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Hong Kong for 4 days - must do's?

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1. Posted by Freesurfer (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y


Heading out to HK on 10th July for 4 days before heading to Thailand via Macau, been to Thailand last year and had the time of my life...we love meeting new people, experiencing local products, seeing the sights and of course partying (we are 2 male 23 year old's).;)

Any must do's/ideas for Hong Kong? We have booked the dragon hostel - looks ok

Also, I see that Macau is 1 hour away, is it worth heading into Macau a day before our flight to have a look around?

Thanks and Cheers!!

ps - also - have 3 days to kill in bangkok while we wait for some mates - any places nearby worth a visit?

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Hong Kong is a great place...brilliant for shopping! Here is an unofficial Hong Kong tourist site and the official Hong Kong tourism site

I would say the Peak is a must, great views of Hong Kong island and a couple of shopping centres and nature walks to do there also. It costs HK$33 return for the tram up and if you want to go to the sky terrace (the top of the shopping centre) to get a 360 degree view of the island then it costs HK$48 return. Beware that there are always queues for the tram, but it is well worth the wait.

Do go on the Star Ferry, it's a Hong Kong institution it's cheap as well at HK$2.20 per trip (maybe less depending on your destination).

Also try and go to Temple Street nightmarket...lots of great market stalls (cheaper than Thailand for some of the things), good restaurants with cheap beer. It's a good, colourful look at Hong Kong life.

Mid Level escalators are the longest travelator (spelling?!) in the world, it's fun wandering the streets around these again seeing local life and fruit/veg/meat/general stuff markets.

Watch the light show from the Avenue of the Stars on Kowloon waterfront. It's on every night at 8pm...the buildings on Hong Kong island light up to cheesy music, but it's well worth it. How they get those lights in time still puzzles us!


3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 8y

Macau is worth a day trip in my opintion -it's an interesting mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture (don't forget your passport as you need to clear immigration at each end).

Further to the above suggestions by loubyloo, I would recommend Lantau island where you can see the Big Buddha, Lamma Island for some good seafood, the Chi Lin Nunnery, Yuen Po Street bird market, and have a wander round Mong Kok which is reputed to be the most populated place on earth.

I have a few photos some of the above places in my photo gallery.

4. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

how long is the ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui terminal to Wan Chai or to Central Terminal?

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

how long is the ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui terminal to Wan Chai or to Central Terminal?

About 5 mins, it's a very short trip.

6. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 8y

I agree with suggestions by previous posters. I visited HK last year and visited all the above except Lantau Island (not enough time). I also shopped at the Ladies Market for clothes. I also recommend a bus (double decker) ride to Stanley. Sit up top at the front on the left hand side for a few adrenalin rushes. Stanley is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of HK itself. It's located by the sea and has a market there also. As your young (and probably in to all things electronic) check out the electronic stores around Mong Kok. I stayed at the Dragon Hostel (there are two entrances)myself after much research. Can thoroughly recommend it for security, a knowledgeable manager who is very very helpful eg he organised my visa for a 1 day trip in to China, and they'll chain your bags (for no cost) if you have a late departure (like I did). Don't expext a large room as space is at a premium in HK but my room had an ensuite bathroom and even though I had never stayed in such a small room before it satisfied my needs.

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting bex76

Macau is worth a day trip in my opintion -it's an interesting mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture (don't forget your passport as you need to clear immigration at each end).


I spent 29 DAYS in Macau. It is definitely worth a day trip and more... Its just that most people think it is hell expensive. Not when you where to stay.

8. Posted by hyperlemo1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

HK is very impressive, if your there over the weekend, go to the causeway bay mrt station and central mrt and just walk about, the amount of people is just amazing!
also do 'the peak' at both day and night.
and oh yes the bank of china tower, you can go to the public viewing gallery on the 43rd floor (which is free)
and the public transport is very good, train every........... 1 min at rush hour!

9. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

I'm arriving in HK on 10th Aug, I arrive around 9pm, so just gonna go straight to a hotel. I have all day 11th, 11th night and fly out 12th around 11pm...

So in effect I have 2 full days to check the place out.

A have a few questions:

How big is HK itself? Can I get round the place pretty easily?

What district would you recomend staying in for good access to the attractions.?

Can you suggest a decent cheap hotel/ hostel in a cetral/ decent location.?

I like the idea of doing some clothes shopping, so would like to go to the night markets mentioned in a previous post, where is the best place to get some bargains? I.e not so genuine designer garments etc...?

Any tips to make my short visit to HK as good as possible please let me know!