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First thing to do after landing?

Traveling to Hong Kong (and Asia) for the first time! I live for the feeling of landing in a new place and exploring the unknown.

What's the very first thing I should do in Hong Kong after landing there from California? Nothing is off limits as I'm pretty adventurous and open to ideas.

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Get yourself an octopus card at the airport- tourist public transport pass covering Star Ferry, buses, MTR and trams-swipe and go-saves fumbling at ticket machines and will save you a bit of money. Also busing into the city is cheaper by far than Airport Express train.

Take Star Ferry from Central to Kowloon-walk along waterfront for good views of Victoria Harbour- at night Symphony of Lights on the harbour. You can take a boat ride around the harbour to watch this, but can be seen just as well on shore for far less money. Tsim Sha Tsui for shopping-avoiding tailor and watch selling touts-go to the various markets there. Macau Ferry Terminal-a day trip-ferry ride pleasant unless bad weather-peek into some of the casinos. Stanley Market-bus ride there gives an overview of island, Peak tram a must for the view. Try some of the reality escape games-look up on internet for details-Amaze 60, HK Escape, Mr Escape, Lost HK all offer this experience. Some great art galleries. Ride the mid-levels escalators. Take cable car to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. To swim- Repulse Bay, Hung Shing Ye Beach on Lamma Island or windsurf at Cheung Chau. Lots of hiking trails round the peak and on Lantau Island. You won't be bored!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kowloon (region)
  2. Victoria Harbour (attraction)
  3. Tsim Sha Tsui (neighborhood)
  4. Macau Ferry Terminal (attraction)
  5. Stanley Market (attraction)
  6. Tian Tan Buddha (attraction)
  7. Po Lin Monastery (attraction)
  8. Lantau Island (attraction)
  9. Repulse Bay (neighborhood)
  10. Hung Shing Ye Beach (attraction)
  11. Lamma Island (island)
  12. Cheung Chau (attraction)
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answered by
Brett from Eindhoven

Take a ride on the Star Ferry, whose Hong Kong Island terminal is located not too far from the Hong Kong station of the Airport Express train from the airport.  This will give you a great view of the city, both the Kowloon Peninsula side and Hong Kong Island.  Wander the Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon Island side, and then head up through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, or even up into Mong Kok or Kowloon Tong for the local markets.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Star Ferry (attraction)
  2. Avenue of Stars (attraction)
  3. Tsim Sha Tsui (neighborhood)
  4. Mong Kok (city)
  5. Kowloon Tong (neighborhood)
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answered first by
Peter from Munich

You should watch the A Symphony of Lights or go up to Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is beautiful no matter what time of the day. You have a great and stunning view of the city during the day and even at night, when everything is lid up.

Also to recommend is go downtown. there you can see all the great architecture. 

If you are adventures go out to the Po Lin Monastery. But that is more like a day trip.

Also if you like to go shopping for electronics and such things go to Sham Shui Po

This place has everything and is one of the cheaper places not as expensive as the usual tourist markets.

And here some more about Hong Kong:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. A Symphony of Lights (attraction)
  2. Victoria Peak (attraction)
  3. Po Lin Monastery (attraction)
  4. Sham Shui Po (neighborhood)
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answered by
Perla from Alexandria (Virginia)

If you have time, go to Macau. There is a ferry from/to Hong Kong

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Macau (city)
  2. Hong Kong (city)
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