If you ever stopped in Hong Kong and had to wait for more than 6 hours for your next flight, you should be able to get the most of it and fall in love with this incredible place in a second. Follow the list below and get ready to explore Hong Kong for a few hours like a local!
Things to Buy in Hong Kong
1. Hong Kong Dollars - a lifesaver for Cash Only's places
You never know if the shops accept card or not; so carrying some cash with you is somehow important. The currency in Hong Kong is Hong Kong Dollar (HKD$). There are some places also accept Chinese Yuan (RMB¥) with a very bad exchange rate. It's better to have some Hong Kong dollars ready in hand to make your trip smoother.
2. Octopus Card - the most convenient contactless smart card for everything
This handy contactless Octopus Card can take you everywhere around Hong Kong! So just make sure you top up and you will be good to go! Use it for all public transports from bus and tram to underground and ferry. You can even use it at convenience store, supermarket and many more places that you can't even imagine!
3. Souvenirs - a memory of your time in Hong Kong
You probably won't have time to buy anything in a few hours, but I suppose you would get back to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight departure time. Get something such as magnet, keychain or collectable postcard in the airport. There's quite a few high-quality souvenirs shop like Discover Hong Kong or Disney Official Store in the departure hall after security check. But I would say, the best souvenir for yourself is the photos you took during your trip, right?
1. 港幣 - 用於「只收現金」的地方
你總是不知道商店會否接受信用卡，那帶點港幣在身上就顯得很重要了。香港的貨幣是港幣 HKD$，有些商店也會接受人民幣 RMB¥，不過當然匯率就不會很好了。所以為了你的旅程順暢一點，還是帶一點港幣吧！
2. 八達通卡 - 超級方便的多用途智能交通卡
3. 紀念品 - 在香港的美好回憶
在幾小時內你可能買不了什麼，不過我想你們都會提早兩個小時回到機場的吧。那你們可以考慮在機場買一點像磁貼、鑰匙扣或一些收藏用的明信片。過了安檢後那裡都有很多高質素的紀念品店，就好像迪士尼官方商店和 Discover Hong Kong 的紀念品店。不過我還是覺得，你拍到的照片已經是在香港最好的紀念品了吧。
Ways to Travel in Hong Kong
4. Airport Express - the quickest way to get you to town from the airport
Airport Express takes you to city centre in no time! This is probably the best way for you to get to town especially when you are in a hurry. With the massive connection of MTR, buses, minibuses, trams, ferries and other public transports, you can go wherever you want without any limitation!
4. 機場快線 - 以最快的速度從機場到市區
5. The Star Ferry - the cheapest way to view the Victoria Harbour over the sea
I could still remember a tourist asked me how to get to Victoria Harbour, and I told her that she could either swim or take the Star Ferry otherwise she would never be able to get there. Well, of course I knew what she actually meant. But this is really hard to say. The location would be different since it depends if you want to see the harbour from Kowloon side or from the opposite Hong Kong Island. I suggest that you take the ferry to Central or Wan Chai from Tsim Sha Tsui, where you would be able to see the skyline of both side at the same time.
5. 天星小輪 - 以最便宜的價格在海上看維多利亞港
6. The Ding Ding Tram - the slowest way to explore Hong Kong Island
You will only be able to see trams in Hong Kong Island. They have a very cute nickname 'Ding Ding' because of their signature warning sound. You know one is approaching when you hear the sound of 'ding ding' from a distance. This cheap, drive-in-a-slow-speed and somehow romantic tram experience takes you on a very local journey that you will never forget. Be sure to check it out if you have spare time!
6. 叮叮電車 - 以最慢的車速欣賞香港
Places to Go in Hong Kong
7. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfont - for the best skyline of Hong Kong Island
Nothing else in Hong Kong beats the skyline of Hong Kong Island! No doubt with that when I finally saw such beautiful sunset with one of the best views of Hong Kong. The best places for the best view from Tsim Sha Tsui are Ocean Terminal Deck, Harbour City shopping centre, Star Ferry Pier and Avenue of stars. Let's get your camera ready for it!
7. 尖沙咀海旁 - 為了看到最棒的香港海岸線
8. Clock Tower - one of the busiest district in Tsim Sha Tsui
Basically you would never missed this stop if you explored Tsim Sha Tsui. This clock tower (Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower) might look less interesting to you but this area is definitely one of the busiest district in Hong Kong. You will be able to find not only the clock tower, but also the signature Hong Kong styled ice-cream truck Mobile Softee, the newly reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art, and also the Hong Kong Space Museum next door.
8. 鐘樓 - 尖沙咀最繁忙的區域之一
Food to Eat in Hong Kong
9. Dim Sum - the signature dish of Cantonese food
You can't leave Hong Kong without a proper dim sum meal. It's a shame that I can't list out everything here as there are too many dishes you have to try in a food paradise but I imagine you only have a bit of time for a layover. So put dim sum as your very first priority! Siu mai, steamed shrimp dumpling as you can see from the picture, char siu bao (barbecue pork bun), cheung fun (rice roll) and spring roll that are five top dim sums that you should try! Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan, Social Place or Dragon Noodles Academy are some good dim sum restaurants that you might consider giving it a go if you are in Central.
9. 點心 - 廣東菜的招牌美食
10. Sweet Soup - not that kind of soup you would ever known of
It's always a dessert time after a big meal, right? If you couldn't find an egg tart or bubble waffle in a street at night, why not trying something in a dessert restaurant instead? Cong Sao Star Dessert and Kai Kai Dessert are both best-known for their traditional sweet soups. Mango sago pomelo pudding is something that I always go for, or alternatively I'd choose tofu pudding if I wanted something else.
10. 糖水 - 並不是你想像中的那些湯水
Let me know if you had a short-yet-great time in Hong Kong?