Hong Kong is so amazing with so many great sites to see! If your looking for my full 4 Day itinerary you can find it HERE. Today I’m breaking down our Hong Kong Itinerary Day 1 of the Kowloon area. There are tons of great things to see and do in this area!
I first want to say that I LOVE using Visitacity when planning my trips! It’s a free site that helps you find an itinerary for your family/needs and customize it as well. For free! You can then print it or have it sent to the app. I like that it allows you to add in your hotel so you have transit time from your hotel for the first attraction and back to it from the last one. Normally I pick a plan that is closest to what I’m wanting to do then I delete and add things to fit us as we like to hit some of the off the beaten path stuff.
Day 1 – Kowloon
Our first stop of the day was to walk to the MTR stop near our hotel (Central area), a quick 5 min walk, and purchase the Octopus card. This is a MUST get to easily and quickly use all the great public transportation options in Hong Kong!
With the Octopus card you can take the MRT, buses, trams, and the ferries. You can also get any remaining money on the car refunded before leaving Hong Kong as well.
We then took a quick few min ride to the Star Ferry terminal from the Central pier and rode the Star Ferry over to Kowloon. The ferry ride was a quick 5 mins and despite it being a Saturday it was not crowded.
There is also a Starbucks in the ferry terminal as well. Starbucks mugs were 145 hkd/$18.55 usd. We stopped to pick up our mug and drinks before riding the ferry. There are several other food options there as well including a Subway.
It was perfect timing as the Junk, the amazing picturesque boat, was in the dock and we got to see it!
We then started our walk at the Clock Tower and tried to hit the Avenue of Stars but it was closed for renovations. We seen that a cultural event with dancing was about to start so we sat on the stairs in the viewing area to watch it for a bit. A great way to get in some of the culture!
We then walked over to the Hong Kong Museum of History, which is so cheap and really a must see while in Hong Kong! It is $10 hkd/$1.29 pp, however the Saturday we went admission was free! It wasn’t overly crowded and there was lots to see and some great displays. I liked the ones towards the end the best. We were there for 1.5 hours and that was moving at a pretty good pace. You could easily be there for much longer if so desired.
It also has a great gift shop that is worth checking out as well.
We were starving and stopped at the first place we found for lunch, Pizza Express, this was one of the 2 more expensive meals we had the whole time in Hong Kong but it was delicious. For our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teens) we got the meal deal with drinks and it was 548 hkd/$70 usd.
Our next stop was the Tin Hau Temple but we were disappointed to find that it was closed. Not sure why but there was some scaffolding around the area like they were doing some remodeling or something.
We then headed to the Jade Market, which is a must see if your looking to take home some jade from Hong Kong. The market on the left side was decent and the sellers weren’t overly pushy. I got a jade bracelet and we got a few other knickknacks. However the market on the right was horrible and the sellers were super pushy! One even grabbed my arm and was forcing me to look at her items. I was NOT happy about it at all and Mr. B had to come to my rescue.
By this time it was the start of the Temple Night Street Market, this is a must do! We had a great time walking through all the vendors looking at all their goodies. We found a few items to purchase. If you go when it first opens you avoid it being overly crowded which is just the way I like it.
There are also lots of food shops and vendors as well.
On the walk back to the ferry we popped into the mall and went to the food court to grab some quick dinner from a restaurant that we loved eating at in Japan. We were so excited to see it in Hong Kong. We were able to feed all 4 of us for 145 hkd/$18.55 use! Not to shabby!
We took the ferry back to Central Pier, and I have to say doing this at night is a MUST! The city is lit up with so many colors and you don’t want to miss it!
We took the MTR from Central down to near the BAPE store, my son wanted his souvenir from here. Those of you who know BAPE know that it’s spendy but he did find a shirt he liked. They had an impressive night store display as well.
There was a grocery store that was only 5 min walk from our hotel so we stopped there on the way back. We were thrilled to find strawberries for $3 usd! Something unheard of in Guam! We bought snacks and drinks for the hotel & walking around. We spent around $27 and got quite a bit of stuff.
We made it back to the hotel with tired feet and ready for a good night’s sleep.