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Conquer Hong Kong In 6D5N With This Epic Muslim-Friendly Itinerary


 •  Jun 08, 2018


Are you itching for a getaway? There’s no need to wonder where you should head to, because we’ve got the answer for you! Located less than 4 hours away, Hong Kong is the perfect destination for all types of travellers - shopaholics, foodies and even nature lovers ? Credit: giphy With our itinerary, there’s no need to plan and you’re ready for an epic getaway!
Getting There
We took Cathay Pacific from Singapore directly to Hong Kong International Airport. The flight was about 4 hours long, so the in-flight entertainment and meal was quite essential! But if you’re more of a budget traveller, there are many budget airlines which travel direct there too so take your pick. #HHWT Tip: We recommend departing 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?
The airport has 5 Quiet Rooms that you can do your prayers in. 3 are located in the Restricted Area and 2 outside - making it really convenient for travellers! #HHWT Tip: There’s a wudhu area in the room but do bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided.
Heading to the City
It’s time to head to the city! The fastest and most convenient way is by the Airport Express - you can reach the city in less than 24 minutes. We thought the designated luggage compartments were really useful, especially for our big luggage. And if your electronic devices need a quick boost, sit in the first and last cars of the trains as there are USB ports available at your seats ?
A huge bonus is that there’s free WiFi on the train too!
Drop Off Your Luggage
Head straight to your accommodation so you can leave the weight of your luggage behind before you start exploring the beautiful city. It’s really convenient to get to your hotel from the Airport, with the free shuttle bus service at Kowloon and Hong Kong station! Click here to check if your hotel is included in the list and which bus you should take.
Butterfly on Morrison The sound of a ‘hotel’ might put you off a bit, especially for those travelling on a tight budget. But some of the hotels in Hong Kong are actually really affordable! At about HK$680, this boutique hotel has to be our top pick ?
It’s not just about comfort here! The hotel is located at Causeway Bay so you can easily walk to many of the Halal eateries in the area. Harbour Grand Hong Kong For those who want a more luxurious accommodation, we recommend Harbour Grand Hong Kong. It was the hotel we stayed in during our last visit and we were truly satisfied with all the facilities it offered! Plus, the hotel has a special Halal-certified menu in one of its restaurants and in-room dining? P.S. Do remember to order your meal in advance!
#HHWT Tip: Electrical outlets in Hong Kong require a three-pronged UK-style plug so for travellers from Singapore or Malaysia, there’s no need for an adaptor. But if you’re from Indonesia and other parts in the world, don’t forget to bring yours! Getting around Now that all the administrative details are settled, it’s time to get to the heart of Hong Kong! And the best way to explore Hong Kong is by its extensive public transport ? We recommend getting the Octopus Card instead of the Day Pass as it’s more value-for-money. Plus, the card can be used on all public transport systems (including the Airport Express!) so it’s your go-to card regardless of what you choose to take.
If you do lose your way while getting around, just ask the locals for help! Many can speak English and you’ll be surprised that even the shop owners can converse (and bargain) in basic English. P.S. Here's even more essential tips for your Hong Kong trip! Day 1Lunch at Hung’s Chinese Restaurant (1h)
  • Kick off your trip with some authentic halal Chinese cuisine! Tucked in a corner of Chungking Mansion, Hung’s Chinese Restaurant is well-known for its yummy crispy roasted chicken.
  • The meat is succulent and the crispiness of the skin gives the dish a really good balance of texture ?
  • While you’re there, be sure to try some of their other dishes too as the restaurant has an extensive Chinese menu!
  • We personally loved their black pepper beef and fried rice. The beef was a tad spicy but a perfect complement to the tasty fried rice.
Stop By Kowloon Mosque (1h)
  • Now that your tummy is full, head over to Hong Kong’s largest mosque just down the street to perform your prayers or simply to admire its gorgeous white marble finish ?
  • Though it’s located right beside a busy road and the MTR, the mosque is really peaceful inside – perfect to spend some quiet time alone.
Savour Yummy Local Snacks: Chrisly Inn (30mins)
  • Always wanted to try Hong Kong’s yummy local snacks? We’ve got you covered?
  • Chrisly Inn Bakery offers a wide variety of halal local snacks like pineapple buns (bo la bao) and egg tarts – our personal favourites! The bun is baked to perfection with a golden brown top crust yet the bread retains its fluffiness.
  • The café is co-owned by a Muslim and although the entire café is not Halal, the bakery is separate from the main kitchen.
  • The bakery has imported some of their ingredients from overseas to ensure that only halal ingredients are used in the bakery!
Enjoy a Bird’s Eye View of the City: Observation Wheel (1hr)
  • Time to enjoy Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline from the top! For a mere HK$20, you can enjoy a total of 3 rounds around the Observation Wheel.
  • It’s the perfect place to unwind and take in the gorgeous skyline from the comfort of your seat ?
Treat Yourself to Ice Cream: Happy Cow (30mins)
  • Once you disembark from the wheel, you’ll probably spot something blue gleaming at you from the corner of your eye. It’s ice cream – and yes, it’s halal!
  • This dessert kiosk has a wide variety of flavours – from Ying Yang Sesame (a signature local flavour) to Pina Colada (alcohol-free!). Oh and the ice cream is a whole lot healthier so no worries about the calories there ?
Cross to the Other Side of the City (30mins)
  • If the view from the top was not enough, how about admiring Hong Kong’s skyline from the sea?☺️ The easy, breezy and budget-friendly way is by the Star Ferry.
  • The ferry is actually a form of public transport for the locals from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. We were particularly impressed at how clean and comfortable the ferry was!
  • Enjoy the breeze as you take in the beautiful scenery ?
Shopping Time: Harbour City (2h)
  • Need some adrenaline rush after such a relaxing day? Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall will do the trick!
  • From Muji to Chanel, there’s something for every shopper ?‍♀️
Be Dazzled by the Symphony of Lights (30mins)
    • Take a break from all that shopping, and head to the Observation Deck! We recommend planning your time such that you can be at the Deck at 8pm – just in time to marvel at the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
    • The Symphony of Lights gives you the best views of Hong Kong’s skyline, all for free ?
Dinner at Islam Food (1h)
  • This restaurant might be a little inaccessible to get to, especially after a long day but let us assure you that it will be worth the trip! Islam Food serves authentic Xinjiang cuisine and is so popular that you might have to wait to get a seat.
  • And don’t think this is only popular among Muslim tourists. The restaurant was actually packed with locals when we visited ?
  • The moment we sunk our teeth into the veal goulash, we understood why this place was so popular. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the goulash was filled with meat so tender that it melted in our mouths ?
Day 2
Experience the Magic of Disneyland
  • Start your day bright and early (yes we recommend coming earlier than the official opening time as the place would be really crowded!) at Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • To fully enjoy all that Disneyland has to offer, set aside a full day for your trip here?
Must-try Rides
  • From family-friendly rides to thrilling ones, you can be assured that there are more than enough attractions to fill your day.
  • For starters, try the Mad Hatter Tea Cups! It’s the perfect ride to bond and laugh with your family ?
  • If you’re seeking a more thrilling rides, you’d want to try Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars. The ride may look mild but let us warn you to expect the unexpected ?
  • The RC Racer and Hyperspace Mountain are also definite must-rides for thrill-seekers!
#HHWT Tip: If you hate queues, get the FASTPASS tickets which are available for some of popular rides such as Hyperspace Mountain, Winnie the Pooh and Iron Man Experience. Just head to the ticket machine at these rides to get your tickets (free!) and come back at the stipulated time ? Lunch at Explorer’s Club
  • There’s no need to bring your own food to Disneyland!
  • Explorer’s Club is made up of many Halal-certified stalls offering different cuisines. From Korean, Japanese to Southeast Asian cuisine, you really would be spoilt for choice here ?
  • Our personal favourites were the Baked Salmon Combo (Flavours of Japan) and the BBQ beef short ribs (Korean Treasures). And if you’re thinking of a side dish to accompany your mains, the takoyaki was really yummy!
Head Next Door to Pray
  • Hong Kong Disneyland provides a spacious and comfortable prayer space that is also conveniently located – just beside Explorer’s Club.
  • We were amazed by how functional the wudhu area was. It made taking wudhu so much more comfortable!
  • Remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided.
#HHWT Tip: Do draw the curtains while taking your wudhu as the room is shared by both males and females.
Munch on Disney-themed Snacks
  • Drop by the kiosk at Main Street Market for your mid-day snack! You’ll find a variety of Disney-themed snacks, from egglets to waffles and best of all, it’s Halal-certified ?
  • The portions are pretty big, making it perfect for sharing! But if you prefer something more filling, try their jumbo hotdogs.
End the Day With A Bang
    • When we visited, the castle was temporarily closed for renovations but this does not mean that your Disney experience is any less exciting! There's still plenty to do here.
    • The fireworks show is indefinitely replaced by a ‘We Love Mickey’ Projection Show where the buildings along Main Street came to life. But the real star was when Mickey showed up to grace our farewell ☺️
#HHWT Tip: Explorer’s Club closes quite early (we visited before 7pm and it was already closed) so we recommend heading out for dinner after the show. Dinner at Our Restaurant (1h)
  • If you’re not too tired, head over to Mong Kok for dinner and some night market shopping!
  • There are many halal food options around the area, but Our Restaurant ranks pretty high on our list! Feast on authentic Turkish cuisine at this quaint restaurant ? The portions are big and their kebabs are to die-for!
Credit: kan_1874 on Instagram Souvenir Shopping: Ladies Market (1h)
  • While you’re in the area, drop by Ladies Market to do some (early) souvenir shopping! The market is full of Hong Kong souvenirs so if you’re looking for something cheap and good for your loved ones back home, this is the place to go ?
#HHWT Tip: Be sure to bargain your way to the lowest prices!
Day 3
Nature Awaits: Dragon’s Back (2 to 6 hours)
  • Time to put on a comfy pair of shoes – you’re going hiking! Yes, there are plenty of nature spots in Hong Kong? For first-time hikers, we recommend heading to Dragon’s Back as it is one of the easier hiking spots.
  • You can choose to start from the bottom of the trail or take Bus 9 up to To Tei Wan (the 1-hour trek mark) from  Shau Kei Wan MTR Station Exit A3.
#HHWT Tip: Do pack some snacks to refuel during your journey!
  • Before planning your trip here, we’d recommend checking the weather in advance. It was really foggy when we reached the top and a pity as we were not able to enjoy the full beauty of the view ?
  • The climb was still amazing and exciting though. We really enjoyed our nature retreat!
  • We did not complete the full trail as we were on a tight schedule. But if you love the beach and water, we recommend spending half the day to go the full trail!
  • The full trail will end at Big Wave Bay Beach – perfect for spending the other half of your day just chilling out and basking in the sun ?
Credit: sian_hodgson on InstagramIndulge in Local Street Food: Lee Keung Kee (North Point Outlet)
  • A visit to Lee Keung Kee is a must!
  • The egg waffles here are one of Hong Kong’s Muslim-friendly local street food and are so good that they are listed on the Michelin Hong Kong Street Food List ?
  • The waffles are really fluffy and chewy – the best reward you can get after all that hiking. Eat it while it’s hot!
Dinner at Islamic Centre Canteen
  • You probably deserve a reward for all that walking, and we’ve got just the place (or should we say, food ?) for you. Islamic Centre Canteen is well-known for its yummy dim sum but what many people don’t know is that they have an equally amazing Cantonese dinner menu!
  • Our personal favourite was the tofu with salt, garlic and chilli. The soft tofu was coated with a crunchy exterior, a perfect complement to the tasty spice ?
Day 4
Have the Time of Your Life at Ocean Park
  • If you thought Disneyland was the only theme park in Hong Kong, think again ? Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s oldest theme park but it definitely does not look anything like its age!
  • The Park is huge and divided into 2 sections – waterfront and the summit (connected by a cable car or train ride), so we recommend spending the whole day here to really enjoy all that it has to offer!
  • From taking the exciting rides to seeing animals (giant pandas!) up close, there’s plenty to do here.
  • One of our favourite rides was the Mine Train – the Park’s newest ride. It combines Virtual Reality and roller-coasters. The most interesting part is that you won’t even be able to see the track during the ride. Talk about an immersive experience!
Lunch at Panda Food To Go
  • There’s a halal take-away kiosk in the park so there’s no need to pack your own food. We tried their Hainan Chicken Rice and Beef Ball Steamed Rice but if you prefer something lighter, opt for their small bites such as paus or hotdog buns!
  • Enjoy your meal at the cafeteria next door (non Halal-certified) as this is a take-away kiosk.
Prayer Rooms at Waterfront and Summit
  • Although there’s no designated prayer rooms here, the Park has kindly offered their meeting rooms for Muslim guests to do their prayers, with the kiblat direction marked out in the rooms.
  • It’s really convenient to get to the rooms as one is located at the Waterfront and the other at the Summit!
  • Just head to the Guest Relations counter and let them know you’d like to do your prayers.
Early Dinner at Wai Kee Duck Rice (1h)
  • If you leave the Park early, head over to Wai Kee Duck Rice for the best Halal roasted duck, ever. The stall is nestled in the upper floors of Bowrington Market and is so popular that even the locals frequent it.
  • We absolutely loved the brown, juicy duck skin ? And to top it off, the meat was so tender and well-marinated!
  • After all the fun at the Park, we’re sure a plate of duck rice is barely enough to fill your tummy. So while you’re here, try their other yummy dishes! We personally enjoyed their soy sauce chicken and wanton noodles ?
Late Dinner at Aladdin Mess
  • As Wai Kee closes at 6pm (only take-away orders after 5.30pm), you might not be able to make it in time for dinner there. But that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry!
  • Head to Aladdin Mess to savour some authentic Indian food. Be sure to try their garlic naan with brisket masala! The Masala is spicy and goes really well with the fluffy naan.
P.S. There are some seafood dishes here too!
shershersheren on InstagramShoe Shopping: Mong Kok
  • Now that you’re all geared up for the night, its time for some sneakers shopping! Fa Yuen Street (Sneakers Street) is famous for its wide array of sneakers. The streets are filled with the latest sneakers’ designs and gorgeous limited-edition releases from around the world ?
Day 5
Satisfy Your Dim Sum Cravings at Islamic Centre Canteen (1h)
    • There’s no way you can visit Hong Kong without trying some authentic dim sum! And Islamic Centre Canteen is the go-to place for all your dim sum cravings ?
#HHWT Tip: Do visit the Canteen early as some of the dim sum sells out pretty quickly! The dim sum menu is also not available after 3pm.
    • Choose from their wide range of steamed and/or fried dim sum. We especially loved the steamed siu mai with chicken, har kow (steamed shrimp dumplings) and deep friend shrimp won ton.
    • It was so good that we’re still dreaming of it till now ?
#HHWT Tip: This Canteen is not the only place with yummy, authentic local food. Check out our food guide to see just how much halal local food there is in the city! Instagram Your Way Through Old Town Central (2h)
  • After breakfast, head to one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods which also happens to be one of the most hipster neighbourhoods here! The beautiful street art on the walls gives this place its reputation as one of Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable spots.
  • You can just tell how meticulous the artists were when painting the street art – they even painted the pipes! ?
#HHWT Tip: Download this map to help you plan your way around the areas as there are 5 main routes to explore.
Admire Hong Kong from the Top: The Peak (4h)
  • Set aside a few hours for your visit here as there’s plenty to do at The Peak! Ride the famous Peak Tram to get up the building. The tram ride is an experience in itself as it moves upwards on a 45-degree slope. So hold on tight if you did not manage to get a seat!
  • Before you head to the Sky Terrace 428, drop by Madam Tussauds and meet your favourite celebrities! With more than 100 lifelike wax figures of celebrities like Jackie Chan and The Beatles, you don’t have to go all the way to Hollywood ?
  • If wax figures are not your thing, perhaps the Eye Museum will do the trick ? The museum is divided into 5 different themed zones and over 50 optical illusion paintings, so snap away and experience how mind-blowing your pictures will turn out!
Credit: trickeyehk on Instagram
  • It would probably be dark by the time you reach the Peak – perfect to witness Hong Kong’s skyline in all its glory! But even if its still bright out, the view is just as amazing ?
  • Do check the weather before heading up as it might be a bit foggy and you’d probably not get the best views.
Dinner at Ebeneezer's Kebabs & Pizzeria (1h)
  • The Peak does not have any halal food options (yet, we hope ?) so head to Ebeneezer’s for dinner before heading back to rest.
Credit: Ebeneezer's Kebabs & Pizzeria on Facebook
Day 6
Last minute shopping at Causeway Bay (3h)
  • It’s your last day in Hong Kong (already?! We know ?) and where better to spend it than at Causeway Bay – the city’s shopping haven. The area consists of many mid-range and luxury brands. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time here as there are over 230 stores!
  • Hong Kong’s largest and most popular department store, SOGO, is also located here. So you can head to this one-stop shop for everything you need!
#HHWT Tip: Bring your own bag while shopping as most stores require you to pay for a plastic bag. Lunch at Ma’s Restaurant (1h)
  • We’ve saved Ma’s Restaurant for your last (proper) meal in Hong Kong! The restaurant specializes in Xinjiang cuisine and the food really lives up to how flavourful the cuisine is.
  • Be sure to try their sweet and sour fish! For those who can take a tad more spice, their chill beef would be perfect too ?
  • End your meal (and trip!) with some traditional Chinese dessert. The tang yuen (glutinous rice balls) black sesame is really yummy. It is served steaming hot in a smooth sesame paste, and makes for the perfect finish to a hearty meal.
#HHWT Tip: Order the lunch set menu – available between 11.30am to 5.30pm! Time to Leave Hong Kong
  • And with a heavy heart, it’s time to leave Hong Kong ? But there’s no need to have a heavy hand too! Drop off your luggage at Hong Kong or Kowloon MTR Station so you can travel to the airport hands-free.
Note: This service is available only if you take the Airport Express.
  • Once you arrive at the Airport, tuck into some halal food at the Airport before your flight. The halal food options here are especially useful if your in-flight meals are not included on the plane!
  • Old Town White Coffee is located at the Terminal 1, Departures Level (L6) so you can fill your tummy before flying off?
Credit: @lamcccc on Instagram In just 6 days and 5 nights, you can explore the best of Hong Kong ? Now that your itinerary is settled, all that’s left to do is book those flight tickets and enjoy all that the city has to offer! P.S. All set for your Hong Kong adventure? Start planning your trip with HHWT's Hong Kong guides! This article was brought to you by Hong Kong Tourism Board.