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See the best Hong Kong attractions from a different perspective with this three-day itinerary.

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  • Adventure seeker
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Budget traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

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15 Places

Day 1

Mongkok

Neighbourhoods

Flower Market Road

Flea/ Street Markets, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

Hong Kong Museum of History

History Museums

Kowloon West Promenade

Parks

Ozone Bar on top of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Bar/ Clubs

Lan Kwai Fong

Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighbourhoods

Day 2

Big Buddha

Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Islands

Tai O

Neighbourhoods

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Pui O

Islands

Day 3

Cheung Chau Island

Islands

Star Ferry Pier

Ferries/ Boats

Mido Cafe

Restaurants (Chinese)

Temple Street Night Market

Flea/ Street Markets

Lincoln C's City Tips

  • Grab an Octopus Card to store money and use on buses, trains and in convenience stores (you have to pay deposit). It will save you a lot of time queuing or fishing for change.
  • Use the MTR - there's a handy map in every station detailing the surrounding areas. Make sure you're getting out the right exit to save you time, as some exits are very far apart!
  • Grab a taxi! Hong Kong can be oppressively hot sometimes, and taking a taxi is very affordable, quick and most importantly, it has air conditioning!
  • If you need to cross the harbour in a taxi, hail the taxi by making a 'wave motion' with your arm. Note: Not all taxis want to go across the harbour.
  • There are 3 tunnels connecting HK Island and Kowloon. The Central tunnel is the cheapest but has the most traffic, and the Eastern/Western tunnels are more expensive but faster.
  • There's usually no need to tip. Most restaurants add a 10% service charge automatically to the bill. You don't need to tip anything additionally.
  • If you want to eat at a nice restaurant but are wary of the price, try going at lunch time - many have set lunches which are much more affordable.
  • The 7-11 shops, located everywhere, are an affordable option for buying drinks. There are no open bottle laws, and the locals call it going to "Club 7".
  • At local restaurants, ask very clearly about dietary restrictions, and double check with the staff before ordering. Often even veggie dishes are still cooked with animal oils.
  • When on a escalator, walk on the left and stand on the right, or risk the displeasure of everyone behind you!
  • When at a local restaurant, it's acceptable to leave food scraps such as bones on the bare table.
    Day 1
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    Mongkok
    Neighbourhoods
    Lincoln C Says:

    Mong Kok is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, but don't let that scare you away. A shopper's paradise, the district has anything you could ever want to buy - from shoes to household items to Western brands and luxury goods. An interesting feature of this area is that entire streets seem to be dedicated to selling a specific item - the most scenic and interesting among them are the flower market, goldfish street and bird market. Also in this neighborhood is Ladies Market - a street market filled with stalls selling electronic goods, knick knacks and other souvenir items. Even if you aren't looking to buy anything, Mong Kok is a great area to explore and experience a part of Hong Kong's bustling urban life.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • When shopping at the Ladies Market, remember to bargain on the prices! Often, the initial price quoted will be triple the market price for that item.
    • Concentrated on Dundas Street are an abundance of food stalls selling a variety of different street food.
    • Before leaving the store, make sure you examine the items to double check that you have the goods that you paid for.
    • Before buying expensive items (electronics, shoes, etc), make sure to 'check' the price at nearby stores to make sure you're getting the best deal possible.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • Great Fun 22/10/2014
    • Great shopping, but more aggressive 20/10/2014
    • Mongkok
    Address:
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Flower Market Road
    Flea/ Street Markets, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
    Lincoln C Says:

    Located in Mong Kok, Flower Market Road is where local Hong Kongers come to - you guessed it - buy flowers and other plants. It is especially busy come holiday time, when traditional plants are bought for good luck and to symbolize prosperity. There are beautiful orchids, bouquets, and plants in all shapes and sizes. Although there is not too much to 'do' here, it's a great area for photo opportunities and to soak up the authentic culture of Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Hidden gem
    • Local favourite
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning if you are looking to buy some flowers, as they are the freshest then. If you get there REALLY early, you'll see them unloading the trucks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • Orchids for miles! 22/10/2014
    • if you want see the flower and buying 14/10/2014
    • Flower Market Road
    Address:
    Hong Lok Street, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Hong Kong Museum of History
    History Museums
    Lincoln C Says:

    This museum does a wonderful job of documenting Hong Kong's history - from prehistoric times and ancient Chinese dynasties, all the way to the birth of the city and modern day. The museum utilizes dioramas, short documentaries, and a wide variety of other multimedia to engage and interact with visitors and keep things fresh and entertaining. They also have interesting temporary exhibitions that are rotated regularly. All in all, if you are going to visit a museum in Hong Kong, make it the Museum of History. It is a well laid out and informative museum that is well worth your time.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Budget traveller
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • The admission is very affordable, and is free on Wednesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to learn about Hong Kong history 22/10/2014
    • Very well set out and presented 22/10/2014
    • Hong Kong Museum of History
    Address:
    100 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-27249042
    Other:
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    Kowloon West Promenade
    Parks
    Lincoln C Says:

    An alternative to Tsim Sha Tsui's 'Avenue of the Stars', this quaint waterfront promenade offers all the spectacular views of Hong Kong harbour, but without the crowds and tour buses. Take a leisurely stroll down the promenade, and then enjoy the sunset, and watch as the harbour lights turn on. Or, if the weather allows, pick up some food at nearby shopping mall Elements, and have a picnic on the grass while enjoying the beautiful urban scenery.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Budget traveller
    • Hidden gem
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • This is a great location to see the 'A Symphony of Lights' harbour lazer show, starting at 8:00 pm daily.
    • The nearby shopping mall, Elements, has a grocery store ThreeSixty as well as many takeout options for you to pack a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #350 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • Great place to see another side of the harbour 06/04/2014
    • Best spot to watch fireworks 20/07/2013
    • Kowloon West Promenade
    Address:
    Nga Cheung Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Ozone Bar on top of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
    Bar/ Clubs
    Lincoln C Says:

    Ozone at the Ritz Carlton is located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC), and is currently the highest bar in the world. It offers panoramic views of the Hong Kong harbour and the Kowloon Penninsula.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Luxury traveller
    • Trendy traveller
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • The dress code forbids beach sandals, open toe shoes, and sleeveless shirts for men.
    • It gets quite busy on the weekends. Call ahead to check if there is a waitlist (phone: 2263 2263). Table reservations require a minimum spend, dependent on the day of the week.
    • It's best to go for a drink or two, as if you have dinner here the food bill can get quite expensive. Drinks start at HK$100.
    • If the weather is permitting, grab a table or stand on the outdoor terrace. If it's not, be sure to brave it for a few moments - the pictures are spectacular.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 47 nightlife in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Schönste Bar in der ich jemals war! 20/10/2014
    • Pricey and difficult to appreciate view compared to other places 19/10/2014
    • Ozone Bar on top of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
    Address:
    1 Austin Rd W
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Lan Kwai Fong
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighbourhoods
    Lincoln C Says:

    With large crowds and a vibrant atmosphere (especially on Friday and Saturday nights), Lan Kwai Fong is the nightlife central of Hong Kong. Originally just made up of a small square of streets, the bars and restaurants have now spilled out into the surrounding area. You'll find a good mix of expatriates, tourists and students in the party crowd, depending on which bars or lounges you go to.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Luxury traveller
    • Trendy traveller
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • To get a table at a high-end club, you will have to purchase bottle service, with a minimum spend for your group.
    • Although fights are rare and Hong Kong is a very safe city, be aware of your surroundings and make sure you are with friends while out partying at night.
    • Most dance clubs will have a cover charge for men, and be free for women.
    • For budget travellers, buy drinks at 7-11 and drink them on the street, as there are no open-bottle laws. Most establishments won't let you bring in outside drinks.
    • Many bars and restaurants have 'ladies drink for free' night (typically Thursdays).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • Wanna party? 22/10/2014
    • Timing is everything 12/10/2014
    • Lan Kwai Fong
    Address:
    Yunxian Street, Zhongxi District
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Big Buddha
    Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
    Lincoln C Says:

    Standing at 34 meters tall, the Big Buddha is one of the largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddhas in the world, and it draws pilgrims from all over Asia. There are several ways to reach the Big Buddha. The fastest and most scenic is to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car (~20 minutes one way). Buses and taxis are also readily available (~45 minutes), and the most adventurous option is hiking to the Big Buddha (~4 hours) - however, this is not recommended during the summer months, as soaring temperatures and humidity levels will make it quite a challenging experience.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Avoid visiting on public Chinese holidays, as the line-ups are extremely long due to the high number of pilgrims and visitors taking both the cable car and bus.
    • If on a budget, take bus #23 outside of Tung Chung MTR. It's located next to the escalator going up to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Expect long queues on the weekend.
    • If taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, you can prebook cable car times via their website to save time and avoid the queues. Check that the cable car is operational before going.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view at the top 23/10/2014
    • EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS 22/10/2014
    • Big Buddha
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
    Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Islands
    Lincoln C Says:

    The Po Lin Monastery across from the Big Buddha is still active to this day as an important home to Buddhist monks. Here, visitors can immerse themselves amongst its beautiful Buddhist shrines, statues and architecture - thanks to a massive renovation project that makes it well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    Tips
    • Take a longer rest-stop and enjoy the vegetarian food they offer in the restaurants here.
    • If you're eating at the vegetarian restaurant, buy a ticket and the menu is set. The more people in your group, the larger the variety of dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting site 23/10/2014
    • Huge Statue picture perfect and active place for buddhist 16/10/2014
    • Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
    Address:
    Lantau Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Price range:
    3 $ - 3 $
    Other:
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    Tai O
    Neighbourhoods
    Lincoln C Says:

    A traditional fishing village dating back three centuries, Tai O has maintained its laid-back lifestyle and charm. Given a picturesque view of the ocean and the old stilt houses, for which Tai O is known, there are photo opportunities around every corner. Slow down the pace and take your time exploring the area.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • You can take a 'boat tour' to see pink dolphins, although sightings are quite rare. Nevertheless, the cost is cheap, and the boat ride is quite scenic.
    • Avoid going on weekends.
    • To reach Tai O, take bus #11 from Tung Chung MTR (~45 minutes) or bus #21 from the Big Buddha (~15 minutes).
    • The best thing to do is to wander away from the more touristy central areas for a glimpse into Hong Kong's past and way of living.
    • Try the egg waffles made traditionally by the old man with the charcoal grill. There usually is a long line-up.
    • Try the local snacks and food from the food stalls lining the street, or sit down for a seafood feast.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • Really worth a visit 22/10/2014
    • Recommended as a combined tour with big Buddha and cable car. 17/10/2014
    • Tai O
    Other:
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    Tai O Heritage Hotel
    Lincoln C Says:

    Located on a hill west of Tai O, this building was originally a police station - built in 1902 to prevent smuggling and piracy - and has recently been converted into a boutique hotel and heritage site. Take the short walk to Tai O Heritage Hotel to snap some photos of its panoramic views of the fishing village and ocean below. Then you can also say you've been to the westernmost point of Hong Kong.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Luxury traveller
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • There is a coffee shop where you can enjoy an afternoon tea, although it is on the expensive side. Book ahead if you want to go for afternoon tea, as spaces are limited.
    • If you want to stay here, book in advance as there are only 9 rooms.
    • There is a ferry pier next to the hotel that you can take back to Tung Chung, but ferries are infrequent, especially on weekdays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 691 Hotels in Hong Kong
    • New and comfortable room 15/09/2014
    • Nice boutique hotel 01/09/2014
    • Tai O Heritage Hotel
    Address:
    Shek Tsai Po Street
    Tai O, Lantau Island
    Hong Kong Hong Kong
    China
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    Pui O
    Islands
    Lincoln C Says:

    A beautiful beach located on Lantau Island (the Chinese name translates as "shell beach"), Pui O is not too crowded and offers great scenery and clear waters. It makes a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. When the tide is out, you can effortlessly dig for clams and shellfish - some locals collect the shellfish to fry up and eat at home.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Beach goer
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Grab food at the beachside restaurant Ooh La La, which serves tasty Western food.
    • Pui O is reachable by bus from Tung Chung (3M) or Mui Wo (Number 4).
    • Campsites are available for use, and the restaurant Ooh La La rents tents and camping equipment.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • One of the few good beach in Hong Kong 23/02/2014
    • A peaceful beach with a handful of guesthouses and a great campsite 24/09/2011
    Other:
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    Cheung Chau Island
    Islands
    Lincoln C Says:

    Located a mere 30 minutes by boat from the Central district, Cheung Chau ("Long Island") is an old fishing community with an abundance of sights and eateries - from temples to street food, to a pirate cave. Get lost amongst its narrow streets, breeze along the coastal bike path and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Local favourite
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The best way to explore this small island is by renting a bicycle from any of the shops dotted along the main strip right when you step off the ferry.
    • Take a ferry from Pier No. 5 located ~15 minutes walk from Hong Kong/Central MTR. The ferry ride is ~30 minutes or 1 hour depending if you take the fast or ordinary ferry.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 436 attractions in Hong Kong
    • great place to spend a saturday 21/10/2014
    • Great Day Trip for a quieter experience of HK 19/10/2014
    • Cheung Chau Island
    Address:
    Southwest of Hongkong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Star Ferry Pier
    Ferries/ Boats
    Lincoln C Says:

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

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • There are ferries frequently available between Tsim Sha Tsui to Central or Wan Chai.
    • Aim to be on the ferry at 8pm from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island to enjoy the "A Symphony of Lights" lazer show that occurs daily.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 122 activities in Hong Kong
    • Great mix 23/10/2014
    • Needs an upgrade 23/10/2014
    • Star Ferry Pier
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-23677065
    Other:
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    Mido Cafe
    Restaurants (Chinese)
    Lincoln C Says:

    Originally opened in 1950, Mido Cafe is a time machine back into old Hong Kong. Stepping into the cafe, it seems nothing has changed. Sit upstairs to enjoy views of temple street market and Tin Hau Temple. While the food and drink isn't anything too special, Mido Cafe is an ideal place to stop for a drink or a snack to soak up the history and atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Hidden gem
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Many movies and photoshoots have used Mido Cafe as a shooting location.
    • Order a "Yin Yang" - a local Hong Kong drink that is half tea and half coffee with milk and sugar.
    • The Hong Kong style toast is an indulgent, delicious snack - think French toast, Hong Kong style.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #616 of 3,083 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • good food at reasonable prices 17/10/2014
    • well known for brunch? 27/09/2014
    • Mido Cafe
    Address:
    G/F, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-23846402
    Price range:
    4 $ - 4 $
    Other:
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    Temple Street Night Market
    Flea/ Street Markets
    Lincoln C Says:

    Temple Street comes alive at night when restaurants and market stalls are packed side-by-side, offering delicious local food and just about anything else you can think of buying. Pull up a stool on the street and get adventurous with ordering! This would also be a great opportunity to buy small gifts, so brush up on your negotiation skills!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Nightlife lover
    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 time, as the outdoor seating for restaurants and market stalls won't be opened.
    • Try the 'clay pot cooked rice,' which is a local favorite.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 293 shopping in Hong Kong
    • If you have the stamina, its worth the banter 22/10/2014
    • Good but not great 22/10/2014
    • Temple Street Night Market
    Address:
    Kansu Street and Jordan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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