Reminiscent of urban landscapes from cyberpunk novels, Hong Kong is eclectic, fast paced and modern, with enough towering skyscrapers, electric streetscapes, commercial fervor and cultural idiosyncrasies to utterly swamp the senses of a visitor. There are also places to find peace and quiet in a city park, temple, or monastery.
Day 1: Victoria Peak & Admiralty
Explore the Botanical Gardens and ride the tram to the top of Victoria Peak for panoramic views, lunching at the Peak Lookout. Stroll through Hong Kong Park and visit the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware before shopping at Pacific Place in Admiralty.
Travel along the Western shoreline to the spectacular Tsing Ma Bridge, or cruise aboard a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk to enjoy Symphony of Lights and glamorous night vistas of Victoria Harbour.
Day 2: Tsim Sha Tsui & Kowloon
Take the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Museum of History, and head over to the Kowloon Hotel for yum cha. Go shopping along Nathan Road, find bargains, flowers, goldfish, birds and jade at the numerous street markets, take afternoon tea at the Peninsula or enjoy dim sum and Cantonese opera at the vibrant Temple Street Night Market.
Day 3: Central, Wan Chai & Beyond
along Hollywood Road to the Man Mo Temple in Central and continue up to
historic Sheung Wan, past traditional shops and art galleries in Soho.
Place a bet at the Happy Valley Race Track, see a show at the Hong Kong
Arts Center, and go drinking in a hedonistic Wan Chai or stylish Lan Kwai Fong bar.
Take a day trip away from the bustling streets, neon lights and the skyscrapers to the rural beauty of 'The Land Between', explore pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains on Lantau Island, with a guided visit to Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha. Or sail across the sea on a day trip to Macau to see this fascinating former Portuguese colony and World Heritage site.
Reply by Viator, May 2013
Doing what: Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise
Hong Kong at night is a most spectacular sight and this tour is a most spectacular way to experience it. After the 13 minute light show, coordinated among the major skyscrapers of the city, completes, the water tour continues to other parts of the harbor where more stunning vistas await.
Was very well organized. Two excellent day outings!!!
This tour which is run by a local tour company, Lantau Tours, was really excellent. Ryan, our guide, is a Lantau native and has a real passion for his island. The narrative was both informative and, at times hilarious, Ryan really is entertaining and knowledgable. The tour starts with a relaxing ferry trip to one end of Lantau then a bus drive to a beachside pit stop then on to one of the few remaining traditional fishing villages. This stop included a short boat ride through the village, this was particularly poingnant as we passed some of the stilt houses that had burnt down only a couple of nights before. Back on the bus and a very scenic drive over the island to the Giant Buddha. Instead of walking up to the Buddha the bus dropped the group off at the top allowing for a more leisurely walk down to the Ning Ping Monastery for lunch (Ryan even organised for the bus to wait at the top car park to drive one passenger with a baby and another two with mobility problems back down after touring the Buddha, since he considered the walk down too difficult). The vegetarian lunch was delicious and very filling. The final highlight of the tour was the cable car ride down from the Giant Buddha site to North Lantau. This was fantastic, the ride is about 5 kms long up and down over peaks and valleys with a fantastic view of the new Hong Kong airport at the end. This is a great tour, Ryan is a wonderful guide and made the trip a highlight of my Hong Kong holiday.