I want to cover best of Hong Kong in 8-10 days in the month of May. I am travelling with my friends.

asked on 21 Mar 2016 India
Cities: Hong Kong, Macau
Priya
Travel Expert
A travel plan for Hong Kong and Disneyland is ready for you!

Hi
Hong Kong is such as amazing place to be in the Asian continent and it has so much to see and experience specially if you add Disneyland. As you have got much time then I will suggest you to add Macau on your trip too. I would try my best to suggest best of these amazing cities so that it leads to a memorable trip of yours.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a sizzling, incomparable and spectacular city is Hong Kong. Hong Kong Island is especially a shopper’s paradise, with Central and Causeway Bay being two of the most popular shopping hub.
 
 
There are numerous hotel options in the city that includes Butterfly on Victoria, Silka Seaview Hotel (Formerly Dorsett Seaview Hotel), New Hong Kong Hostel and for more options you can visit here.

Day 1

On the first day you can visit Mongkok, Flower Market Road, Hong Kong Museum of History, Kowloon West Promenade, Ozone Bar at The Ritz-Carlton and Lan Kwai Fong.

Mongkok

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Mong Kok is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, but don't let that scare you away. A shopper's paradise, the district has anything you could ever want to buy - from shoes to household items to Western brands and luxury goods. An interesting feature of this area is that entire streets seem to be dedicated to selling a specific item - the most scenic and interesting among them are the flower market, goldfish street and bird market.

Flower Market Road

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Located in Mong Kok, Flower Market Road is where local Hong Kongers come to - you guessed it - buy flowers and other plants. It is especially busy come holiday time, when traditional plants are bought for good luck and to symbolize prosperity. There are beautiful orchids, bouquets, and plants in all shapes and sizes.

Hong Kong Museum of History

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This museum does a wonderful job of documenting Hong Kong's history - from prehistoric times and ancient Chinese dynasties, all the way to the birth of the city and modern day. The museum utilizes dioramas, short documentaries, and a wide variety of other multimedia to engage and interact with visitors and keep things fresh and entertaining.

Kowloon West Promenade

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An alternative to Tsim Sha Tsui's 'Avenue of the Stars', this quaint waterfront promenade offers all the spectacular views of Hong Kong harbour, but without the crowds and tour buses. Take a leisurely stroll down the promenade, and then enjoy the sunset, and watch as the harbour lights turn on. Or, if the weather allows, pick up some food at nearby shopping mall Elements, and have a picnic on the grass while enjoying the beautiful urban scenery.

Ozone Bar at The Ritz-Carlton

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Ozone at the Ritz Carlton is located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC), and is currently the highest bar in the world. It offers panoramic views of the Hong Kong harbour and the Kowloon Penninsula.

Lan Kwai Fong

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With large crowds and a vibrant atmosphere (especially on Friday and Saturday nights), Lan Kwai Fong is the nightlife central of Hong Kong. Originally just made up of a small square of streets, the bars and restaurants have now spilled out into the surrounding area. You'll find a good mix of expatriates, tourists and students in the party crowd, depending on which bars or lounges you go to.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 2

The itinerary of this day should include visits to Big Buddha, Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, Tai O and Pui O.

Big Buddha

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Standing at 34 meters tall, the Big Buddha is one of the largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddhas in the world, and it draws pilgrims from all over Asia. There are several ways to reach the Big Buddha. The fastest and most scenic is to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car (20 minutes one way). Buses and taxis are also readily available (45 minutes), and the most adventurous option is hiking to the Big Buddha (4 hours) - however, this is not recommended during the summer months, as soaring temperatures and humidity levels will make it quite a challenging experience.

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

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The Po Lin Monastery across from the Big Buddha is still active to this day as an important home to Buddhist monks. Here, visitors can immerse themselves amongst its beautiful Buddhist shrines, statues and architecture - thanks to a massive renovation project that makes it well worth a visit.

Tai O

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A traditional fishing village dating back three centuries, Tai O has maintained its laid-back lifestyle and charm. Given a picturesque view of the ocean and the old stilt houses, for which Tai O is known, there are photo opportunities around every corner. Slow down the pace and take your time exploring the area.

Pui O

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A beautiful beach located on Lantau Island (the Chinese name translates as "shell beach"), Pui O is not too crowded and offers great scenery and clear waters. It makes a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. When the tide is out, you can effortlessly dig for clams and shellfish - some locals collect the shellfish to fry up and eat at home.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 3

The itinerary of this day should include Cheung Chau Island, Star Ferry and Temple Street Night Market.

Cheung Chau Island

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Located a mere 30 minutes by boat from the Central district, Cheung Chau ("Long Island") is an old fishing community with an abundance of sights and eateries - from temples to street food, to a pirate cave. Get lost amongst its narrow streets, breeze along the coastal bike path and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle.

Star Ferry

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Up until the 1970s, the Star Ferry was the main method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. This short 10-minute ride across the Victoria Harbour offers amazing skyline views. Aim to be on the ferry at 8:00 pm from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island to enjoy the "A Symphony of Lights" lazer show that occurs daily. There are ferries frequently available between Tsim Sha Tsui to Central or Wan Chai.

Temple Street Night Market

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Temple Street comes alive at night when restaurants and market stalls are packed side-by-side, offering delicious local food and just about anything else you can think of buying. Pull up a stool on the street and get adventurous with ordering! This would also be a great opportunity to buy small gifts, so brush up on your negotiation skills!
 
After this you can head back to your hotel to rest and refresh yourself before two days of fun at Disneyland.

Day 4 and 5

These two days should be reserved for Disneyland.

Disneyland

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Disneyland is often called as the happiest place on earth that makes everyone more than happy. It is also called as a theme or an amusement park. It was opened for visitors in September 2005. It is the best place of enjoyment for kids in Hong Kong. It is located on Lantau Island. It is managed by Hong Kong international Theme parks. So if you want the best source of enjoyment for your kids, surely plan a visit to Disneyland. It is located in Hong Kong Disneyland resort, penny’s bay Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The park houses seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrow land, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. The theme park's cast members interact in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Even the guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English and Japanese.
 
The nearest MTR station is Disneyland station on the Disneyland Resort Line which is just a 13 minutes’ walk from the resort.
 
After spending two amazing days here you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 6

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You can keep this day at leisure and for some shopping.

Day 7

On this day you can go for a day trip to Lantau Island.

Lantau Island

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Even on a tour sometimes you need a break. While in Hong Kong if you need a break from the busy life of Hong Kong Lantau Island is the best choice. It is the largest Iceland in Hong Kong. It is located at the mouth of the famous Pearl River. It has the most beautiful scenic beauty that one can enjoy. Nature provides peace to mind. It is a place where one can enjoy seeing the pink dolphins dancing in the Psearl river water’s. There are numerous ways to reach Lantau Island. Hong Kong International Airport is located at north coast of Lantau connected to urban areas by Lantau link. Airport also has a metro train connecting Hong Kong via MTR’s airport express. Water and road transport are also available. Cable car service has also been started and is operated by MTR. The cable car service opened in September 2006.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 8

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You can spend two days in Macau.
 
This day will be spent on the principle Macau peninsula, where the main ferry port is located, to see the main highlights of this former Portuguese colony.
 
An off-the-beaten-track destination nearby, and a distinct way to begin your Macau trip, is the unexpected Macau Wine Museum. Learn about the history of wine production, techniques for selection, and a showcase of some top wines. The Portuguese brought over many new styles of production. Some of the more than 1, 000 brands of vintages are for sale, and the other are part of the permanent exhibit. Of course, try some wine during your tour!
 
Then you can head to Monte Fort.
 
Walk off your meal a bit by walking to Monte Fort. In the past, this strategic military point was used to protect Jesuit properties in Macau. Many of the original cannons still lay on the perimeters. Oh, and the views of the harbors are fantastic from up here!
 
Today on Monte Fort, you can also find the well-kept Museum of Macau which is one of the best museums around. Insightful exhibits include topic such as toys and other home relics, information about old marriage customs, and explanations on how Macau became the East-West melting pot it is today. Allow at least 2 hours.
 
In the Historic Center, you’ll find one of the most photographed spots on the island: the ruins of the Church of St. Paul. Built in 1580, the building has suffered many fires throughout the centuries and today, you can just see the front of the church and 66 stone steps that lead up to it. The site is unlike any other, and you can also visit the St Paul’s Museum on the site to see the original city walls.
 
The ruins are just down the hill from Monte Fort and Museum of Macau.
 
Later, head to Senado Square in the historical center of Macau is where all the action is; it is also a picturesque area with colorful Victorian architectural facades that remind of a European city. This is the most visited location in Macau and a top shopping area.
 
The street Largo do Senado is chock full of hundreds of shops, restaurants, boutiques, and tasty snack shops to serve whatever your cravings may be. You can easily lose hours exploring (and eating!) here. See our best Macau restaurants.
 
For something sweet, be sure to try the sweet milk egg tarts that are iconic to Macau!
 
Whether you are a gambling nut or not, Macau is the place in all of Asia to patron a casino or two. The best part, however, is that you can play or you can just explore the grounds. Take a bus back to Taipa Village, this stop getting off at the Cotai Strip.
 
The casinos here, such as the world-famous Venetian Macau (the largest of them all), City of Dreams Macau (don’t forget the free nightly House of the Dancing Water show, perfect for kids!), and Galaxy Macau, among many others. Feel free to try your luck at the machines or tables inside, or simply explore the public shopping and lobby areas of these casinos for a taste what could be! At the Venetian Macau, meander the canals as if you were in Venice, Italy itself!
 
To be sure, the interiors of these top class casinos are often very impressive and shouldn’t be missed.

Day 9

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After breakfast, visit Mandarin’s House, the old family mansion of Zheng Guanying from the Qing Dynasty. The home has been restored and well reflects very traditional Chinese construction techniques as well as Western architectural styles, making the home a place well worth visiting. Within more than 60 rooms, the complex is home to artifacts such as ancient furniture, tablets with scripts, and clothing from the era. About 1 hour makes for a nice visit.
 
A 5-minute walk down Rue/Calcada da Barra is the sacred A-Ma Temple where religious locals still come to light incense, pray for luck and fortune, and leave offerings such as fresh fruit and flowers.
 
If you prefer, you can also easily access the Macau Maritime Museum by pedestrian street Rue de Sao Tiago da Barra (about 5 minutes’ walk) which features the traditions and techniques of the area’s time-honored fishermen and their culture. Portuguese and Chinese maritime history is also covered in various exhibits for those who enjoy learning about the past.
 
Then Take a bus to Taipa island which hosts a town of the same name.
 
Rua da Cunha is also a place you can't miss if you love local food. Instead of sitting down for a meal here, we recommend snacking at various points! Chinese almond cakes, seaweed wafers, sweet egg roll biscuits, and peanut candies are some of the items you won't want to pass up. Items here tend to be cheaper than in the more touristy areas of Macau such as the shops in Senado Square. 
 
After this dive deep and get to know Macau beyond the surface at the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History. This small museum was once a public administration building and today holds artifacts from various archaeological excavations from Coloane Island between 1973 and 2006. Not only will you get a sense of Macau in prehistoric times, there are also interesting exhibits about life here in the 20th century.
 
Access the museum by walking north on Av. Cidade Nova then turning left on Rue Correiia da Silva about 15 minutes.
 
Then return to the Macau Peninsula and get one last look of Macau from overhead and try to point out all the places you’ve been! Guia Lighthouse, built around the year 1865 and is the highest point in Macau, is close to the ferry port. It is very peaceful up here, and the church with vintage murals inside is very elegant.  This spot is a favorite for brides and grooms as well as history lovers; sunsets are also marvelous from here and make for great Macau photo memories!
 
From the Municipal Garden or Museum of Taipa and Coloane History, take bus 25 or 25X about 35 minutes to reach Guia Lighthouse, then walk up the hill.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to Hong Kong to catch your return flight.

Day 10

This is the last day of your stay in Hong Kong and you got your flight. Make sure you pack all the belonging carefully and reach airport at least three hours prior to your flight timings.
 
I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life.
 
Wishing you an amazing trip!
 
Priya Singh

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