15 hour layover in HK
I have a 15 hour layover in HK next week and plan to get out into the city.
I'll have a room at the Sheraton HK on Nathan Rd. in Kowloon to drop off my things and rest. Will arrive at 7am and fly back out around 10pm.
Could anyone suggest an itinerary for my short day?
My searches are leaving my head spinning and I have no idea what locations make sense.
Should I venture out of Kowloon or would that be too time-pressing for my flight?
Also I don't know that it helps, but my travel companion and I speak Mandarin.
1. Dim Sum
Tim Ho Wan, Crystal, Fook Lam Moon, Lei Garden?
2. HK drinks/dessert spot to cool down
Hui Lau Shan?
3. Casual Cantonese dinner
For won ton noodles, chow fun, claypot rice, or even HK-Western fusion.
Thanks for your help!
Here are my 2 cents worth:
HK is a ' night city '! As such, most slightly fancier eating establishments open till late. Consequently, this result in their opening late in the morning as well, usually, around 11.30ish. Unless you are extremely starving and am willing to waste some of your valuable 'food allocation' by grabbing a croissant at say Starbucks or a sandwich from one of the local 'Delifrance cafe'..etc. I would suggest you wait! Otherwise, you can have a full sit down breakfast at one of the hotels nearby eg., Intercontinental, Peninsula, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Shangri-La, Langham, ...etc
Assuming by the time you checked into the Sheraton it will be about 8.30 - 9.00am. My suggestion is for you to walk across Salisbury road to the promenade/seafront. Kill time by Taking a stroll and be vowed by the gorgeous harbour view and skyline. Termination point of the walk will take you to the 'Star Ferry' pier. Take the ferry and cross the harbor on the world's best value boat ride! Upon landing, if you want a dim sum 'late' breakfast, head over to the IFC ( tallest building infront of you!! ), There, you will find a Tim Ho Wan branch where you can enjoy some really good dim sum! ( don't forget the pipping hot flaky top, BBQ pork buns! Heaven! ). They open at 10.00am. Another alternative is to head up to 'Tasty's', again inside the mall. There you can sit down cozily and have either dim sums, Chinese tapas size dishes, rice congees, fried noodles or one of my favorite 'Won Ton Noodles'in town. Quality of food is very high. They open at 11.00am. Be sure you get there early since by noon they will be packed with office people from up stairs!!
After lunch, you can kill some time by walking around Central and Lan Kwai Fong. The main roads are where you will find all the flag ship stores of designer houses whilst the side streets like Wellington or Stanley house interesting Cantonese BBQ specialists and eateries like the famous 'Yung Kee' Restaurant or the hole-in-the-wall 'Yat Lok'. The famous Luk Yu tea house for 'traditional' Dim Sums is also nearby.
Next, I would suggest you grab a cab to the tram station and take a ride on the world famous peak tram to the top of the peak. If weather is cooperating, the view will be unsurpassed! When you are done, take the tram back down and then walk to one of the subway station and get back over to the Kowloon side. Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui's 'iSquare' exit and take the escalator inside the complex to ' Honey Moon' for some Hong Kong style desserts - your afternoon tea suggestion. With time to spare, you can walk up Nathan Road to do some more window or actual shopping.
Since you are already up north on Nathan Road. For dinner, I would suggest a casual but good Cantonese 'wok-hay' dinner at ' Tso Choi Koon' ( corner of Nathan Road and Jordan Road ). After dinner, take the subway ( 'Jordan' station just next to the restaurant ) down south back to Tsim Sha Tsui and to your hotel!! Take a shower and head back to the airport!! By the way enroute along your Nathan Road stroll, side street like 'Hillwood' road is an interesting detour.
Bon Voyage and Bon Appetit!!!
re: Charles Yu
Thanks Charles for the detailed itinerary! This is so helpful, especially the public transport advice.
I absolutely intend to crash at the hotel for a few hours after getting in and head out around 10am for dim sum around the normal time - there is no stomach space to be wasted here!
Honeymoon looks perfect for dessert and cold drinks.
I considered Canto BBQ also, but was thinking the grease might be too much for the long flight I have after, but I'll see what I'm feeling like then.
Tso Choi Koon looks tasty but seems famous mainly for its offal. Are their non-organ meat offerings just as good?
Ref: TCK. There are tons of good authentic/traditional Chinese dishes to choose from. Offal are just a very small section of their diversify menu.
BTW, the Malaysian place next to it has awesome curries and satays as well!
You can also check out www.openrice.com for reviews, photos and recommendations as well!!
May be you should extend your layover to 25 hours!! Ha!
re: Charles Yu