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So you’ve got a one-day stopover in Hong Kong, and you’re wondering what to do. Truth be told, a single day isn’t enough to take in all that this eclectic metropolis has to offer. However, if that’s all the time you’ve got, this 24-hour itinerary will help you make the most of your brief stay in one of Asia’s most exciting cities.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade: You’ve seen the stunning pictures of Hong Kong’s iconic harbor; now’s your chance to admire it for yourself. A stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade offers an uninterrupted view of one of the most famous skylines in the world.
Street Markets: It’s not just a shopping trip — a visit to Hong Kong’s atmospheric street markets is a cultural experience and a dazzling spectacle. Start at the notorious Ladies Market, Hong Kong’s most popular bargain-hunting destination for all manner of clothes, toys, accessories, and bric-a-brac.
The Goldfish Market is right by the Ladies Market. A favorite spot among photographers, this fascinating stretch of Tung Choi Street features fish of all sizes, colors and shapes arranged in rows of transparent plastic bags. Next, walk north and cross Prince Edward Road to admire the fragrant Flower Market on Flower Market Road, and the exotic Bird Market on Yuen Po Street.
Star Ferry: Before it gets dark, make your way back to the Kowloon waterfront for a cross-harbour ride to Central on Hong Kong’s historic Star Ferry. Watching the spectacular skyscrapers of Central approach as you enjoy the breeze on your face makes for an unforgettable ride.
Dinner and drinks in SoHo: “SoHo” is short for “South of Hollywood Road.” This stylish neighborhood is the epicenter of Hong Kong’s dining scene. The area is packed with hip little bars and restaurants filled with Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan set, and you’ll be sure to stumble across a restaurant you can’t resist. To get there, take the Mid-Levels Escalator from 100 Queen’s Road, Central, and get off at Staunton Street or Elgin Street.
Dim Sum Brunch: You didn’t think you were going to leave Hong Kong without having dim sum, did you? Restaurants that serve dim sum in Hong Kong span all budgets: There’s the highly affordable Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, and the decently-priced elegant Lock Cha Tea House. If you’re looking for something swankier, you can’t go wrong with Mott 32 or Lung King Heen.
Man Mo Temple: If you’ve still got a bit of time left, the historic Man Mo Temple is well worth a visit. This Taoist temple was built in 1847. Worshippers come here to pay their respects to the gods of literature (“man”) and war (“mo”). Once you enter, you’ll be struck by the heady scent of incense and the sight of rows upon rows of spiral incense coils suspended from the ceiling.