Hong Kong. Which literally means “The perfumed harbour” is a city that deserves a stop over.
You will most likely arrive through Chek Lap Kok, the new Hong Kong International airport, a man made island next to the Lantau island (in the New Territories).
Hong Kong can be grossly divided into three parts: – the main Hong Kong Island, – the Kowloon Peninsula – and the New Territories.
In my opinion and if you are limited in time, they are 3 things you should do:
1. A tour to the “Peak”
The peak is the most famous view point of Hong Kong’s central island, when you get there by cable car, bus or taxi (if the cable car queue is too long). At the “Peak“ get to see the view on both sides of the island; Aberdeen to the South; Hong Kong harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to the North. If you have time and a need to stretch your legs, a wonderful one-hour trail can take you around the “Peak” and bring you back to your starting point.
2. Get a feel of the busy Hong Kong Island
Grab a cab (at the “Peak” or Central) and go to Happy Valley via the Peak road and the Stubbs road. On the way you will get a view of Admiralty, Wan Chai, Happy Valley and Causeway Bay. At that point jump on the tram returning to Central. Get upstairs and enjoy the ride while the tram slowly takes you back to Central.
3. Cross the harbour to Kowloon side
In Central, take the ferry between HK central and Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), the ride is short so make sure you enjoy every bit of it and do not hesitate to ride the ferry twice if needed, it is only a short crossing. This romantic ride on the well maintained star ferries will leave you a strong impression of what the Victoria harbour looks and feels like.
Once on the Kowloon side, take a sneak peak at Hong Kong Hullet house (part of Hong Kong’s 1881 heritage) and then walk around to the Aqua bar on the 29th floor at 1 Peking Road and get yourself a drink while you enjoy the view.
If you have time before your next flight then return for an evening dinner in Central-Soho along the famous mile long escalator; and a drink in the crazy Lan Kwai Fong / D’Aguilar street.
Enjoy your day…
If you have more time then read this blog about a private guided tour in Hong Kong