Arrive at 3 PM: Nosh out with dim sum at LockCha Tea House
Cantonese cuisine simply isn’t complete without a nice helping of dim sum. Relax and refuel at LockCha Tea House, where vegetarian dim sum is their speciality.
4 PM: Lai Chi Kok Park
Enjoy traditional Chinese architecture at the Lingnan Garden inside Lai Chi Kok park, along with nature and breezy views. Roomy and spacious enough for all visitors, this park will let you stretch out your legs a bit in a relaxing way.
5 PM: Moko Shopping Mall
Bliss out in retail therapy and pick up some gifts as you wander the six floors of this high-low end shopping mall, complete with a cavernous food court with reasonable prices.
7 PM: Temple Street Night Market
Check out cheap thrills and snacks at Temple Street Night Market, where all manner of trinkets, fresh juices and souvenirs can be had for bargain prices… and bargaining is highly recommended. Start out with 50% off, and don’t buy for less than 20% off! Pro tourist tip: keep a close watch on your belongings, this market gets crowded and pickpockets are rampant.
8 AM: Big Buddha & Lantau Island Boat Trip
Depart early in the day to get the most out of Lantau Island, where you can visit the Tai O village-on-stilts. It’s highly recommended to buy package tickets in advance to skip the lines. There are plenty of street eats, marketplace goodies and even tea ceremony opportunities as you stroll through the village. Then take a tram car to Big Buddha and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, where sweeping views of the bay and (of course) Big Buddha will make your trip that much more memorable.
12 PM: Lunch at Po Lin Monastery
For a no-frills, canteen-style lunch, check out Po Lin Monastery, situated conveniently close to Big Buddha. Food is average, but cheap if you decide to visit Big Buddha as you can purchase your ticket to include a meal. Set menu includes soup, spring rolls and four veggie dishes with rice.
2 PM: Hong Kong Tramways
Ding ding! Hop aboard this extremely cheap tram (around $3.50 USD) for a ride around the whole of Hong Kong island. Many prefer the relaxing, slightly slower pace and open-air option of these trams to the overcrowded and hectic MTR train system. An affordable way to see the city without breaking a sweat!
5 PM: Pure Veggie House
Hungry yet? Get ready to veg out at Pure Veggie House, which serves Buddhist-inspired counter-culture cuisine. Their dim sum menu is bomb (lunch only), and so is their combination hot pot. Pick from a variety of sauces, and make sure to order their popular Ma Po Tofu dish.
7 PM: Hok Tau Reservoir
Feeling batty? Head over to Hok Tau Reservoir and tap into your inner bat with a peaceful night walking tour. Amid the high-pitched squeaks of native bats, try to observe other nocturnal creatures. As you near the end of the reservoir, keep walking towards the deserted village of Sha Lo Tung, home to many species of fireflies eager to mate. A natural light show awaits you!
9 PM: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or Golden Bauhinia Square
Wind down the night and catch a dazzling light show right on the banks of Victoria Harbor at either Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or Golden Bauhinia Square. Costing approximately 44 million HK dollars to produce, this spectacular light show includes a synchronized soundtrack, laser lights and shimmering colors focused around five themes: Heritage, Awakening, Energy, Partnership and Celebration. It’s not to be missed!
8 AM: Victoria Peak
Lines will be long with this touristy site, but a necessary ritual when in Hong Kong. Check out the views from on high and linger for the sunrise that casts a refreshing glow across the island.
10 AM: Breakfast at Confusion
No confusion here: this highly-rated 100% vegan cafe serves up a hearty western-style meal with their breakfast set, all while observing zero-waste ethics. Check out their homemade lemonades and desserts while you’re at it!
Fragrant plants will send you off in an invigorating way as you browse this verdant marketplace. Continue walking down towards Fa Yuen street, where bargain-priced clothing and fun souvenirs are a good last-minute option for those procrastinators!