Considering Hong Kong as a stopover but don’t know where to start? Looking to visit for one week or less?
Then check out our family friendly 5 night itinerary which guarantees you experience some of the major highlights of this iconic, bustling harbour city.
Based on our 5 night stopover, our itinerary includes Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island and Hong Kong Disneyland. The perfect combination to ensure that each member of the family has a truly memorable holiday.
Day 1: Hail a cab from HKG International Airport and check straight into your hotel. Freshen up before heading out and exploring this fascinating culture first hand. The perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to some local cuisine.
Day 2: Sit back and relax on the Big Bus Tour while you get your bearings in this expansive and diverse city. Make sure you get off and check out the sights with skyline views from the Star Ferry and panoramic vistas from the Sky Terrace at the top of Victoria Peak.
Day 3: Spend the day at the historical and majestic site of Ngong Ping which is home to the majestic Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Accessed by a glass bottom cable car you will enjoy unforgettable views on your way up to this cultural village. If you have time on your way home, visit the shopping mecca of the Ladies Market and haggle for some bargains and unique souvenirs.
Day 4: Catch a train or taxi to Hong Kong Disneyland and check into one of the three onsite hotels; Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. It’s been a busy few days so hit the pool and relax for the rest of the day!
Day 5: Time for some Disney Magic by exploring the seven lands at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s smaller than it’s American cousins so it’s perfectly manageable in one day but still has all of your favourite attractions, rides, characters and shows.
Day 6: Hit the park again or simply enjoy a character breakfast with Mickey Mouse before heading to the airport.
How we did it – All the details
1. Getting There
You can fly direct to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) from the UK in 11 and a half hours.
If you need any tips on flying long haul with kids then check out our top tips here.
2. Accommodation – Salisbury YMCA of Hong Kong
I’m not going to lie, trying to find accommodation for a family of five wasn’t easy. As soon as I added three children to my search, the list of options lowered dramatically.
In the end, I turned to Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree travel forum where anyone can ask a question and the travel community will share their experiences and recommendations. This proved invaluable as I was recommended the Salisbury YMCA Hong Kong which we ended up booking and absolutely loved.
Not only was it fun to stay at the YMCA, but this award winning 4 star hotel is centrally located in the shopping district of Kowloon and has the most spectacular views of the city.
Cheaper than its big name competitors, but still providing the same level of comfort and service, we booked a Harbour View Suite and were completely blown away by the view and the room. Not to mention the friendly staff and the facilities such as an indoor swimming pool.
Please note: Please contact the hotel directly if you wish you book a room for a family of 5. Whilst they advertise room capacity of 4 people, they sometimes make allowances for families with small children.
3. Getting Around
I was quite apprehensive about how we would navigate our way around such a heavily populated city with three relatively young children and a buggy.
However, what I didn’t anticipate was how friendly and accommodating people would be. Despite the fact the streets were absolutely packed, people always made room for us with a smile and I never felt overwhelmed or unsafe.
We took a number of taxis and the train for one of our excursions and this was an extremely straightforward and enjoyable way to get to our destination.
4. Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus Tour is always the first thing I like to do on a city break.
It’s a fantastic way to get your bearings and not exhaust the younger members of the family while you are sightseeing all day.
The YMCA Salisbury is perfectly located for this excursion as the bus stop is located merely steps from the hotel.
You can either pre-book your tickets online or simply pay for them before you get on the bus like we did.
5. Ngong Ping
Ngong Ping cultural village is located on Lantau Island. You can catch the train here from Kowloon MTR Station and it takes about 40 minutes.
Most importantly, and I cannot emphasise this enough, BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE! If not, you will be queuing for hours *we learnt this the hard way*
You can either do this online prior to your arrival or visit the Concierge Desk at the YMCA Salisbury and they can provide information about where to purchase tickets near the hotel.
This was the absolute highlight of the trip for us because not only was the glass bottom cable car ride absolutely amazing, but there was so much to do once we reached the top.
We spent the entire day exploring cultural sites such as Big Buddha, Wisdom Path and the Po Lin Monastery before checking out the shops, entertainment and dining options.
6. Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland
Once again, booking a room for a family of five was not without its difficulties.
The Hong Kong Disneyland website states that room capacity is limited to 4 people. Whilst we have done our fair share of sneaking the kids into hotels in the past, I was not comfortable doing this is in Hong Kong.
Therefore, I emailed the Explores Lodge directly using their online help center to request if there was any flexibility with this.
I received a prompt reply stating that a special arrangement could be made as we were a young family. I then proceeded to book this room via email directly with the hotel. They added tickets to our booking and the entire process was extremely easy and straightforward.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Explores Lodge as the facilities are amazing and it just adds to the Disney magic by staying on site.
7. Hong Kong Disneyland
We don’t like Disney, we love it! So this stopover was the perfect opportunity to visit a Disney park we’ve never been to before.
We purchased 2 day tickets in advance as we wanted to make sure that we could experience everything Hong Kong Disneyland has to offer at a leisurely pace.
You can either book tickets online or as part of your accommodation package. Alternatively you can purchase tickets directly from the Concierge Desk at the YMCA Salisbury.
We instantly fell in love with the charm and uniqueness of this smaller Disney park. With seven lands to explore we spent a magical couple of days going on rides, watching spectacular shows and parades and meeting our favourite characters.
Even at Easter the crowds weren’t too bad and we were really surprised with minimal or no queues for the character meet and greets and some rides.
If you decide to visit Hong Kong please share your photos and any tips you discover along the way.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We paid for the entire trip ourselves and all opinions are my own.