Check out the skyline at the Sky100 observation deck. Directly below it you can also see what modern Asian luxury shopping and dining is like at the Elements Mall.
Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Next, take a taxi and go to the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is only about 2 kilometers away. Have lunch, or browse the Harbour City Mall.
Take the ferry trip: Then board the Star Ferry, and for 25 US cents take a ride that was once considered one of the top travel events in the world.
IFC Tower and Mall: If you want to see another mega luxury mall, the IFC Mall is even better known than the Elements Mall. If not, go directly to Victoria Peak.
Transport: Unfortunately, there is not direct MTR route between the ICC Mall and the Star Ferry. You could do a circuitous transfer from Kowloon Station to Tsim Sha Tsui Station, but then you'd have to walk a few minutes to the ferry.
For sightseeing in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak's view of the sea and city is quintessential. The perspectives afforded by a leisurely stroll on the paths overlooking the north and west sides of the island put Hong Kong in your heart. You'll really feel like you've seen Hong Kong on the Peak.
Transport: Bus 15 from the Central Pier bus lot, or Bus 15C from Exchange Square. Or take the Victoria Peak tram.
Temple Street Night Market is a place to shop for souvenirs, cheap clothes, and Chinese-made products. It is also a place to have dinner before the Symphony of Lights on Victoria Harbor at 8.
Transport: Get back down to the Central MTR Station near the IFC Towers, and then just take the MTR to Jordan Station (12 minutes by train). You could check out Kowloon Park near the station, or just walk to Temple Street.
Symphony of Lights (in Avenue of Stars) is an entertaining way to learn about various buildings in Hong Kong. The narration is in English on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They call out the names of many buildings.
Transport: You could walk back to Victoria Harbor or take the Bus 6 (recommended) on Nathan Road or take the MTR to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
Day summary: though you may be tired, it is hoped that this packed first day will give you an enjoyable time seeing the major sights and the shopping and cuisine.
Little Hong Kong is a world financial power, a trade center, and a gateway to China. Learn about how Hong Kong developed in Hong Kong Museum of History.
Transport: You could take the MTR to Jordan Station on Nathan Road and walk west on Austin Road, or take Bus 5 or 5C.
Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Ocean Park is for thrill rides and a theme park a little like Sea World in California. There are sea animals in aquariums. Depending on the day you go, it might be highly crowded though.
Transport to Ocean Park: Bus 629 from Admiralty MTR (about 20 minutes bus travel).
To see the local culture in HK and do more shopping, Nathan Road is a tourist magnet. People of various cultures mix there, and a variety of low end and high end stores line both sides. Start in front of Chung King Mansions on Nathan Road, and walk north.
- Kowloon Park (behind the Masjid)
- St. Andrew's Church (another 300 meters north),
- and a lot of malls and stores.
You could continue to walk north to Ladies Market. A stroll north while browsing and maybe sampling street food might take an hour. But simply take Bus 6 to Mong Kok Station.
Transport: Chungking Mansions is about a 13 minute walk from the Star Ferry, and right below the Tsim Sha Tsui Station.nathan
Monday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM