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1. Posted by shab28 (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y

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Hi all,

I'll be travelling to Hong Kong with a friend for 6 days. Can anyone recommend me on what I can do in HK besides the regular touristy stuff? And also good and cheap accomodations.
Any suggested iterinaries?


2. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 610 posts) 2y


I put some money on the Hong Kong Octopus card, went to a bus stop & took the next bus where ever it was going, got off at the end of the line & kept doing that. Hard to get lost & when I did, I dived into the metro which is easy to get around on.

Shek O village on the south coast was very nice. May get crowded but was empty when I was there.

Next time I am there, I will be taking the ferry to some outlying islands using recommendations from this site Hong Kong Extras, a labour of love by the guy who runs it.

and my Blogo has the stories of my time there. Hong Kong

and here

and here


Maybe they will give you some ideas.

Happy travels.


3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 2y

Aswell as the touristy stuff on the mainland, I went to Lamma and Lantau Islands which are both worth visiting.

I stayed in Dragon Hostel in Mong Kok which was pretty good and in a great location. The owner was really friendly and helpful.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-May-2014, at 04:36 by bex76 ]

4. Posted by timothy9 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

My grandmother lives in Cheung Chau and that's where I stay when I'm in Hong Kong. It's got a clean (enough) beach and you should definitely check out the seafood shacks there (most of all the fish balls). There's also a congee place by the sea (I don't know if you know what congee is) that I would go for breakfast in Cheung Chau. There's also a famous temple there, so you might find that interesting, as well as a cave which was said to belong to a pirate. Cheung Chau is where Hong Kongers go as tourists, so avoid weekends. You can take the ferry there from Central.

What time of the year are you going there? Summer can get pretty hot, so locals stay in malls and underground, pretty much anywhere with AC. Avoid rush hour, lots of congestion I've heard.

I don't know what you would consider as touristy. There's a wetland park, but I didn't find it that special because I live on a wetland anyway (back in Canada). Ocean Park is a must, but locals are avoiding it more and more because of Mainland tourists. Skip Disneyland if you've been to other ones, it's geared toward Mainlanders (not being racist, it's just true). Shop in Causeway Bay, or just simply immerse yourself in the crowds and try to imagine how 7 million Hong Kongers squeeze around in the city. Hop on any old tram to take in the bazillion (neon) signs floating beside old decaying buildings. Sit on the upper deck to get a nice view, and I believe you pay when you get off. Take the Star Ferry to Tsim sha tsui to see the skyline from the water. Museums are there, maybe check out the museum of history one but I'd pass on astronomy and science (unless you're with kids) The museums are free on one of the days.

Eat at Jumbo, the dim sum restaurant on a boat; you have to get there by taking a boat from Aberdeen. Cool experience I guess, but locals know it's overpriced and average quality. But then again, you can say you tried it. You can hike along the reservoirs in nature reserves, it's a local thing only because Hong Kong has little green space. I enjoy it, but if you come from somewhere with lots of that, don't bother with a tight schedule. There's a geological park in Hong Kong. I only heard about it, but it probably only appeals to people who likes studying rocks. The Hong Kong Park has a zoo, entrance is free and you get to check out monkeys (that's all I remember). The city is quite hilly, so remember to wear comfortable shoes. There's ladies market for shopping, dunno if that's legit but certainly worth checking out. Stanley is mostly for tourist, but it's pretty. But hey, the nicest places of a city eventually draw in tourists. There's a Snoopy World if you are a fan (haven't been, cannot comment).

Food is cheap! Eat! Have a bowl of shrimp dumpling noodle, anywhere, and have it often. They are so good! Cafe de Coral is kind of like McDonalds in that it's a fast food chain, but they serve rice with pretty tasty side dishes(because it has a lot of seasoning, according to my health conscious parents) The pork cutlet in tomato sauce is apparently good there. There must be some stand out restaurants from fancy hotels to hole in the wall dessert places, but my parents always took me there so I don't know its name or location. Even locals don't know all the places, so don't be afraid to try different places. Food safety is usually not an issue, it's not China. I never really go to Hong Kong as a tourist, spent my first seven years of childhood there and visit occasionally, so I don't have up to date info or any insider scoop. This is just the opinion of an ex-pat, so it may be possible that I'm wrong. Hope this helps, I love Hong Kong and I'm sure you will too!

5. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 649 posts) 2y

I agree with the others..

Along from the pier to kowloon is the pier for Lamma island; go out on one route, stroll on the path across the island and return from the ferry at the other village back to central. All for a few pence on the octopus card.

And head out to Lantau island on the metro and, if it's not too touristy for you, take the cable car and see the tian tan bronze Buddha plus some hiking.

Also buses up to the Peak are a lot cheaper and less busy than waiting for the peak tram, then again head onto the walking trails and you quickly leave the tourists behind.

6. Posted by AllanTyree (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

What type of other activities you want do there?? As much as I know about Hong Kong, It is a place, where no one can getting bored. You should go to Hong Kong Disneyland, I am sure that you will enjoy it a lot.

7. Posted by worldtralveler (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

What time of year are you planning to go?
Like someone has mentioned, there is a wetland park in Yuen Long. It is an interesting place to stop by to get away from the bustling city.
I would recommend going to Tai O, it is a fishing village. From there, you can take a short boat ride to do some dolphin watching.
There is a place called Kam Shan Country Park, which is also known as Monkey Hill where you can see a ton of monkeys there.
Not sure if you like hiking or not (and it depends on what time of year you will go because it might be way too hot in the summer time to go hiking), you can check out Ma On Shan or Dragon's Back.
You can also take a stroll in Victoria Park or Kowloon Park. I would definitely recommend taking a walk along Victoria Harbour, very nice views.

8. Posted by shab28 (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y

hasbeen : read ur blog, very interesting :) thanks ya!
bex76 : i've nt booked our accom yet, lots of mixed suggestions on where to stay, so still a little confused. will check dragon hostel our though!
timothy9 : yes yes i know what congee is....teehee! i havent been to disneyland, so will go there, but might just skip it if the crowd is unbearable.
allantyree : as much as i've heard from friends, we can walk all day in the city and streets and not get bored! but mostly planning to do disneyland, ocean park, macau hopefully.......
worldtralveler : will put it in my list, hopefully ill have time for it!

anyway, i'll be there during the WC finals and it would be a drag if i missed the game. Any good places i can catch the game?

9. Posted by Selina52588 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi, there. I should say Hong Kong is an excellent place to visit. When you come to Hong Kong, you should go to visit the Disneyland Park and Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds and Victoria Bay; you should go shopping at Kowloon, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui; and you should never forget those exquisite and delicious Hong Kong food.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]