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Chinese New Year 2018 Fireworks Cruise in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year 2018 Fireworks Cruise in Hong Kong
3 hours
USD 196.63
See in the year of the Dog in style! Enjoy the 23 minute fireworks extravaganza displayed in Victoria Harbour whilst sipping some bubbly and lounging on the deck of a private yacht.

Contemporary Culture Hong Kong Evening Tour with Local Expert

Contemporary Culture Hong Kong Evening Tour with Local Expert
3 hours
USD 83.00
Hong Kong is a rapidly changing city with a fascinating and evolving political and cultural presence. The bustling district of Kowloon is the ideal spot in Hong Kong to get a real feel for contemporary life in the city. This 3-hour tour of Hong Kong's Kowloon district, led by a historian or journalist explores how Hong Kong has changed since its transition from the British back to China in 1997 and the social implications on life today.

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Things to do in Hong Kong if you have a Hong Kong Airport Layover or Extended Hong Kong Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Hong Kong Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Hong-Kong.LayoverIdeas.com.

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You have several layover options right at HKG Airport: 

  • Play Golf: you can play 9-holes of golf at SkyCity Nine Eagles Course, day or night.
  • Go Gaming: play soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, skiing, car racing, skiing, or shooting virtually at the i-Sports centre.
  • Watch 3D: take in a show at the first airport IMAX.
  • Shop: go shopping at the nearby, huge AsiaWorldExpo.


If you plan to spend your layover in Hong Kong, it is important to grasp the layout of this huge, vibrant city:

  • Hong Kong Island is the site of the original British settlement; most of Hong Kong's highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here, including its famous skyline along the northern coastline.
  • Kowloon, the peninsula jutting south towards Hong Kong Island from the Asian continent, offers a chaotic mix of malls, street markets and residential tenements.
  • Well-known weekend destinations for the locals, the Outlying Islands are most of the islands surrounding Hong Kong Island; they range from significant population centres to rocks poking out of the sea.
  • Lantau is the largest of the Outlying Islands, twice the size of Hong Kong Island and famous for its high peaks, wild landscapes, great beaches and the HKG Hong Kong International Airport.
  • The New Territories contain a curious mix of small farms, villages, industrial installations, mountainous country parks and towns that have populations the size of some cities.


View the cityscape from a ferry


One of the most interesting things to do in Hong Kong is to take a ferry between the islands. While there are several operators, the Star Ferry Star Ferry is the classic way to get between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.



Take the BIG escalator


Hong Kong Island is dominated by steep, hilly terrain, which boasts unusual methods of transport up and down the slopes. The Mid-levels Escalator runs downhill from 06:00 to 10:00 and uphill from 10:30 to 24:00. Apart from transporting commuters, it is also a tourist attraction with restaurants, bars, and shops lining its route.



Catch the view from Peak Tower


Get a stunning view of Hong Kong Island on Victoria Peak atop the giant, wok-shaped Peak Tower! Peak Tower serves not only as an observation platform, it also doubles as a shopping mall offering shops, fine dining and museums. The Peak Tram runs from Central to the bottom of the Peak Tower. Although views of Kowloon and Victoria Harbour can be stunning, be prepared for the view to be spoilt by air pollution.





Fierce competition, no sales tax and some wealthy consumers all add up to make Hong Kong an excellent destination for shopping. One of the more renowned shopping malls is the IFC Mall, is located near the Star Ferry and Outlying Islands Ferry Piers in Central. It has many luxury brand shops, an expensive cinema and superb views across the harbour from the rooftop. Can be reached directly from the HKG Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport Express and the Tung Chung line.



Visit a streetmarket


Illustrated in hundreds of Cantonese films, Temple Street is regarded as a must-see by most tourists. Sold items include cheap clothes for both sexes, toys, knockoff and fake labels, plus street food vendors, a handful of fortune tellers and a few Chinese opera singers.



Learn the Hong Kong story

Spend the afternoon visiting the Hong Kong Museum of History which is a 10 minute walk from Jordan MTR station down Austin Road. Give yourself around 2-3 hours to enjoy the 'Hong Kong Story' exhibition. Closed Tuesdays.



Give your eyes a rest


Dialogue in the Dark, a museum in Kowloon, features an experiential exhibition in complete darkness where you use your non-visual senses with the help of a visually impaired guide. In the 75 minute tour, you will visit five different, authentic settings, each with its own unique texture, sound, smell and even taste. Be prepared to have your senses heightened as your explore these foreign yet familiar places without the help of your eyes.



Hit the beach


You are never far from the sea in Hong Kong and going to a good beach is only a bus-ride away. Here are two popular ones:

  • Repulse Bay is a large urban beach on the south side of Hong Kong island. It has recently had money spent on its facilities and will appeal to those who have young children.
  • Middle Bay is popular with gay people and is a 20 minute walk from the crowds at Repulse Bay. Middle Bay has lifeguards, showers, changing rooms, shark nets and a decent cafe serving drinks and snacks.


As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to HKG Hong Kong International Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Hong Kong Attractions

Hong Kong Airport Express Ticket

Hong Kong Airport Express TicketDuration:
USD 6.55
<p>Get your first taste of the city as soon as you land at Hong Kong International Airport. Not known to stop, Hong Kong prides itself on its ability to keep going, and going, and going…and with an MTR Airport Express Ticket, the same may be experienced for visitors. Cut the time between arrival and your actual holiday with express airport transfers from the terminal to the city. Whether you'll be staying in Kowloon or on Hong Kong Island, you're sure to arrive in no more than half an hour, tops! </p>

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Peak Tram Sky Pass: Tram Ticket, Hong Kong Sky Tour and Sky Terrace 428 Entry

Peak Tram Sky Pass: Tram Ticket, Hong Kong Sky Tour and Sky Terrace 428 EntryDuration:
USD 11.80
Enjoy the ultimate peak experience with the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which offers transport aboard Hong Kong's funicular railway. See panoramic views and get a look at local art from the Sky Terrace 428, the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong. In addition to stunning vistas you'll have access to shopping and dining.<br /><br /><strong>Important Note: </strong>You must go to the departure point <strong>Peak Tram Lower Terminus (33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong)</strong> for actual ticket redemption before taking your Tram ride.

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Hong Kong TramOramic Sightseeing Tour plus 2-Day Tramways Ticket

Hong Kong TramOramic Sightseeing Tour plus 2-Day Tramways TicketDuration:
2 days
USD 12.45
Discover Hong Kong, from its historical landmarks to modern skyline, during a 1-hour sightseeing tour aboard an elegant 1920's style, historical tram and two full days of access to the city's public tram network. On the TramOramic tour, travel through Hong Kong on a vintage open-top tramcar to see major landmarks and learn about daily life in the city. Then use your 2-day Hong Kong Tramways ticket to explore the city independently.

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Skip the Line: Hong Kong Pub Crawl

 Skip the Line: Hong Kong Pub Crawl Duration:
6 hours
USD 13.11
Join Hong Kong Pub Crawl to explore Hong Kong's awesome nightlife with experienced pub crawl guides. Get a free shot at all four bars, plus the best drink deals at every stop – such as HKD20 beers and HKD30 cocktails! Enjoy free VIP entry to the hippest club in town with discounted drink deals. Forget about taking the perfect selfie - a professional photographer is tagging along to document the epic night!

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Wednesday Horse Races Crawl in Hong Kong

Wednesday Horse Races Crawl in Hong KongDuration:
6 hours
USD 13.11
Experience one of Hong Kong's most iconic activities, betting on horses at the Hong Kong Jockey club in the Happy Valley district, before venturing off into off-the-beaten-track bars and a night club. This nightlife event is perfect for you to enjoy free shots, discounted drinks as well as to meet travelers from all around the world.

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Skip the Line to Victoria Peak Admission

Skip the Line to Victoria Peak AdmissionDuration:
30 minutes
USD 13.11
Victoria Peak is the top tourist destination and Sky Terrace gives you the best view of the Victoria Harbor. What comes with this popularity are very long lines for the Peak Tram, especially on the weekends and before sunset. These lines have a waiting time of up to 2 hours before getting on the tram. This tour offers a chance to skip the line and immediately gain access to the tram.

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Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong Admission Ticket

Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong Admission TicketDuration:
1 to 2 hrs
USD 13.11
<p>“The Art of Chocolate Museum” World Tour had covered 50 cities all over the world and was attended by half a million visitors including foreign dignitaries and celebrities. You now can find the first permanent “CHOCOLATE MUSEUM OF HONG KONG” at the Victoria Peak! The Art of Chocolate was prepared and created by professional team leaded by famous chocolatier, Nikolai Popov, who has been working with «chocolate art» more than 20 years. It's a pure dream place for those who have ever tried chocolate and fell in love with it. Now, you can not only taste delicious flavor of chocolate but enjoy it as adorable unique creation. </p>

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Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Admission TicketDuration:
USD 13.98
Marvel at spectacular 360-degree views of Hong Kong's world-renowned skyline and Victoria Harbour! This admission ticket grants you access to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, located in the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong. Optional upgrades feature a relaxing tea break or a delightful dim sum set. Take a high-speed double-deck elevator to the 100th floor in just 60 seconds for awesome panoramic vistas of the city below. It's the ultimate sky-high experience!<br /><br /><strong><br /></strong> <span class='vSpecial'><p>Special Offer - Save 29% when you purchase the admission tickets to sky100 and travel between December 1st, 2015 and February 29th, 2016 after 6PM! See pricing options for full details. Please note: this promotion is only applicable for non-HK residents. Minimum 2 passengers per booking is required. - Book Now!</p></span>

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2019