Travel Guide: First Time in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is simply an extraordinary place to visit. In this city, one may enjoy the modern and ancient life without leaving the city. It has several attractions which include; shops, museums, parks, beach, island and temples.

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When I visited Hong Kong for the first time, I made sure that I’m ready. Being ready physically, emotionally and financially to do everything that I desire to do is important. Luckily, it’s not my first time to go out of the country and I already got a visa stamp on my passport, and that made easier for me to pass the immigration unlike my friend who is a first-timer. She was interrogated for twenty minutes by the immigration officer and asking about a lot of documents. We are worried about her but grateful that in the end she was able to join our trip.

Just to avoid the hassle in the immigration (especially for first timers), you may opt to bring the following:

● passport
● valid Id’s
● COE (certificate of employment)
● round-trip tickets
● hotel voucher
● travel itinerary

(Note: The Government of Hong Kong allows citizens of specific countries/territories to travel to Hong Kong for tourism or certain business-related activities for periods ranging from 7 to 180 days without having to obtain a visa.) Reference: Hong Kong

First time in Hong Kong?  You can use the suggested 5 days itinerary below:

5 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1
AM: Arrival in Hong Kong International Airport
PM: Check-in at hotel usually starts at 1:30- 2:00 PM but you can leave your luggage at the hotel if you came early so you can start roaming around the city. I booked my hotel on Tsim Sha Tsui area as there are a lot of free attractions nearby. In the evening, one can enjoy the Symphony of lights and it usually starts at 8:00 PM and lasts 14 minutes.

Clock tower
Promenade
Avenue of the stars

Symphony of lights
Museums
Harbor Square

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How to get there?
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit J. Follow the signs and walk around 5 minutes. You can also go to Exit E, walk towards Salisbury Road, then turn right and take the subway (pedestrian tunnel) located next to the YMCA to the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Turn right again and walk straight ahead towards the waterfront.

Day  2
AM: You can leave your hotel around 7:30 AM to have breakfast and go to Lantau Island before 9:00 AM. What to see?

Ngong Ping 360 (cable car)
Big Buddha
Temples
Souvenir Shops

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How to get there?
MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B. Walk for approximately five minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.

PM: It’s a must to go to the peak of Hong Kong to see this stunning city. Experience the thrill when riding the train going up the peak.

The Peak
Madame Taussaud (wax museum)

How to get there?
Walk from the MTR Central Station, Exit J2 and travel by Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road.

After dinner, you can go around “Mongkok” where the Ladies Market is located. Enjoy shopping sprees as this is the right place where you can find stuff at affordable prices.

How to get there?
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.

Day 3
Whole Day: This theme park is one of my favorite sites in Hong Kong. An adult park where one can enjoy the thrill of the rides and appreciate the animals that is rare to see in one’s county, such as; dolphins, sharks, panda, penguins, Kuala, and a lot more.

Ocean Park

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How to get there?
Bus 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B, and alight at the park.

Day 4
Whole Day: One of the reasons why I want to visit this country is to see Disneyland. Everyone wants to see the magical castle, all Disney’s characters, experience the rides and witness the spectacular show and fireworks. It’s nice to feel young and be like kids who enjoy the thrill and adventures.

Disneyland

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How to get there?
MTR Disneyland Resort Station.

Day 5
AM: If your flight is late in the afternoon, you can visit Hong Kong’s temple. I love being in this site as I’d like to see the rich Chinese culture and tradition of this city.

Siksik Yuen Wong Tai  Sin Temple

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How to get there?
MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2, walk for about 3 minutes.

Note that the most efficient way to explore the city is by subway system (MTR). It’s a must to buy Octopus Card on MTR Stations, as it is accepted on most public transport and many retailers. Directions stated above are taken directly from the map and handbook I got from Hong Kong.

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