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A week in Hong Kong

Updated: Apr 25, 2018

Hong Kong is by far one of my favourite cities. It is a great city to shop, eat and there are many things to keep you engrossed. I suggest that you should have one week for this beautiful city and combine this with Macau as well.

Hong Kong has 60%+ forest and there are tons of places to trek; if you enjoy trekking, do take some time for it.

We have children and hence, our itinerary includes things that would keep them engrossed.

Day 1 : Hong Kong Airport to Disneyland Hotel to Lantau Island

Stay at Disneyland

Considering you will land during the day, you wont be able to do much in Day 1. Take a taxi from the airport to Disneyland which is just 10 mins from airport. Once you check in, and if you get to the hotel before lunch, then you can get to the Big Buddha in Lantau Island. With the MTR, it is just one stop away.

Once you reach the place, take the glass bottom cable car....very few places have a glass bottom cable car, and this is NOT to be missed. Then you have a nice walk to the base of the Big Buddha. Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha took 12 yeras to complete. When you climb the 268 steps you get to see the remarkable statue and enjoy sweeping views of the mountain.

On the way back to the MTR, you can stop by the outlet mall next to the MTR before you head back to your hotel.

Day 2: Disneyland

Stay at Disneyland

The park is one of the smallest ones in Disney but if you have kids you know you can't miss this.

Enjoy a world of Disney characters and Disney-inspired rides and attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, an Asian branch of the popular American brand. Opened in 2005, the park caters to tourists, with the Disney cast speaking English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Explore seven themed sections, from a world of fantasy to Main Street, USA. Along the way you'll encounter attractions like Tarzan's treehouse, a Cinderella carousel, and Sleeping Beauty's castle--plus live Disney characters and plenty of dining options.

Day 3: Hong Kong city

Stay in Central Area, Hong Kong

Start with a bus ride to Stanley market and beach area. There are lots of curio shopping here and you also get some very good souvenirs here. Grab a coffee here and enjoy the waves hit the shore in Stanley beach. Take a double decker bus and sit on the upper deck and head towards the Peak.

If you are here around the evening, then you can see the sunset and also get a great overview of the beautiful city.

As the highest point on the island, Victoria Peak (The Peak) gives you a view of the Hong Kong skyline that's hard to beat. Visit the free observation deck to see the panorama of soaring skyscrapers, green hills, and busy Victoria Harbor. Grab an audio guide to listen to the history of this cosmopolitan city and the buildings in front of you. Several different lookout spots offer similar views, including a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) walk.

Then take the peak tram towards the city. Finish off the day with food in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city and perhaps you want to get to the famous LKF.

Day 4: Ocean Park

Stay in Central Area, Hong Kong

Another packed full day beckons. An amusement and marine animal park with a huge variety of sea-themed rides on offer, Ocean Park attracts millions of visitors every year. Get here as it opens as you get lots of visitors here. This sprawling complex combines amusement rides with marine mammal shows. A large mountain separates the grounds into two parts--waterfront and summit--with a cable car running between them.

Start with the cable car ride as it attracts big crowds all the time.

Enjoy a ride up the funicular to reach the peak's attractions and panoramic views. There are various shows that will keep you engaged the whole day. This is one of my favourite places in Hong Kong and is NOT to be missed.

Day 5: Food & Shopping in Hong Kong

Stay in Central Area, Hong Kong

After a full day in Ocean Park, start a bit late and head towards the many malls in Hong Kong. The Pacific Place is a great one and has tons to shop here. Around lunch time, head towards Tsim Sha Tsui and eat in one of the famous eateries here. Post lunch head towards the Hong Kong History Museum.

Through exhibits of natural history, archeology, ethnology, and local history, Hong Kong Museum of History presents the historical and cultural heritage of this island. Established in 1975, the museum includes collections that date back to 1962, when the former city museum was founded. Eight permanent galleries tell Hong Kong's story, covering 400 million years of history through graphics, dioramas, text, and special audio and lighting effects. From Prehistoric Hong Kong to the modern metropolis, the exhibits focus on the dynasties, folk culture, opium wars, early days of the city, Japanese occupation, and return to China. Great way to get an insight into Hong Kong. You could also go to the space museum or the cultural center.

In the evening, walk around the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade which has a spectacular view of Hong Kong's skyline, standing tall above Victoria Harbor. The sight of endless skyscrapers across the busy waters gives you an idea of the pace at which this place moves. Finish off with some high-end shopping or take a break to refuel at one of the area's cafes or restaurants.

Day 6: Ferry to Macau

Stay at Venetian Macau

Time to head to the entertainment capital in this area - Macau. The jetfoil ferry takes about 45 mins but the total journey including wait time takes about 2 hours.

While there are many casinos, you have to visit the Venetian - tons to shop and eat and ofcourse the casino. If you are a gambler, then you can spend the whole day here.

If you want to get some sights, then do take time to visit the UNESCO world heritage sites like the Ruins of St Paul and the A-Ma Temple. You can also drive along the Guia Circuit where the Macau Grand Prix is held and if you are the adventurous type, then you can bungee jump from the Macau Tower or skywalk.

Day 7: Ferry to Hong Kong Airport

Depending on when your flight is out of Hong Kong Airport, do some more shopping or gambling during the day. There's a ferry to the Hong Kong Airport and you can even book your luggage to the destination at the ferry terminal itself. Yes traveling is quite easy around these parts.

Do book your return ticket when you land in Macau and get to the ferry terminal well in advance, as there will be a long queue.

Post your comments and let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading.

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