24 Hours in Hong Kong

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A shopping and foodie haven famed for its towering skyscrapers and frantic crowds , Hong Kong is a city that has a little something for every traveller.


With a colourful colonial history and a rich Chinese heritage, Hong Kong remains one of Asia’s top city hotspots. From the eclectic suburbs of Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town, to the luxury shopping precincts of Central and Causeway Bay, and the popular beaches of Shek O and Repulse Bay, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts, making it a fascinating and safe destination for travellers from across the world.

Start your morning off with the locals at Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street in Central, one of Hong Kong’s last traditional yum cha joints, offering a popular Cantonese meal of small dim sum snacks.

If you’re struggling with jetlag or want to work off your breakfast, how about a refreshing dip to clear the senses? October 12 sees the annual Cross Harbour Race, a 1.8km swim across world-famous Victoria Harbour.

Take the MTR to visit the city’s iconic 34m-high bronze ‘Big Buddha’, located atop a towering peak on Lantau Island using the Ngong Ping Cable Car, which sweeps up the steep mountainside from Tung Chung.

Take a bus from outside the Po Lin Monastery at the base of the Big Buddha to tiny Tai O, a quaint fishing town at the western end of Lantau famed for its stilt houses.

Back on Hong Kong Island, head to Sheung Wan, an eclectic neighbourhood of Chinese art galleries, cafés, and design boutiques, for a spot of lunch. Top finds include Chachawan, 208 Duecento Otto, and Aberdeen Street Social.

Walk off lunch with a visit to the newly opened arts hub of PMQ Central, where over 100 local artisans, entrepreneurs, and local creatives operate pop-up stores and fascinating boutiques.

Catch the day’s end from Ozone, the highest bar in the world, located on the 118th floor of the city’s newest luxury hotel – the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, in Kowloon.

Board Aqua Luna, a beautiful red-sailed Chinese junk that leaves from Tsim Sha Tsui, to watch the nightly Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, incorporating both sides of Victoria Harbour.

The city’s busiest night markets, Temple Street Markets in Jordan, are a great place to graze Hong Kong’s brilliant street food such as curry fish balls and barbecue squid; or catch traditional Cantonese opera in streetside theatres.


Hong Kong, China
Distance: 6,337 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: Twice daily

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