Hong Kong has always been a destination that attracted visitor and business travelers from around the world. If you are lucky enough to go due to business needs, don’t worry. You should still have enough time to explore this unique city.
In the last 25 years since the handover of sovereignty by the British to China, Hong Kong has seen some monumental changes. New infrastructure projects include the international airport expansion and modernization, the Metro (MTR), and the famous Victoria Harbor.
Tip: If you can’t find a flight that suits your needs try flying to Macau with Cathay Pacific and catching one of the many ferries to Hong Kong.
The airport is only 21 miles from the city center, and getting there is easy: take one of the many taxis at the airport or use the fantastic high-speed train.
The city is also home to a variety of luxury hotels including the Four Seasons, The Landmark Mandarin Hotel and the Intercontinental. Once you go to Hong Kong, you will wonder why you never visited before. Business trips are typically short, so here is a list of places to consider visiting.
1: Take The Peak Tram For The Spectacular View
The famous Hong Kong skyline is something that you can only really appreciate from above. Taking the Peak Tram to get the city’s best views is easy and fast, only 8 minutes from the bottom until you reach the 1811 feet summit.
Victoria Peak is one of Hong Kong’s most visited attractions, and on the Peak, there are restaurants, two shopping malls, and even a Madame Tussaud’s. If it seems a bit crowded, there are nature trails around Victoria Peak where you can stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air.
2: The Lobby, The Peninsula
The most famous place to relax and drink afternoon tea in Hong Kong is the Lobby of the Peninsula Hotel. The Lobby is a stunning location adorned with towering classical columns, gargoyles, and a live band playing daily.
It is easy to see why it is so popular with tourists and locals alike. It is the perfect place to meet friends, family, or coworkers for drinks and fresh pastries.
3: Take a Trip on The Star Ferry
If you are staying in Kowloon or wish to go there, a great way is using the Star Ferry. Not only do you get a great view of the city and you can avoid the sometimes heavy traffic in the streets. The Star Ferry is cheap and also a fast way to cross the harbor.
If you have the time, try using the ferry in the evening when many of the skyscrapers put on light shows.
4: Hanging Out in Trendy SoHo
Previously the main street in downtown Hong Kong was Hollywood, times have changed, and now everything south of Hollywood (SoHo) is where the action is at. SoHo is packed full of in-vogue restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
Every night, office workers dressed immaculately unwind and hang out with friends or just people-watch while sipping a glass of wine. If you fancy a bit of shopping, there are antique markets and high-end fashion stores.
5: Take a Trip to Lamma Island
Only a 20 or 30 minutes ferry ride Lamma Island is a great place to escape the noise and heat of the city. The island boasts nature trails, excellent fresh seafood, beaches, cafes, cool waterfront bars, and local markets.
For food lovers and beer connoisseurs, try Main Street, where a good selection of restaurants and great vegan and seafood options are available.
6: Treat Yourself to a New Suit
W.W. Chan & Sons is where the rich and famous go for the best-tailored suits, shirts, and accessories. Designing and making exquisite suits for nearly 70 years, they still use the traditional techniques passed down to each generation.
All measurements are taken by hand, and the tailors even take into account the posture of their clients. They also still use silk to stitch the item.
7: Explore Kowloon at Night
If you are not staying in Kowloon, the best time to visit is in the evening, many of the roads are for pedestrians only, and market stalls are then set up. The most well-known is the Ladies Market, where you can try your haggling skills bartering for bargain clothing and souvenirs. The most popular walking street is Mong Kok. You can buy luxury items or the knock-off version for a fraction of the price. Kowloon also boasts a vast shopping mall called Harbour City located on Temple street that is not to be missed.
8: Visit The Hong Kong Heritage Museum
For a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle try the Heritage Museum, 11 galleries boast an impressive collection of the arts, and exhibits showcasing the history of Hong Kong and its culture.
The Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall is a very impressive place to take time to explore, with bright and colorful floral-inspired backdrops and over 30,000 items being exhibited from previous performances it is a place not to be missed.
9: The Big Buddha Statue (Tian Tan Buddha Statue)
Located on Lantau Island above the Po Lin monastery the 111 foot high statue is a very impressive sight, whether from a distance or up close it is stunning. The statue is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and took twelve years to build. It is possible to take a bus to see the statue, but most people prefer the Ngong Ping cable car.
The cable car journey takes about 25 minutes and offers a fantastic view of the mountains and forests below. Exiting the cable car, you have to walk through Ngong Ping village and then face a long and steep set of steps to reach the statue. The views are worth the small hike.
10: The Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars is an ideal place to take a stroll in the evening time. A curved walkway stretches out into Victoria Harbor, allowing excellent views of the city. Based on the Walk of Fame in the United States, it is dedicated to Chinese performers.
Many famous Hong Kong stars, including Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Michelle Yeoh, have placed their hand on the cement, leaving an imprint and forming their signatures.