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Hong Kong in 24 Hours

Many people use Hong Kong as a mere stepping-stone for getting to other parts of Asia. While it’s a great destination on its own with plenty to do, some people rarely spend more than a day here.

Lucky for those people, Hong Kong is small, which means you can see a lot in a short timespan. So as long as you actually leave the airport during your layover and do a bit of planning ahead of time, that is.

So if you only have one day in Hong Kong, here’s how to see the best of HK in just 24 hours. 

Morning

Drag yourself out of bed as early as possible, preferable by 9am, and eat breakfast like a local, which of course would mean dim sum.

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Hong Kong has no shortage of dim sum restaurants and most are pretty standard, so pick any you’d like and grab a table. Of course if you’re looking for something a bit more special, I’d recommend getting dim sum from Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant.

If you can’t read Chinese, it’ll become a guessing game of ticking random menu items or picking from the few pictures displayed on menus. But don’t worry; everything is delicious—even the intimidating chicken’s feet. Flag down the ladies rushing past with bamboo steamers loaded on carts if you see something you’d like to try.

Once you’re finished with breakfast, head out to Lantau Island to pay a visit to Tian Tan.

Known locally as Big Buddha, it is the largest seated bronze Buddha statue and draws visitors from all over the world. Just be prepared to get your morning workout as you must climb a whopping 268 stairs up to the Buddha—you’ll be thankful you’re visiting in the morning before the heat sets in.

Noon

From Big Buddha, take the cable car back down to the Tung Chung MTR station. Hop on the train and make your way to the crowded and bustling area of Mong Kok. Literally meaning ‘busy corner’ in Cantonese, Mong Kok is the most densely populated place on Earth.

Filled with markets, malls and eateries, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. All of the markets are easily accessible and almost lead into one another, which make exploring them perfect as a walking tour.Hong Kong in 24 Hours

Start up at the Bird Market and make your way down through the Flower Market, the Goldfish Market, Ladies’ Market, and the Jade Market, until you reach the notorious Temple Street Market.

Any of these markets are the perfect place to experience local Hong Kong life, as well as pick up a souvenir or two. And if you get hungry for a snack, make sure to stop and enjoy some of the cheap street food that you’ll find lining the streets.

Afternoon

 Jump back on the MTR in Yau Ma Tei and take it just a few stops until you reach Tsim Sha Tsui. Here you’ll find world-class shopping, as well as the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Walk along the harbor here to experience the breath-taking views of Hong Kong’s skyline or spend some time at Hong Kong’s own Avenue of Stars.

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Looking for more food? Of course you are! Hong Kong is a foodie’s paradise. Take a short break and enjoy some afternoon tea.

Hong Kong may no longer be a British colony, but the tradition of afternoon tea still holds strong. Hotels and fine dining establishments all serve extravagant 3-tiered tea sets come late afternoon. If you don’t need something quite so fancy, even chain restaurants will offer afternoon tea menus that include meal sets for a bargain.

Stick around Tsim Sha Tsui long enough to enjoy ‘A Symphony of Lights’ at 8pm. This permanent light and sound show over Victoria Harbour will surely make you fall in love with Hong Kong if you haven’t already.

Once the show is over, ride the famous Star Ferry across the harbor to Hong Kong Island.

Evening

No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to The Peak. It’s boasted as Hong Kong’s most popular attraction, and there’s no question as to why. At 482 meters above sea level, the 360° view of Hong Kong is stunning, especially at night– which is why you’ll be heading there next!

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Take the 120-year old Peak Tram up the mountain and watch as the city slides by at an amazing 27° to the horizontal. It is truly a unique perspective of the world’s most vertical city.

After enjoying the views, you can either take the Peak Tram back, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a minibus. Although they’re a cheap alternative, minibuses are notorious for not following speed limits and daring driving. Hold on for a wild ride as you race down the mountain roads at top speeds and play the occasional game of chicken with others cars on the cliffs.

Whichever way you choose, once you’re back on the ground in Admiralty, take a ride on the historical ‘ding ding’ tram towards Central.

Sit on the top deck to take in all the sights of the tall skyscrapers that surround you and the mesmerizing neon-lit signs.

Night

It’s now probably close to 11pm, and if you’re thinking about heading to bed, forget about it because the party is just getting started. At night in Hong Kong there’s only one place to go, Lan Kwai Fong.

Known by everyone as simply ‘LKF’, this small block in Central is one of the most popular locations for nightlife. Home to over 100 bars and restaurants, whether you’re looking for posh nightclubs filled with celebrities, Western style bars and pubs, or binge drinking in the streets, Lan Kwai Fong has it all.

So grab a drink, and enjoy a night out Hong Kong style.

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10 Quick Tips for 24 Hours in Hong Kong

  1. Print any names of destinations you’d like to visit in Traditional Chinese. Although many Hong Kongers speak English, you’ll find that majority of those who don’t just happen to be taxi and bus drivers.
  2. Avoid coming in summer. Hong Kong’s sub-tropical climate is amazing in fall and winter, but you won’t want to leave your hotel room come summer time when it’s 36° C with 99% humidity!
  3. Carry some tissues with you. They’re handy for when places don’t have napkins, when bathrooms don’t have toilet paper, or for wiping down your face.
  4. Purchase an Octopus Card. These handy cards can be loaded up with cash and then are used to “doot” around the city. From buying snacks at a convenience store to getting on public transportation, using the Octopus is easier than dealing with cash and it often gives you a reduced fare. Just remember to return the card before you leave so that you can get your $50 HKD deposit back!
  5. Do not eat on public transportation, especially on the MTR.
  6. It is okay to take taxis; they will all use their meter and charge fairly.
  7. When riding escalators, stand on the right side and pass on the left.
  8. When in markets, you need to negotiate the prices. And just remember, those Beats headphones or Apple iPods you’re buying on the street are almost never the real deal!
  9. Don’t tip.
  10. 10. Hong Kong is crowded. Expect to be pushed and shoved and feel free to do the same. You don’t need to apologize, but if you’re still having trouble getting around people, yell out a loud “mm goy” and people will (usually) step aside.
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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? I know it’s only the beginning of November, but if you’re like me Christmas is basically… tomorrow.

Hell, wasn’t it just August yesterday?

No? Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t know where this year went!

Anyways, I always put off picking up gifts until I’m scrambling last minute and fighting the crowds. While I’m *usually* pretty good about planning for the bigger purchases, it’s finding those perfect little cute stocking stuffers that can be the hardest part!

Here’s a round up of my favorite things I’ve been eyeing so far as I shop around online. And the best part? Almost everything below falls under $50 — with just a few splurges added in the mix.

I know there’s certainly a few things in there that I plan on picking up this year!


1. Anthropologie Decorative Globe • Anthropologie • $18–38
2. BAN DO Ban.Do I Am Very Busy Holographic Agenda • $32
3. Burberry – Fringed Checked Cashmere Scarf – Pastel pink • Burberry • $435
4. Ted Baker London Stationery Stack – Pink • Ted Baker • $39
5. Merry Christmas Bento Box, 3 pc • $29
6. Books 15 Minute Vegan Cook Book • Books • $24
7. OPI Love OPI XOXO Nail Lacquer 25 Pc Mini Set – Holiday 2017 • OPI • $49.95
8. Bando The Getaway I’m Outta Here! passport holder • $34.50
9. Pj Couture Women’s Bunny Critter Ballet Slipper Socks • $21.99
10. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask • LaNeige • $25
11. L’Occitane Indulgent Favorites Collection • L’Occitane • $35
12. Women’s Ted Baker London Pomi Faux Fur Pompom Leather Gloves • Ted Baker • $135
13. Gucci Bamboo by Gucci Eau de Parfum Women’s Perfume – 1 fl oz • Gucci • $61.46
14. Paladone Happy Cat Heat Change Mug • $16
15. Beautyblender the original beautyblender® • Beautyblender • $20
16. Bow detail leather belt • Ted Baker • $89
17. Anthropologie Wire Script Sculpture • Anthropologie • $48
18. Rise to the occasion candle • Kate Spade • $32
19. Anthropologie Pineapple Bookends • Anthropologie • $48
20. Ted Baker London Sparkles Iphone 6/6S/7/8 & 6/6S/7/8 Plus Case – Pink • Ted Baker • $39.99
21. Colourpop Legit AF Super Shock Highlighter Trio • $24
22. Anthropologie Delicate Monogram Necklace • Anthropologie • $38
23. Ted Baker – Scented Candle – Tokyo – 250g • Ted Baker • $36
24. Kate Spade New York Everythings Coming Up Roses Large Notebook • Kate Spade • $15.40

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JOHN + COURTNEY

Noah’s ⋅ Naperville, Illinois

John’s touching Mother-Son Dance had just come to an end. Courtney’s father took a deep breath and pulled his chair out from beneath him. He slowly approached the dance floor where he met his daughter. As they exchanged “ready” glances, suddenly F.L.Y.’s “Swag Surfin'” began blasting on the speakers.

Courtney threw on a pair of sunglasses and joined her father in what was probably the most epic Father-Daughter Dance we’ve seen yet! Cheers filled the room. As the song ended, Courtney ran over and hugged her father tight. What would become a night of dancing and a celebration of love, had only just begun.

John and Courtney were two of the nicest people. All throughout the day, each one seemed to grow more nervous than the other, praying that the day would go smoothly. Both were so excited to be finally getting married and couldn’t wait to see each other all morning. They had been high school sweethearts, and this event was a decade in the making.

Here’s wishing you both nothing but happiness! I hope you enjoy some of my favorite images from your special day.

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the creative team

Venue | Noah’s Event Venue

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo · Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal · Hair: SP Hair Studio & Extensions · Makeup: Danielle Rochon Makeup · Groom’s Tux: Indochino · Groom’s Shoes: Journey West · Caterer: Chef by Request · Cake: Alliance Bakery · Event Coordinator & Florist: Olivia Grace Events · DJ: DJ Kid Clay Favors: Sugarfina

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JOEL + RACHEL

University Club ⋅ Chicago, Illinois

Rachel’s Maid of Honor gripped the microphone and cleared her throat. Silence fell over the room. Suddenly, a familiar tune filled the air. Rocking out to the N*SYNC song “It’s Gonna be Me”, she had changed all of the words to sing Rachel and Joel well-wishes with their new marriage. Tears welled up in Rachel’s eyes, intermittent with roaring laughter. She loved that her Maid of Honor had chosen a song so special to them and their childhood to use as her toast.

All I heard throughout the day was how well Rachel fit into Joel’s family. I could see Rachel blush each time one of Joel’s closest friends or family members brought it up. How they were the perfect pair to compliment one another. She infectious smile filled the room and continued to beam throughout the day. She was one of the most joyous people all because she was getting to marry her Joel. Nothing was going to get her down – not even when one of her bridesmaids had to leave in the middle of portraits because she was going into labor.

Never stop smiling! It was a pleasure to work with such fun, loving people such as the two of you!

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the creative team

Venue | University Club

Bride’s Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner · Bride’s Shoes: Marc Defang · Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal · Hair & Makeup: Appease, Inc.· Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank · Rings: Antler Rings · Invitations: David’s Bridal · Videography: ByDesign Films · Florist: Scarlet Petal · Uplighting & Event Design: Frost Chicago · Band: Matt Stedman Band · Transportation: Limotainment · Photo Booth: Your Night Productions · Favors: Deneen Pottery

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ANDREW + BRITTANY

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture ⋅ Chicago, Illinois

Andrew and Brittany met at a party in college, but they wouldn’t start dating until years later. After much persistence on Andrew’s part, Brittany finally gave in — and now they couldn’t be happier!

The two are originally from downstate and Missouri, but that didn’t stop their families and friends from making the journey to Chicago to celebrate with them! The whole day was filled with laughter and tears of joy on one of the most beautiful days in April. Congratulations again Andrew and Brittany! I can’t wait to see where your journey takes the two of you!

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