Hong Kong in Two Days by metropolasia


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Hong Kong in two days…
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This mini-guide was created for those of you who have only 48 hours in Asia's World City
and want to make the most of it, as it covers most of Hong Kong's most popular attractions
and sightseeing-spots in a smart way that prevents you from wasting your precious time…

Enjoy your short holiday Hong Kong !

Day 1: Victoria Peak, riding Hong Kong's famous
'Ding Ding Tram' to the historic streets of
Sheung Wan, where all sorts of authentic shops
still sell their "exotic" goods, Hollywood Road,
Hong Kong's SoHo, Ngong Ping scenic cable-car
ride, Po lin Monastery and the 'Big Buddha',
Stanley Market, and a pleasant evening (with
dinner) in Stanley…

6:30am: Our day starts from Victoria Peak.

"The Peak", as it is commonly known, is probably
Hong Kong's most popular tourist attraction,           The Peak Tram can be boarded at the Lower
boasting world-class views of the city and Victoria    terminus, on 33 Garden Road, daily, 7am –
Harbour, which look as if they were taken from a       12midnight (See the guide-map to Peak Tram Lower
postcard…                                              Terminus)

When reaching "The Peak", you can simply enjoy         Bus No. 15 runs daily, 6am – 12 midnight: It departs
your morning coffee and croissant on the terrace at    from "Central" (next to the Star Ferry Terminus) and
Pacific Coffee.                                        passes through the bus terminus at Exchange Square
                                                       (next to Central MTR station) and Admiralty (MTR
 Daily, 24 hours a day, entrance is free.             Admiralty Station, exit C-1)

To get to Victoria Peak: You can either ride the 120   Green minibus No. 1 departs from the bus
years old Peak Tram (a real "must do"), or take the    interchange, next to Hong Kong Station - Exit A1
bus (very scenic road), but the best option is to      (direct link through Central MTR Station), daily, 6:30
combine them both… (One way tram + one way bus).       am - 12 midnight.
Circa 8:30 - 9am: Moving onwards, to Sheung Wan          From here, we will take a stroll through Sheung Wan.
and some of Hong Kong's most historic streets…           The old streets where Hong Kong started to develop
                                                         from, one hundred and seventy years ago, boast
We go down from "the Peak" to Queensway, in              many traditional Chinese shops that sell all sorts of
Central, as follws:                                      "exotic" products and look as if they belong to
                                                         another era…
If you decided to take bus No. 15 from "the Peak":
Drop off outside Bank of China Tower , Turn right as     Start your walk from Man Wa Lane (Chop Alley),
you leave the bus and walk a few steps along the         where you can find small stalls of chop-makers: The
road (the tramway tracks should be on your right),       chops are traditional Chinese stamps and seals,
until you see the tram-stop.                             engraved on various materials like wood, bamboo,
                                                         stone, bone and the likes...
If you used the Peak Tram: Walk down from the
terminus along Garden Road, for a minute or two,         To get here : Walk out of Western Market to
and turn right to the small street opposite St. John's   Morrison Street and turn left, along the tramway
Cathedral (next to Murray Building) and at the end       tracks, to Des Voeux Road Central and after a few
left, to Cotton Tree Drive which will bring you down     minutes' walk (on the right pavement), turn right to
to the corner of Queensway, where the tramway            the lane (the entrance is next to CITIC Ka Wah Bank(
stop can be found, just opposite Lippo Centre (stick
to the right as you walk down Cotton Tree Drive,         From Man Wa Lane, turn right to Wing Lok Street
next to the wall of the park).                           (popularly known as Ginseng and bird's nest St.). At
                                                         the end of the street turn left to Des Voeux Road
Take the westbound tramway (station should be            West (Dried Seafood Street), left again to Ko Shing
marked with W) from here to Western Market, in           Street (Herbal Medicine Street), right to Queen
Sheung Wan.                                              Street, right again to Queen's Road West and left to
                                                         Hollywood Road.
The "Ding Ding Tram", as it is locally nicknamed, has
been rattling along the north shore of Hong Kong           Although Hong Kong one of the best public-
Island since 1904, passing through the central             transport systems in the world, taking the
business and-shopping districts of Sheung Wan,             Hong Kong City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly
Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Happy          recommended, as it takes you directly to the
Valley and Shau-kei-Wan, and providing easy access         various attractions and saves you the time and
to most shopping malls and attractions.                    hassle of waiting for a bus or walking…

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                                                         Hollywood Road, Hong Kong's first constructed road,
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                                                         are not buying anything, as some of these shops
                                                         (especially the expensive galleries) really look like
Hong Kong's oldest surviving market building was         "mini museums"...
inaugurated well over a century ago and features
beautiful Edwardian architecture, with red bricks and    There are also some sightseeing spots along the
granite arches. Nowadays, it is actually a shopping      historic road, such as Possession Point, in Hollywood
mall, with shops that specialize mainly in arts and      Road Park (The spot where British forces have first
crafts, although there are a few good fabrics shops      set foot on Hong Kong soil, during the 1840s First
here too, as well as a restaurant or two, and some       Opium War), Man Mo Temple (An 1847 Chinese
nice cafés                                               temple, full of spiritual ambience and aromatic
                                                         incense coils) and Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street),
    Daily from 10am – 7pm (Website)                     where you can find plenty of colorful street stalls.
Ladder Street, next to Man Mo Temple, is composed
entirely of stone steps. In the old days there were         How about an authentic Hong Kong breakfast ?
some funeral homes around this area and when
                                                            Sheung Wan and the western (older) part of Central
people died, their bodies were rested here for
                                                            are home to some of Hong Kong's most popular and
funeral services before they were carried to their          authentic breakfast joints…
home villages, back in China. You can walk down
Ladder St. to get to Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street).         Lin Heung Tea House, on 160-164 Wellington Street
                                                            (Corner of Aberdeen: right under Hollywood Road
Climbing up Ladder Street will bring you to Bridges         and Gage Street) is an extremely popular yum-cha
Street (turn right from Ladder, when going up) and          institution that has been serving scrumptious Dim
Tai Ping Shan Street: A historic street, where an           sum and excellent Cantonese cuisine for years, at a
interesting 1850s ancestral hall can be visited. Tai        very good price.
Ping Shan is the continuation of Bridges, which
means it is parallel to Hollywood (above it). You can       Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) on the 2nd floor of 46-50 Des
                                                            Voeux Road West, in Sheung Wan (not far from the
also access it from Po Yan Street, which branches off
                                                            Western Market), is the younger sibling of Lin Heung
Hollywood next to Hollywood Road Park.
                                                            Tea House and serves a pretty similar fare...

A few more minutes along Hollywood Road will bring          Sang Kee Congee Shop (生記粥品專家) on 7-9 Burd
you to SoHo, Hong Kong's hip dining and nightlife           Street, in Sheung Wan (5 minutes' walk from the
precinct, which unlike London's Soho, got its name as       "chop alley") serves some of the best congee in Hong
a result of its location: South of Hollywood Road…          Kong at a very affordable price.
The small, old streets are lined with nice cafés and
resto-bars that offer a quieter ambience than that of       Sing Heung Yuen (胜香园), one of Hong Kong's last
LKF (most of the venues are scattered along Elgin,          remaining 'Dai pai dong' (street food stalls) and
Peel, Staunton and Shelley streets).                        possibly the best and most famous among them, is
                                                            almost like a living museum... It has been there for
Keep walking a few more steps along Hollywood               yonks and made a name for itself for its simple and
                                                            delicious fare, like Beef and Noodle in Tomato Soup
Road and you will get to the Former Central Police
                                                            (茄牛面) , Tomato and Egg with Macaroni and the
Station, which was initially built in 1864 and
                                                            ultimate Crispy toasted bun with lemon and honey…
comprises some of the nicest colonial buildings in
Hong Kong. At the time of writing, the Former               Located on 2 Mee Lun Street (corner of Gough Street,
Central Police Station compound is about to become          just off Aberdeen St)
a shopping and entertainment complex, which
means the classic buildings will be restored and          Circa 11:30: Heading to Ngong Ping, Po Lin
renovated soon and brought back to their heydays.         Monastery and the "Big Buddha"

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                                                          (after crossing the road) and walk for a minute along
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From the Police Station you can walk down Pottinger       From here, we travel with the MTR all the way to
Street, with its historic granite steps and its little    Tung Chung, which is the last station on the orange
shops, turn left to Lyndhurst Terrace and climb up to     marked Tung Chung Line.
the corner of Cochrane Street... At this point, you can
take a ride on the world's longest outdoor covered        A few steps walk from exit B of MTR-Tung Chung
escalator system, which connects Central with the         Station will bring you to the Cable Car Lower
upper parts of Mid-levels. There are some great           Terminus, from where you board the cable car for a
shopping and entertainment areas along the                6km of scenic ride above the steep mountains of
escalator's route, such as Gage Street Market (below      Lantau Island, up to Po Lin Monastery and the Big
Hollywood), Stanley Street and "The Lanes".               Buddha, right next to it.
The monastery was built in the picturesque highlands          Recommended restaurants and cafés along Stanley's
of Lantau almost a century ago by three Zen masters           seaside esplanade include King Ludwig Beerhall (A
who arrived here from the Jin Shan Monastery of Zhe           Bavarian-style wood-clad restaurant, serving rich
Jiang, looking for a peaceful and secluded place, but         German food), Saigon (Vietnamese) and Wildfire,
it was the colossal statue of the seated Buddha that          which is famous for its thin-crust pizzas and meat
came up in the early 1990s and turned this area into          specialties (all three are located at Murray House), as
one of Hong Kong's most popular attractions…                  well as Lucy's (a Stanley culinary 'landmark', serving
                                                              light Mediterranean and French fare), Boathouse
Later on, the famous cable car came up and the                (Nice oceanfront bistro-café) and Jenny Bakery, right
somewhat kitschy "tourist village"… But there are             next to the market, where you can enjoy some pretty
still more than a few nice walking trails around the          good cakes.
area, for those who want to get away from it all.
                                                              Circa 9 - 10pm : To conclude the day you can opt to
 Daily: 10am – 6pm (9:30am – 6:30pm on                       one of Hong Kong's trendiest rooftop bars and
Weekends & Public Holidays). Entrance fees apply              marvel the city lights and Victoria Harbour, as you
(Info on Ngong Ping Pricing and Packages)                     enjoy one last cocktail before going to bed…

                                                              Take bus No. 260 from Stanley to Central and drop
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                                                              (one stop before the end of the route). Turn right as
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Circa 3pm : Traveling to the lovely seaside town of             Although Hong Kong one of the best public-
Stanley and its famous street market                            transport systems in the world, taking the
                                                                Hong Kong City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly
Head back to Tung Chung Station and travel with the             recommended, as it takes you directly to the
MTR back to Hong Kong Station and proceed to the bus            various attractions and saves you the time and
interchange at Exchange square, right next to the MTR           hassle of waiting for a bus or walking…
station, from where you take route No. to Stanley.

Drop off at "Stanley Village bus stop", right in the
middle of town and walk a few steps down Stanley
New Street, till you get to the market.                       Perched at the penthouse level, on the 25th floor of
                                                              Prince's Building, The "terrace" at Sevva provides
Stanley Market boasts a relatively good choice of             some of the most magnificent cityscape views Hong
pocket-friendly clothes, shoes, silk garments and             Kong has to offer… Modern-elegant décor
traditional Chinese dress, as well as toys, ornaments,        dominates this stylish lounge-restobar, with wood
luggage, souvenirs and arts-and-crafts, and although          flooring and comfy couches... The menu consists of
it is quite touristy, it still is a popular destination for   familiar favorites, with a modern twist, including
both tourists and locals.                                     Lumpy dosas, loaded with cheese, toasted
                                                              sandwiches, pastas and noodles, inventive salads and
From the market, take a two minutes' stroll to                the likes...
Stanley's lovely seafront promenade, where quite a
few alfresco cafés and restaurants can be found. The          Your other option is to travel all the way to Exchange
old Tin Hau Temple (built in 1767) and the beautifully        Square Terminus and continue to G Bar, at podium
restored Murray House, where the Hong Kong                    level 4 of neighboring IFC Mall; A modish New York
Maritime Museum is located, are both at the end of            style lounge-bar that boasts gorgeous views of
the promenade.                                                Victoria Harbour and the cityscape…
Day 2: From the imposing Chinese temples of Chi Lin      Circa 10:30 am : To Hong Kong's best museums
and Wong Tai Sin, to Hong Kong's best museums,
Afternoon High Tea at the classic Peninsula Hotel,       Back to the MTR station, from where we travel along
strolling through the city's most popular markets,       the green-marked Kwun Tong Line to either Prince
watching the famous "Symphony of Lights" show,           Edward, Mong Kok, or Yau ma Tei, where you change
crossing Victoria Harbour on the historic Star Ferry     trains (no need to leave the station) and continue
and all the way to Victoria Peak, where we will          along the red-marked Tsuen Wan Line to Tsim sha
marvel one of the world's most stunning cityscape        Tsui Station. Leave the station via exit B-2 to
views.                                                   Cameron Road and continue to walk along it all the
                                                         way to the end, where you cross Chtham Road
6:30am: Our day starts at the Chi Lin Nunnery and        South, turn left and walk for another minute or two,
Nan Lian Gardens, one of Hong Kong's most                until you see the Hong Kong Museum of History on
beautiful spots.                                         your right.
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Garden lies right next to the nunnery and is just as     This fabulous museum tells "the Hong Kong Story",
beautiful, with pavilions, goldfish ponds with water     from the Devonian period 400 million years ago until
lilies, rock - gardens and manicured Bonsai trees.       reunification with China in 1997.
                                                         Eight galleries, loaded with thousands of exciting
 Daily, from early morning till late afternoon. No      exhibits, including antiques and pieces of art, as well
entrance fees                                            as 3D dioramas and interactive multimedia displays,
                                                         make the visit to the museum a rich experience
To get there: Take the MTR along the red-marked
Tsuen Wan Line to either Yau ma Tei, or Mong Kok,         Daily, except Tuesday, 10 am - 6 pm (till 7pm on
or Prince Edward (no preference – any of the three       Sundays and public holidays)
stations will do), where you change trains (no need
to leave the station) and continue along the green       website
marked Kwun Tong Line to Diamond Hill Station.
Take exit C-2, out to the street, turn left and walk     We continue to our next destination, Hong Kong
along the wall of the shopping mall to the pedestrian    Museum of Art, which is just a ten minutes' walk
crossing, cross Sheung Yuen Street, walk a minute or     from here and displays thousands of pieces of art
two along Fung Tak Road and use the pedestrian's         and antiques, from the Neolithic age, through the
bridge above it to enter the nunnery / garden.           mighty dynasties of ancient China, to our days…

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Go back to MTR Diamond Hill and travel one station       To go to Hong Kong Museum of Art you should turn
back, to MTR Wong-Tai-Sin, where our next                left as soon as you leave Hong Kong Museum of
destination is. Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of Hong       History and walk along Chatham Road South (which
Kong's most popular places of worship and enjoys a       should be on your right), climb the flight of stairs
good reputation for fulfilling the devotees' wishes.     near the corner of Mody Road, to the piazza on top
                                                         of the bus interchange, and walk to its other end.
Occupying a fairly large piece of land in the north of   Cross the pedestrian bridge over Salisbury Road and
Kowloon, it boasts quite a few shrines, pavilions and    turn right when you reach the waterfront, walking
altars, and is rich in lavish ornaments and              behind InterContinental Hong Kong and through the
sculptures… (Virtual tour / map of the temple)           "Avenue of Stars" to the museum.
Tip: If the Museum of Art is not your cup of tea, there   Cross Salisbury Road through the underpass (next to
are two other options you can consider…                   SOGO department store), turn left (Salisbury Rd
                                                          should be on your left) and walk to the Peninsula,
Neighboring Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong             one of the world's most classic hotels, which was
Kong Science Museum boasts 16 galleries, with             built more than eighty years ago and became
hundreds of exciting exhibits (many of which are          synonymous with grandeur and opulence… To taste
interactive) that cover almost every aspect of science    the splendor and charm of bygone colonial days in
and technology, including light, sound, motion,           the Far East, opt for the English Style High Tea at the
electricity & magnetism and what not…                     lobby…

The museum's "jewel in the crown" is its colossal             Afternoon Tea, daily, 2 – 6pm
Energy Machine (the biggest of its kind in the world)
which demonstrates how the potential energy of a          Circa 4:30 - 5pm : To Mong Kok and its markets
dropped ball converts into other forms of energy
throughout the track.                                     Turn left as you leave to Peninsula and walk to the
                                                          corner of Nathan Road where you turn left again and
 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays :             walk for a couple of minutes along the busy shopping
1pm - 9pm / Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays :      street, till you see the entrance to the MTR station
10am - 9pm / Closed on Thursdays (except Public           on your left (corner of Nathan and Middle Road).
                                                            Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts
Website                                                     at nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants,
                                                            shops and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes
Hong Kong Space Museum, right next to the                   plenty of quality dining and shopping options !
Museum of Art, boasts one of the world's best
planetariums, as well as some extremely interesting
space-science exhibitions, where you can learn a lot      Take the MTR along the red-marked Tsuen Wan Line
of stuff about the universe around us, mainly             to Prince Edward Station, where our markets trip
through interactive displays and touch screens that       begins…
make the educational experience more engaging...
                                                          Leave the station via exit A, turn back, enter Playing
 Daily, except Tuesday, 1 - 9 pm (Monday - Friday)       Field Road and walk along it to the end, turn right to
and 10 am - 9 pm (Saturday, Sunday and public             Sai Yee Street and left, to Flower Market Road which
holidays).                                                is lined with dozens of shops that sell flowers, potted
                                                          plants and their likes… (Some are really colorful).
For more information, visit their website
                                                          At the end of the street, turn left to Yuen Po Street
Circa 2 – 2:30 pm: Classic English high tea at the        Bird Garden (or, simply, the Bird Garden), which
Peninsula                                                 boasts dozens of bird shops, where hundreds of
                                                          colorful songbirds in exquisitely crafted cages can be
Visit the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong's answer to          seen... The garden is also a popular meeting point for
Hollywood's Walk of Fame, which stretches along the       elderly bird owners ...
eastern side of Tsim-sha-Tsui's waterfront, just two
minutes' walk from Museum of Art, and boasts floor        Walk back to the corner of Flower Market Road, but
plaques of celebrities of the city's thriving film        instead of turning right keep walking straight along
industry, including legends like Jackie Chan and Bruce    small Yuen Po Street to the end, turn right to Prince
Lee.                                                      Edward Road West, cross it at the pedestrian
                                                          crossing (near a petrol station) and keep walking for
 Avenue of Stars is open 24 / 7 and entrance is free     another 2 – 3 minutes, before turning left to Fa Yuen
                                                          Street, where a thriving market operates daily, from
  Explore Hong Kong's less known gems through             10:30 am to 10:30pm, with countless stalls that sell
  our range of unique day trips and guided walks.         bargain-priced trendy fashion and casual wear for
                                                          men, women and children.
At the southernmost end of the street market, you                A good choice of shops of consumer electronic
can cross Mong Kok Road by the pedestrian bridge                 products can be found along Sai Yeung Choi Street
and keep walking straight along Fa Yuen Street. This             South, near the entrance to MTR-Mong Kok. Yau
section of Fa Yuen is popularly known as Sportswear              Shing Commercial Centre, on No. 51, boasts some of
Street, as it is lined with numerous small retailers             the most popular shops around, including those that
that sell sports equipment and clothing, as well as a            specialize in gadgets, cameras and the likes…
wide diversity of sports shoes (including some that
are rear and expensive).                                         Mong Kok Computer Centre is one of the best places
                                                                 in Hong Kong to buy computers and computer ware…
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                                                                 Ladies' Market)
At the end of Fa Yuen Street, turn right to Dundas
Street and right again, to Tung Choi Street, which is            Circa 7:30pm : "Symphony of Lights" show
better known as Ladies' Market. As its name
suggests, this extremely popular market specializes              That's it… We leave Mong Kok and travel the MTR
in women's clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and the             back to Tsim sha Tsui station. Use the underground
likes, although there are more than a few stalls here            passage to get to exit J of Tsim-sha-Tsui East Station,
that sell men's and children's products, including soft          which is just a heartbeat from the Avenue of stars
toys, clothes, bags, jeans and watches, just to name a           and the waterfront esplanade.
few… (10:30 am - 10:30 pm daily).
                                                                 This is one of the best places to watch the Symphony
From Ladies' Market, turn left to Argyle Street and              of Lights from: Awarded the world's "Largest
left again, to Sai Yeung Choi Street South, where the            Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness
entrance to MTR-Mong Kok can be found.                           World Records, this nightly light, sound and laser
                                                                 show is featured on 37 key buildings on both sides of
 Have something to eat before traveling onwards…
                                                                 the Victoria Harbour.

 Mong Kok is a great place to discover some of Hong Kong's        Symphony of Lights, daily, at 8 pm sharp (the
 best authentic eateries…                                        show is roughly 30 minutes long)

 Curry A La King (旺角咖喱大皇), is on 88 Soy Street (a                 Click HERE to find some of the best rates for
 street that crosses both Ladies' Market and Fa Yuen
 Street) and serves a variety of curry specialties indifferent
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 styles… Chinese, Indian… you name it…                            Kong and Asia !

 Satay King, o the corner of Ladies' Market and Shantung         Circa 8:30 – 9pm: Take a five minutes' walk along
 Street (above Bank of China) serves nice Thai food and          Tsim sha Tsui's waterfront, westwards (Victoria
 specializes, as you can guess, in Satay…
                                                                 Harbour should be on your left), to Star Ferry
 Good Hope Noodle (好旺角粥麵專家) is a small and                       Terminal, where you board the ferry to Central.
 inexpensive eatery, on 146 Sai Yeung Choi Street (A
 minute walk from the corner of Argyle and exit D-3 of           Featured on National Geographic's "top 50
 MTR-Mong Kok), which has been serving great noodle              experiences of your lifetime” list, crossing Victoria
 dishes for God knows how long…
                                                                 Harbour on the Star Ferry is one of those tourist
 Seam Eett Taiwan Noodles, (西門町台灣麵食) next to the                 clichés you have to do, to say you've been to Hong
 corner of Ladies' Market and Dundas Street, serves a            Kong...
 variety of Taiwanese specialties.
                                                                 The old green-and-white ferries have been plying the
 Those of you who feel more like going to a western style
                                               th                waters of Victoria Harbour for well more than a
 café, can opt to Homemade Café, on the 12 floor of
 Dundas Square (43 Dundas Street, only a heartbeat from          century and have long become one of Hong Kong's
 the corner of Ladies' Market), or to Little Fusion, which is    best known icons. Particularly popular among
 on Ladies' Market, just before the corner of Dundas.            tourists, who can get a zillion great photo ops of the
                                                                 city's world's-famous skyline...
From the ferry terminal in Central you can either
take bus No. 15C or walk (see instructions above, or      Circa 11pm – 12 midnight: If you are not completely
here) to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus, where you          exhausted by now (Which you should be, unless you
board the 120 years old Peak Tram and travel up to        are blood related to Peter Pan…(, you can continue
Victoria Peak… The view at night time is particularly     from here to Lan Kwai Fong (LKF), where the night
beautiful, when the city's countless skyscrapers and      never ends…
neon-signs flash in millions of dazzling lights...
                                                          L-shaped Lan Kwai Fong Street and adjacent
When reaching "The Peak", you can opt for the Sky         D'Aguilar Street form one of Hong Kong's busiest
Terrace, which offers a breathtaking 360° panoramic       nightlife precincts, with many bars, pubs and
views of the city and the waters around it, or visit      excellent restaurants that are popular by locals,
Hong Kong's Madame Tussauds…                              expats and tourists alike.

 "The Peak": Daily, 24 hours a day / Sky Terrace:        Enormous crowds come to LKF on Friday and
Daily, 10 am - 11 pm / Madame Tussauds: 10 am - 10        Saturday nights, and when the bars get too
pm / The Peak Tram: 7am – 12midnight.                     crammed, the scene moves to the street, as
                                                          customers take their drinks and stand outside,
There are quite a few nice dining options around the      watching people...
peak and most of which (not to say all) offer a
breathtaking view… From Pacific Coffee, where you         Getting there: Take bus No. 15 from "the Peak" (last
can enjoy a decent cup of Cappuccino and a                bus departs around midnight) and drop off at the bus
sandwich or salad, to Buba Gump which specializes,        stop on Pedder Street. Turn left as you leave the bus
as expected, in seafood and shrimps in particular... to   and walk a few steps to the corner, where you turn
The Peak Lookout, which occupies a charming               right to Queen's Road Central and then left, to
colonial house across the street from "the Peak" and      D'aguilar Street and up, to Lan Kwai Fong (An easy 5
offers great views towards the southern beaches of        minutes' walk from Pedder Street's bus stop).
Hong Kong Island, or Café Deco which is, possibly,
Victoria Peak's most popular and best known resto-

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