Hong Kong is a popular stop-over choice when embarking on a long-haul flight, and is definitely worth exploring, even if you only have a day or two to look around the city. I recently came back from doing a China trip, and really enjoyed Hong Kong, here are some of my suggestions for 24 hours in this vibrant and busy city:
One thing that Hong Kong is famous for is being home to the Happy Valley Racecourse. This is one of the most famous horse racing venues in the world! If you have the time during your Hong Kong trip then it is worth a visit.
Once you have checked out the racecourse, you should head to the Peak Tram which is open from 7am until midnight. This is a popular attraction and one of the most visited places in Hong Kong. It is a cable car that takes you all the way up to Victoria Peak. If you have the chance to visit after sunset during, you won’t be disappointed….. The views from the top are really spectacular!
If you have kids or – like me – you are a big kid, then you need to head over to Disneyland Hong Kong. The park is open from 10:30am until 8:30pm most days so you can spend as long or little time here as you like. I would recommend heading there early as it gets busier and busier during the day and there is so much else to see and do in Hong Kong in the evenings. There are firework displays, parades, 3D films, shows and of course many rides to choose from.
The Symphony of Lights is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s largest permanent light and sound show’ and it is definitely worth seeing whilst you are in Hong Kong. It has been expanded and now includes more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. You can combine a trip to this show with another one of Hong Kong’s unmissable attractions, the Star Ferry trip across Victoria Harbour. You will need to catch the ferry for the 19:15 – 19:55 crossing as the Symphony of lights starts at 8pm.
After this I would suggest heading to Temple Street Night Market where you will find vendors selling everything from clothing, electronic goods, luggage, CD’s and shoes. The market is actually open from 16:00 until 00:00 but the market really comes alive after sunset.
After a long day of sightseeing you will probably be starving, and no trip to Hong Kong is complete without trying dim sum! If you want an authentic experience then I would recommend heading to one of the many local markets to try this delicious dish. An amazing end to an amazing 24 hours!