A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 4 – Activities in Hong Kong

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Daraius and I took my parents on an around-the-world trip to the MaldivesIndia, and Hong Kong.  My step-dad, Mark, had never been outside the US, and my mom had only been to India.

We had a free stopover in Hong Kong with our Cathay Pacific flight back to the US.

Daraius and I thought it would be a great experience for them to see Hong Kong because it’s such a dynamic city!  It’s also very different from both India and the Maldives.

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We Went Shopping in Hong Kong to Search for a Remote Control Helicopter for My Step-Dad, Mark

We only spent a few days in Hong Kong during this trip.  So if you want more details about sights, shopping, and restaurants, check out the trip report from our longer stay in Hong Kong in December 2013.

A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong Index:


1.   Exploring Victoria Harbour & Hong Kong Art Museum

Because our hotel was so close to Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, we went for a walk to check out the street art.

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Their Smiling Faces Are Infectious

The sculptures were fun and whimsical.

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See What I Mean?  They’re Adorable.

We enjoyed seeing the different types of art and all the various shapes and textures.

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The Ju Ming Figures Were All So Animated and Lifelike

I especially loved the strong, elegant female statue.

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It Was an Empowering Image

A lot of people were taking pictures next to the statues.  They were pretty fun!

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Is This Art Imitating Life or Life Imitating Art?

Even though it was a cloudy day, the harbor was still very pretty!

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Hong Kong Newbie

What would we find next?

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A Child Being Lifted on the Father’s Shoulders – Another Ju Ming Sculpture

Cruise ships also use the harbor, and we saw the gigantic Queen Elizabeth parked near the ferry terminal.

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The Queen Elizabeth Does a 121 Night Cruise Around-the-World, Visiting 25 Countries

2.   Shopping

Later that day, we took the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) to go to the shopping districts.

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Mom Was Hoping to Find Clothes and Souvenirs, While Mark Was on the Hunt for a Helicopter

It was very easy to take the metro, and most of the major shopping is located just a few stops away!

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Clearly Marked Maps at Each Stop, Make It Easy to Get Around Hong Kong

We went to the Temple Street Night Market, Harbour City Mall, and Li Yuen Street East and West shopping districts.

Mark talked about getting a remote control helicopter in Asia ever since we arrived in India.  I knew just where to take him…the Temple Street night markets!

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The Moment When You Find Exactly What You’re Looking For!

They enjoyed seeing all the neon signs with Chinese characters.

We went to the mall, but most of the shops we found inside were very high end.

2.   Star Ferry

We also took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour.

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It Only Costs ~3 Hong Kong Dollars (~40 Cents) for Adults to Take the Ferry to the Other Side of the Harbour

This is a fun, cheap way to take a touristy boat ride and get to Hong Kong Island.

The ferry makes 3 stops:  Central Pier, Wan Chai pier, and Tsim Sha Tsui.

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The Ferry’s Last Stop Is ~10:30 pm Each Night

We waited just a few minutes for the ferry to arrive.

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These 2 Were Tired From All the Walking Around

There were lots of seats.  We chose a few near the window.

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Ahh…We Can Finally Rest Our Feet

If you’d like more information on activities in Hong Kong (including Victoria Peak, the Symphony of Lights, and shopping), check out our Asian Holiday trip report.

Bottom Line

Hong Kong is a city that’s full of energy and life.  It rivals Paris, London, and New York in terms of culture and infrastructure.

There’s a lot to see and do, so I’m happy we were able to return and experience more of what Hong Kong has to offer.

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2 responses to “A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 4 – Activities in Hong Kong

  1. We sat inside the Star Ferry once (more expensive). On all of our other trips, we sat outside in the ‘cheap’ seats. Much better views.

  2. Love your post! We are going there in 10 days for the first time and staying at the Intercontinental Hong Kong , very excited! What would you recommend as the best mode of transportation from the hotel, a family of four with three suit cases?

    Thank you,