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 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.
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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!
About 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.
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?