24 Hours in Hong Kong

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!

You have now landed in the city of thrills, Hong Kong. The local time is 09:30 am and the temperature and humidity are 21 °C and 90% respectively. We request you to kindly refrain from using your mobile devices until you deboard the aircraft. We hope you have a pleasant time and stay, here in Hong Kong!


Photo of Hong Kong Airport by Livewireshock

Now that you’ve reached Hong Kong, let’s get to planning a quick tour of the city to make the most of the best experiences it has to offer! Getting through the immigration at Hong Kong is a breeze, and it’s highly likely you’ll find yourself at the exit in about 30 minutes itself. When you step out, hail a taxi, and zip to Tung
Chung MTR, which is about 5 km away from the airport!

Photo Credits: Tksteven

When you reach, take Ngong Ping Cable to the Lantau Island. The island is the touristy hub of Hong Kong, with attractions ranging from Disneyland to tranquil monasteries. We’re headed here to witness the gigantic Big Buddha, which is Hong Kong’s prime centre for Buddhism.

Photo of the Tian Tan Buddha by Béria Lima

Spend some time soaking your eyes on the tranquil views, drop in at the Po Lin Monastery for some more peace, calm and serenity, and when you’ve had it all, munch on some snacks from local eateries. It would take you about 3 hours to see the place. Lantau Island? Check! Time to take Bus No. 2 to the Mui Wo Ferry Pier, from where you’ll ride to the heart of Hong Kong, the Central Pier.

Photo of Central Pier, Hong Kong by WiNG


The Central Pier is Hong Kong’s hub of all the good things in life: shopping, food and parties. Head to the Central Elevated Walkway, a super convenient covered pedestrian bridge that connects the best malls in the city. While this is the branded and expensive stuff usually, if you happen to be looking for pocket friendly shopping, just head to The Lanes, a street dedicated to flea markets, stocking clothing and accessories by the tonnes! It should be lunch time when you’re around the place, so do stop for a yummy bowl at Mak’s Noodles! Slurppp.

Exterior view of Mak’s Noodles by Ohconfucius

After your delicious bowl of Wonton has made it’s quick way down your throat, head to the Man Mo Temple nearby. The largest temple in Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the Man, God of Literature and Mo, the God of war. The temple is characterized by its grand entrance, and makes for an interesting backdrop for a few selfies!

Photo Credits: China Tour Guide

Once you’ve visited the temple, take a taxi to the Victoria Peak, which is located about 8 km from here. It’s going to be near sunset time by the time you reach the top of the peak, and it’s advised you stay there for about an hour, enjoying the view of the setting sun disappearing between Hong Kong’s skyline. Just as you think you couldn’t have seen anything so beautiful, the lights of Hong Kong city will start flickering and coming to life, and then your opinion about beautiful sights will change again.

View from Victoria Peak by chensiyuan

After you’ve soaked your eyes on these views thoroughly, head to the Peak Lookout Bistro for a cold drink, before you take the Tram down hill. Once you’ve descended the peak, take a taxi to Causeway bay and get ready for the exciting Hong Kong that comes to life when the sun goes down! Stroll about the Causeway Bay, indulge yourself at the numerous stalls, and when it’s about 7:30 PM, get ready to make your way to  Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, because you don’t want to miss out on the colourful Symphony of Lights. Rest assured, you’ll be watching the show in a sort of a trance.

Photo of Symphony of Lights by Kroot

It’s now time to step on to the Subway and ride to Yau Ma Tei station to reach the Temple Street Night Market, to experience the true slice of Hong Kong’s cultural nightlife. You’ll bump into fortune tellers, dancing troupes, singers and hawkers selling all sorts of odds and ends- this is a cultural extravaganza that goes on all year long!

Photo of Temple Street Night Market by severin.stalder

If there’s a foodie inside of you, it’s recommended you visit the Felix Bar and Restaurant, in the Peninsula Hotel. And in case you’ve exhausted your batteries, you can always go back to your hotel and crash – you still have to attend that meeting in you came to Hong Kong for!