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Have fun on the tram

The tram has been a vital part of Hong Kong Island's daily life for more than 100 years and riding the tram is a great way to see the city's culinary and cultural attractions. Hope on and off regularly along the north shore of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town through Western District, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, right through to Shau Kei Wan.

Car hire

Some car rental outfits offer airport pick up and hotel transfer, and it is possible to find a decent deal for Hong Kong car hire online. It's best to book before you arrive and factor in the traffic, too.


The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is quick, convenient and reliable and by far the best way to get around Hong Kong. There are six lines: the Island line, Kwun Tong line, Tseung Kwan O line, Tsuen Wan line, Tung Chung line, and the Disneyland Resort line. Fares for a single journey range from HK$4 to HK$25, depending on how far you travel.

The Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong tourist attraction as much as a transport option, and a true symbol of Hong Kong. There are 12 double-decker ferries gliding between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, each with an air conditioned cabin on the upper deck. The lower deck has better views and is nice when the weather is good.

Visit the Bank of China Building

Towering above it all at 369 metres high, the Bank of China Building is one of Hong Kong's most impressive and defining landmarks. Do the camera tricks, whereby you look as though you're holding it up and spend some time soaking up this architectural masterpiece, designed to bring good luck and goodwill to the people of the former British Colony.

Head to the races

Got to get your gamble on, on holiday? Happy Valley Races on Wednesday nights is a great opportunity to socialise and meet new people if you're staying in Hong Kong a while. The beer garden is nice enough but there are plenty of chances for a flutter with nine races to bet on every single night.

Shop at The IFC

This mammoth shopping mall has so much to do, you'll need a day there. Check out the roof terrace for a range of bars and restaurants with a great view of Victoria Harbour, or stick to the air-conditioned cinema for a refreshing break from the sticky city heat.

Chill out at Shek O Beach

A great respite from the craziness, Shek O Beach is just half an hour by taxi from Central, plus you can get there on the bus or by MTR. If you feel like escaping the chaos of the city for some great scenery, peace and relaxation, Shek O Beach will deliver, and there are some nice, laid back restaurants in the village too.

DAY 1: Take a walk on the cheap side

After strolling along the avenue of stars on the pretty waters edge, hop on a ferry and head over to Soho. This fun ride will keep the kids entertained as you point out various landmarks, costs less than a dollar and will give you the chance to take photos. In Soho, have lunch and people-watch from one of the cute cafes before heading back.

DAY 3: See Lantau Island and the Giant Buddha

Hong Kong's largest island is Lantau Island, a great place for a day trip with the family. Traditional fishing villages beckon along with pretty beaches and plenty of spiritual enlightenment. Visit Po Lin Monastery and be awed by the Giant Buddha, plus, take the camera for a stunning 5.7 kilometre cable car journey with views over the South China Sea and Lantau Island.

DAY 2: Tour the city by night

On land and on the water, both are as good as each other at night in Hong Kong. Take the 5-hour Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise starting at dusk with the Golden Bauhinia Square flag lowering ceremony. Stop at the seafood bazaar, take in the old Kai Tak airport runway and blow some cash in the Temple Street Open Market.

DAY 4: Day trip to China

A day trip to mainland China's Shekou Industrial Zone and Guangzhou is easily done. Come face to face with a panda at one of the safari parks, check out the impressive Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors and their horses, then take a trip back in time with the Guangzhou, (have your traditional Chinese lunch here), formerly known as Canton.

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