Neil Barnes of Backpacks and Bunkbeds shares his experience going around Hong Kong for 24 hours. He presents a great itinerary for those who only have a few hours to spend in this bustling cosmopolitan city. Enjoy!
Like me and my pal Dan, you’ll probably visit Hong Kong either on your way to or from Australia, New Zealand or somewhere else really far away. It’s often used as a stopover by travellers, but don’t waste your time at the airport; there are some really great things to see and do while in Hong Kong. You may not have a long time there, but you can have a damn good time!
Upon waking from a deep slumber to your first and potentially only full day in Hong Kong, the first thing you’ll want to do if you are staying anywhere near the harbour is get your lazy backside out of bed and take a look out your window. Take in the famous Victoria harbour and try spot the star ferry taking commuters to work and tourist to all the sights. You’ll be on that vessel very very soon.
Now that you’re up have a shower and some breaky if that’s your thing and then hot step it over to the star ferry terminal and commence boarding (I did tell you you’d be on ‘that vessel’ soon). From the ferry you’ll get another amazing view of the Hong Kong harbour, and the ferry journey is a pretty relaxing way to spend half an hour.
I would recommend heading in the general direction of Victoria Peak.
Once you’re had your harbour fill (for now), head from high to low and find your way to the subway. You’ll want to travel all the way to Tung Chung MTR station so that you can clamber abroad your thirs transportation device of the day.
To get to the Tian Tan Buddha (big Buddha) that sits loftily upon the hills of Lantau Island you’ll be taking the Ngong Ping Cable Car.
Over the course of 25 minutes the cable car will carry you over North Lantau Country Park before depositing you at Ngong Ping village.
The village acts as the gateway to the giant bronze Buddha, but be prepared for a couple of steps if you want to get up close and personal with the big man.
In the interest of time you’ll probably want to get the cable car back down and then off to get some munch and a wee drinkie maybe. Find the way to the markets and you might be able to pick yourself up some not so legal DVDs, amongst other things.
Back in your room after a long day, take one last look out your window at the harbour by night before collapsing under the weight of a hard days traveling and curling up in bed.
Good work soldier.
How will you spend 24 hours in Hong Kong? Share your tips and experiences below!