What to see in Hong Kong in 7 days

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Hong Kong, currently defined as "the World City of Asia", due to its cosmopolitan life, was born from a small fishing village. Today it is in a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China and is located on the southeast coast of China.
For everyone, it is a shopper's paradise, thanks to the numerous shopping centers and enchanting open-air markets. Of course, the fascinating culture that characterizes it is also perceptible through the temples, an expression of Buddhist culture.
Here's what to see in 7 days in Hong Kong!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. In summary:
  5. 4 day
  6. 5 day
  7. 6 day
  8. 7 day
  9. How much does a week cost in Hong Kong
  10. Before leaving: useful tips
  11. User questions and comments

1 day

We have breakfast at The Cafè, starting from € 4,00 per person.
Let's start with one walk to Tsim Sha Tsui, the heart of shopping and entertainment. Inside, in addition to shops and restaurants, it also hosts several museums, which we can visit according to our tastes, such as the Hong Kong Space Museum 24HKD, about € 2,70 or the Hong Kong Museum of Art (free).
At the end of our visit, we stop for a lunch at the Main Street Deli, from € 18,00 per person, then we can decide to take a one-hour boat ride (from € 20,00), to admire the bay and the wonderful skyline of the city. Cruises usually depart from Central Pier No. 9.

After the tour, we walk the Golden Mile of Nathan Road, a road that leads from Victoria Harbor to the famous Peninsula Hotel and is full of clubs and shops for shopping, even if they are quite expensive.
"A Symphony of Light", a permanent exhibition focusing on the world of sound and light, is held every day at 20 pm (Symphony of Lights dinner cruise from around € 00).
For a first approach to Cantonese cuisine we suggest one price at The Market, with a typical atmosphere and prices starting from € 60,00 per person.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 34 min
  • Places visited: Hong Kong Space Museum (24HKD, approx € 2,70), Hong Kong Museum of Art (free), Mini Cruise (starting from € 20,00), Golden Mile (free), "A Symphony of light" show ( free)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,00 approximately
  • Victoria Harbor or Symphony of Lights cruise
  • Breakfast at The Cafe (Get Directions), Lunch at Mai Street Deli (Get Directions), Dinner at The Market (Get Directions)

2 day

Wake up early, to head to the island of Hong Kong, well connected by metro (around € 2,00), bus (around € 4,00) and funicular (€ 10,00).
We stop to do breakfast at the Pacific Coffe, right at the foot of the Peak Tram funicular with which we will reach the Victoria Peak (ticket for Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 from € 12,00). The waiting lines are very long, but the time to arrive is very short, about 5 minutes. Once at the top the view is spectacular.
We visit the famous gardens and then, again with the funicular, we go down and head towards the Yat Lok Roast Goose restaurant for the lunch, € 25,00 per person.

About 250 meters away is the Central-Mid Levels Escalator, the longest escalator in the world, which connects the Central District with the Western District, two of Hong Kong's business districts, and offers a free 25-minute ride. For shopping lovers, the Landmark shopping center is an unmissable stop!

We stop at price at Mott 32, for an Asian dinner, from € 80,00 per person. In the late evening we stroll through Lan Kwai Fong, considered the street of night entertainment par excellence, full of restaurants and places suitable for drinking drinks or listening to music and dancing all night long.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 28,8 km / 1 h 16 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Victoria Peak (free), Central-Mid Levels Escalator (free), Lan Kwai Fong (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,00 approximately
  • Victoria Peak: Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 ticket
  • Breakfast at Pacific Coffe (Get Directions), Lunch at Yat Lok Roast Goose (Get Directions), Dinner at Mott 32 (Get Directions)

3 day

Day dedicated to the island of Lantau, the largest island in Hong Kong, which boasts stunning views. It can be reached in 45 minutes with the yellow metro line (the cost of the rides varies depending on the chosen stop) or with an organized trip.
Once at Tung Chung Station, you can take the Ngong Ping Cable Car and reach the top (approximately € 16,00).
Let's do it first breakfast at the Triple Lanterns Café, around € 5,00 for a tea and a piece of cake.

Let's head to the Tai O Fishing Village, a village characterized by its stilt houses, located on a stream and inhabited by the Tanka, the descendants of the first settlers of Hong Kong.
For travel on the island of Lantau, we recommend using the taxi, to be able to go even into the villages. We head to the Po Lin Monastery, a Buddhist complex where there is the bronze statue Tian Tan Buddha, reachable by a staircase of 260 steps.
We have lunch inside the monastery, at Po Lin Monastery, a very cheap vegetarian restaurant, from € 5,00.

In the afternoon we discover the The Wisdom Path, a reproduction of the Heart Sutra, that is one of the best known places of prayer in the world.
For the evening, always with the yellow metro line, we return Hong Kong Island to Causeway Bay, the shopping district most important, also full of outdoor markets. We stop for price by Law Mark Kee, who serves great wontons.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 72,8 km / 1 h 46 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Po Lin Monastery (free), Tian Tian Buddha (free), The Wisdom Path (free), Tai O Fishing Village (free), Causeway Bay (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00 approximately
  • Lantau: Cultural Heritage Tour and NP360 Cable Car From Hong Kong: Lantau Island Day Trip Lantau: Bus Tour with Ngong Ping Cable Car, Lunch and Pickup
  • Breakfast at Triple Lanterns Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at Po Lin Monastery vegetarian Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Law Mark Kee (Get directions)

4 day

Let's make breakfast at the Harbor Road Café then we dedicate the morning to visit the HK Convention & Exhibition Center, an imposing architectural structure that constitutes the symbol of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. If we are in Hong Kong on the 1st of each month, we can also attend a ceremony represented by the Police Pipe Band. In front of the center, then, there is a promontory above which, in the Golden Bauhinia Square, the flag raising takes place every morning at 07:50. When finished, we can also visit the Reunification Monument, in the immediate vicinity.
We have lunch at the Mirage Bar & Restaurant, from € 17,00 per person.

In the afternoon we dedicate ourselves to visiting commercial places, characteristic of the country! We then walk the streets of Johnstone Road, typical for the sale of local products, and Queen's Road East, famous for hosting furniture shops, able to ship furniture all over the world.

We spend the evening in the Wan Chai neighborhood. For the price we choose the Chinachem Ice Chamber, Wan Chat, Jafe road, spending about € 30,00. Despite being a predominantly business district, there are plenty of places to enjoy noodles and classic Chinese cuisine. In particular, on the streets of Lockhart Road, there are many night clubs where you can sip drinks until the early hours of the morning.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 1 h 1 min
  • Places visited: HK Convention & Exhibition Center (free), Golden Bauhinia Square (free), Reunification Monument (free), Johnstone Road (free), Queen's Road East (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 58,00 approximately
  • Breakfast at Harbor Road Café (Get Directions), Lunch at Mirage Bar & Restaurant (Get Directions), Dinner at Chinachem Ice Chamber (Get Directions)

5 day

We reserve the fifth and sixth days for visiting the New Territories, that is, of those semi-rural areas located between the hills of Kowloon and the border with Southern China. For these visits, given the complexity of the movements in these areas, we recommend purchasing a private guided tour.
These areas host numerous protected areas, they are an important ecosystem that represents the ideal habitat for plants and animals.

We dedicate the morning to discovering the Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak of Hong Kong, with a height of 957 meters. We recommend that you take part in a guided excursion.
We continue to Sam Mun Tsai, a special protected area where an important fish farm is located. On the way, we relax for the lunch stopping at the Royal China Aqua Garden, which offers Thai cuisine with dishes starting at € 3,00. On the way back, we may stop at the Yuen Yuen Institute, an important cultural center where the different religions of the country are celebrated, such as Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian.

for price, we return to the city, and we stop at Joy Hing Roasted Meat and spend our evening in the alleys of Lan Kwai Fong, a very lively and fun neighborhood, as well as full of clubs. We can also move to the nearby SoHo neighborhood to complete the evening with a drink.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 107 km / 3 h 16 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Tai Mo Shan (free), Sam Mun Tsai (free), Yuen Yuen Institute (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 20,00 approximately
  • Hong Kong: Kowloon 2-Hour Walled City Private Guided Tour Kowloon: Walking Tour Understanding the Hong Kong Crisis
  • Lunch at Royal China Aqua Garden (Get directions), Dinner at Joy Hing Roasted Meat (Get directions)

6 day

We return north to complete our visit to the New Territories, but focus on the western side. Let's make breakfast from Cafe 100% and then we start the visit of the Wetland Park, a nature park that allows you to explore 60 hectares of reserve without invading nature. The center has three different exhibition halls, focused on the biodiversity of the environment. We will spend the whole morning here, especially to discover the world of water birds up close and then return to the city.

We have lunch from One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant, with prices starting from € 10,00 per person, and then we dedicate ourselves to visiting the outdoor markets of the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok districts (we suggest a guided tour of the Mong Kok street markets Kok), where we will also be able to get in touch more closely with the lifestyle of the Chinese population. Usually, the markets are open all day until 23pm, so we recommend an afternoon visit.

We will also spend the evening among the famous open-air markets, a symbol of this city completely dedicated to shopping. In particular, we will visit those of Temple Street, with its Night Market which remains open until midnight. TO price stop by Ming Fat Spicy Crabs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 74,4 km / 1 h 40 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Wetland Park (approx. € 3,40), Yuan Mai Tei (free), Mong Kok (free), Temple Street (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00 approximately
  • Breakfast at Cafe 100% (Get Directions), Lunch at One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant (Get Directions), Dinner at Ming Fat Spicy Crabs (Get Directions)

7 day

We dedicate the last day to Macau, which is less than an hour by boat from Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal (ferries depart every 15 min, Cotai Water Jet e-ticket from € 25,00)
This former Portuguese colony, even today, shows a European influence that clearly distinguishes it from Hong Kong.
Let's do it first breakfast to Single Origin, and then, following a walking itinerary, we head towards the Guia Lighthouse, next to an ancient Portuguese fortress. After that, we move to the Senate Square, always in Portuguese style and then we visit the Macau Museum, to discover the history of the area.
We have lunch from Tai Lei Loi Kei, and then we continue the visit to the church of San Paolo, of which only the ruins of the facade and the staircase remain but which, in any case, represent the most visited attraction in Macau.

We head south, taking one of the bus lines (26, 32, 9A) and visit the A-Ma museum, dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, protector of fishermen and then we continue to the Tower of Macao, 338 meters high with 56 floors, from which it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
We spend the evening in Lotus Square, an area full of clubs and restaurants and, for the price, we stop at Vic's Restaurant, from € 25,00 per person. If there is time, we also suggest a ride in the Ferris wheel of the golden reel!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 16,2 km / 59 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Guia Lighthouse (around € 0,50), Senate Square (free), Macau Museum (around € 1,50), St Paul's Church (free), A-Ma Museum (free), Macau Tower ( about € 14,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00 approximately
  • Breakfast at Single Origin (Get Directions), Lunch at Tai Lei Loi Kei (Get Directions), Dinner at Vic's Portuguese Restaurant (Get Directions)

How much does a week cost in Hong Kong

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Life in Hong Kong offers various shopping opportunities and, for example, starred restaurants or very elegant and expensive sushi bars appear alongside cheap clubs. We recommend that you diversify your choices during the day, so that you can also try the different proposals, especially culinary ones.
Attractions, on the other hand, are usually free or very cheap.

As for transport, we recommend purchase the TouristDayPass, which offers unlimited daily rides on buses and metro; if, on the other hand, you have greater spending capacity, you could opt for a taxi, for a transport based on your needs.
Given the huge commercial offer, we recommend leaving with a fairly empty bag, so that you can fill it with purchases on return.

  • starting from € 294,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 25,00 per room -
  • Victoria Peak Private Evening Hike from Downtown Kowloon: Bus Tour with Delicious Dim Sum Day Trip to Lantau Island
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 1.100,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Hong Kong: from October to December, when the weather is dry and sunny
  • the duration of the flight is about 15 hours with a stopover. Hong Kong Airport is 25 minutes from the Main District, reachable by the Airport Express Line train (30 min, 90HK $ / € 10,40), by bus A11 (36HK $ / € 4,20), or by private transfer - Compare flights starting from € 294,00
  • the commercial area of ​​Tsim Sha Tsui is an excellent solution for those looking for good value for money - Hotels and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room
  • Getting around: the cheapest way is the bus network. They cover numerous southern areas and the cost starts from € 0,30 each way. To move north, however, the metro is recommended, even if it is more expensive (€ 1,70 approximately) - find out more
  • Local currency: Hong Kong dollar (1 euro = 8,62 HKD)
  • Time zone: GMT + 8 (+ 7h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months and no tourist visa for stays of less than 90 days
  • Recommended cards and passes: there is a Hong Kong Pass that allows free access to many attractions in the city; it can be valid for 2, 3 or 4 days and costs start from 850HKD for 2 days (about € 100,00); there is also a transfer service between attractions
  • Safety info: the socio-political situation saw the presence of anti-government demonstrations accompanied by clashes between demonstrators. Before traveling, it is advisable to check information and updates in the Hong Kong section of the Farnesina website

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