The complete Hong Kong Stopover Guide
How to enjoy a stopover holiday in Asia's World City
Chapter 4………………………………………… Spending an evening in Asia's World City
Hi everybody and welcome to the fourth chapter of Metropolasia's Hong Kong Stopover Guide.
While previous chapters dealt with basics like "Arrival at the airport and getting to the city" (Chapter 1),
"Visiting attractions and places-of-interest near the airport itself" (Chapter 2) and "How to cover Hong
Kong's 'must sees' in one day" (Chapter 3), this chapter will guide you how to spend an evening in Asia's
1) The "Symphony of Lights"
Awarded the world's "Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records, the
"Symphony of Lights" is a nightly orchestrated light, sound and laser show featured on 37 key buildings
on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
It starts every evening at 8pm and is best seen from the Avenue of Stars and the Tsim Sha Tsui
Waterfront. Another recommended vantage point is the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in
Wanchai, on Hong Kong Island.
The Avenue of Stars, from where the show can best be seen, is Hong Kong's answer to Hollywood's Walk
of Fame, with floor plaques that honor the who's who of Hong Kong's thriving film industry.
To get there: Take the Airport Express to Kowloon Station. From the station, take shuttle bus K-3 to the
Peninsula Hotel, or (better) K-2 to Sheraton Hong Kong. Use the pedestrian subway near the Sheraton to
cross under Salisbury Road to the other side, where the Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade and the
"Avenue of Stars" can be found.
If coming by bus: Take Citybus' route A21, alight outside Tsim sha Tsui MTR Station, enter the station
and use the pedestrian-subway-network to get to Tsim sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade and the "Avenue
of Stars" (You can also follow the signs to New World Centre).
2) The Night Market at Temple Street
Although the famous "Night Market" has long become a tourist cliché, it is still a good place to fetch a
few bargains and feel a bit of a true 'Hong Kong market ambience…'
The brightly lit stalls sell everything you can think of: Asian antiques and costumes, Footwear and
clothes, Electronic gadgets and watches, CDs and computer games... You name it…
There are also more than a few food-stalls and eateries around, where you can indulge on simple,
delicious Chinese food.
Cantonese opera singers and fortune tellers can be found in Yung Shue Tau Square, on the other side of
Temple Street, just outside the old Tin Hau Temple.
The market is open daily from 4 pm to 11 pm (although it gets busy only from 7 pm and onwards).
Getting there: From Kowloon's Airport Express Station – Take shuttle Bus K-1 to MTR Jordan (From MTR-
Jordan exit A, walk along Jordan Road – away from Nathan Road. The third street on your right hand side
is Temple Street)
If coming from Tsim sha Tsui's Waterfront Promenade: Use the pedestrian subway to cross under
Salisbury Road to the other side, and continue (underground) to Tsim sha Tsui MTR Station, from where
you take the MTR to Jordan (one station away) and continue on foot (see above).
If coming by bus from the airport: Take Citybus' route A21, drop off outside the Nathan Hotel, on 348
Nathan Road, cross Nathan Road to the other side and proceed with Pak Hoi Street for a minute or two
(it crosses Temple Street).
3) Mong Kok and its markets
MongKok, north of Tsim sha Tsui, is where some of Hong Kong's best open-air markets can be found.
The area is slightly less touristy than Tsim sha Tsui (Not to mention Hong Kong Island) and prices,
accordingly, are usually lower...
Other than a variety of open-air markets, Mongkok is home to some of Hong Kong's best restaurants and
Ladies' Market - stretches along Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok and is one of Hong Kong's most popular
open-air markets. As its name denotes, this market specializes in women's clothing, accessories,
cosmetics, and the like, although you can find here more than a few stalls that sell men's and children's
products... Soft toys, clothes, bags, jeans and watches... just to name a few.
The market is open daily from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.
Getting there: From Kowloon's Airport Express Station – Take shuttle Bus K-6 to Royal Plaza Hotel
(departs once every 24 minutes – last one leaves at 11:10 pm): Ladies Market is just a few minutes walk
from the hotel.
From Tsim sha Tsui (Symphony of Lights or Nathan Road) and from Jordan (Temple Street's Night
Market), take the MTR to Mong Kok Station: Take exit E-2 of MTR-Mong Kok to the east side of Nelson
Street and proceed to the market (2 minutes walk), Exit D-3, on Argyle Street is also close to the
If coming by bus from the airport: Take Citybus' route A21 and drop off at the bus stop outside Argyle
Centre, on 688 Nathan Road
4) Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak, or simply "The Peak", as it is popularly known, is probably Hong Kong's most popular
attraction. The postcard-views of the metropolis and its surrounding harbors are simply unbeatable,
especially at night, when the countless skyscrapers are flashing in millions of dazzling lights...
Up at the top, there are two adjoining shopping malls, namely Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, that boast
a variety of restaurants, cafés, shops, "unique attractions" and tourist traps... (Including Hong Kong's
excellent Madame Tussauds, as well as some really good restaurants with fabulous views)
Recommended venues around "The Peak" include Café Deco (A good choice of both Asian and western
delicacies, and great views...), Bubba Gump (seafood, and shrimps in particular...), The Peak Lookout
(a fabulous restaurant, located in a charming colonial house), Tien Yi (an upclass restaurant, serving
contemporary Chinese cuisine) and Pacific Coffee, near the "upper terminus", which is the best place to
enjoy your "coffee with a view", even at an early hour of the day...
For a fully detailed "mini guide" of Victoria Peak, including suggested nature walks, click here:
Naturally, you would want to climb up to the peak with the world-famous "Peak Tram".
The historic red-painted tram climbs the stiff 400m gradient in seven minutes, providing spectacular
views of the city, and riding it is not only one of Hong Kong's "must dos", but also the most direct way of
getting to "The Peak".
The tram operates daily, from 7 am to 12 midnight. It departs every 10 - 15 minutes and covers the full
distance in approximately 7 minutes.
Getting to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus: From Hong Kong's Airport Express Station –
Take exit C and turn left to Des Voeux Road Central. Walk along it, pass the HSBC Building (you will also
have to cross it to the other side) and turn right to Garden Road, with which you climb to the terminus.
(You can also access Des Voeux Road Central through Alexandra House – take exits A2 or B2 to the
elevated walkway, turn right and walk to Alexandra House).
If coming from Kowloon side (Tsim sha Tsui – symphony of Lights / Jordan – Night Market / Mong Kok –
Ladies Market), take the MTR to Central, than take exit J-2 to Chatter Garden, walk through the garden,
cross Queen's Road Central and continue up along Garden Road (you will see the terminus on your left
side, opposite the American Consulate General).
If coming with the Star Ferry (from Tsim sha Tsui pier, few minutes walk from the "Symphony of Lights")
: Walk straight through the elevated walkway until you get to Alexandra House, turn left to Des Voeux
Road Central, cross it to the other side (where HSBC building stands) and after a couple of minutes turn
right to Garden Road, with which you climb to the terminus.
If coming by bus from the airport: Take Citybus' route A11 and drop off on Queensway (Near Queensway
Plaza and exit C-1 of Admiralty MTR Station). Cross Queensway to the other side (with the footbridge)
turn right, and after a couple of minutes turn left to Cotton Tree drive, with which you climb to the
The Peak Tram might be the most popular method of getting to Victoria Peak, but getting to the peak
is also possible via other means of transport:
Green minibus No. 1 connects Central and The Peak. It departs from the bus interchange, next to Hong
Kong's Airport Express Station (on Finance Street – through exit F) every 10 minutes or so, daily, 6:30 am
- 12 midnight, and charges around HK$ 8 each way.
Bus No. 15 can be boarded at Central's Ferry pier bus terminus, as well as next to Exchange Square, on
Connaught Road Central (use exit D of Hong Kong Station, if coming by Airport Express). A bus leaves
every 10 - 15 minutes (daily, 10 am - 12 midnight) and it costs around HK$ 9.2 each way (HK$ 4.6 for
children and senior citizens).
Did you know ?
Many tourists don't know that getting to Victoria Peak by bus or minibus is also a worthy experience,
so if you have the time, try to go one way with the tram and the other with a minibus, passing on the
winding road, through the lush forest that covers Mount Victoria's slopes, and enjoying breathtaking
views of Hong Kong Island's southern coast.
5) Late Evening shopping at Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay is Hong Kong's trendiest shopping district. The small cluster of streets around Causeway
Bay's MTR Station houses some of the city's best department stores, shopping malls and prestigious
shops. Hong Kong yuppies just love Causeway Bay and consider it the city's "fashion barometer"... The
place to go to when you want to know what's new and "in"...
Other than trendy fashion shops, Causeway Bay is home to one of Hong Kong's most popular bazaars,
Jardine's Crescent, where plenty of inexpensive fashion accessories can be found.
The area's shopping venues stay open until relatively late, which means you can start your evening here
and move somewhere else later on (although there are also plenty of great restaurants and cafés around
this area – see recommendations below…)
For a fully detailed article about Causeway Bay's shopping options, go to:
• The entrance to both Jardine's Crescent and Jardine's Bazzar is next to exit F of the MTR station.
• From Jardine's Crescent, you can enter Lee Gardens Two (Caroline Centre), and move onwards to
The Lee Gardens, using the footbridge (open until 10 pm daily).
• Times Square, one of Hong Kong's most popular shopping and entertainment malls can be
accessed directly from Causeway Bay's MTR station (exit A – shops are open daily till 10pm and
dinning/ entertainment venues stay open later).
• Great George Street and Paterson St. can be accessed through MTR-Causeway Bay, exit E
To get to Causeway Bay: From Hong Kong's Airport Express Station, walk to Central MTR Station (direct
pedestrian link) and take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station.
If coming from Kowloon side (Tsim sha Tsui – symphony of Lights / Jordan – Night Market / Mong Kok –
Ladies Market), take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station.
If coming by bus from the airport: Take Citybus' route A11 and drop off on Hennessy Road, Near Wan
Chai Fire Station. Then walk a few steps ahead and turn right to Percival Street (cross Hennessy Road –
there is a footbridge at Causeway Bay Plaza), which takes you to Times Square and the other shopping
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