On a business trip to Hong Kong and only have one day to enjoy the city? Sounds sad but you can still have fun touring the city's most popular attractions. Below is a suggested itinerary for someone in a hurry. The key is to start the day early and have a good rest the night before. Hopefully, a good night's rest will give you enough energy to enjoy whatever Hong Kong has to offer.
Start your day with an early morning walk along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in Kowloon, which offers a breathtaking view of Vicotria Harbor and Central's skyline on the other side. Located at the promenade's eastern end is the Avenue of Stars which features hand prints and statues of Hong Kong celebrities like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
Tsim Sha Tsui is home to some of Hong Kong's biggest museums such as the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, which are located at the southern waterfront. Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Science Museum are situated in the East. If you are pressed for time but would like to get some Hong Kong culture, visit Hong Kong Museum of Art. It features an impressive collection of Chinese antiquities and fine art, including bronzes, paintings, and ceramics, shown on a rotating basis. It is relatively small compared to other museums in the area so you'll be able to complete a tour in an hour or less.
A Hong Kong vacation is not complete without a trip across Victoria Harbour to Central aboard one of the Star Ferries. These iconic ferries have been plying the waters between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since 1898. The ferry ride is an experience in itself, offering spectacular views of the city from the harbor's calm waters.
From Central Ferry Pier, head to Victoria Peak by taking shuttle bus no. 15C to the Peak Tram Station. Another iconic mode of transportation in Hong Kong, the Peak Tram has been taking passengers for an 8-minute climb up Victoria Peak since 1888. Once at the Peak, enjoy the fantastic views from the summit of Hong Kong Island's highest hill. The Peak Tower has an observation platform with 360-degree panoramic views.
Once you had enough of the breathtaking vistas the Peak has to offer, take the Peak Tram back to Central and walk 10 minutes to the Central MTR station, where you should board the subway for Tsim Sha Tsui Station going to Nathan Road, also called the "Golden Mile of Shopping." A smorgasbord of shops selling a wide array of merchandise including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other goods, can be seen in this famous shopping street in Kowloon.
Take a break from shopping and head to the nearby The Peninsula for afternoon tea. While having your tea, pastries and scones, enjoy the iconic hotel's ornate lobby and magnificent architecture, which dates back to 1928.
Head to eastern Tsim Sha Tsui for the Hong Kong Museum of History and its exhibits providing a quick glimpse of Hong Kong's History: its beginning as a small fishing village through its years as a British colony.
Experience some night street shopping at Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong's most famous night market with stalls selling everything from Chinese souvenirs to clothing and accessories. Side attractions include fortunetellers and street opera singers.
End your one-day Hong Kong tour at Knutsford Terrace, a pedestrian alley located north of Kimberley Road which is home to a myriad of restaurants and bars offering al fresco dining, an assortment of local and international cuisines and live entertainment.