Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Suggested Itineraries

72 Hours: Day 1

Causeway Bay

Real life escape

Start your day with something a little different! An idea imported from San Francisco, USA, real-life escapes have really taken off in Hong Kong. You can select the type of adventure scenario you want, and your fantasy can take a variety of shapes, from pirate treasure hunts, museum heists, or ghoulish haunted houses, to make it fun, there's a series of puzzles to solve to for you to complete the game. Though the office may seem rudimentary and tacky when you get there, you will be swept away by the puzzle solving and mystery aspect of the games.

Shopping on Kowloon side

Right outside of Prince Edward MTR station is Fa Yuen Street market, where the locals shop instead of the touristy Ladies' Market. Prices maybe a smidge more expensive here but the quality is also better. Shop to your heart's delight for clothes and household items like cushion covers, blankets, towels and anything in between. If you need to take a short break from all the shopping, cross Prince Edward Road to the Flower Market. Beautiful flowers of Asian and non-Asian origin are available and if you are green fingered, you can also buy a whole host of gardening paraphernalia here.

Flower Market
APM mall

If you can't get enough of shopping, hitch an MTR ride to Kwun Tong to APM mall. This is literally the mall that never sleeps as retailers are open until midnight and restaurants till 2am. You can literally shop until you drop!

R&R in Causeway Bay

Causeway isn't just hustle and bustle, actually, there's some late night reflexology and massage places for those who want to unwind. After pounding the Hong Kong pavements, soak your tired feet in a warm herbal concoction and let the reflexologists work the kinks out of your tired toes. Be warned, certain pressure points could be quite painful for some, definitely not for the squeamish, other massages are also available.

Foot Massage

72 Hours: Day 2

Big Buddha

A Big Buddha and a little village

It's going to be a big day today - a Big Buddha day that is! Another attraction that attracts the masses but still worth the effort. The cable car ride over will give you a view of the non-populated part of Hong Kong in its full natural splendour. Catch the MTR Tung Chung line to its last stop where you'll be dropped off conveniently at the start of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. You can pay more for the clear bottom carriage, but there's usually a longer line.

Once you arrive, don't be put off by the steps leading up to the statue itself, the view up there is amazing and well worth the hike. Given that the statue is situated right next to the Po Lin Monastery, don't be surprised to see monks chilling and taking pictures themselves!

Ngong Ping 360 cable car
Tai O

After taking all the snaps you need it's time to head down to the bus station to catch the number 21 bus to your next destination. Tai O is one of the last fishing villages in Hong Kong and because of its distance from the city, has remained authentic to its roots. There are still houses on stilts that reach over the water. The little village is tiny, as with most things in Hong Kong! But, there's lots to see and do.

There'll be a lot of people selling dolphin tours, on a good day when the stars align, you might be lucky enough to see the pink dolphins of Hong Kong, but for $20 it's a good deal, if only for a quick boat tour of Tai O and to get a closer look at the water village. Don't forget to tell the captain to drop you off at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. This was once a police outpost and has now been converted into a hotel, from there, you can have a spot of tea at the Tai O Lookout

Fishing Villages
Flanhardt Galerie

Take the single road back to the village from the hotel and you will go past quaint village houses, among these is the Flanhardt Galerie, home to the work of many local artists and works inspired Tai O. Definitely worth checking out for some local flavour. After your explorations of the day you can catch the number 11 bus back to Tung Chung MTR.

Flanhardt Galerie, 1/F Blk B Tai O Garden, Shek Tsai Po St, Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island, 2882 3390, opened 12 noon - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

After a long day, grab some grub at the Star Street precinct where there are numerous restaurants and bars, all just a convenient stroll away from the hotel.

Star Street

72 Hours: Day 3

Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan and Western Markets

Upper Station Street to Po Hing Fong is the trend setting area of Hong Kong Island. Don't let these quiet streets fool you, around every corner are artisanal eateries, local galleries, vintage shops and designers. After that you can take a short walk westward towards Queen's Road West where there are whole streets of shops selling a variety of paper offerings. The Chinese believe that their ancestors exist only in a different dimension in the afterlife and are able to send them offerings by burning paper-made imitations.

Not to fall behind the times, these retailers get creative with designer bags, and the latest electronic gadgets all made in paper versions. Be careful about buying these as souvenirs as paper offerings are extremely taboo to the Chinese. Western Market is also home to some authentic eateries. Kwun Kee on Queen's Road West is where locals line out the door for the famous clay pot rice in winter and their stir fries are to die for too.

Western Market
Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau Island

Head over to Central Pier number 5 and take a short ferry ride to Cheung Chau. Here, you can spend the afternoon cycling around the small island and soaking up the sun and fresh air. Don't forget to stop by the Kwan Yin temple. Though just a small temple it offers an unobstructed view of the Cheung Chau waters where waves crash onto its terrace.


End the day with a bargainous seafood dinner back on main street, try Hing Lok Restaurant for some garlic scallops and ginger crab, all washed down nicely with a bottle of Tsingtao beer.

Ginger Crab