How to spend a weekend in Hong Kong?

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Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

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Hi there, I’ve got a spare weekend in Hong Kong in a few weeks due to work on either side. Any off the beaten track suggestions (food, activities etc)? Thanks!

Ryan K

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Member since 30 May 2013

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I got the ferry to Lamma Island just nearby and explored the island for a few hours. It was a fun few hours in what's quite an interesting little place to visit.

sid

Member since 07 Jan 2011

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Ocean Park is quite close by train to central HK. Great day out and you get to see pandas!

tuzza1

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Lantau island has plenty to fill a day [esp if you like hiking]. Easy and regular ferry from central to Mui Wo and regular buses to interesting places from the ferry terminal.

JackMiles

Member since 29 Feb 2016

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I'll second Ryan's suggestion. I really enjoyed my day trip to Lamma Island. Quirky little township, various easy hikes and lovely scenery. The low-key vibe is a fun contrast to HK proper. Pleasant and scenic ferry ride there and back as well.

Ryan K

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Another option is to take the ferry to Macau for the day. Now, that's one strange place! Worth a visit though.

SimonFrost

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I’d second and third Ryan’s suggestion. Catch the ferry to one side of the island, walk over to the other side (about 2 hours) lunch at a little harbour side seafood restaurant (the best cold Tsing Tao you’ll ever have) and then ferry back into HKG...

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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Macau can be a great day trip, skip the casinos and wander through the town itself, it's like a slice of Europe (specifically Portugal) in Asia. Another option is Lantau Island and the fishing village of Tai O.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

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Thanks - all these sound like great ideas! I’ve been to Macao a few times (and Ocean Park once) but haven’t been out to the islands so may check them out.


Thanks again!

johnaboxall

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Member since 24 Aug 2011

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Get up at sunrise and walk up the Peak Circle Walk. http://www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/great-outdoors/hikes/peak-circle-walk.jsp. I have done this ... once. But worth it. Then you have a licence to stuff yourself silly at dim sum later on in the day.


dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

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Cheung Chau island is also worth a trip, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Seafood at one of the little waterfront restaurants is delicious.

Pallydou

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Member since 02 Jul 2018

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You should try Hong Kong-style cafes. You would be amazed with the speedy service and taste. I watched a video this morning about one cafe in Jordan, it took 16s from order to food to table.

lionelhutz

Member since 20 Jun 2014

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Not off the beaten track exactly, but I love the Hong Kong History Museum. It's got some great displays that give you a real feel for Hong Kong through the 20th century.


Go and see the remains of the Kowloon Walled City and have lunch at one of the many Thai restaurants in Kowloon City.

Go and get a straight razor shave at a traditional HK barber. Or if you are feeling rich, at the Mandarin Oriental.

If you like cars, visit the Automall in Wanchai. Basically a basement full of sweet luxury sports cars.

Booster

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Member since 17 Feb 2016

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Dragons Back bush walk followed by lunch on the beach. Just take plenty of water and an umbrella for shade.

Or similar... Lion Rock hike . Both excellent activities if you are up for a 3 hour walk.

QJK

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Member since 01 Mar 2017

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Macau can be a great day trip, skip the casinos and wander through the town itself, it's like a slice of Europe (specifically Portugal) in Asia. Another option is Lantau Island and the fishing village of Tai O.

If I can add to David's comments, I agree to explore the back blocks of Macau but do lunch at Fernando's on Hak Sa (Black Sand) Beach. An amazing Portuguese meal - you won't want to eat for the rest of the weekend.

My wife was born in Tai O - it has grown a bit but is still a very interesting old fishing village with a 'pirate' history (where they used to smuggle stuff into HK) and you can do a trip up to the Big Buddha on Lantau.

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