Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis where global businesses thrive.
Because business travelers like you play a part in helping to make it happen, we’ve put together some of our favorite travel observations and insights to make your business and leisure travel there a little more memorable. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned road warrior, let us show you the way.
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What to do in six hours or less
For some, travel to Hong Kong is a well-choreographed affair planned with plenty of time to take in every impressive sight around the city. But what happens when you find yourself here for a last-minute business trip without much notice? Maybe you’re in town for a quick meeting or perhaps in the airport for a layover. Sure, you could spend the time in front of your computer, but we believe you deserve a little fun. So we’ve gathered our staff together to provide their tips on what you can do with less than six hours in Hong Kong. After reading, we think you’ll agree. There’s no reason not to get out and explore.
“There is no better way to see Hong Kong’s amazing skyline than from the water. If you’ve been cooped up in meetings or on a plane for many hours, the gentle rush of wind on the water is a great way to recharge. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the famous pink dolphins that call the waters surrounding the city home.” —Robecta M.
“If you’re looking to get a little sun and surf, the Pui O beach is your best bet. A 30-minute taxi ride from the airport, it’s a beautiful, not-too-crowded place to relax for a few hours.” —Wayne C.
“If you like dim sum, there’s no better city in the world to enjoy it in than Hong Kong. And did you know, right in the heart of the city is a dim sum restaurant that’s won a Michelin Star? Known as Tim Ho Wan, if you go, you can expect long lines outside the doors but the wait is well worth it.” —Susan C.
“Recognized as one of the most elegant meeting places in Hong Kong, a 45-minute ride on the Airport Express/MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui will get you to the spectacular Peninsula Hotel, where high tea is an art. Enjoy decadent finger foods and rich deserts in turn-of-the-century opulence.” —Shennan W.
“As far as eclectic things to do packed into one single spot go, there’s no better place to visit than Mong Kok, a multi-block area that has everything from bird shops and flower markets to an amazing amount of sneaker stores. A great way to spend an hour or half a day.” —Bianca M.
“With its picturesque grounds and amazing collection of animals, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are one of my favourite places to visit in the city. Not too far from Victoria Peak, a trip from the airport takes about 40 minutes. Take Airport Express/MTR to Central, Exit D1.” —Eric O.
“Right next door to Disneyland is a lovely place called Inspiration Lake, where locals like to go to for picnics. Great in autumn when the weather gets a little cooler, it’s not the typical place tourists ever hear about. To get there, take the MTR and stop at Sunny Bay station for the shuttle to the lake.” —Wing M.
“When it comes to famous Hong Kong movie stars, most people think only of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Truth is, Hong Kong has quite a rich movie history. If you’re looking to discover it, there’s no better way than to do the star walk. Take the Airport Express to Hong Kong station. Walk to the pier and take the Star ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s an easy walk with stunning views of the harbor.” —Julie J.
“While China in general is usually associated with tea, in the last few years, a coffee scene has started to emerge in and around Hong Kong. My favorite places to visit are Elephant Grounds, Cafe Deadend and Omotesando Coffee, although maybe not all in the same day.” —Raissa C.
“Hong Kong is surrounded by mountains and over a hundred years ago, the only way to get up the sides of many of them was by taking a funicular, a cable-pulled rail car that ran on an incline rail track. Believe or not, there’s still one in operation in today. Called the Peak Tram, it takes visitors up to the top of Victoria Peak. Departing from its terminus on Garden Road (nearest MTR: Central), it’s a lovely trip in and of itself, or a great way to get a remarkable view of sunset and the city lights far below.” —Joyce C.
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