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3 Days in HONG KONG

Posted by michien on 6/1/2015 at 21:38

Hi there,

My family and I are looking at a stop over in Hong Kong for 4 nights (3 full days with half day each on arrival & departure) and are looking for advice from those in the know on the best things to do and experience while we are there.

I love hiking but it is hard with 3 kids in tow - what are the best easy locations?
I also love food of all kinds - particularly spicy!
My wife loves shopping
Children are 10, 6 & 3 - best experiences for them? Is a full day at Disneyworld a good idea?

Is 3 full days enough? (Is any time ever enough?)


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Posted by timmymoore on 7/1/2015 at 22:08

1.If you are planning to hiking wtih a 3 year old kid. It would not be fun. maybe you can go to Wilson Trail or Hong Kong Trail
you can check the info from hk gov site.

2. Some attraction you might wanna go: the Peak, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Cable Car Disneyland, you better go on weekday(if you are first time to disneyland, you might need a full day) Ocean Park, you better go on weekday
3. Shopping:
You can go IFC, Harbour City, Elements if you wanna buy expensive stuffs.
Template Street, Mongkok, if you want buy local or cheap stuffs.
4. Food:
You can try to go Kowloon City , they have lots Thai Food there. Tsim Sha Tsui is also a good place to have food. You might try some Chinese or Japanese restanurants in Tsim Sha Tsui .

Hope this information could help you.

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Posted by caseyprich on 8/1/2015 at 13:35

There is a nice short trail on the back side of Victoria Peak that empties out around the University of Hong Kong and Kennedy Town if you go up there via bus/taxi and want a scenic way back down. (

Probably the best site with trails, walks, and other activities:

A day visit to Llama Island is a good mix of a fun family trail and exploration as well.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 8/1/2015 at 15:27

I was going to recommend Lamma Island as well - it's green, there are some small beaches, and the main trail (called the Family Trail) is an easy and pleasant 4km walk. Try and avoid going on a weekend, though, if you want peace and quiet (it gets packed on weekends).

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Posted by michien on 8/1/2015 at 19:50

Awesome ideas - thanks guys. The Peak, Disneyland & Lamma Island all sound like must dos. Oceean world sounds great also if we can fit it in. Would half a day here be OK? The rest of the time will be spent shopping & eating I think!

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Posted by caseyprich on 9/1/2015 at 12:10

I'd personally avoid Disneyland, it is after all Disney and you only go to HK so often - better to enjoy what is uniquely HK. Disneyland is there for Mainland Chinese to get a taste of the USA. Lamma Island will eat up almost a whole day, catch the boat there, walk the 8km round and then back by boat, you'll get back to HK proper in time for dinner - though you can choose to get some nice seafood on the island for dinner instead if you like.

I mostly stay on the island when I'm in HK and I'd recommend looking at the alley's around Central and Sheung Wan districts for some great little Tea Resteraunts and roasted meats (the famed roast duck, pork belly, goose, etc. of HK). For a solid Tea Resteraunt, and though it is a chain and kind of like recommending McDonalds but nothing like that at all at the same time - look for Tsui Wah. Also, I'd add to your list a quick trip on the Star Ferry, a true most. If you're staying off the island, a great day would be to get up early, take the Star Ferry across to the island, grab breakfast or lunch at Tsui Wah in Central and catch a bus up to Victoria Peak, then come down the backside on a short "hike"/walk. From there it is really fun to figure out a trolly-car that will take you back to the ferry terminal - the narrow streets and trolly system on the island are one of those unforgettable unique charms of HK. Too many people miss the great parts of the island because they just jump over to Victoria Peak and back and spend the rest of the time shopping in Kowloon.

Oh - and in the evening Temple Market for the best night market, that is in Kowloon.

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Posted by michien on 11/1/2015 at 17:32

You don't think the kids would love a day at Disneyland? If we were doing a theme park would Ocean world be better?

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Posted by goonistik on 11/1/2015 at 21:54

Hong Kong is the best place to experience the Cantonese(Guangdong) regional style of Chinese cooking. Cantonese food isn't spicy but it is my favorite of the Chinese regional cuisines.

Definitely go to IFC to eat dimsum at Tim Ho Wan. That branch is easier to find than the first Tim Ho Wan restaurant.

If you decide to go to a theme park, I think Ocean Park has more rides than HK Disney.

For shopping, the locals avoid Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon and go to other areas like Mongkok.

This is the HK government link for hiking.

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Posted by bens88 on 7/8/2017 at 07:41

I am doing a tour there myself, and was looking for similar info. Very informative discussion guys, thanks!

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