What to do in Hong Kong for first time visitor?
My friend and her husband is going to travel to Hong Kong for couple days for first time in March. They would like to have some insights in what to do in Hong Kong.
First of all, I think they pick the right time to travel to Hong Kong. March to May are the best time in Hong Kong. It is not too hot, not too cold, and not too much rain.
I do not think you need tours to travel and sightseeing in Hong Kong because Hong Kong is a small place that is easy to get around by Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and most of the people can speak English and Mandarin. I would recommend to get an Octopus card to get around Hong Kong. Octopus card is a rechargeable and contactless smart card and can be used in transportation,convenient stores, and some retailers. You can get a Sold Octopus or On-Loan Octopus card at any convenient stores in airport.
- Have an Octopus Card
- Prepare comfortable shoes to walk
- Keep a pack of tissues in your pocket all the time because some restaurants might not provide napkin or there is no toilet paper in the public bathroom
- Make reservation in advance if it allows
- Do not order too much dishes per meal so you can try different places
- Make sure your credit cards have no foreign transaction fees
- Usually it is cheaper if you pick Hong Kong currency instead of US currency when you are using your US credit cards if the merchant asks
3 Days 2 Nights in Hong Kong
For Tsim Sha Tsui area, you can start with High Tea at The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel. After afternoon tea, you can walk toward Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. If you follow the harbor path and walk toward the Star Ferry Terminal, you will reach Kowloon- Canton Railway Clock Tower. Standing there you are able to see the Victoria Harbor of Hong Kong. After that, you can do some shopping at Star Ferry Terminal, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, …they are connected together malls.
You can take Haiphong Road and walk back to Nathan Road direction. You will pass by a local street market with a flower shop in the front under the freeway on your right hand side on your way to Nathan Road. If you have some room in your stomach, you can try Tak Fat Beef Ball Rice Noodle. You need to ask people how to get there because it is hiding inside the market and is not visible. In addition, there are different stands when you are in the food court area. Please make sure you are seating at Tak Fat section to avoid any confusion.
Tsim Sha Tsui is more high end, trendy, and brand name shops. If you want to see other side of Hong Kong and buy some inexpensive items, you can take MTR to Mong Kok Station (B3 Exit) Tung Choi Strret (This is our famous Woman Street and items are not only for women.) and walk to Fa Yuen Strret or you can get off at Prince Edward Station (B2 Exit) to start with Fa Yuen Street to Tung Choi Strret.
If you want to try my recommendation of Xin Dan Ji at Jordan Kowloon, please make sure you make a reservation in advance. Save some room for dessert at Australia Dairy Company for steam egg and steam egg white, which is only 5 minutes walk away from Xin Dan Ji. If you really want to try more, you could try their egg sandwiches or go next door to try the famous wonton noodle at Mak Man Kee.
Central Hong Kong
I would suggest you start from Lyndhurst Terrace and Wellington Street. Lyndhurst Terrace is a street in the Central area of Hong Kong. It built on a slope in southern Central district, it connects Hollywood Road and Wellington Street, at its intersection with Pottinger Street. Lyndhurst Terrace and the surrounding area were the location of some of the earliest brothels established in Hong Kong. This area gives you some historic view of old Central. Old Central Police Station Compound is in Hollywood Road, which converted to a center of heritage, arts, and leisure.
My recommendation is:
- Have Cantonese Dim Sum lunch at either Lin Heung Tea House in Wellington Street or Luk Yu Tea House in Stanley Street. Both tea houses offer great history of our dim sum culture. Please make reservation in advance.
- Visit Old Central Police Station Compound in Hollywood Road, which converted to a center of heritage, arts, and leisure. There are a lot of historic that you will not miss on your way there.
- Take the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators, the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, stretching for over 800-metres and rising 135-metres through the streets of a steep hillside linking these districts of Hong Kong Island. It starts from Queen’s Road Central and one-way takes about 20 minutes.
- Taste our famous Hong Kong style “Milk Tea” and “Pineapple Ban” (also known as Po Law Pau) at Lan Fong Yuen, Gage Street. This is a street shop and gives you a taste of old Hong Kong as well. You can get off from Central-Mid-Levels Escalators to Lan Fong Yuen. It is half way up on your right.
- Try Tai Cheong Bakery, a landmark at Lyndhurst Terrace famous in egg tart and “Sa Yung”. Make sure you wait for the fresh bake goodies which come out fresh and hot. They are snacks from the 50s and is originated from Guangdong China.
- Suggest to take a taxi from Central to The Peak Tram Terminus because it is on the middle of up hill and it is better to save some energy to enjoy The Peak Tower and the hiking trails in The Peak. You would love the specular view.
- Come back to Yung Kee Restaurant locates in Wellington Street and it is most famous for roast goose. I like its BBQ pork as well. There is another choice down the road for roast goose and BBQ pork, Yat Lok Restaurant at Stanley Street, which is more economic and more crowd. When you order roast goose, make sure you requesting the lower half of the goose and when you order BBQ, make sure you requesting half fat and half meat. Believe me, they taste better.
- Then explore the night life at Lan Kwai Fong.
If you have more time……..
Stanley Market is a street market in Stanley on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street is a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong and has since become a major tourist attraction, well known for its bargains. It is more like Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, with a ocean view. You can take bus to Stanley Park (cannot reach by MTR) from most of the major area in Hong Kong. When you come back from Stanley Market, you should get off the bus in Central and try the traditional Hong Kong Tramways “Ding Ding” for a sightseeing ride to Causeway Bay Time Square.
Ngong Ping 360 is destined to be one of Hong Kong’s ‘must see’ tourist attractions on Lantau Island. Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km cable car journey, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. You will enjoy panoramic views of the Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, as well as the flora and fauna of North Lantau Country Park. Adjacent to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal is Ngong Ping Village, an impressive cultural themed village, incorporating three major attractions – Stage 360, Motion 360 and Walking with Buddha. Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the major centre for Buddhism in Hong Kong and is located next to the Po Lin Monastery. You can purchase the cable car ticket online in advance. Easier way to Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminus is taking MTR and get off at Tung Chung Station, B Exit, please follow the signs and walk about 2 minutes.
If you are interested in more to do in Hong Kong, please email me at king@CrazyForMiles.com or leave a comment. Have a nice journey in Hong Kong.
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