours prior to sunset in order to get to the top to see the view by day/night. The line for the tram is VERY long (we waited 1.5 hours). If you encounter a long line, purchase a one-way ticket and take a taxi back down the mountain, unless you’re comfortable with waiting another 1.5 hours in line to go back down. Carpool down the mountain in the taxi, as it’s outrageously overpriced.
Star Ferry Across Victoria Harbor:
|Tsim Sha Tsui||Central||Wan Chai|
|Single Ride Day Round Trip Ticket||11:55 / 12:55 / 13:55 / 14:55 / 15:55 / 16:55 / 17:55*||12:15 / 13:15 / 14:15 / 15:15 / 16:15 / 17:15||12:30 / 13:30 / 14:30 / 15:30||HK$100||HK$90|
|Single Ride Night Round Trip Ticket||18:55 / 20:55||20:15|
|A Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise||19:55||19:15||N/A||HK$205||HK$185|
Kowloon Point Pier,
Tsim Sha Tsui (Map)
(Star Ferry) (Map)
|Wan Chai Pier|
|Opening Hours 5||10:20 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.||11:45 a.m. – 8:05 p.m.||12:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.|
Time At Attraction: 10 minute ferry ride
Named by National Geographic as one of the ‘fifty places of a lifetime,’ this is also a MUST do while in HK. This taxi used to be the major passenger connection between HK Island and Kowloon Peninsula.
Central World Escalators:
Hours: Downhill during morning rush hour, 10:30am-midnight runs uphill
Time At Attraction: 30 minutes
Where To Go: 12 entry/exit points, but I recommend entering at Stanley, Wellington or Gage Streets
Made in 1993 to make an easier commute by linking areas, it’s the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, coving over 800 meters (2,600 ft) and elevating over 135 meters (443 ft) from bottom to top. It’s definitely another MUST see while visiting HK.
It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island.
Ngong Ping Cable Car:
Cost: Standard/Crystal Cabin Roundtrip $185/255HKD ($24/$33USD), Child $95/175 (age 3-11), Senior $130/205
A 25 minute cable car ride that connects Ngong Ping plateau with the town of Tung Chung. It’s a great way to get up close to the Tian Tan Buddha/Po Lin Monastery, without taking a bus.
Note: You can also take a bus or taxi up to the top.
Tian Tan Buddha Lantau Island:
Cost: Free (although you’ll pay for the cable car/bus)
How To Get There: See Link
Time At Attraction: Half-Full Day Trip
The Big Buddha is a GIANT 34 meter bronze statue (the largest in the world), on top of the mountain. Have lunch at the Po Lin Monastery after visiting. Do wear good shoes, because you’ll need to climb 250 steps!
Hong Kong Tram Ways:
Cost: Adult $2.30HKD (0.30USD), Child $1.20 (age 3-12), Senior $1.10 (65+)
Cost: 4 day pass $34HKD ($4.50USD), Monthly $200HKD ($25USD)
Hours: Depends on location, see link below
Time At Attraction: 30 Minutes or Less
How fun is it to ride around Hong Kong in a double decker tram (like San Francisco)…one of the earliest forms of public transport in the city?!
Dragon’s Back Hike:
Time at Attraction: 3-4 Hours
Our FAVORITE attraction in Hong Kong. I’ve written a separate post for this because there are so many details! Be sure to check it out!