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A 12-Hour Tour of Hong Kong

Hong Kong harbor with cruise ship
Above: Hong Kong Victoria Harbor viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

You have just 12 hours in Hong Kong? Here is a sample itinerary touring some key attractions that you can follow on your own.

  1. get out of the plane and through immigrations and customs (takes about 1 hour)
  2. take Airport Express to HK (see airport transportation) (takes about 1/2 hour)
  3. see main buildings in Central (allow about 1/2 hour)
  4. take open-top bus to Peak Tram station (takes about 20 minutes, wating incl.)
  5. ride Peak Tram up to the Victoria Peak (takes about 1/2 hour, but sometimes the line could be very long and may take 1.5 hours.)
  6. look around (allow about 45 minutes)
  7. take Peak Tram down (takes about 1/2 hour, waiting incl.)
  8. walk to and see Bank of China building (takes about 1/2 hour)
  9. walk down through Cheung Kong Park to City Hall (takes about 1/2 hour)
  10. *have dim-sum lunch at restaurant in City Hall (note: dim sum is served only in the morning and through lunch hour (allow about 1.5 hours, waiting incl.)
  11. walk to new Star Ferry pier (takes about 20 minutes)
  12. ride Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui (takes about 15 minutes, wating incl.)
  13. walk on Tsim Sha Tsui promenade (allow about 1/2 hour)
  14. *watch Symphony of Lights laser show (usually 8 pm nightly) (takes about 1/2 hour)
  15. walk to MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station (takes about 20 minutes)
  16. ride the MTR (subway) to the "Central" station (takes about 15 minutes, wating incl.)
  17. walk to the Airport Express terminal at "Hong Kong" station (interconnected to the "Central" station) (takes about 20 minutes)
  18. ride the Airport Express back to the airport (takes about 1/2 hour)
  19. go through immigrations ( allow 1/2 hour)
  20. shop around inside restricted area of the airport before boarding (if time permits)

*Depending on the time of day you are in Hong Kong, between the dim-sum lunch at City Hall and Symphony of Lights laser show, probably only one can fit into your schedule since they both have a time constraint.

A word of caution: all the times given are very approximate. Besides, there is walking (the speed of which depends on the individual) and waiting involved; so watch your time so that you don't miss your flight. Something to encourage you not to miss your flight: hotel rooms in Hong Kong are very expensive especially when you don't have advance booking.


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