Tips for your stopover in Hong Kong

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Would you like to make a stopover in Hong Kong on your trip? Then you will find many useful tips here.

Hong Kong is not a classic stopover destination on the way to Southeast Asia because it is too far east, but it is definitely interesting for a flight to Indonesia or the Philippines. And if you love metropolises like Bangkok or Singapore , you will also enjoy your stay in Hong Kong.

The former British colony has preserved its traditional Chinese side in addition to all the glittering facades and shopping malls. What also makes Hong Kong very attractive for a stopover is the small area of ​​the city and therefore many of the sights are close to each other.

Depending on how much time you have, you can either limit yourself to Hong Kong Island or visit the more traditional Kowloon with the famous ferry. The city even has some beaches where you can cool off on the hot days.

Travel tips for Hong Kong

Key facts at a glance:

Visa requirements

German citizens can enter Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa.

getting there

Maybe you still know the spectacular images of the landing airplanes between the skyscrapers. The approach is no longer so breathtaking, because the new airport is located just outside the city. Nevertheless, it is very well connected to the city and depending on the means of transport and wherever you want, you need less than half an hour to the destination.
The fastest, most convenient, but as always the most expensive option is the taxi. Depending on which district of Hong Kong you go to, they have different colors and the trip costs from 30 euros.

The cheapest option is the bus at around 5 euros. You can recognize the lines during the day by the A in front of the number and at night by the N.

If you have taken a hotel in Hong Kong, you should check beforehand whether one of the bus stops is nearby. The Metro is probably the best value for money. The trip is a little more than 10 euros more expensive than if you take the subway in the city, but it is not in a traffic jam and takes you directly to the center.

Luggage / Clothing

If you stay in Hong Kong and can take all your luggage with you to the hotel, you don't have to worry as much. However, if you are only in town for a few hours, your checked baggage may not be returned to you until the final destination of your trip. The suitcase that you use for your hand luggage should therefore also include the right clothing for your stay in Hong Kong. Note temperature differences!

By the way, there is a luggage storage counter at the Hong Kong airport. You can leave your suitcase there for a certain amount of time (from 12 Hong Kong euros an hour).

Sightseeing in Hong Kong during the day

Victoria Peak

If you only have a few hours in Hong Kong and visit the city during the day, then the trip to Victoria Peak is a must.

From up here you have a breathtaking view of the sea from high-rise buildings. For this you can comfortably take the Metro to Central or better Admirality and walk from there to Hong Kong Park.

This beautifully designed green lung with a pond, greenhouse, bird aviary and the oldest colonial house, the Flagstaff House, is definitely worth a visit before the historic Peak Tram goes up.

If you want to save yourself some money, you do not go to the paid viewing platform, but to the roof of the small shopping center next to it. From here you have an equally spectacular view.

St. John's Cathedral Bank of China

When you get back down there is the time-honored St. John's Cathedral on Garden Road.

The building was built in 1849 in the style of 13th century English Gothic and is the seat of the archbishop. A modern highlight, the Bank of China building, is within sight of the harbor.

At over 300 meters, it was once the tallest building in the world and is still an eye-catcher thanks to its special architecture made from a triangular scaffold. However, due to the disregard for feng shui, which is so important in China, it has not only received praise.

Soho Times Square

Depending on how much time you have left, you can now dive into Wellington St, Queens Road or Des Voeux Road in a northwesterly direction (to the left) into the lively city life. You can either stroll through Soho and ride the famous Central Mid-Level Escalator, or take a "trip into the future" in the opposite direction around Times Square at Causeway Bay. Every shopaholic is guaranteed to get his money's worth here.

Victoria Harbor

Don't miss out on a visit to Victoria Harbor. Countless ferries, excursion and fishing boats operate on the narrow strait between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon on the mainland.

Further out you can see the huge cargo and container ships, because the port is still one of the largest in the world. If the clock is not already ticking, then take the ferry to the other side, because from there you have an amazing view of the famous and probably the most beautiful skyline in the world.

The old brick clock tower greets visitors to the left of the pier. It was built in 1915 by the British as part of the Kowloon-Canton train station. The Avenue of the Stars, located to the right of the pier, is not really worth a visit.

A stroll through the neighboring quarter Tsim Sha Tsui is worthwhile. In Kowloon, for example, you can find a lot of authentic Chinese life on Nathan Road or in one of the countless markets, such as the goldfish or flower market.

Evening / night in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak

Even if your visit falls in the evening, Hong Kong still has enough to offer. To get to the peak you have to be at the station by 11 p.m. at the latest, because at midnight the train stops operating until 7 a.m.

But don't worry, there is still enough to see. After dark, life pulsates especially on the mainland in Kowloon. Depending on the time, the subway or ferries between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island still operate.

Symphony of lights

As soon as it gets dark, the skyscrapers at the harbor begin to wake up and the Symphony of Lights lets them shine in countless colors and patterns. Music is played for this impressive light and laser show and the skyscrapers are introduced at the beginning. The start is at 8 p.m.

Skybars

If you want to go high, the ICC tower (International Commerce Center) offers two options. The Sky100 viewing platform offers a spectacular 360-degree view on the 100th floor. If you want to go a little higher and are dressed a little fancier, you can enjoy a drink in what is probably the world's highest skybar. We're talking about the Ozone Bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Right at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula is the Tsim Sha Tsui district, popular both during the day and with night owls. Here you will find many shops, restaurants and bars.

Temple Street Market

If you'd rather stroll through rows of stalls, Temple Street Market is the place for you. After dark until midnight, everything from T-shirts to knick-knacks is on sale. But act absolutely! You can strengthen yourself at one of the many food stalls, which build their plastic stools in between.

But no one even goes to sleep on Hong Kong Island and you will find countless bars and restaurants on one of the most popular nightlife spots in the Lan Kwai Fong district. There are also chic bars and restaurants in the modern Soho district.

restaurants

In Hong Kong, no one has to go hungry, you're more spoiled for choice. Basically, Chinese food is cheap in simple restaurants, while Western food, in particular, is really good.

Din Tai Fung

In Hong Kong, you have the option to eat in a Michelin star restaurant for relatively little money. For example, in Yee Wo Street in the Causeway Bay district, guests are served handmade Wantan specialties.

Ser Wong

The last snake restaurant in the city is a bit more traditional. While not only snake dishes are served, Ser Wong on Cochrane Road in Central is famous for that. The snake soup is very tasty and affordable.

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