Hong Kong is an exciting city with plenty of things to do, you’ll need years and years to actually do everything offered. But even if you’re only in Hong Kong for a long layover, you can still get plenty out of your visit. The airport isn’t too far out of the city, and public transportation works great, so if you find yourself in Hong Kong for a short amount of time, here’s a few ways to get the most out of it!
Eat Dim Sum
Mandatory. Hong Kong is famous for Dim Sum and even though I’m personally not completely sold on it, it’s still something that should be done when in Hong Kong.
Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha
Conveniently located just by the airport, take the cable cars up to Big Buddha for a fantastic view of Hong Kong! The cable cars might not be the cheapest, but it is worth it. It will take you on a 5,7 km journey to Ngong Ping Village, the home to the giant bronze Buddha, and give you an unbeatable view of Hong Kong from above. Make sure to climb the stairs up to Big Buddha and if you have some extra time, head to Tai O and explore the cutest fishing village.
More about the cable cars and Big Buddha here: Day Trip Hong Kong; Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha
Explore Mong Kok
Mong Kok is one of the craziest parts of Hong Kong, you’ll find the flower market, Goldfish market, Ladies market, Fa Yuen Street, and of course… amazing food! I would make sure to check out Ladies Market – the perfect place to get some souvenirs for back home. It might be quite touristy and a bit crazy, but still worth a visit, and make sure to haggle for prices!
You really can’t visit Hong Kong and not visit the Peak. It’s one of the best views of Hong Kong and even though it’s touristy, it’s simply a must.
Get the view from Victoria Peak
It’s beautiful and one of the most popular viewpoints of Hong Kong.
Have a drink at LKF
The party area of Lan Kwai Fong is where I spend a lot of time when living in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find a bunch of clubs and bars, people dancing in the street, and a lot of happy people.
Go swimming at the infinity pool
Finding your way to the infinity pool on Lantau Island does require you to have a day to spare. But if you do – it’s worth it! Make your way to Tai O and walk over to the Infinity Pool for some amazing views and cool waters. It’s a secret gem of Hong Kong and you won’t regret it!
More about the infinity pool here: Day Trip From Hong Kong – Infinity Pool on Lantau Island