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Hong Kong in 24 Hours

I haven’t visited Hong Kong yet (edit: I got to visit Hong Kong in March 2016), but I’m always looking to travel somewhere new. To give Take Me to the World readers a little wanderlust travel blogger Agness of eTramping presents her tips how to spend 24 Hours in Hong Kong. All photos within this post are courtesy of Agness and Cez of eTramping.

Hong Kong – the city of action, filled with stunning skyscrapers, relaxing beaches, neon lights, posh dim sum restaurants and shopping malls. Is it possible to explore it all in just 24 hours? Sure it is! You just need to know where you should start from and what places are worth seeing. Believe me or not, but this quick visit will cost you much less than you think, so here we go!

Hong Kong beach.

Hong Kong beach.

Hong Kong in 24 hours itinerary

#1 Breakfast at street vendor at Chungking Mansions.

One of the best located and affordable places to stay overnight in Hong Kong is certainly the area of Chungking Mansions. This huge building consists of cheap hostels and hotels and the prices for a single room starts from HK$100.

Location: 36-44 Nathan Road. Nearby MTR stations: Tsim Sha Tsui.

Big Buddha Statue, Lantau Island

Big Buddha Statue, Lantau Island

This area is also filled with food vendors from where you can get a nice breakfast in the morning. Grab two you tiao (deep fried bread sticks) and a cup of soy milk on the go or enjoy a nice plate of Chinese noodle soup with mince, carrot and chives – so yummy!

#2 Go for a walk around Tsim Sha Tsui harbour.

After your breakfast, one of the most relaxing things to do in Hong Kong on the cheap is visiting Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Grab a map of the city and go for a nice walk along the promenade admiring the stunning skyline and impressive skyscrapers. If you’re travelling with your partner, heading there at night would be a nice idea for a romantic walk.

Hong Kong street at night.

Hong Kong street at night.

#3 Head up to the Peak.

The Peak is one of the most interesting things to do in Hong Kong for those who fancy active sightseeing. If you are a big fan of hiking, you should pack some fruits, a bottle of water and head up to the peak! You will certainly blown away by the immense views so don’t forget to take your camera to capture this moment! There is also a tramp up to the top so you can get it within 30-40 minutes (if you don’t like walking). On the peak-tram, it’s 80 HKD return, but if you walk up and down – it’s totally free.

Hong Kong skyline at night

Hong Kong skyline at night

#4 Eat Dim Sum.

After heading up to the peak, it’s time for well-deserved lunch on the cheap in Hong Kong. Where should you go? I recommend two places. One is called Tsui Wah and this is a local chain of well priced restaurants offering a great variety of delicious meals, for example fried noodles with egg and veggies or Western style burgers. They have Wi-Fi there so you can surf the Internet when digging into your plate of goodies. If you like dim sum dishes, you can’t miss Dim Sum Square restaurant located at 88 Jervois St, Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island. Although it’s extremely small, they have the best dim sum meals in Hong Kong. You can choose grilled pork, seafood or plain veggie dim sum. Each dish costs around $2 so you can order plenty of them and try a little of everything.

Hong Kong during the day.

Hong Kong during the day.

#5 Browse Temple Street Market.

If you feel like doing some shopping, head to Temple Street Market. You can find there everything you can think of – from electronics to clothes and cosmetics with affordable prices.

Fish market in Hong Kong

Fish market in Hong Kong.

#6 Quick visit to Hong Kong Space Museum.

It’s a typical museum of astronomy and space science located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Admission to Exhibition Halls costs around HK$10, so it’s worth visiting and spending there at least 1 hour.

Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum.

#7 Finish off your day with a walk across the Flower Market.

After the exhausting day full of sightseeing, you deserve to relax. Flower Market is one of the best places to chill out. It’s filled with flowers and small restaurants where you can have a nice dinner and breath some fresh air. It’s a quiet area where not many tourists go so you can definitely get some rest there!

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery


Agness and Cez of eTramping - Da Lang, Dongguan, ChinaAbout the Authors
Meet eTramping crew – Agness and Cez – best friends and travel companions from Poland. These two are sharing their budget travel tips on how to travel the world with $25 in your pocket. Since 2011, they have been travelling the world while teaching English in different Asian countries such as China, Thailand or Cambodia. They are both photography passionate obsessed with Chinese cuisine and culture.

Things You Should Know

Note from Alouise: When I visited Hong Kong I stayed at a private room with an ensuite bathroom at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion. This is a large scale building that caters to budget travelers. I chose to stay here rather than at the more infamous Chungking Mansion and was quite happy with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was just steps away from the Tsim Sha Tsui subway station in Kowloon.
If you can stretch your budget there are plenty of moderate and high end luxury hotels you can book in Hong Kong here.

Have you been to Hong Kong?


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14 Responses to Hong Kong in 24 Hours

  1. Agness June 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM #

    I visit Hong Kong very often, nearly twice a month and I keep discovering new restaurants, farmer’s markets and temples. It seems like I’ll never get enough of this glamorous city!

    • Alouise June 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

      Hong Kong seems like a big city. I’m sure you could return again and again and find something new to discover.

  2. Charlie June 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM #

    This is a super itinerary! I was also only in Hong Kong for a short time and am actually pretty sad I missed out on the Chungking Mansions – because of the reference in Chungking Express, one of my all time favourite films – and that big old buddha! Now I’ll have to go back…

    • Alouise June 25, 2014 at 7:03 PM #

      Charlie I haven’t been to Hong Kong, but I can say that sometimes a second (or even a third visit) somewhere can be just as good as the first. Hope you’ll be able to go back to Hong Kong.

  3. Vanessa @ Green Global Travel June 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM #

    Great itinerary, and the food sounds yummy! Hong Kong looks like a huge city where you could probably go back over and over with something new!

    • Alouise June 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM #

      Yes, Agness’s post is really making me consider Hong Kong for my next trip. It looks like an exciting city. Thanks for the comment Vanessa.

  4. Laura @Travelocafe June 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM #

    So many beautiful places to see… Thanks for the great 24h guide…

    • Alouise April 24, 2016 at 10:28 PM #

      Yes. There’s certainly a lot to do in Hong Kong in a day.

  5. Siddhartha Joshi June 29, 2014 at 11:12 PM #

    This is a pretty cool list! I have also never been to Hong Kong…this tempts me 🙂

    • Alouise June 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM #

      Hong Kong looks like a great city to visit. Thanks for the comment.

  6. winny April 14, 2015 at 1:25 AM #

    i have not been to hong kong but reading ur blog makes me feel likes going there

    • Alouise April 24, 2016 at 10:29 PM #

      I just went to Hong Kong last month, and it’s become one of my favourite cities. Definitely recommend visiting if you get a chance.

  7. Melissa July 13, 2017 at 9:40 AM #

    Thanks for this lovely post! My husband and I are going to visit HK soon, we’re traveling with our 7yr old daughter. Our arrival time is at 9:30pm.Is it possible not to go directly to our hotel and roam around with our daughter? We are planning to check in the hotel in the morning. I need your opinion with this travellers 🙂 thanks!

    • Alouise July 19, 2017 at 5:47 PM #

      I wouldn’t really be able to say specifically as I don’t know where you’re staying. If I were you I’d probably check in at night, and get some sleep (to try to get on local time). If you’re looking to go around at night there could be night markets and restaurants open, depending on where you’re staying. You might want to go to the hotel in the evening and see if they can store your bags for the night, and see if they have any recommendations on things to do. Attractions, museums and that sort of thing will probably be closed.

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