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What to do in Hong Kong in April 2015 ?

We (2) are going to Hong Kong for 8 nights. I'm at a loss of where to stay and what to do other then the BIG tourist stops. Are there any local human guides ? Any great deals to be have ? We want to go to Disneyland but is it worth it to get a room ?  

Thanks for the any help

2 Answers

top answer by
Sophia from Hong Kong

Depending on how much cash you want to save and how far you are willing to travel every day, will make a huge difference on which hotel to stay in. To be honest, in Hong Kong, you're pretty safe no matter where you go.

The only thing different about April is that we have a public holiday here called Ching Ming. It's basically a Grave Sweeping holiday. I've heard of a few tourists visiting the larger graveyards here (it's one of the few places where all different religions are buried together in a single area) so maybe best to avoid on those days. Other than that Hong Kong there's not much to be weary of at that time of year.

Insider tips on what to do:

Before you go anywhere or do anything, find a subway station (known as the MTR here). It's the easiest, quickest, cheapest mode of transport. Buy something called an Octopus Card (if you go to information they can point you further). Basically you put down a HK$50 deposit which you get back when you hand it in on your departure. If you put $200 on it will easily last you the week. It works in any train, bus, convenient store and mcdonalds. Even some pharmacies here let you pay with it! It'll make your life easier in the long run.

Disneyland - I'm a massive fan. Whether or not the hotel is worth it, I can't tell you, but probably not. If you want the whole Disney experience (breakfast with the stars etc.) it's probably better to go to one of the bigger ones, though I'm sure this one is nice too. 

Make sure you don't miss the Lion King show or the fireworks. They really make the whole day.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is an often missed adventure. It's a little outside of town but on the train it's an easy trip (about 45 minutes from Central). There are about 1000 stairs so be weary if you're not keen on climbing. But the whole way up there are buddhas and interesting people to meet. It's great for photography. 

Lamma Island is another great trip. It's one of the outlying islands very close to Hong Kong (about 40 minutes by ferry) and it offers some of the best seafood you can get for quite low prices. We always book through Winsea Seafood Restaurant called "Rainbow". They offer a free ferry there and back, which can pick you up from either side of Hong Kong. It's a great way to see the whole of Hong Kong harbour as you sail past.

Fa Yuen St & Mong Kok Rd and Ladies' Market are two MUSTS. Fa Yuen Street is a local market. No haggling, all prices are written down, which makes it a really easy place to shop. They have lots of fresh fruit shops, clothes, etc., all for cheap local prices. On the other hand you have Ladies Market, which is for tourist-y things and a great place to get presents!

5) Another great day trip is Stanley Market. They do lots of local housewares and clothes. Basically any Chinese tea sets, table runners, chopsticks, etc. that you may want to buy you will get here for peanuts. 

On the way I'd suggest stopping at a beach temple in Repulse Bay
It is directly on the beach and is another great photo op!

6) Finally, of course, you can't forget the Victoria Peak My advice: On the way up take the Peak Tram. The incline and the view going up is a wonder in itself.

On the way down, I'd take the bus. There are so many amazing things to see (particularly how crazy small the road is and how big the bus is!) If you take the number 10 bus to Central it'll drop you off at the Star Ferry Pier. Which in itself is definitely worth doing (round trip takes about half an hour. 

Enjoy! x

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Disneyland (attraction)
  2. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (attraction)
  3. Lamma Island (island)
  4. Winsea Seafood Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Fa Yuen St & Mong Kok Rd (attraction)
  6. Ladies' Market (attraction)
  7. Stanley Market (attraction)
  8. Repulse Bay (neighborhood)
  9. Victoria Peak (attraction)
  10. Peak Tram (attraction)
  11. Star Ferry Pier (attraction)
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answered first by
Larry from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Eat and enjoy the people and how clean the place is.

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