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How to Plan a 2-Day Tour of Hong Kong's Highlights

Here is a plan to experience some of the best highlights of Hong Kong. This plan gives a good balance of attractions for two days. Visit Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the two favorite tourist regions, see the city from the heights, and have chances for amusements, shopping, and fine dining along the way.

Day 1 — Scenic Introduction to Kowloon

The ICC TowerThe ICC has the restaurants with the best high altitude views.
  • Shopping: Elements Mall, IFC Mall, Temple Street
  • Local sights: Symphony of Lights
  • Best cuisine: the restaurants in the ICC Tower
  • Scenery: Panoramic views and the harbor scenery

Step 1: Morning to Noon, the ICC Tower and Elements Mall

To see Hong Kong from above, go to the ICC Tower. It is one of the world's tallest towers. At the Elements Mall directly below it, you can enjoy Asian luxury shopping and dining.

Breakfast, brunch or lunch: the food choices are amazing. You can find everything from the 102nd floor Tin Lung Heen restaurant to a Pizza Hut in the mall. If the prices you find are too high, take your money to eat at the next destination at the Star Ferry.

Transportation: Transportation is unusually easy. Take the MTR to Kowloon Station, and you are there! The mall and tower are above it.

Step 2: Midday, at the Harbor

Hong Kong at sea level: Next, take a taxi about two kilometers and go to the scenic Star Ferry area in front of Harbor City Mall. Victoria Harbor is beautiful, and it is worth a look along the Avenue of Stars. Have lunch, or browse the Harbour City Mall.

Dan Ryan's Chicago GrillDan Ryan's Chicago Grill

Lunch: The Harbor City Mall has lots of restaurants too. Of the various American restaurant choices there, BLT Steak and Dan Ryan's are recommended for convenient and quick access in a few minutes from the pier/Avenue of Stars area, quality, hospitality, and good environment. For gourmet Cantonese dim sum, you could go to the IFC's Four Seasons.

Transport: The taxi takes about 6 minutes between the ICC and Harbour City. On the ground floor level of the ICC Tower, there is a nice taxi waiting lounge with couches. If you want to, you could also simply walk and see street life in the city of Hong Kong.

Step 3: Afternoon in Tsin Sha Tsui

Many choices: The Tsim Sha Tsui area has a lot to see and do. Near the Bay Harbour Mall, you could walk to the Space Museum, the Museum of Art or to Nathan Road. Walking down Nathan Road, you'll have a wide selection of stores to shop at and other places to see.

Temple Street is a street market for souvenirs, cheap clothes, and Chinese-made products. You can have dinner before the Symphony of Lights on Victoria Harbor at 8. Many restaurants provide tables outside.

Step 4: Evening Light Show

The Symphony of LightsThe Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights, a favorite tourist attraction is an entertaining way to learn about various buildings in Hong Kong. The narration is in English on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They call out the names of many buildings.

Dinner: There are a lot of restaurants in the area ranging from the McDonalds and up. If you want a buffet meal, then the YMCA just across from the Space Museum is an option.

Transport: You could walk back to Victoria Harbor or take the Bus 6 (recommended) on Nathan Road or take the MTR to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station. The Bus 6 will take you directly to the bus station right next to the Star Ferry in 5 minutes.

Day summary: though you may be tired, it is hoped that this packed first day will give you an enjoyable time seeing the major sights and the shopping and tasting the cuisine around Kowloon.

Day 2 — Hong Kong Island

Victoria HarborStar Ferry in Victoria Harbor
  • Scenery and exercise: Victoria Peak
  • Amusement park thrill rides: Ocean Park
  • Fine dining in the Four Seasons

Step 1: Morning, Take the Star Ferry

Take the ferry trip: Then board the Star Ferry, and for 25 US cents take a ride that is still considered one of the top travel events in the world. It is actually a scenic ride for 10 minutes, and if your kids have never been on a ship on the sea, it will probably be exciting to them.

IFC Tower and Mall: If you want to see another mega luxury mall, the IFC Mall is even better known than the Elements Mall. You could enjoy breakfast there ranging from fast food to gourmet. If not, go directly to Victoria Peak.

Step 2: Morning to Midday at Victoria Peak

Hong Kong touringYou can see Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

For sightseeing in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak's view of the sea and city is quintessential.

The perspectives afforded by a leisurely stroll on the paths overlooking the north and west sides of the island put Hong Kong in your heart. You'll really feel like you've seen Hong Kong on the Peak.

Refreshments: Starbucks and the restaurants in the mall area on the peak are places to take a breather.

Transport: Bus 15C from the bus station in front of the Central Star Ferry terminal. Of course, taxis are fastest.

Step 3: Afternoon at Ocean Park

Ocean Park in Hong Kong

Ocean Park is for thrill rides. It is an oceanarium theme park like Sea World in California. There are performing animals as well as a aquariums. Depending on the day you go, it might be highly crowded though.

Scenic: Tourists are usually impressed by the beautiful natural view of the sea and mountains from the gondolas.

Transport to Ocean Park: Bus 629 from Admiralty MTR (about 20 minutes bus travel).


Step 4: Evening Dining in Scenic Gourmet Restaurants

The long and narrow dining room with harbor view in the CapriceThe long and narrow dining room with harbor view in the Caprice

Dinner: Hong Kong is the gastronomical capital of the Asian mainland with about sixty Michelin starred restaurants. So expect high quality and service.

For the best gourmet cuisine and sightseeing, the Four Seasons has recommended 2 or 3 Michelin starred Caprice French restaurant and Lung King Heen Cantonese restaurant.

Sightseeing: From these restaurants, you can see the night scenery and light show.


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Hong Kong harborHong Kong harbor

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