Stopovers can be a pain, especially if you are travelling with children and have no idea what to do during this idle time. If you ever have a stopover in Hong Kong, here are some tips on how to make the most out of the few hours you can spend in this lively and vibrant city.
What To Do With Kids On A Stopover In Hong Kong
If you have around three to five hours to spare:
You can watch a movie at the Hong Kong International Airport’s IMAX Theater. Located on Level 6 of Terminal 2, enjoy the latest box office hits on high-resolution and digital sound with your children.
For stopovers between eight and 12 hours, you may visit:
- Hong Kong Disneyland – A 20-minute cab ride from the airport, Hong Kong Disneyland never fails to turn any bored kid into a bubble of energy. Even for just a few hours, you can experience the park’s best rides, explore the highlights of the six different land themes, eat, and shop for souvenirs.
- Ngong Ping – From the airport, get on the S1 bus to go to the NP360 Cable Car station, where you will take a 25-minute cable car ride to the Big Buddha complex. Once there, have fun taking photos of the breath-taking giant Buddha sitting atop the hill. Climb the hundreds of steps up to see the magnificent statue up close. Afterwards, explore the local village at the foot, do some souvenir shopping, and try the local food.
- The Peak – About an hour by train from the airport, The Peak is the highest elevation in the island of Hong Kong. It offers a spectacular view of the city on clear days and nights. With an altitude of more than 550 meters, it is the best location to take photos of the city skyline. In the area, there are several restaurants and shops where you and your family can get some food and memorabilia. It is where The Peak Tower stands where you can find various attractions like the Madame Tussauds, Peak Tram Terminal, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Peak Explorer Motion Simulator, and Odditorium.
- Mong Kok – To get an authentic feel of local life, go to Mong Kok and make your way through crowds of people checking out products sold at the lines of various local shops and stores in this northern area of Kowloon. There, you can purchase toys, cameras, phones, and other gadgets. You can also try some tasty and appetizing local street food from stalls and kiosks.
- Symphony of Lights – If your stopover is at night, better head to the city center to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to witness the Symphony of Lights show at 8 pm. It is a colorful and entertaining event that sees hundreds of people every night. After the spectacle, walk along the harbor to the Avenue of Stars and take a photo with a statue of world-renowned martial artist Bruce Lee.
For stopovers of more than 12 hours:
It is recommended that you book a night stay at a nearby hotel and get some rest. If you still have hours to kill the following day, just choose an activity above that is just right for how much time you have left to get you ready before you head back to the airport for your next flight.