2017 HONGKONG TRAVEL GUIDE | BUDGET,ITINERARY, TOURIST SPOTS, CHEAP HOTELS

2017 HONGKONG TRAVEL GUIDE | BUDGET, ITINERARY, TOURIST SPOTS, CHEAP HOTELS

To many, Hongkong is a shopper’s paradise.In the past when friends thought of going shopping, they would always think of Hongkong.

In today’s time where sale tickets are always offered among airlines, more and more people are visiting Hongkong.

Hongkong has so much to offer apart from shopping. The dynamic and vibrant Hongkong cosmopolis is a blend of many cultures.

1. Shopping Paradise

Hongkong is no doubt a shopping paradise.From traditional Chinese products to the trendy and world-renowned brands all these can be found in Hongkong. One also has a great option between luxurious shopping malls and stand-alone store to the bustling street markets.

Please click here: Ladies’ Market 1

2. Colorful and Interesting Culture

Hong Kong is a revolutionary combination of the east and the west. The place reflects the cultural influences of British, Cantonese, Mandarin, and there are also significant communities from Fujian, Hakka, and Shanghainese people. It is interesting to note that all these cultures retain its uniqueness and at the same time beautifully and harmoniously mixed with others.

3.Vibrant Nightlife

When it comes to nightlife, Hongkong has endless offerings. One will surely find a place that will fit his preference. Many pubs and bars can be found in Lan Kwai Fong, East Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wan Chai. Among other vast night activities that Hongkong offers and you should consider, is the cruise at the Victoria Harbor while enjoying the spectacular the Symphony of Lights.

4.International Cuisine

For food lovers, Hongkong is one place to go. The place is dubbed as the culinary capital of Asia. Apart from savoring the regional Cantonese food, visitors can also enjoy a wide array of authentic Asian and western cuisines.

5. Colorful Festivals and Fairs

In Hongkong, you will have a big chance to witness some festivals throughout the year. Spectacular fireworks display, lion and dragon dances, carnivals and parades come together to create the festive atmosphere in Hongkong. The Chinese New year is one grand festival which will surely bring joy to any visitor.

6 Perfect Family Destination

Would you like to have a family vacation together? Hong Kong is a perfect destination for the family. The place has numerous theme parks, temples, natural reserves, and museums. Any child will surely have a great time in Disneyland and Ocean Park or simply take a boat ride at a fishing village on Lantau Island. An exhilarating tram ride all way up to the Victoria Peak is also a must try.

7. Gateway for Exploring the mainland China and the Rest of Asia

Hong Kong’s location made it the main gateway to China.Most hotels in Hongkong facilitate a tour for the mainland. Its international air service is excellent and competition keeps the fares relatively low compared to neighboring countries making it, therefore, the best jump off for other Asian destination.

8. Convenient Transportation

Hong Kong has one of the best transportation systems in the world. It is also very convenient when it comes to getting around within Hong Kong.

 

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POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN HONGKONG

VICTORIA PEAK

One of the popular tourist spots in Hongkong Island is the Victoria Peak. The place has a beautiful landscape and now dotted with the high-level residential area. To reach Victoria Peak, one shall take a tram which goes from the bottom to the top in 8 minutes.While at the peak anyone can see interesting skyscrapers of the city.

Must Read : Victoria Peak

LANTAU ISLAND

Lantau Island the biggest island of Hong Kong. The Island has beautiful fishing villages, beaches, stunning mountain ranges, elegant temples and its famous Giant Buddha.

Must read: Lantau Island

MACAU

While in Hongkong, take a day tour in Macau. Macau ,the laid-back neighbor of Hong Kong, has a long colonial history and interesting mix of cultures.Interestingly, the 25 historic sites of Macau was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

Must read: Macau Tour Part 1, Macau Trip Part 2

DISNEYLAND

For many especially the kids, visiting Hongkong will never be complete without a trip to Disneyland. Every child would always want to meet their favorite Disney characters. Of course, both kids and adults will surely enjoy the exciting rides and watch amazing live shows of the park.

Must read : Disneyland Travel Guide

OCEAN PARK

Another amazing park in Hongkong is the Ocean Park.The famed park is a unique combination of marine life, natural scenery, entertainment shows, and thrilling rides. This attraction is ideal for families and kids.Everyone will surely love meeting the pandas, sea lions, dolphins, and explore the rainforests and roller coasters rides.

Must read: Ocean Park

ITINERARY AND BUDGET

This itinerary was based on our recent visit in Hongkong. For your budget, I just indicated the updated prices and it’s up to you to make your assumptions based on the prices indicated below. Please take note that your budget will always depend on your preferences and lifestyle.

We stayed in Hongkong for 5 days which include a day visit in Macau.

In a nutshell, here’s what we did during our 5-day Hongkong Visit:

DAY 1. Arrival in Hongkong, Check-In at Chunking Mansion, Museum of Art, Space Museum, Avenue of Stars, Nathan Road, Temple Street/Men’s Night Market

DAY 2. Disneyland

DAY 3. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Lantau Island, Ladies’ Market (part 1)

DAY 4. Star Ferry Ride, Victoria Peak, Ocean Park, Symphony of Lights

DAY 5, Macau, Ladies’ Market (part 2)

DAY 6. Going Home

DAY 1

-We arrived at Hongkong International Airport around noon. At the airport we got some map; change our USD for Hongkong Dollars and buy Octopus Card for our transport. There’s a tourism booth at the airport, so feel free to ask when you need some guidance.

-Took a bus going to Tsim Sha Tsui for our Hotel. We decided to stay at Tsim Sha Tsui because it is near to most of the tourist attractions, near the Train Station and there many budget places to stay in this area. (Please see the list of Hotels, apartelles at Tsim Sha Tsui below)

-Check-In at Chunking Mansion. During our visit, we stayed at Chunking Mansion at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. There are many hostels, apartelles in this area at a very affordable price.

-Lunch at Chunking Mansion. There are small eateries at the ground level of Chunking Mansion. There are also many restaurants nearby.

-After our lunch, we decided to visit some tourist attractions nearby. Below are the places we visited.These attrcations are just a walking distance from Chunking Mansion: Museum of Art, Space Museum, Avenue of Stars, Nathan Road

Must read:

-Temple Street/Men’s Night Market. This place is still at Tsim Sha Tsui. We decided to have this as our last destination before we went back to our hotel for our dinner and rest.

DAY 2

Disneyland. We dedicate the whole day for Disneyland. For those who have kids may opt to visit the park for 2 consecutive days as it is quite difficult to complete the park in just 1 visit. Make sure to leave your hotel early in the morning so that you can enter the park the moment it opens for that day.

Please Click here for DISNEYLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

DAY 3

Our third day in Hongkong was intended for Lantau Island. Instead of taking the bus, we decided to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car for a different experience.

After our Lantau Tour which we completed at about 3 PM. We decided to visit Ladies’ Market (part 1). Of course, we wanted to have a shopping spree despite our tiring Lantau Adventure.

DAY 4

Our Day 4 was spent at the main Hongkong island.From Tsim Sha Tsui we took the Star Ferry. Upon arrival at Hongkong Island, we proceeded immediately to visit the Victoria Peak, then proceed to the Ocean Park to spend the rest of the afternoon. When we came back we stayed at Victoria Harbour in Kowloon to witness the spectacular Symphony of Lights.

DAY 5
We decided to have a day trip to Macau on our last day. That was around 6 PM when we came back and we decided to go back to the ladies Market for more shopping for the last time.

DAY 6

Going Home

BUDGET

Listed below are updated information which is relevant to Hongkong Trip. These pieces of information were retrieved as of October 9, 2017.

Air Fare  – I didn’t include here our ticket, but if you plan ahead you can surely get good deals from various airlines.

Hotel  – 30 USD/day (this can lower during offseason; please check my list of Budget Hotels at Tsim Sha Tsui.

5 days (Octopus Card): 20 USD

Ngong Ping 360 Degree Cable Car : Standard Cabin Round Trip: Adult- $290 | Child Aged 3-11 -$180 |Senior Citizen Aged 65+  $220

Entrance for Disneyland  :

General Admission Ticket  (aged 12-64) HK $499 (63.93 USD)
Child Ticket
(aged 3-11)
HK $355 (45.48 USD)
Senior Ticket
(aged 65 or above)
HK $100 (12.81 USD)

Entrance to Ocean Park

Adult (aged 12 or above) HK$438 (56.12 USD)

Child (aged 3-11) HK$219 (28.06 USD)

Peak Tram Tickets

Adult  -Round Trip HK$ 45 (5.77 USD) One-way HK$ 32 (4.10 USD)

Child (age 3 – 11) and Senior (age 65 or above) – Round trip HK$ 20 ( 2.56 USD) One-way HK$ 12 (1.54 USD)

Food – There are various eating places in Hongkong. You can choose a place to fit in your budget.

Fare to Macau (2 way)– Please see below schedule and latest fare

 

SAILING SCHEDULESailing Time: Approx. 60 mins ,KOWLOON – MACAU (OUTER)

KOWLOON  MACAU (OUTER) MACAU (OUTER)  KOWLOON
07:30 12:00 18:30
08:30 12:30 19:30
09:00 13:30 20:30
09:30 15:30 21:30
10:30 17:00 22:30

 

07:05 12:05 17:35^ 22:35
07:35 14:05 18:35
09:05 15:05 19:35
10:35 15:35 21:05
11:05 16:35 22:05

 

^ Available from Monday to Friday only

FARES

KOWLOON  MACAU   MACAU  KOWLOON
  PREMIER VIP CABIN

(4 seats)

 SUPER

Class

 ECONOMY

Class

PREMIER VIP CABIN

(4 seats)

 SUPER

Class

 ECONOMY

Class

DAY SAILING

(Weekdays)

$ 2,151 $ 326 $ 164 $ 2,107 $ 315 $ 153
DAY SAILING

(Weekends & Holidays)

$ 2,151 $ 348 $ 177 $ 2,107 $ 337 $ 166
NIGHT SAILING

(Weekdays, Weekends & Holidays)

$ 2,852 $ 369 $ 200 $ 2,808 $ 358 $ 189

Remarks:

  • Children aged 1 or above must travel with valid ticket.
  • Holiday fares applicable to HK and Macau public holidays.
  • Macau citizens, seniors (65 or above) and children (below 12) may enjoy HKD15 off per ticket (not applicable to Premier VIP Cabin).

 

LIST OF BUDGET HOTELS AT TSIM SHA TSUI, HONGKONG

(Reception @ Flat C6, Block C, 7/F) Flat C6, Block C, 7/F & Flat D8, Block D, 4/F, Chungking Mansions, 40 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Jas Guest House
Flat F3, 13/F, Block F, Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Canada Hotel
Flat A9,15/F, Block A, Chung King Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Apple Hostel
Flat B7, Block B, 10/F, Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Apple Inn @ Tsim Sha Tsui
Unit 03, 11/F, Hai Phong Mansion, 55 Hai Phong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Loi Loi Guest House
Flat A2, 5/F, Mirador Mansion, 54-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

V Inn
(Reception @ A9, 15/F, Block A) Flat E5, 16/F, Block E, Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

D Red Loft 
Flat A9, 15/F, Block A, Chung king Mansion,36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Toms Guesthouse
Flat C1, Block C, 16/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Mira Inn 
F4,8/F,Mirador Mansions,
60-62 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Hong Kong Premium Guest House – Premium Guesthouse Ltd
Flat A5 & B2 , 16/F, Block A& Block B, Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Gold Sparrow Hotel 
Flat A2, 11/F, Block A, Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Carlton Guest House – Las Vegas Group Hostels HK
Flat C1, 15th Floor, Block C, 36-44 Nathan Road, Chung King Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Marco Polo Hostel – Las Vegas Group Hostels HK
Flat C6, 15/F, Block C, Chung King Mansion, Nathan Road 36-44, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

 

HONGKONG, HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP ITINERARY

The Peninsula Hotel….still at Nathan Road

 

HONGKONG-14, HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP ITINERARY

Space Museum

HONGKONG-7, HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP ITINERARY

at the Avenue of Stars

 

disney 5, HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP ITINERARY

 

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