4D3N in Hong Kong: your dream Muslim-friendly family getaway
Written by Have Halal Will Travel
It’s time for your holiday with the family, and you’ve made the right choice in selecting Hong Kong! With family-friendly facilities and amenities across the city, ease of travel — even with kids in tow — can be assured. And there’s no need to spend your time planning, we’ve got you totally covered for the ideal four days and three nights in Hong Kong.
Getting to Hong Kong
With such a well-connected airport, one of the best ways of getting to Hong Kong is a direct flight. Try to take a flight that arrives in Hong Kong by noon so you have time to explore the city for the rest of the day. Once you’ve landed, head over to one of Hong Kong International Airport’s Prayer Rooms if you need a space to pray. There’s a wudhu area in the rooms and prayer mats are provided, but do bring your own prayer garments.
Head straight to your hotel
It’s hard to juggle both your luggage and taking care of your kids, so we recommend heading to your accommodation first to drop off your luggage and freshen up. Take the Airport Express to reach the city in less than 24 minutes. Seats in the first and last carriage of the trains are equipped with USB ports and there is free Wi-Fi onboard too.
Save even more time by getting your Airport Express tickets online in advance. Simply scan the QR code to exit the Airport Express gate when you arrive in the city.
Alight at either Kowloon or Hong Kong station (depending on where your accommodation is) and use one of the many available transportation options to connect to your hotel.
Get an Octopus card to tap and go (and save money) on public transport. And if you need to take a taxi, it’s handy to have the address of your destination in Chinese, as not all drivers are able to speak or understand English — ask your hotel or use a translation or maps app.
Shopping at Harbour City
Time to start exploring the city! And what better way to begin than with a shopping spree at Hong Kong’s largest mall. Harbour City is filled with local and international brands, so there’s plenty of options for you to choose from.
Your kids will love the wide range of toys and games at Harbour City’s Toys”R”Us, the biggest outlet in Asia! To dress your kids in the latest fashion, head to the ground floor. Yes, the mall has an entire floor dedicated to kids’ fashion, from luxury brands like GUCCI Kids and BAPE Kids to mid-range brands like Mothercare, there’s no way you can leave this mall empty-handed!
The mall even has interactive seasonal exhibitions that’ll keep your kids entertained while you shop. Exhibitions change every two months, so you’ll always have something new to look forward to!
If the little one needs a nappy change or it’s feeding time, there’s a spacious nursing room beside Toys”R”Us! The changing area is open, but there are private nursing rooms available too.
Lunch at Green Common
Savour some yummy food at this fully vegetarian and vegan restaurant, located in Harbour City. Green Common’s Beyond Burger Plus looks and tastes just like real beef burgers! The garden fish and chips are impressive too.
Take a break at Ocean Terminal Deck
After lunch, take a short breather at Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal Deck before continuing the day! The deck is located on the mall’s rooftop and boasts stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline. Sit at the grandstand and have some alone time with your spouse, as your kids play on the natural lawn. The best time to head there is during sunset, so you can catch the breathtaking view against the beautiful skyline.
Stop by Hong Kong’s largest mosque for your prayers, and some peace and quiet! Kowloon Mosque’s beautiful white marble finish is bound to leave you in awe. It’s also the perfect opportunity to bring your kids and show them the diversity in Islam!
Hop aboard the Aqua Luna
All aboard one of Hong Kong’s last remaining red-sail Chinese junks! The Aqua Luna is one of the best ways to fully experience Victoria Harbour in all its glory. Laze on the comfortable lounge chairs and enjoy your complimentary drink. As the edge of the ship is quite low, we recommend sitting in the centre, especially if you have little kids!
Have an epic time at Ocean Park
Be sure to fill up at breakfast, ready for a day of fun at Hong Kong’s oldest and second largest theme park. Ocean Park has plenty to offer, from a marine park to a theme park and an Instagrammable cultural zone. It’s the perfect place for kids of all ages! There’s plenty to do here, so we recommend setting aside most of your day for this.
The park is so huge that it’s divided into two sections — The Waterfront and The Summit. You can take a cable car or train to get around the park, but we’d say go for the cable car if your kids are up for it! Not only will you enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the park, you’ll also be immersed in the gorgeous sea views surrounding the park.
If you have a pram with you at the park, take the sloping (stair-free) path up to the cable car. You can simply fold the pram and fit it into the cabin!
Meet some of Ocean Park’s residents
Before heading to The Summit, visit some of Ocean Park’s adorable animals! Giant Pandas Ying Ying and Le Le are set to make your hearts melt. They are most active in the morning (around 10am) hence we recommend visiting them right when you enter the park. The young ones will probably want to get even closer to their adorable friends, and the best part is that they can! Your entire family can ‘meet the giant pandas’, learn how to prepare the pandas’ special meals, and even feed them.
There are plenty of family-friendly rides in the park, both at The Waterfront and The Summit. Whiskers Harbour, at The Waterfront, is the place to be for younger kids! There’s a bouncy house (Bouncer House), a ferris wheel (Balloons Up-Up-And-Away) and even mini thrill rides such as the Frog Hopper, if your kids are a bit more daring. Older kids will especially love the Whirly Bird and Arctic Blast at The Summit! The rides are not too terrifying, just enough to give them a thrilling jolt.
Are your teenage kids looking for rides that’ll set their hearts racing? Well, you’ve definitely brought them to the right place. Swing 22 metres and a full 360 degrees above the ground on board The Flash! Then continue your thrill adventure at Hair Raiser — Hong Kong’s fastest roller coaster ride will leave the entire family undeniably shaken.
Yummy halal food to fill your tummies
Yes, there’s halal-certified food in the park. Panda Café offers light bites such as curry steamed buns (must-try!) or hotdog buns, and full meals like Hainan chicken rice and beef ball steamed rice.
Use Ocean Park’s family-friendly facilities
Family-friendly facilities are widely available in the park. There are a few nursing rooms both at The Waterfront and The Summit. Plus, there are shared washrooms for both you and your kids! To make it easier for your family to get around the park, take the elevators instead of the escalators.
Perform your prayers at Guest Relations
Simply head to the Guest Relations counter (either at The Waterfront or The Summit), and let them know you’d like to use the room for prayers.
Shopping at Ladies’ Market or Sham Shui Po
The kids might be tired from all the fun at Ocean Park, but there’s always room (and energy!) for some shopping. Drop by Ladies’ Market for some cheap and cheerful souvenirs as gifts for family and friends back home. Younger children will also love the cute toys and plushies.
Alternatively, you can head to Sham Shui Po for a shopping spree! This neighbourhood is famous for its fabrics, electronics and toy streets. First up, Fuk Wing St (Toy Street)! Your kids will love the wide array of toys available here.
Be sure to check out the wide range of wholesale fabrics at Yu Chau Street too! The fabric sold is cheap and of good quality — perfect for the family to choose matching Hari Raya outfits.
Bargain your way to the lowest prices! Or adopt the walk-away technique, and try another shop.
Hong Kong’s best halal dim sum for breakfast
You can choose to have breakfast at the hotel, or travel to Islamic Centre Canteen to enjoy delicious dim sum. This canteen is a must-visit for Muslim travellers! Feast on the best siu mai with chicken and crispy shrimp wonton. Be sure to arrive before 3pm though, as the dim sum menu is not available after this time.
Conquer Hong Kong Disneyland
Take the MTR to Disneyland (Disneyland Resort Station) — it stops right outside the park! If possible, we recommend arriving around half an hour before its official opening time as there may be queues even before the park opens.
Kickstart your adventure with some of the park’s more popular family-friendly rides. Winnie the Pooh and Iron Man Experience will enthral kids of all ages. Mad Hatter Tea Cups is another perfect ride to have fun with the whole family as you’ll be able to spin your tea cup to your heart’s content.
Save even more time with Disneyland’s Disney Premier Pass tickets (available for some rides including Hyperspace Mountain, Winnie the Pooh and Iron Man Experience). Simply head to the ticket machine at these rides to get your free tickets and come back at the allocated time slot.
Hyperspace Mountain might be one of the most highly sought-after thrill rides in the park, but there are others that deserve your attention too. Don’t miss the RC Racer and Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars — must-try rides if you and your older kids are looking for an adrenaline rush!
Character meet and greets
There’s no way you can bring your children to Disneyland without getting up close and personal with their favourite Disney characters! Queues for the meet and greets can be long, so we recommend picking the top few characters on your list to queue for.
Collect free Disney stickers
While exploring the park, be sure to look out for Disney cast members! From the staff in the stores to custodial staff, each of them carry adorable Disney stickers that’ll build your kids’ character-themed sticker collection. All you have to do is ask!
Apart from the parade of gorgeous floats, you have to add Festival of the Lion King to your itinerary! Watch your favourite characters Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa come to life on massive floats, flanked by acrobatic performances and fire dancers. Have a family singalong to iconic Lion King favourites like The Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata.
Feast on yummy halal food
All that fun and games must have made you hungry. Head to Tahitian Terrace Restaurant to savour a wide variety of cuisine from Korean and Japanese to Indonesian food! One of the things we love most about Hong Kong Disneyland is that it’s the only Disneyland in the world with halal-certified food.
Perform your prayers next door
Disneyland’s prayer room is conveniently located next to the restaurant! The prayer room is equipped with the best wudhu facilities but do bring your own prayer mats and garments, as they are not provided.
Bonus: stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Continue your Disney experience by staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, located right beside the park! The hotel’s Disney-themed rooms (complete with Disney merchandise!) are bound to leave the family with the sweetest of dreams.
The hotel offers halal-certified food upon request (do contact the hotel before arriving) at Walt’s Café and room service.
Head up to Ngong Ping 360
End your trip on a high note (literally) at Ngong Ping 360. You can choose to take either the standard cabin or the crystal cabin to the top, but we recommend the latter as the glass-bottom feature of the cabin is bound to excite the kids. They will love looking out at the gorgeous nature views through the glass — especially right below their feet.
Once you reach the top, walk through the quaint village and climb 268 steps (don’t worry, both the young and old have conquered this) to reach Lantau’s most iconic landmark. The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the largest seated bronze Buddha statues in the world! Spend some time exploring the village and you’ll come across Po Lin Monastery, founded by three nuns in 1918.
You might be on top of a mountain, but there is a halal-certified restaurant right in Ngong Ping Village. Indulge in Mediterranean food at Ebeneezer’s, while soaking in the beautiful scenery and architecture around you.
There is a baby care room near the restaurant, if the little one needs a change of nappy or to be fed.
Getting to Hong Kong International Airport
You’ll be happy to know that the airport is super near Ngong Ping 360. In fact, it is a mere 15-minute bus ride from Tung Chung Station at Ngong Ping. Simply find the bus terminal adjacent to the station and take bus S1.
Ngong Ping 360 offers luggage storage, making it easy to enjoy the day here after checking out of your hotel.
Four days and three nights in Hong Kong has never sounded more fun! With this itinerary, there’s no need to worry about all the planning you have to do prior to your trip. It’ll definitely be a holiday for the whole family to remember!
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