Next month, we'll be visiting Hong Kong for the first time! Below is a loose, five day itinerary. I say 'loose' because we'd like to be open to unplanned moments. Our stay in Hong Kong actually spans 7 days but we'll be arriving in the evening and leaving in the afternoon, so we're accounting for that (and jet lag). We've never published an itinerary before because we typically prefer spontaneity over a rigid schedule, so things will likely change... but here's what we've got so far:
We've arranged a ride to pick us up at the airport and get us to our accommodations. If we're not totally messed up after the flight, we'd like to explore the area surrounding the hotel. Maybe we'll grab dinner at Three Monkeys because it's within walking distance. We'll do our best to sleep through the night so that we can be adjusted. (I've read it's a placebo but melatonin tablets have been a lifesaver for me... and not just when traveling).
Maybe I'm worrying too much about jet lag, but our plan is to have a leisurely first day and just wander around Central Hong Kong Island.
We'd like to find somewhere to do high tea for brunch / lunch. There are a few to choose from. If you've been to one, we'd love to hear your review!
On this day, we're probably going to ride the Peak Tram. I did a search for "when to visit" and Google has a 'Popular Times' dropdown menu, with a chart, right on the search page - so handy! Mondays seem to be the least busy. We're going to buy the HK $85 tickets to get a view from Sky Terrace and try and arrange it so we can see day and night views. Although, we have heard that it's better to take a taxi up to avoid the queue and maybe even save a few dollars.
I'm excited to visit the Tian Tan Buddha! It looks so beautiful. We'll be visiting on a holiday so it may be packed with locals in addition to tourists. Fortunately, you can pre-purchase tickets to avoid waiting in line. (There seems to be a theme of me not wanting to wait. Maybe I need a lesson in patience... I just want to see as much as possible!)
On our last full day, we'll be visiting Kowloon. This is also the day we'll visit the ladies market, goldfish and bird market, and watch the light show at Victoria Harbour in the evening.
Finish packing. Maybe grab breakfast at The Cupping Room - we don't drink coffee but they seem to have familiar breakfast items that might be better than trying something foreign before a flight.
Ride to the airport.
Ride to the airport.
Have you been to Hong Kong? I've made a pinterest board of places I'd like to visit.
Is there anything we're missing?
ALSO: Thanks for leaving all these great travel tips in the comment section of our GIVEAWAY. I agree with so many and want to respond to all of them... and might do that when the giveaway is over, at the end of the month. You can still enter here!
The upside of the sometimes foggy, always unpredictable, weather of San Francisco is that each visit to Mount Davidson feels like an entirely new experience. These are some more iPhone photos taken during a sunrise where we couldn't see the sun: