Hong Kong, the thriving metropolis in Asia is best known for its post-colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers juxtaposed against traditional temples, crime serial dramas and of course, dim sum. Many travelers opt to visit this country to see its glamorous surface beyond its dazzling intensity. But is it possible to have a Hong Kong 1 day itinerary?
There are a lot of places to visit there. Like cities within a city, each has its own culture and personality, shaped over time by amazing people, communities, stories, and rich histories. Below, you can find out how to experience Hong Kong in one day like a local. With feature articles, insights from residents, itineraries and more, you’ll discover Hong Kong missed by most guidebooks.
In this article, we’ll guide you on how to have a Hong Kong one day tour under P2,000!
Note: Expenses don’t include accommodation and flight in Hong Kong 1 day itinerary.
1. Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
Address: 47 Parkes Street, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Opens daily except Thursdays – 7:30AM – 11PM
Nearest MTR Station: Jordan Station
Rise and shine! How does breakfast at Hong Kong’s top-voted eatery by the public sound? Start your morning with a comforting spread at the Australian Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司), an authentic Hong Kong-style cafe which has exploded all over the food blogging sphere for its fluffy scrambled eggs, slices of ham with toasted soft white bread. What better way than to round up your breakfast with its Hong Kong milk tea and Creamy Milk. This is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong in 1 day.
Average cost: P195 – 325 (HKD 30 – 50)
2. Victoria Harbour
Nearest MTR Station: East Tsim Tsa Tsui Station / Wan Chai Station
All fuelled up? Proceed to East Tsim Tsa Tsui or Wan Chai stations and head to the piers to continue your Hong Kong one day tour. Board the Star Ferry, a prominent figure on the waters of Hong Kong that has been serving locals and tourists for over 130 years to cross to Victoria Harbour. Feast your eyes on the spectacular sights that await you that have long fascinated travelers before you, warranting it a spot on National Geographic 50 Places of a Lifetime. With both sides mounting glittering skyscrapers, you can indulge in the sights from either Tsim Tsa Tsui side of Hong Kong Island. Alternatively, you may wish to proceed to the top floor of Peak Galleria for a free stunning view. This is perfect if you only have 1 day in Hong Kong.
Average cost: P15 – 22 (HKD 2 – 3.40) per ride
3. Avenue of Stars
Address: 3號 Hoi Bun Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Nearest MTR Station: East Tsim Tsa Tsui Station
A 440-meter long promenade at Tsim Tsa Tsui’s waterfront, it is Hong Kong’s answer to Hollywood’s walk of fame and invites tourists to recognize iconic Asian talents. At the same time, you can breathe in the fresh air and take touristy pictures around the area for memories. This is also perfect if you only have 1 day in Hong Kong because there are a number of tourist spots that you can already check out in the area.
Average Cost: Free
4. Ding Ding Tram
Take the colorful Ding Ding Tram around Hong Kong Island with its exterior proudly displaying “Hong Kong, Asia’s World City.” Similar to other cities’ bus tours, find yourself a good spot on the air-conditioned upper deck and take any route to see the hustle and bustle of the city perfect for your Hong Kong 1 day itinerary.
Average cost: P17 (HKD 2.6) per ride
5. Street Markets
Nearest MTR Station: Mongkok Station / Jordan Station
Feel the heartbeat of Hong Kong as you dive into different Hong Kong street markets with the more iconic ones being Ladies’ Market, Temple Night Market, and Sneaker Street. Clustered in the same locations, you may easily find yourself wandering off only to find yourself in yet another street market which is awesome if you only have a one day tour in Hong Kong. Be prepared for tons of choices in apparel, electronics and almost anything and everything here for a steal. Don’t forget to bargain!
Average cost: Souvenirs start at P15 (HKD 2.31)
6. Wonton Noodles
Address: 77 Wellington Street, Central
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily
Nearest MTR Station: Central MTR (exit at D2 exit, walk along Wellington St.)
One of the best things to do in Hong Kong in 1 day is to have a food trip! No trip to Hong Kong is ever complete without having a good bowl (or bowls, we won’t tell) of wonton noodles. Springy noodles, clear broth, and juicy wontons are just what you need right about now. Try Mak’s Noodles, a traditional Cantonese restaurant run by Mak Chi-Ming (third-generation descent) in Central which is known for mastering this signature dish, balancing all the ingredients out in a porcelain bowl, albeit a tad tiny. We recommend getting two bowls as portions are small.
Average cost: P253 (HKD 39) per bowl
7. Causeway Bay
Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay Station
Causeway Bay, one of the world’s most expensive areas to live in is a must-see. Bordering the Eastern District, it is a major shopping district with 13 storeys Japanese departmental store SOGO, Times Square, Hysan Place and many more malls along the area. Expect designer brands lining up with local brands interspersed throughout and hidden gems tucked away in unexpected corners.
Average cost: None if you will just walk around
8. Lan Kwai Fong
Nearest MTR Station: Central Station / Exit D2
If you’re searching for fun things to do in Hong Kong in 1 day, make your way to Lan Kwai Fong, a buzzing spot for nightclubs, bars, pubs, and restaurants for the youthful, adventurous and curious. Feel the vibes in the air as you pop into one of the bars for a cocktail or beer. Do not be surprised to see the area swarmed with a huge influx of young adults and expats as early as 8PM. Queues for clubs start at 10PM and you may be interested in exploring some of the tremendously popular clubs such as VOLAR, Ce La Vi and PLAY.
Average cost: Starts at P324 (HKD 50)
9. Symphony of Lights
Nearest MTR Station: East Tsim Tsa Tsui Station
“World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show,” a Guinness World Record has been expanded to include more than 40 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and Tsim Tsa Tsui is a celebration of Hong Kong’s history, diversity, and culture. Savor the stunning display that will be sure to take your breath away as you finally conclude the night. Make sure to include this activity in your Hong Kong 1 day itinerary.
Average cost: Free
10. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Address: Sha Tin, Hong Kong, at 220 Pai Tau Village
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm daily
Nearest MTR Station: Sha Tin Station
One of the best places to visit in Hong Kong in 1 day is The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. It is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple and its designation as a monastery is actually a misnomer because there are no monks residing at the complex, which is managed solely by laypersons. To reach the top, you have to take 431 steps.
Average cost: Free
About the author:
NICHOLAS TAN – As an avid traveler and leisure blogger, Nickii can always be found in cafes with his MacBook. With a croissant or two in hand, of course.