24 Hours in Hong Kong

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So you’ve got just 24 hours in Hong Kong? While it’s not long enough, it is long enough


Big Buddha Hong Kong


The city is still asleep, so now is the time to walk the streets to the beat of your own drum, wander into a park, and join in a group tai chi class. If you’re on Hong Kong Island try Victoria Park, otherwise Kowloon Park is a great choice.


After breakfast take a wander through the streets as the city starts to slowly wake up and come to life. This is a great opportunity to wander the streets without the mass crowds, as well as take in the city at a slower pace. Head on over to Central to wander along Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road (also known as Cat street) for some authentic antiques and hard to find souveniers.


After all that walking, it’s time to kick back and relax onboard the short ferry ride over to Kowloon. The Star Ferry runs every 3 minutes, take only 7-8 minutes to make the crossing, and costs not even $0.30 cents.


Now that you’re over in Kowloon it’s a race against the clock to squeeze in as much as possible. Depending on your preferences, you may wish to wander along the Avenue of Stars and take in views of the harbour, or perhaps you prefer to hit up a shopping mall? Harbour City is your best bet. Don’t forget to grab a bite or step inside The Peninsula Hotel Lobby for a lavish lunch.


Continuing to explore Kowloon, there’s plenty to see in the afternoon. You can choose to either walk the length of Nathan Road or take the quicker option and take the MTR to Mongkok Station. Once here, you have a range of markets to choose from, with Ladies Market being a must visit and other popular choices such as Men’s Market, the Goldfish Market, and Flower market also good to explore.


With all the hustle and bustle you will be wanting a peaceful break from it all – so take the Star Ferry back to Hong Kong island and head up to Victoria Peak by tram.


The light show begins! As the world’s largest laser light show (last time I checked, unless Dubai has outdone that one, too?), it gets a pretty good wrap for being one of the ‘must see’ sights whilst in the city. But don’t get too excited – many are left feeling underwhelmed by the Symphony of lights – I guess it depends on the traveller! The peak is arguably the best vantage point to enjoy the show.


Now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the nightlife of Hong Kong. Head to nearby Lan Kwai Fong – the cities’ notorious party area – and try one of the many bars or restaurants

After midnight

If you want to try the clubbing scene, head to Tazmania ballroom before carrying on into the wee hours of the morning in Dragon i – Hong Kong’s iconic nightclub. Beyonce and Jay Z have even partied here, so I guess if it’s good enough for them…?!


World of Wanderlust visited Hong Kong as a guest of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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    May 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    You got it right Olivia. Amazing! Just want to add one more thing in their “After midnight” section. Have you been to Hong Kong Play night club? They play EDM and have top djs to perform on stage so no need to worry about having nowhere to go after a long day of visiting scenic views in the city.

    Olivia Grace
    May 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I love this post, You have suggested so many fantastic things to do in a short period of time, also giving you the option to do a few of things over a few days in you wanted a more relaxed vibe! Looovvveee it

    July 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Love this! You’re making Hong Kong sound much more appealing than I thought it was before…