Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses travel guide, followed by a transfer to your hotel for check in.
Start our sightseeing tour with a leisurely walk along the famous Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Here, you can overlook Victoria Harbour from a few different vantage points. We then visit the famous red brick and granite KCR Clock Tower, the only remains of the former Kowloon station.
Afterward, embark on the legendary Star Ferry, an iconic part of Hong Kong. This is a must-try, a must-ride and a must-see during your trip to Hong Kong. The Star Ferry will give you a prime vantage point for snapping amazing pictures. After disembarking the ferry, take a visit to the 120-year-old Tramway Museum to take a five-minute tram ride (at an incline of 27 degrees) reaching Hong Kong’s highest point, the breathtaking Victoria’s Peak (552m/1811 ft). It offers breathtaking views of the Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Island, and the Kowloon Peninsula. Day and night, the charms of Hong Kong will unfold in front of your eyes: crowded skyscrapers during the day and dazzling lights at night. Then return to your hotel, after enjoying the stunning sunset views from the Victoria’s Peak.
NOTE: Depend on your actual arrival time, the itinerary could be adjusted.
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Today, we will use the Hong Kong’s public transport system to discover some of most unique market on this island. Our first destinations are the Bird Market and Flower Market which are located just north of Mongkok. At Bird Market, you see the old men with their cages taking their birds for "walks" much like you would take your dog to the park. At the neighboring flower market, you can find everything from Dutch tulips to exotic tropical orchids.
We then move to Tang Choi Road’s Goldfish Market. On this road, there are about 50 shops selling fish for the aquarium, fish food and aquariums as well turtles, amphibians and reptiles.
Following the market excursion, pay a visit to Mongkok’s Langham Place for the shopping experience. Being the biggest mall in Mongkok and a Hongkong shopping hot spot, Langham Place draws in the punters with its more than 200 shops, most of which tend towards youth fashion.
The next destination is Ko Shing Street, otherwise known as Medicine Street, the heart of the wholesale herbal medicine trade in Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese Medicine, an approach to healthcare that has developed over 5,000 years, is still very popular with the local population. You can find many kinds of traditional medicine from plants (such as ginseng root), animals (scorpions, seahorses, snakes), and dried seafood which is used in traditional Chinese health foods.
At the end of day, go to Temple Street evening market, home to a wide variety of seafood and local specialties to have the dinner.
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Following the breakfast, we will take a short transfer by private car to Lantau Island. Upon arrival at Tung Chung City Center, catch the the iconic Ngong Ping Cable Car for a 5.7 kilometer (25 minutes) ride to Ngong Ping Village. From the cabin, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Hong Kong International Airport, verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, the Big Buddha and the 360-degree view of Ngong Ping Plateau.
Upon arrival at the village, climb the 268-stair ascent to the impressive Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, one of the most iconic attractions of Lantau island. Divided into two parts, the statue’s body is 26.4m tall and 34m in total measuring from the lotus throne and the base. We then visit Po Lin Monastery which is opposite the statue. It is one of Hongkong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed “the Buddhist World in the South”. Afterward, take a 15 minute walk at the “Wisdom Path”. This path follows a series of 38 wooden steles, each 8 to 10 metres high and featuring verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra, one of the world’s best-known prayers revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike.
Our next stop is the quaint and picturesque village of Tai O in the Western coast of Lantau Island. From Ngong Ping village, we take bus 21 to Tai O terminus (approximately 20 minutes) and walk for around five minutes along the waterfront to reach Tai O. This village is one of the few remaining places where you can still see traditional stilt houses predominant of the old Southern Chinese fishing villages in Hong Kong. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll around the village, harbor and market where you can sample local specialties such as dried fish and shrimps, shrimp pâté, and rice cakes.
We then visit the 15th century Kwan Tai Temple which is dedicated to Kwan Tai, a deified general known as the God of War. To understand more about this area, meet up with a local artist to listen his/her interesting stories.
From the Tai O village, take a public bus to the beautiful 3 km beach of Cheung Sha. After a short break on the beach, the public bus will take us to Mui Wo where we embark on the ferry to cruise back to Hong Kong island.
NOTE: As we use the public transport for today trip, it will take more time for transporting. We can, however, arrange for whole-day trips.
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Before driving to Hongkong airport for your onward flight, visit Hongkong Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui East area. This museum provides excellent insights into the history of this island. Each floor has a layout of Hongkong at a different age, from prehistoric times through to modern day, including early settlers, different tribes, the opium wars, capture and government by the British etc.
If the time permits, you can make a shopping tour at the shops on the famous Nathan Road where you can find high-end luxury brands with affordable price.