With so much to see in the Special Administrative Region south of mainland China, focus on Hong Kong Island to make the most of a one-day visit.
Breakfast in Hong Kong. Take the high-speed ferry to arrive in Hong Kong in a little less than an hour. After you disembark, make your way to Teakha. Open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, this quiet café specializes in homemade granola, delicious pastries and scones. Try the matcha cheesecake with a cup of freshly brewed tea from the extensive menu.
Victoria Peak. Continue on to the Peak Tram funicular, in operation since 1888, and ride to the top to take in 360-degree city and harbor views from Hong Kong Island’s highest mountain.
Peaceful Park. After descending the mountain, visit Hong Kong Park for a stroll in the lush green space, landscaped with flowers, cactuses, fountains and waterfalls. Take time to walk through the tea museum and past the Tai Chi garden to center yourself before heading back out into the bustling city.
Central Shopping. Stop by Landmark, a vast mall not far from the park, to browse from the range of luxury jewelry, clothing and specialty shops.
Temple Visit. Said to be the oldest temple in the city, Man Mo Temple, filled with idols and worshippers burning incense, is dedicated to the Taoist gods of literature and war.
Chinese Arts. The University Museum and Art Gallery is Hong Kong’s oldest continuously operating museum. Find ceramics and bronzes that date as far back as 7,000 to 2,100 BCE from the Neolithic period, as well as Chinese ink paintings, jade carvings and the largest collection of Nestorian crosses (from the Yuan dynasty) in the world. Stop by the Tea Gallery, the museum’s cozy little café, which promotes Chinese tea culture, for a refreshing beverage.
Fine Dining by the Ferry. Before returning to Macau, sit down to dinner at Lung King Heen, the world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. Take in glittering views of the Hong Kong Harbor and city skyline while dining on dim sum, Peking duck, wok-fried seafood and other regional specialties.