4D3N Muslim-Friendly Itinerary For Your Future Getaway To Hong Kong


Atiqah Mokhtar •  May 20, 2020

No matter how many times we have been to Hong Kong, there’s always something to miss about this city! From the bustling streets and shopping malls to awesome theme parks and nature sights, a trip to Hong Kong (that’s just a 4-hour flight away!) is always totally worth it ? Our team here at HHWT have been fortunate enough to visit Hong Kong multiple times, and we’re definitely missing this amazing place. We bet you are too! So we’ve put together a 4D3N Muslim-friendly Hong Kong itinerary for repeat visitors so that you can go forth and continue exploring this city when it's safe to start travelling again. 

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 Get ready for an exciting trip, filled with some of the latest attractions Hong Kong has to offer ?

P.S. First-timer to Hong Kong? Check out our previous itinerary and Muslim-friendly guides for conquering the city!

Day 1

Arrival in Hong Kong

  • Fly into Hong Kong International Airport - we usually recommend our readers to depart on the morning flight so you can arrive in Hong Kong by noon and have time to explore the city for the rest of the day ? 
  • Scoot and Singapore Airlines fly direct from Singapore to Hong Kong, while AirAsia and Garuda fly direct from KL and Jakarta respectively. Cathay Pacific offers direct flights from all three cities to Hong Kong too!

Head to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal (15 minutes)

  • Hong Kong Airport is located on Lantau Island, which also happens to be the largest island in Hong Kong! It’s home to attractions like Ngong Ping 360, the Big Buddha, and the Tai-O fishing village. 
  • Since you’re already at Lantau Island, start your trip by exploring the attractions here before heading to the city ?

  • Begin your adventure by heading from the airport to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. You can take a taxi for about HKD40 (it’s only a 5 – 10 minute drive to get there!). Alternatively, you can also take the bus (routes S1, S56, S64 and S64X) to the Tung Chung Bus Terminus, which is adjacent to the cable car terminal.

#HHWT Tip: Taxi drivers in Hong Kong typically speak only Cantonese. For a smoother trip, we recommend having the names and addresses of the places you’ll be visiting written in Chinese and saved in your phone or in a print-out, so you can show your taxi driver or other locals if you’re asking for directions.

  • You can store your luggage at the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal for a fee of HKD100 per piece, with no advance booking required.

Ride the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia (25 minutes)

  • Head to Ngong Ping (a highland area located on Lantau Island) via the scenic cable car ride that’s part of Ngong Ping 360!
  • This 25-minute cable car ride will let you enjoy incredible views of Lantau Island and the South China Sea.
  • For an extra thrilling experience, opt for the Crystal Cabin which has a glass bottom, allowing you to see all the way below! Crystal cabins cost around HKD50 extra than the Standard Cabin.

#HHWT Tip: Guests have the option of buying a 1+1 Round Trip ticket, where you get to go up to Ngong Ping on a Crystal Cabin and return to Tung Chung on the Standard Cabin! It’s also cheaper than buying the tickets separately too ?

  • Take the cable car up and across the Tung Chung Bay - you’ll pass through the first station, where the ropeway route then changes its angle 60 degrees.
  • The ride will take you up to the final stop at Ngong Ping Village, an area filled with shops, eateries and other attractions that’s also part of Ngong Ping 360. 

  • As you approach the village you’ll see views of the island’s beautiful greenery, get your first sighting of the Big Buddha, and even see glimpses of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. This 55km bridge is one of the longest in the world and even features an undersea tunnel ?

Have lunch at Ebeneezer’s Kebab & Pizza (45 minutes)

  • Once you reach Ngong Ping Village, it’s time for lunch! Head to Ebeneezer’s Kebab & Pizza, a halal-certified chain of restaurants in Hong Kong serving up a mix of Indian, Middle-Eastern, and western dishes.

  • The outlet at Ngong Ping Village is located just a short walk away from the cable car terminal. On your way there, walk along the bridge that has the Blessing Drums - drums painted with auspicious and lucky words - and snap a quick photo!

  • We tried some of their naan which was nice and fluffy and made a great pairing with the chicken curry we ordered alongside. We also had their kebabs - we recommend adding on some of the delicious house sauces to complete your meal!

#HHWT Tip: Ebeneezer’s is halal-certified by The Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong. Please note that certified eateries may include those that serve alcoholic beverages, so long that the beverages are prepared and kept separately from the other F&B offerings, per The Incorporated Trustees’ halal certification guidelines.

Halal status: Halal-certified. Please note that alcoholic beverages are served here, but are prepared and kept separately (in line with The Incorporated Trustees’ halal certification guidelines)

Average price: HKD70-100

Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-6.30PM

Address: Shop No. 9A, Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping, Lantau


See the majestic Tian Tan Buddha (1 hour)

  • After refuelling on the yummy food, you’re all set to explore!
  • Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) is the second-largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue in the world. Measuring 34m in total (including the base), this 250-tonne statue is an impressive sight atop of Mount Muk Yue.

  • Walk through Ngong Ping Village towards the Tian Tan Buddha (you won’t be able to miss it!). It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Ngong Ping Village to the base of the Tian Tan Buddha.

  • For those wanting to get a closer look, you can climb up the 268 steps to get to the statue. You’ll also get a nice view!

Admire the Po Lin Monastery (30 minutes)

  • After seeing the Big Buddha, walk over to the Po Lin Monastery, a world-renowned Buddhist monastery that’s famous for eye-catching architectural elements and gardens.
  • Take your time to explore the grounds which comprise a few buildings including the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha, the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the Bell Tower. There’s a restaurant there that serves fully vegetarian food too.

Explore Ngong Ping Village (1.5 hours)

  • It’s time to make your way back to Ngong Ping Village, and now’s the perfect time to browse around the shops and attractions here!

  • Have some virtual fun at VR 360, a unique virtual reality experience that incorporates Hong Kong settings and landscapes. 
  • There are several different VR games that you can try. We particularly liked the Time Shuttle game where we got to shoot at targets ? There was also a game that mimicked walking on a tightrope in the air, which definitely felt quite scary! 

  • Right nearby, you’ll find Motion 360, a movie theatre experience that includes movement, wind, and water for a fully immersive experience! We really enjoyed the movie we watched which was called Discover Lantau. It simulated a ride all across Lantau Island - not only was it a fun experience, but a great way to learn more about the island too!

#HHWT Tip: VR 360 and Motion 360 are paid attractions, costing HKD168 and HKD88 respectively. 

  • Ngong Ping Village constantly hosts different events and special exhibitions, so do be sure to check out what’s on while you visit! When we were there there were super cute We Bare Bears-related displays in celebration of Chinese New Year.
  • Don’t forget to drop by the gift and souvenir shops to browse for some fun souvenirs to bring home.

Ngong Ping 360

Admission fee: For ticket prices for the cable car ride, please refer here. Admission to Ngong Ping Village itself is free, however select attractions require payment (find out more about the attractions here).

Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6PM; Sat-Sun; 9AM-6.30PM

Address: 111 Ngong Ping Road


Head back down to Tung Chung and check-in at your hotel

  • It’s time to head to your hotel! Take the cable car back down to Tung Chung Terminal and collect your luggage. 

  • During our last trip to Hong Kong, we stayed at Pentahotel Hong Kong in Kowloon. It’s located about 10-minute walk from the Diamond Hill MTR station. We loved the stylish contemporary furnishings of our room, and best of all, the hotel has halal-certified options for dinner and breakfast!
  • For other budget-friendly accommodation options that are near halal food, check this list out!

Rate per night: From HKD491 on Agoda

Address: 19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong Kowloon

Closest MTR station: Diamond Hill (10-minute walk)


Have dinner at the hotel and get an early night’s rest

  • After a full day (including an early morning flight!), we’d understand if you just want to have dinner and get some rest. Luckily, Pentahotel helpfully has a halal-certified menu that you can order from! Choose from dishes such as Nasi Goreng, stir-fried noodles with beef, or spicy garlic lamb chops. Do request the halal menu from the restaurant staff.
  • The serving sizes were generous and will definitely fill you up! We enjoyed the milk tea too 

Halal status: Halal-certified (do note that the hotel restaurant also serves non-halal food and beverages). Do request for the halal-certified menu, which is prepared separately in accordance to The Incorporated Trustees’ halal-certification guidelines.

Average price: HKD100 - 150

Day 2

Have breakfast at the hotel

  • You have a full day ahead of exploring, but first, fuel up with breakfast! Pentahotel conveniently has a halal-certified menu so you can eat right at the hotel ?
  • Breakfast is served at the hotel restaurant located on the first floor (next to the reception area). 
  • The halal breakfast comprises select buffet items (including fruits, cereal, and salad) as well as hot menu items prepared upon order. Do indicate to the staff that you would like the halal menu when entering the restaurant, and they’ll provide you with a print-out of the menu as well as a pen, so you can mark your choices of dishes you would like prepared (you’ll need to hand the paper back to staff so they can inform the kitchen!).

  • The dishes included items like steamed buns, eggs, fried noodles, congee, and sautéed veggies. We recommend the fried noodles - the fried chicken with coconut rice (which is pretty much their version of Nasi Lemak) was quite good too! 

Visit Graham Street morning market (45 minutes) 

  • Explore Central Hong Kong to see a slice of local life, starting with visiting the Graham Street Morning Market! You can make your way to the Central or Sheung Wan MTR stations, and from there, stroll through the city to get to the market.

  • The Graham Street market makes for a fascinating insight into daily life in Hong Kong - this narrow alleyway climbs uphill and is filled on both sides with stalls selling fresh produce like fruits and vegetables. It’s a crowded place to manoeuvre, but certainly an interesting one! 

  • As you walk the surrounding area, it’ll also be hard not to appreciate and snap photos of the architecture and landscape. The area is filled with older buildings and public housing that’s interspersed with taller, newer skyscrapers. You’ll also find stores selling traditional herbs and tonics sitting right next to upscale artisanal shops.

Learn more about Hong Kong’s heritage at Tai Kwun (1.5 hours)

  • After the market, walk along the alleyways in the area towards Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s former Central Police Station that’s been converted into an arts and heritage centre.

#HHWT Tip: The Central area is very hilly, so one way to make it easier is to take the Mid-Levels Escalator. This is a collection of escalators, walkways and bridges designed to make traversing the steep hills more convenient. It’s also the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world!

  • Taking the Mid-Levels Escalator, head to Tai Kwun. There’s a footbridge that connects directly to Tai Kwun at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Old Bailey Street (it makes for a pretty photo spot too!)

  • Tai Kwun is made of a cluster of buildings. The open area in the Parade Ground (where you’ll first enter coming from the footbridge) is a great place to get a good view of the former Police Headquarters Block, Barrack Block, and Armoury which have all been beautifully restored. 

  • Don’t forget to check out B Hall in the Prison Yard. Here, you’ll find a fascinating exhibition of what life was like as a prisoner at the station.
  • Tai Kwun hosts several ongoing art and cultural exhibitions, performances and workshops in and around the compound. In addition, they offer guided tours (including in English!). Check their website to see the current programmes when you visit! 

Browse through vintage treasures at Cat Street

  • Just a short walk away from Tai Kwun, it’s time to look at antiques, curios, and other quirky finds at Cat Street market, which has been around since the 1920s! 
  • While it’s called Cat Street, the market is actually located on a street called Upper Lascar Row. The name Cat Street came about because back in the early days, many of the goods sold at the market were reportedly stolen items. Because stolen goods are called rats in Cantonese, the people who buy them were in turn, cats!

  • At the market, you’ll find an assortment of stalls and shops selling everything from figurines to old records, magazines, ceramic ware, and more. We had a lot of fun looking through everything, and it can be a nice spot to look for a unique souvenir to bring home.

#HHWT Tip: If you’re looking to snap photos, do note that some vendors don’t permit photography. Look out for signs saying no photos allowed!

Have an Indian feast for lunch at Bombay Dreams

  • Getting hungry from all the walking? You’re in for a treat - a feast filled with biryani, roti, curries, tandoori and more awaits at Bombay Dreams! ?

#HHWT Tip: The restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the Carfield Building. Take the elevator up to get to the restaurant.

  • Bombay Dreams is an Indian restaurant that offers authentic Indian cuisine. It has an ala carte menu, but the eatery is very popular for its lunch buffet - the restaurant was packed while we were there, so it’s best to make reservations in advance.

  • We were lucky enough to get to enjoy the buffet, and while it’s somewhat pricier (HKD198 per person), the variety of yummy food available and the upscale ambience of the restaurant definitely made it worth it. We even got to see the tandoori and the naan bread being made right before us in open kitchens facing the dining area.

#HHWT Tip: Looking for a spot to perform your prayers after lunch? Jamia Mosque is a 10-minute walk away from Bombay Dreams!

Halal status: Halal-certified. Do note that alcoholic beverages are served here but prepared and kept separately (in-line with The Incorporated Trustees’ halal-certification guidelines).

Average price: Buffet lunch: HKD198++; Ala carte menu: HKD150-200 for mains

Opening hours: Open daily; Buffet lunch: 12PM-3PM, Dinner: 6PM-11PM

Address: 4/F, Carfield Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central

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Have a one-of-a-kind shopping mall experience at K11 Musea (2 hours)

  • Next up, we’re exploring Victoria Dockside! This recent development on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront has a collection of new buildings, one of them being K11 Musea, an upscale mall that’s unlike any other mall we’ve been to. To get there, head to Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations.
  • Entering K11 Musea, we were immediately taken by the beautiful details and furnishings of the mall. It’s definitely an Insta-worthy spot!

  • Head to the mall’s centre atrium, called the Opera Theatre, and look up to the stunning view! With the centrepiece called the Gold Ball (the spherical object on the right), the Opera Theatre is filled with carefully positioned lights and sloping fixtures that overall just looks incredible. 
  • K11 Musea was designed with a unique concept: to be a cultural-retail hub that not only offers shops but integrates elements of art, culture and heritage. Each level of the mall has a specific theme, and as you explore the mall you’ll see art displays, temporary exhibits, and interactive stations according to the theme!

#HHWT Tip: This may seem silly, but believe us when we say that even visiting the washrooms at the mall was a super fun experience ? Make sure to check it out for yourself (the washrooms on each floor are different too!).

  • Every store at K11 Musea is truly unique in Hong Kong - as a requirement, all stores are either the flagship store for that brand in Hong Kong, the first outlet in the city or sell exclusive merchandise.

  • Some of the notable stores include the MOMA Design Store (the store associated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art that sells contemporary design products), the National Geographic store, and Fortnum and Masons (the first outlet outside of the UK!).

  • At this point in time, there are no halal-certified restaurants in the mall, but we definitely loved some of the artisanal coffee spots available! There’s an Arabica (the popular coffee brand from Kyoto) located at the mall, and we also tried Bloom’s Coffee. This cafe boasts a sleek, copper and gold-toned aesthetic, and the coffee was delicious ?

#HHWT Tip: Before you leave the mall, don’t forget to visit the Bohemian Garden located on the top floor! This open-air green space is a nice spot to chill while sipping your coffee or taking in the surroundings.

Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM

Address: Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Closest MTR stations: East Tsim Sha Tsui (take Exit J1 & J2); Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit E)

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See the handprints of your favourite Hong Kong celebrities at Avenue of Stars (45 minutes)

  • K11 is located right by the Tsim Sha Tsui harborfront. You can walk from the mall right onto the waterfront promenade, and here you’ll find the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

  • See the handprints of notable Hong Kong stars like Jet Li, Jackie Chan and more all along the railing by the waterfront. You’ll get a great view of the harbour and Hong Kong Island too!

  • Walk to nearby Salisbury Garden, where you’ll find a bronze statue of one of Hong Kong’s most beloved actors of all time, Bruce Lee.

Admire the sunset views from West Kowloon Art Park (1 hour)

  • Have a nice evening stroll and see some amazing sunset views at West Kowloon Art Park! 
  • This green space is located in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, a development with spaces dedicated to performing arts, events, and exhibitions. 

  • The park overlooks another portion of the harbourfront and is a great place to take scenic photos of the city (especially at night!).
  • We really loved the relaxed and chill atmosphere of the place - we saw locals having picnics, walking their dogs or eating at one of the few eateries there. 

#HHWT Tip: Given that the West Kowloon Cultural District is still a pretty new development, public transport options are still a bit scarce. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or Uber (it’s only a 6-minute drive from K11 Musea). The nearest MTR station is Kowloon, which is about 20 minutes walk away ?

Admission fee: Free 

Opening hours: Open daily; 6AM-11PM

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


Savour authentic Lanzhou Beef Noodles for dinner (45 minutes)

  • After soaking in the views of the city, it’s time for dinner! Enjoy authentic hand-pulled noodles, beef and mutton dishes, and other Lanzhou specialities at this halal restaurant.

  • For a value-for-money option, you can get one of the set menus where you can choose a main along with a side dish (or a can of Coke if you don’t want the side-dish). We also highly recommend the mutton skewers - they were so tender and flavourful!

Halal status: Halal-certified

Average price of main dishes: HKD50-100

Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM

Address: 61 Chatham Road South Shop 5-8, G.F Park Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Closest MTR station: Tsim Sha Tsui

Day 3

Visit Wong Tai Sin, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic temples (1 hour)

  • Wong Tai Sin temple is a super well-known temple in Hong Kong. Locals believe that praying here can make your wishes come true! The temple was built to commemorate a monk of the same name and is visited by Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian worshippers. 
  • The temple has become a popular tourist attraction, thanks to the beautifully symbolic architecture of the temple structures, as well as its significance to locals - it’s a great spot to see local religious and culture being practiced.  Visitors from all faiths are welcome in the grounds, though do be respectful of those worshipping.

  • As you explore the temple grounds, you’ll see locals and visitors lighting incense sticks and offering prayers. Besides being a place of worship, visitors also often seek divine guidance or have their fortunes told. In fact, there’s a whole adjacent complex where many fortune-tellers have a stall to offer their services!

#HHWT Tip: If you visit Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year period (like we did!), it’s truly a fascinating experience, as many locals visit the temple on the first day of the new year. If you’re not keen on crowds it’s best to avoid visiting during this period, but if you’re up for it, it really is a wonderful cultural experience to have in Hong Kong!

Admission fee: Free

Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM-5PM

Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

Closest MTR station: Wong Tai Sin (head to Exit B2)


Explore Hong Kong’s old school charm in Sham Shui Po (2 hours)

  • Sham Shui Po is a residential area located in northwestern part of Kowloon that is the perfect place to see a different side of Hong Kong. Historically populated by the working-class, the neighbourhood retains a vibe much unlike the glitzier central areas. It’s the perfect place to leisurely walk around and soak in the sights and sounds.

  • Sham Shui Po is a popular area to pick-up textile-related goods. In fact, there are streets dedicated to ribbons (Nam Cheong Street), fabric (Tai Nan Street) and beads (Yu Chau Street). Whether you’re looking for sewing materials, lace, or the perfect printed fabric, you’ll find it here!

#HHWT Tip: Check out this fun walking guide to Sham Shui Po that you can use to help plan where and what to explore in the neighbourhood!

  • Looking to try more traditional Hong Kong snacks? Then a pit-stop by A1 Tofu Company is a must! This bean curd store has been selling this beloved local snack for more than 50 years ? The bean curd comes in a variety of flavours, including black sesame, horlicks and almond paste.

Halal status: Uses fully vegetarian ingredients, with no alcohol used in the food or served.

Average Price: HKD10

Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM-9PM

Address: 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Closest MTR station: Sham Shui Po (2 minute walk away)

  • Sham Shui Po is also known for having many photo-worthy spots, and one of the most iconic sights of the neighbourhood is the Man Fung and Kam Ning buildings. The Man Fung building instantly became an Instagram favourite after a Madrid-based artist painted it with a larger-than-life mural. Right next door, Kam Ning building stands out with its bright yellow hue.

#HHWT Tip: We have a full guide to the sights you can’t miss when in Sham Shui Po, including shops, other street food stalls, and more ? 

Lunch as Ma’s Restaurant (45 minutes)

  • Specializing in Xinjiang cuisine, this halal-certified restaurant is only a 5-minute walk from Prince Edward MTR Station!

  • Choose from the variety of dishes available from their menu - some of our favourites include their sweet and sour fish, salted egg yolk prawns, and  the chilli beef. And if you haven’t been to Ma’s Restaurant before, be sure to try the veal goulash ?

  • Ma’s Restaurant also serves traditional Chinese desserts too, so be sure to save some space for a sweet treat to end the meal. We tried the black sesame tang yuen (glutinous rice balls) which was served steaming hot in a smooth sesame paste. Definitely a must try when you’re there!

Halal status: Halal-certified

Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-11PM

Address: 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Hong Kong

Closest MTR station: Prince Edward

Have fun at the first Monopoly-themed park in the world (2 hours)

  • See the beloved board game come to life at Monopoly Dreams, the unique theme park located at The Peak Hong Kong.
  • The park is located on Level 3 of The Peak Galleria, which is a separate building behind the main building where passengers disembark from the tram. 

#HHWT Tip: The most popular way to get to The Peak is by The Peak Tram, but you can also get there by minibus, regular public buses, and also taxi. You can read more about the different options here!

  • Be guided by a butler to Mr Monopoly (i.e. the park staff!) as you explore the different settings.

  • See the biggest Monopoly token in the world while exploring a room fashioned as Mr Monopoly’s house! It’s the car token and is practically as big as a real car ? You can also see rare items like a gold-plated Monopoly board.

  • Besides Mr Monopoly’s house, there are a few different areas where you can play games or take photos. Play the Ultimate Banking game, where you step into a booth and try to catch as much Monopoly money blown in the air within 30 seconds. You can even use the cash at the gift store (though do note there are certain terms and conditions - the staff will help explain it to you once you complete playing!).

  • Be sure to check out the gift store on your way out. Not only are there cute Monopoly-related merchandise like magnets and keychains, but there are also really cool limited edition and crossover Monopoly boards, such as the Stranger Things edition Monopoly and even an Angry Birds version!

Admission fee: Adult; HKD260, Child & Elderly: HKD220

Opening hours: Mon - Thu; 10AM-8PM, Fri - Sun, Holiday eve; 10AM-10PM

Address: Shop 301, 3/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong Island

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Go shopping along Nathan Road (2 hours)

  • Nathan Road is a popular area to shop, eat and browse for visitors and locals alike. No matter if you’re a first-timer or a repeat visitor to Hong Kong, this main street that stretches 3.6km through Kowloon is definitely a must-visit!

  • Nathan Road starts from Sham Shui Po in the north and goes down all the way to Tsim Sha Tsui. 

  • Around the Mong Kok area (two MTR stations down from Sham Shui Po), you’ll find the famous shopping streets like Fa Yuen Street (also known as Sneaker Street) with its variety of sportswear stores, as well as Ladies Market.

  • Further down the road, you’ll find Yue Hwa Emporium, a departmental store selling Chinese-related products. If you’re looking for traditional products, Chinese-style clothing or homeware items like pillowcases, tablecloths and more, this is the spot to go!

  • As you approach Tsim Sha Tsui, you’ll hit Granville Road, the trendy fashion street with a mix of boutiques and factory outlet stores, the items here are trendy yet affordable as it caters to a younger crowd.

See the dazzling Gala of Lights show at Ocean Park (1.5 hours)

  • End your night with a bang by witnessing Ocean Park’s new nighttime entertainment offering, the Gala of Lights! This multimedia and performing arts display is an incredibly entertaining spectacle that will delight both children and adults.

  • The show is made up of a few segments, the main one being the Soul of the Ocean, an immersive 12-minute multimedia show that not only incorporates projections, special effects like water and fire jets, and music, but also a whole troupe of acrobatic dancers. The show tells the story of an ancient creature that lives within Ocean Park and its keepers.
  • We really loved the show and were blown away by the display from start to finish!

#HHWT Tip: General Admission tickets for Ocean Park includes the Gala of Lights night-time show. Alternatively, guests can also buy tickets just for the Gala of Lights (HKD240 for adults, HKD120 for children aged 11 and below), where admission to the park begins from 6.30pm onwards. During the Gala of Lights, only Aqua City Lagoon, select eateries (Ginger Grill, Neptune’s Restaurant, Lakeside Chill, Aqua City Bakery, Deep Sea Traders) and gift stores (Waterfront Gifts and OPX) will be open. Animal exhibits, thrill rides and other attractions will be closed.

  • The other main highlight is Visions of Hong Kong, a 6-minute multimedia fountain show that takes viewers on a journey through Hong Kong’s history, culture and identity.
  • Soul of the Ocean starts at 7pm, while Visions of Hong Kong starts at 9pm. In between the two main displays there are other fun and interactive experiences for guests, from fire and water shows, to drums that guests can play that activate water fountains and pretty light displays.

#HHWT Tip: Ocean Park also offers special ticket packages for Gala of Lights that are inclusive of dinner, however, the dinner offerings are not halal-certified. It’s best to have dinner ahead of time or bring your own food if you’re planning to see the show. If you’re spending the day at the park, you can have dinner at one of the halal-certified eateries there - just be sure to eat before they close in the evening.

Admission fee: 

  • General Admission (incl. Gala of Lights): HKD498 (Adult); HKD24 (Child aged 11 & below)
  • Gala of Lights only: HKG 240 (Adult); HKD120 (Child)

Opening hours: 

  • General Admission: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6PM, Sat-Sun; 10AM-7PM
  • Gala of Lights: 6.30PM-10PM (Animal exhibits, rides and other attractions are closed at this hour)

Address: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Closest MTR station: Ocean Park

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Day 4

Have a fun day out at Hong Kong Disneyland (full day)

  • If you’re Disney lovers (like us!), you can never miss out on the opportunity to visit Hong Kong Disneyland when you’re in town. We recommend devoting an entire day to spending time at this awesome theme park before heading straight to the airport!
  • Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head to Hong Kong Disneyland. We recommend taking a taxi as it’s the easiest way to get there with your luggage in tow, and also because it's best to get to the park as early as possible in the morning to beat the crowds!

#HHWT Tip: You can store your luggage at the park at the Luggage Valet on Park Promenade near the MTR station, or alternatively at the storage lockers on Main Street inside the park. Both storage locations cost HKD130 per luggage piece for for the whole day, though do note that the Luggage Valet can accommodate any luggage size, while the storage lockers can accommodate luggage up to a specific dimension (45 cm x 35 cm x 43 cm or 18” x 14” x 17”).  Find out more about the luggage storage options here.

Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland on Facebook

  • If you’ve been to Hong Kong Disneyland before, we recommend heading straight to Tomorrowland to try their latest ride, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! In this ride, you get to ride a special vehicle when you can shoot from, fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to prevent S.H.I.E.L.D data from falling into the hands of evil organisation Hydra.
  • You can then spend your time going on all your favourite rides, be it thrilling rollercoasters like Hyperspace Mountain and Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, or more laid back rides such as Mad Hatter Tea Cups or The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.

#HHWT Tip: For Hyperspace Mountain as well as The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, we recommend that you get a Fastpass! The Fastpass is a system that allows you to reduce the waiting time at certain attractions by giving you a specific time to enter the attraction. To get your Fastpass, go to the Fastpass ticketing machines near the entrance of the attraction and scan your admission ticket under the reader. You’ll have to return to the attraction during the time period stated on the Fastpass ticket. There’s no extra charge for the Fastpass, so it’s a great way to make the most out of your time at the park!

  • For lunch, head to either Tahitian Terrace Restaurant or Explorer’s Club Restaurant, both which offer halal food. We love Explorer’s Club because it offers a variety of cuisine including Korean, Japanese and Indonesian food. Plus, there’s a prayer room conveniently located just beside Explorer’s Club too ?

  • Since you probably won’t be able to attend the night-time events or parades to catch your flight, make sure to catch a show or two during the daytime before you leave! You can download the park app to keep track of performance and event schedules, so you can plan ahead accordingly. Some of the top shows include Festival of The Lion King (an acrobatic musical performance featuring Simba and friends) and the Flights of Fantasy Parade (the afternoon parade featuring beloved characters from Toy Story, The Jungle Book and more!).

Head to the airport for your flight

  • Time will probably fly by at Disneyland and soon enough, it’ll be time to head home ☹
  • Retrieve your luggage and head to the airport. It’ll take around 30-minutes to get to the airport via the MTR (transfer at Tsing Yi Station and transfer to Sunny Bay Station).

#HHWT Tip: At the time of writing, there are security measures in place permitting only travellers with a valid passport and airline ticket to enter the airport. Staff are stationed at the entrance and may inspect your travel documents.

And that wraps up your short and sweet repeat visit to Hong Kong! This amazing city has so much to offer travellers, with both new and old gems to discover. Hong Kong is calling you again for your next getaway!

This article was brought to you by the Hong Kong Tourism Board