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4 days of family fun

LUXE City Guides
  • Written by LUXE City Guides, Images by Calvin Sit
Family Fun Seeker

Hong Kong is a hotbed of discovery and adventure for fun seekers of all ages. Its diverse offering spans land and sea activities from hiking to sailing, delectable local cuisine, islands, animals, museums, markets and theme parks; whatever your interest, whatever your age, the Fragrant Harbour has it all, and dim sum. Here’s our suggested itinerary for families taking a short break in Hong Kong.


Day 1

Peak Tram

AM

Few sights in Hong Kong are as recognisable or beloved as The Peak . From it’s lofty heights you can peer down on virtually the entire city — from the distant mountains of the New Territories backdropping glittering Victoria Harbour and bustling Central directly below, to the outlying islands. What better way to introduce your little ones to the unique geography, waterways, inhabitants, flora and fauna of this fabulous city?

Dim Sum

Lunch

It would be remiss to visit Hong Kong without a traditional dim sum experience, and nowhere is more family-friendly and lively than Maxim’s Palace at City Hall. Or, Central’s  Yum Cha Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  is well known for its cartoon-like dim sum buns including doggy sausage rolls, BBQ piggy buns and, best of all, “barfing” custard buns. Who said meal time can’t be fun?

PM

Tai Kwun

Hong Kong’s police HQ and gaol turned heritage cultural compound,  Tai Kwun , is a sprawling labyrinth of discovery for kids and adults alike. The former jail cells have been reborn as interactive exhibits depicting what life on the inside would have been like. If time is on your side, there are even regular Family Day events where accompanied children over the age of five can participate in guided interactive tours.

Dinner

With a history dating as far back as 1880, Hong Kong’s Star Ferry is an undisputed and cherished icon of the city’s harbourscape. Hop aboard to enjoy the views as you cross from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and choose from the plethora of eateries on the other side. Make sure you’re on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade by 8pm, when the nightly laser and LED spectacle ‘ A Symphony of Lights ’ takes place, set to orchestral music.

DAY 2

Hong Kong Museum of History

AM

Step back in time at the  Hong Kong Museum of History Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , which takes you on a self-guided tip-toe through the city’s history over four floors. The best part? It’s situated directly across the square from the equally excellent  Hong Kong Science Museum Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , also boasting four storeys jam-packed with fun interactive spaces. It's a budding scientist’s heaven!

LUNCH

Eaton Hotel is home to the cracking market-style Foodhall referencing the street eats and stalls of decades past. Little explorers will love visiting the 10+ counters serving up local and global fare that caters to even the pickiest of eaters of all ages. 

Mong Kok

PM

Head north to Mong Kok, where Hong Kong’s real-deal working markets sell everything from lush tropical blooms at the Flower Market Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info to twittering canaries at the Bird Garden Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info to goldfish and tropical fish of all shapes and sizes, plus all the necessary accoutrements at the Goldfish Market Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . If meeting Nemo and Dory isn't exciting enough, there are also frogs, hamsters, turtles and all manner of creepy crawlies to inspire giggles and gasps alike. 

Mong Kok

DINNER

By now your little ones must be famished (and you too!), so keep it simple with a few stops on the MTR to Lai Chi Kok Station, where a two-minute walk will deposit you at  Mr Tree Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . Occupying 560 sqm, Mr Tree dedicates half its floor space to a cafeteria-style dining hall serving kid-friendly eats, and the other half to a playground for 0-6 year-old, featuring rope bridges, slides and a mega ball pool.

DAY 3

ALL DAY

Lamma Island

Take a ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Pier to Mo Tat Wan on Lamma Island, where families would do well to spend the entire day exploring. Upon arrival, hike the gently undulating trail to Sok Kwu Wan village, where you’ll espy a string of restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood cooked to zingy local specifications.

Sok Kwu Wan

If you’re feeling weary, you can pop on a ferry back to Hong Kong Island (Aberdeen or Central) from here, or else push on along the hiking trail to buzzy Yung Shue Wan Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , passing bee farms, pineapple sellers, beaches, temples, pavilions, village houses and organic  Herboland Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  farm replete with bunnies and birds along the way. 

DINNER

After returning to Hong Kong Island, push on into the heart of characterful neighbourhood Wan Chai, where family-pleasing plates are available at wood-fired pie-slinger  Motorino pizza .

DAY 4

Ocean Park

ALL DAY

No family stay in Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to one of the city’s favourite theme parks,  Ocean Park  and  Disneyland . Whichever you choose to do, you’ll want to avoid weekends and public holidays if possible, and go early as crowds (and heat) tend to swell later in the day. 

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