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24 Hours In Hong Kong

Hannah
Published Aug 27, 2018

The dynamic, vibrant energy of Hong Kong is as much a part of the landscape as the sprawling skyscrapers, glittering harbor, and lush peaks. From the bustling, open-air markets to the inventive foodie scene, this major metropolis overwhelms with sensory excitement. Both cultural and contemporary, invigorating and iconic, Hong Kong is an enticing city of history, food, shopping, and sightseeing. Even if you’re only in town for 24 hours, there is so much to see and do. Marvel at the panoramic views as you climb the mountains in a cable car, and visit spectacular monuments like the Tian Tan Buddha. Skim across the glassy waves of the harbor and admire the play of lights on the modern cityscape from aboard an antique junk. Hong Kong is renowned for its fantastic gastronomic culture, and you can indulge in dim sum, snack on street food, and explore the lively markets on a food tour! There is something for everyone to enjoy in this energetic city that sparkles at every turn. Make the most of your time in Hong Kong, and add some of these sensational experiences to your itinerary. Read more about these engaging tours below!

Top 3 activities to book in Hong Kong

1. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Tour

Surround yourself with 360° breathtaking vistas when you hop aboard this cable car tour! Whether you choose to ride in the standard or the glass-bottomed cable car, each tour lets you enjoy unprecedented panoramas of the distant South China Sea and the verdant slopes of North Lantau Country Park. Get a bird’s eye view of Ngong Ping Plateau as your cable car slowly climbs up Lantau Island and deposits you at one of Hong Kong’s most spectacular monuments, the Tian Tan Buddha. You can climb the 268 steps to the base of the statue for even more stunning vistas.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car (Crystal/Standard/Mixed Cabin)

Price: from 26 USD

Duration: 25 minutes

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Number of Reviews: 81

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2. Victoria Peak Tram Ticket Combos

Travel by the iconic Victoria Peak Tram to one of the most picturesque spots in the city. Marvel at the scenic vistas as the historic cliff railway climbs the steep route up the highest peak on Hong Kong Island. At the top of the peak, you can visit the wonderful Sky Terrace 428 which has a magnificent 360° viewing terrace. The platform offers magnificent views of Hong Kong’s sprawling skyline and is a must-see during any trip to the city. The tour also offers an optional visit to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, where you can meet wax look-alikes of celebrities and stars.

Skip the Line: Victoria Peak Tram Ticket Combos

Price: from 46 USD

Duration: 1 hour - 3 hours

Rating: 4.1 / 5

Number of Reviews: 157

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3. Guided Traditional Dim Sum Lunch

Enjoy a taste of one of Hong Kong’s most renowned foods: dim sum! Dim sum is a must-try during any visit to Hong Kong, and this guided tour is the best way to experience the bite-size cuisine. On this 1.5 hour tour, you’ll learn about the culture surrounding this traditional food as you sample the menu in a 1920’s dim sum parlor. As you snack on tasty dumplings and buns, your English-speaking guide will teach you about tea pairings, traditional practices, and food culture.

Guided Traditional Dim Sum Lunch

Price: from 39 USD

Duration: 1.5 hours

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4. Kowloon Market Walking Tour

This incredible three-hour tour lets you explore the local lives of residents in the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok districts through the flavors and history of the markets. Experience the lively markets as a knowledgeable guide leads you through the vibrant stalls in the Flower Market and past the eclectic wares in the Ladies Market. Learn about cultural traditions as you stop by the colorful Goldfish Market and visit the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden where men sit surrounded by colorful cages and trilling birdsong. The tour also includes a stop at the peaceful Tin Hau temple where delicate incense wafts in the breeze, and the stunning Jade Market where you can pick up a souvenir from one of the 400 vendors.

Kowloon Market Walking Tour

Price: from 66 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Rating: 4.8 / 5

Number of Reviews: 14

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5. Mongkok Foodie Tour

Scout out the best treats and try local favorites in this 3.5-hour walking tour through the Mongkok District. There are so many fascinating flavors to try on this foodie extravaganza! Indulge in delicious dim sum, slurp down snake soup, sample roast duck, feast on fantastic street food, and much more as you stop at neighborhood favorites that are off the beaten track. In addition to leading you to delicious eateries and bustling markets, your guide will provide background history on the neighborhood and the food scene in the city.

Mongkok Foodie Tour

Price: from 90 USD

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Rating: 5/5

Number of Reviews: 8

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6. Secret Menu in Tai Hang: Cultural Local Food Tour

Get a local’s taste of Hong Kong as you explore the exciting and energetic district of Tai Hang. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the area’s vibrant streets to delectable establishments where you can sample secret menus and learn about the area’s history. From Dai Pai Dong milk tea to cart-noodles, there is always something new and distinctive to try on this 2.5-hour tour.

Secret Menu in Tai Hang: Cultural Local Food Tour

Price: from 82 USD

Duration: 2.5 hours

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7. Hong Kong Street Food Feasting

Discover some of the most popular spots in the city on this street food feeding frenzy. Pairing authentic, local street food with a passionate, local guide means this four-hour excursion is a foodie dream come true. Your guide will fill you in with a fascinating history as you fill up on regional favorites like pineapple buns and roast goose from unique establishments. Explore the bustling markets of Kowloon, and eat like a local as you experience the distinctive flavors and ingredients of the district.

Hong Kong Street Food Feasting

Price: from 86 USD

Duration: 4 hours

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8. Symphony of Lights Chinese Cruise Tour

Sail across the beautiful Victoria Harbor and take in the city’s skyline from aboard a traditional Chinese junk boat. This evening cruise provides you with stunning views of Hong Kong as the city’s famed laser show illuminates the harbor in a glory of synchronized music and light. Breathtaking views combined with the gourmet, multi-course dinner is the perfect recipe for a memorable experience in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong: Symphony of Lights Chinese Cruise Tour with Drink

Price: from 39 USD

Duration: 45 minutes

Rating: 4.4 / 5

Number of Reviews: 18

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9. Hong Kong After Dark: 3-Hour Night Tour

If you’re in Hong Kong at night, you won’t want to miss this spectacular tour. This three-hour excursion leads you through Hong Kong’s exciting neighborhoods and brilliant attractions. Ramble through the Temple Street Night Market where the air buzzes with the calls of energetic vendors, brilliant street performers, and the wafting aromas of delicious street food. Explore the quiet parks and legendary sites like the Peninsula Hotel and the Chung King Mansion. Hong Kong’s vibrant energy continues well into the night, and there’s so much to see after the sun goes down.

Hong Kong After Dark: 3-Hour Night Tour

Price: from 58 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Rating: 5.0 / 5

Number of Reviews: 1

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10. Hong Kong Pub Crawl

Hong Kong 6-Hour Pub Crawl

Get ready for a raucous evening with this exciting nightlife excursion. This pub crawl leads you to five of the city’s sensational bars and clubs where you can enjoy special drink prices and free entry. The tour even includes a welcome shot at each establishment!

Hong Kong 6-Hour Pub Crawl

Price: from 13 USD

Duration: 6 hours

Rating: 3.6 / 5

Number of Reviews: 5

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Embrace the energy of Hong Kong

With some of the world’s best art, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences, Hong Kong is a city of unceasing enchantment. While 24 hours may not be enough time to see everything this wonderful city has to offer, there are still plenty of ways to make the most out of a quick trip. Get acquainted with the culture of this major metropolis and book a tour. Start planning your trip today!

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Hannah is a freelance writer, list making aficionado, and world traveler currently based in the United States. She is an avid explorer, and believes in creating new experiences to put on her bucket...Read more

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