Top Ten Overnight Trip Ideas from Hong Kong

Have a couple days to spend here?  Then I have the perfect list of places to go for you! While the first three options are more typically day trip ideas, the others definitely warrant overnight stays just to fully immerse yourself.  So why wait?  Explore my adopted hometown with me and you’d see why I refuse to leave after living here for 10 years!

10: Tai O

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Historic fishing town Tai O is known as the Venice of the Orient. It a situated on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Hong Kong, giving you the chance to see the city’s quieter side.

 

Things to Do:

Shop for traditional Chinese Seafood (dried oysters, and if you are brave, shrimp sauce)

Things to See:

Stilted Houses (traditional houses built over water)

9: Sailing

Hong Kong abounds with islands, and sailing gives you an opportunity to explore many that are off the beaten track (sea route?). While typically see as a day trip, many companies offer overnight options that allow you either to sleep on the ship or offer a camping option. Options include: Saffron & Govoyagin!

Things to Do:

Deep-sea fishing
Exploring beaches

Things to See:

Sunrises and sunsets over the South China Sea
Hong Kong’s oft-ignored (but beautiful! islands)

8: Lantau Island

Tian Tan BuddhaLantau is the largest island in Hong Kong, counter-intuitively even bigger than Hong Kong Island. It is home to the familiar Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping, Tian Tan Buddha, and even the airport! However, unlike the rest of the city, destinations here are further apart so remember to take note, traveler!

Things to Do:

Take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Hiking the 70km Lantau Trail
Hang out at Hong Kong Disneyland

Things to See:

Hong Kong Disneyland
Po Lin Monastery (Home of the Tian Tan Buddha)

7: Lamma Island

Hong Kong’s outlying Lamma Island is the perfect blend of East and West, featuring both the rustic atmosphere of a traditional fishing village and the vibrancy of a western expat hangout spot.

Things to Do:

Envision the horrors of WWII at Kamikaze Cave
Barhopping on the Coast
Hike the Ling Kok Shan Trail
Rent a beachfront property for the night

Things to See:

Tin Hau Temple
Yung Shue Wan Main Street and its myriad of trinkets

6: Zhuhai

Leaving Hong Kong for the first time, I bring you to Zhuhai, a city in the southern province of Guangdong. It is home to the Hengqin district, featuring the must-see Chimelong Ocean Kingdom an oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park all rolled into one.

Things to Do:

Feasting on Seafood
Enjoy the thrills of Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Things to See:

The Whale Shark at the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

5: Guangzhou

Guangzhou (aka Canton) is the capital city of Guangdong province and its population center. History abounds, having served as the heart of the Nan Yue Kingdom (the precursor of Vietnam) in millennium pass. It also hosts the many Chimelong attractions, operated by the same group behind the Ocean Kingdom.

Things to Do:

Experience the amusement park thrills of Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park
Shop at Shamianhai

Things to See:

Chimelong Safari Park & the Chimelong Circus
Canton Tower
Museums (I’d recommend the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall & the
Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King)

4: Disneyland

hk disneylandHong Kong Disneyland is the Kingdom of Magic’s first entrance into Greater China. Personally, I have visited at least a dozen times and never got bored. From buffets to parades, fireworks to photo ops, activities aplenty at the House of Mouse’s Hong Kong location. I can’t wait until the Marvel and Frozen attractions hit their full swing!

Things to Do:

Having awesome buffets at the 3 hotels (Explorers Lodge, Disney Hotel, and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel)
Typical amusement park rides
I already mentioned the photo ops, right?

Things to See:

The Parade!
Fireworks!!!
Mickey Mouse!!!!!!!

3: Cheung Chau

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An hour away from the hectic heart of Hong Kong by ferry, Cheung Chau is the perfect beach vacation for locals and visitors alike. It also ups its street cred with its own resident pirate, Cheung Po Tsai.

 

Things to Do:

Watersports
Feasting on Seafood

Things to See:

Two Beaches!!!
Cheung Po Tsai Cave
Temples

2: Shenzhen

Returning to China, Shenzhen is China’s northern neighbor and only an hour away from the heart of Kowloon. While prices have gone up in recent years thanks to the city’s rise as one of China’s wealthiest, it is still a renowned shopping destination with offerings for all budgets (namely the truly budget). I would recommend that you avoid the major brands as the prices are about 20 – 40% higher than Hong Kong.

Things to Do:

Shopping (For the budget traveler: Louhu Commerical Center & Dongmen are awesome!)
Massages
Happy Valley amusement park (not to be confused with Hong Kong’s Happy Valley racecourse)

Things to See:

Window of the World (a miniature version of icon architecture from all over the world)

1: Macau

DasanbaThough now known as the Sin City of the East, Macau actually features a blend of the East & West through its centuries of history as a Portugues colony. Hence, attractions abound and vary: for those interested in the Sin City experience, head to Cotai, the resort district. From those interested in culture and history, the Dasanba ruins of St. Paul and Ma Tzu Temples are pretty amazing.

Things to Do:

Gambling (of course)
Nightlife (duhhhh)
Portuguese food (I’d recommend Restaurante Litoral near the Ma Tzu Temple out of the hundreds of options available)
Bungee jumping off the Macau Tower (DEFINITELY not for the faint of heart)

Things to See:

The Ma Tzu Temple
Dasanba
Macau Tower

Top Ten Awesome Things About Hong Kong

I am Jack.  I have lived in Hong Kong for ten years now last month.  To celebrate this benchmark, I have decided to make this page – A Top Ten List for everything Hong Kong.  Hope you guys like it!

10: Theme Parks

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Pandas, Disney princesses, and more can be found in Hong Kong.  The ever popular Ocean Park is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park all rolled into one, with their pandas perhaps their biggest attraction.  Hong Kong Disneyland is no slouch either, being Disney’s first expansion into Greater China.  The addition of Marvel properties in 2017 simply increases the awesomeness.

9: Culture

The Jockey Club is Hong Kong’s largest charitable organization and greatest source of gambling revenue.   Temple Street abounds with fortune tellers and hosts a historic temple, and yet, is also surrounded by stalls selling adult toys.  This blend creates Hong Kong’s unique culture – mixing the modern with the contemporary, the spiritual with the hedonistic.

8. Luxury Hotels

From the Grand Hyatt to the Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental to the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong abounds with the fanciest hotels.  I can’t wait to start a Top 10 List to cover my personal favorites!

7. Entertainment

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Are you traveling with children?  Then Disneyland and Ocean Park is perfect for you!  Perhaps you are a businessman traveling looking for the nightlife after closing a big deal.  In that case, you should definitely check out Wan Chai’s Lockhart Road.  Regardless of your interests, Hong Kong is bound of have something of interest for you.

6. Fine Dining

61 Michelin-starred restaurants.  Enough said.

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5. Shopping

Hong Kong has a great collection of shopping destinations, varying in price range.  For the budget travelers, Temple Street and Ladies Market is perfect for you.  If you are looking for the midrange but affordable items, head to Langham Place in Mong Kok or Harbor City in Tsim Sha Tsui.  For the discerning shoppers, don’t miss Harvey Nichols or Lane Crawford!

4. Education

According to the QS World University Rankings 2018, Hong Kong has 4 universities in the world’s Top 50.  That’s tied with London for the most schools in the top 50!  The city also features 1 more in the top 100, and another in the top 300.  Quite impressive, right?

3. Nightlife

I have glossed over this above to save it for this portion.  Hong Kong has the most amazing nightlife.  It is truly a city of entertainment 24/7.  Local styled bars abound in Kowloon, featuring hostesses, darts, and much more.  Expat bars (westernized bars) fill the western section of Hong Kong Island.  Not a fan of bars?  Head to the nightclubs in Wanchai or Lan Kwai Fong.  Still too tame for you?  Then you’ll have to wait for the adult entertainment article that I promise is coming soon.

2. Geographical Convenience

Hong Kong is located at the southern tip of China and with its status as a transportation hub, allows for easy access to all of Asia Pacific.  Yet, it is perhaps the proximity to the inexpensive delights of Shenzhen and access to the Sin City in Macau, both of which can be reached in less than an hour from Hong Kong that attracts most.

1: Martial Artists

No, living in Hong Kong for a decade does not mean I know kung fu.  BUT, Hong Kong was (is) home to some of the greatest martial artists in the world.  From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen to Sammo Hung, each got their start in Hong Kong.

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