My 1 Day Itinerary in Hong Kong

Last updated on June 24th, 2019 at 09:07 am

There is a lot to see in Hong Kong, and truth be told, you would be hard-pressed to come up with an ideal one-day itinerary for Hong Kong. But if you only have one day in Hong Kong, forget about what the tourist guides always tells you to go to Lamma Island to see the Big Buddha or point you around Hong Kong Island to see a million and one things. But as a local – I certainly have my favourites when it comes to sights and must-see. As a friend of mine is coming to Hong Kong just as I am away; I made her this little itinerary of my favourite spots!

And this is no ordinary itinerary – I have put three must-see and three choices. So without further ado: here’s my list:

Nan Lian Garden

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A Chinese Classical Garden built just over a decade ago – the Nan Lian Garden is part of a project between the Chi Lin Nunnery and the Hong Kong Government. Designed in the Tang Dynasty style, it has hills, temples and of course, a Koi pond and makes for a wonderful reprieve from the hustle of city life.

*They also have a great vegetarian restaurant onsite and can accommodate parking if contacted in advance, especially for those with accessibility issue

 Address: 60 Fung Tak Road

Nearest station: Diamond Hill MTR

Opening times: daily 7:00 – 21:00

Wong Tai Sin Temple

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The famous Taoist temple for the god Wong Tai Sin, this temple is well visited by tourists and local alike. Known for its power to answer prayers, one shouldn’t miss the chance to admire the beautiful grounds of the temple even if they are a non-believer.

 Address: 2 Chuk Un, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

Nearest station: Wong Tai Sin MTR

Opening times: daily 7:00 – 17:30

Mong Kok Fa Yuen Street

Fa Yuen Street at night, lined on both side with street vendors and clothing stores | Laugh Travel Eat

My favourite hangout, not only is Fa Yuen Street full of cheap clothes stalls, it is also home to a myriad of street food joints that serve up great local fast food.

More about Mong Kok here

Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Nearest station: Mong Kok MTR or Mong Kok East East Rail

Opening times: Varied, best go after 11

Yau Ma Tei Temple Street

Though its night market is the most famous, visiting the Temple Street during the daytime will give you a chance to see what a traditional Chinese market looks like. Many locals hangout around the market all day and you might just see some elderly playing Chinese Chess.

 Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Nearest station: Yau Ma Tei MTR

Opening times: varied, best go after 11 or at night

Ladies Market

Famous Ladies Market in Mong Kok, lined on both side with vendors selling knick-knack and souvenirs | Laugh Travel Eat

Though not dissimilar to Fa Yuen Street, Ladies Market has a busier and thriving vibe to it, mostly due to the narrower space and taller stalls. With over 100 stalls, one must shop around for price and haggle in this trinket heaven, or you might just be ripped off.

Address: Tong Choi Street

Nearest station: Yau Ma Tei MTR or Mong Kok MTR

Opening times: Varied, best go after 11

Tsim Sha Tsui Mammy Pancake

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Hands down my favourite egg waffle place, the Mammy Pancake at Tsim Sha Tsui is so good that it’s featured on the recommendation list by Michelin Star. With an exotic variety of flavours to choose from and affordable price, it’s not surprising that this place is always crawling with business.

 Address: G/F, Carnavrvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Nearest station: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit B1

Opening times: Sun-Wed: 11:00-23:00 Thurs-Sat: 11:00-23:30

Star Ferry

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A must-try experience in Hong Kong, a Star Ferry ride across the Victoria Harbor only costs you HK$2.50 and you get to see the spectacular view on a traditional-style boat. It’s a great photo opportunity and of course, an inexpensive way to cross the harbor.

Address: Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui to Star Ferry Pier, Central

Nearest station: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR or West Rail, Central MTR

Opening times: 6:30 – 23:30

Mid-Level Escalator

The longest escalator chains in Hong Kong: Mid-level escalator | Laugh Travel Eat

The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world – it’s a unique mode of transportation that one must take when in Hong Kong. Even if you are just going to walk back down again.

 Address: Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong Island

Nearest station: Central MTR

Opening times: downhill from 6:00 – 10:00, uphill from 10:30 – 0:00

Man Mo Temple

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Though much smaller than the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Man Mo Temple goes much further back and was built in the mid-19th century. A must-see if you are a fan of cultures, there is really no reason not to pop in as it is admission free. 

Address: 124 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Nearest station: Sheung Wan

Opening times: daily 8:00 – 18:00

The Peak

Stunning Night view of Hong Kong from the Peak | Laugh Travel Eat

The ultimate must-see in Hong Kong, it’s the iconic view point of Hong Kong where you get to gaze out at the glittering city and the Victoria Harbor from above.

 How to get there: Either take the Peak Tram (daily 7:00 – 0:00) at Garden Road (with 6 station)

Or take the Bus 15 from Central Ferry Pier to the Peak – which takes an hour

Opening times: The Sky Terrace 428 (HKD40) Mon – Fri 10:00 – 23:00, Sat – Sun and public holidays 8:00 – 23:00

For more information on the Peak click here

A 1 Day Itinerary for Hong Kong - to visit my favourite sights | Laugh Travel Eat

Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.


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