Here is a route to see some of Hong Kong's best attractions around Victoria Harbor at minimal cost and do some bargain shopping. You can spend as little as 10 USD. Shop, hike, sight see or relax at the places highlighted below.
Shopping Attractions: Temple Street in Tsim Sha Tsui
Morning — Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour
Night views of the Victoria Harbour.
Whether you are coming from the border (70 minutes) or the airport (1/2 hour), you can go to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) via the MTR.
Walk to the ferry from any TST exit (about 15 minutes). You'll see little tourist shops and restaurants on your way. Shopping in the tourist shops isn't recommended.
Try a cheap Hong Kong of bowl of noodles at the Cafe de Corals in Chungking Mansions on the way to the pier. It is probably the best and cleanest choice. Rice or noodles and a drink cost about 20 HKD (2.50 USD), and it is air-conditioned. Go up the escalator in the entrance to the left of the main entrance.
In Hong KongMcDonalds offers the best food at the lowest prices (26 HKD per meal). You’ll see a McDonalds at the ferry pier. You could get a takeaway for lunch.
The Tourist Information Office
At Star Ferry pier Tourist Information Office stock up on English maps, attraction guides and coupons, just to the right of the Central Ferry entrance. They speak English, and you can ask a lot of tourist information questions for free.
Window Shop and Relax
At Harbour City Mall free coffee and drinks (all you can drink) are available at the Customer Care Center in the second floor wing parallel to the docks on the left.
Take the ferry to Central for about 3 HKD (7 minutes). The boat ride itself has been listed as one of Hong Kong's best attractions.
The harbor is surrounded by some of the world's tallest buildings. Check out the IFC Tower in Central, the Bank of China Tower in Admiralty, and the ICC Tower in West Kowloon.
Afternoon — Central and Victoria Peak
The IFC Mall
Take the pedestrian overpasses into the IFC Mall. It is free to enter and walk through it. You can window shop in one of Hong Kong's poshest malls.
A) Victoria Peak by Bus
Go to Exchange Square Station just next to the IFC Tower on the mountain facing side, and take bus 15 to the top (45 minutes, 10 HKD, 1.30 UD).
B) Victoria Peak by Tram
Most tourists prefer taking the tram (15 minutes, 40 HKD, 5 USD). Get off bus 15C at the Peak Tram (山頂纜車).
C) Walking up Victoria Peak
The Old Peak Road starts at Mid-Levels near the end of the Mid-Level Escalator. From the IFC Tower, follow the pedestrian walkway out of the second floor of the building and pass the Heng Seng bank. Go through the old market building until you reach the escalator.
Victoria Peak is a wonderful place to relax in the evening. The peak is usually breezy, and you can see the beautiful surrounding seas in the evening light.
Questions and Answers About Hong Kong in One Day for Budget Travelers
Is a one day cruise available in hongkong? Instead of 4 or 5 days
You could take a cruise at Victoria Harbor. Please click here to check the details: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hong-kong/attraction/victoria-harbor.htm Lussie Lu replied on 2014-06-26
marta kertzman 2014-05-22
Hi! we have a layover in Guangzhou this coming May 25. We will arrive from Phuket at 4:20am and our next flight departs around 21:00, meaning we need to be back in Guangzhou at about 19:00. Do we have time to go to Hong Kong? is there city tours in that city? how far is the train station from the center of the city? Thanks for your response in advance
You will have some hours for visit Hong Kong. You could take line 3 subway frin the airport to Guangzhou east train staton(around half an hour), then take a train to Hong Kong Kowloon directly(around 2 hours). The earliest train sets off at around 7:30am. You could buy the train tickets at Guangzhou east train station for round way. Using the same way go back to Guangzhou from Hong Kong.
You will have about 7 hours for visiting. As your booking is urgent, we can't arrange it for you. I suggest you go to the attractions by taxi or subway. Most of the local people can speak English, you could ask them how to get to the attractions. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-05-23
Correction on bus to the peak tram. 15C takes you to the tram. 15 takes you to the peak.
Dear Natalie, thanks for your correction. We will look into it. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-27
Anin Tapel 2014-02-16
What budget hotel will you recommend near the disneyland? Thanks
Hi Anin, I recommend the Disneyland Hotel to you. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-17
need a decent hotel either close to airport or an area where ewe can reach by transportation for maybe 40 us roundtrip about 50-60us a night,any suggestions
Hi James, sorry, we didn't find such a hotel with this price. The hotel rate in Hong Kong changes very frequently. Maybe you can have a try via here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/search-hotel.asp Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-27