A recent client visit while traveling onward to Vietnam, why not stop briefly in Hong Kong to overcome jet lag and gently begin the absorption into a new culture.
Thursday (Breakfast & Lunch) – Hong Kong
Your Journey Guide will meet you at the Hotel Lobby and we begin by immersing you in the more traditional side of Hong Kong Island which is where the city and its residents’ roots lie. You will explore the old streets of Western and Central District where the traditional cafes are open for breakfast. You will try a traditional breakfast in a local Dai Pai Dong (street café) and have a famous “pantyhose” milk tea where stockings are used to drain the tea leaves.
We then suggest a visit to one of the city’s Dried Provisions Markets where all types of weird and wonderful dried food is available. Your guides will help explain their different uses in cooking, preparation of tonic soups and even in traditional medicines. We then suggest a visit to the atmospheric Man Mo Temple located on Hollywood Road. No visitors can claim that their journey is complete until they have paid a visit to The Peak and the stunning views over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor from the Peak are the highlights for most visitors to this vibrant city.After a local lunch, your next stop is Aberdeen, an active fishing harbor on the Southern side of Hong Kong Island, where we can offer a ride in the traditional boat called a Sampan (which has become a symbol of Hong Kong over the years) to observe the fishing “junks”. Afterwards, we offer the option of some retail therapy at Stanley Market located in the former colonial outpost.
Friday (Lunch & Afternoon Tea) – Hong Kong
This morning, your Guide will show you around the more local Kowloon district. You will visit the traditional Chinese Nan Lian Gardens and the nearby Chi Lin Nunnery whilst making a stop at the Wong Tai Sin Temple which is popular with locals praying for good health and prosperity. Later, you have time to explore some of local markets in Kowloon starting from the Jade Market which has more than 400 registered stall-owners sell ornaments, necklaces and trinkets made from the revered green stone.We include a traditional Dim Sum Lunch at the local Tim Ho Wan Restaurant (the cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in the world). In the afternoon, enjoy an experience of local, urban Chinese lifestyles, through Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok – the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula. Walking through Goldfish Market and Flower Market is an exciting and memorable experience of traditional past times of local people. We suggest a stop at the Mido Café to try some traditional Hong Kong style afternoon tea. After visiting one of the city’s oldest streets, Shanghai Street, you will return to your hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.
Lantau Tour (Lunch):
Today you will make an excursion to visit Lantau Island which is the largest of all the out-lying islands in Hong Kong. The tour begins with the ferry from Central to Mui Wo and this morning, you will visit Tai O Village, a traditional fishing village where time seems to stand still amidst the peaceful surroundings. Next, travel up the rolling hills of Lantau and at the top is the Big Buddha, the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world. Close-up views come at the cost of 268 steps to the statue. A simple lunch is offered and this afternoon, visit the Po Lin Monastery, an active Buddhist Monastery that is nestled among scenic mountains on the island. Afterwards, take a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, which offers breathtaking views down to the new town of Tung Chung and from here, you will be transferred back to your hotel in town.
*The Government restricts private vehicle licenses on Lantau Island so today, we will use the clean and efficient public transport system whilst we offer a private transfer from Tung Chung, at the end of the tour, back to your hotel.Enchanting- quick peek or add another day, we would be happy to delight your senses and add some exclusive opportunities…