What should I see and shop in Hong Kong in 10 hours transit?
December 19, 2011 2:15 PM   Subscribe

I will be in Hong Kong for 12 hours and have never been there before. What are some essential things I can do, where should I go for sightseeing and where should I shop for men's clothing?

I have not done any research on Hong Kong whatsoever and will be there for 12 hours while changing flights.

What are some essential things I should do and see in about 8 hours I will get outside the airport? What would be the nicest/cheapest mode of transportation and what laws should someone who's never been there aware of? Are there any cool city tours?

Also, what would be the best places for shopping for men's clothing?Apart from a good shopping complex, I am specifically looking for the best Uniqlo store there.

posted by libbrichus to Travel & Transportation around Hong Kong (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The airport is on Lantau Island, so I'd say your best bet for Uniqlo and clothes shopping is probably either the North Point/Quarry Bay area on Hong Kong Island or Tsim Sha Tsui over on the Kowloon side (B and G on this map). The Hong Kong subway is fantastic, and you should be able to get to either one within 30-60 minutes.

I've only been to Hong Kong four times, so someone with more experience or a local might be able to give you a better answer about sightseeing or city tours. Have fun - it's a fantastic city!
posted by brozek at 2:32 PM on December 19, 2011

Biggest Uniqlo should be in Causeway Bay near Times Square. The closest one to the airport is in Tsing Yi in Maritime Square. There are also large branches in Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, Miramar Shopping Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui (Nathan Road and Kimberly) and I THINK they now have a branch in Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Most efficient method of transport will be MTR - if you'll be there 8 hours and going back to the airport, it might be worth your cash to buy the Tourist Octopus card, which includes discounted transport to/from the airport on the Airport Express subway and something around 50HKD worth of transit fare.

For men's shopping, it depends - Tsim Sha Tsui has many large, upscale malls, as does Causeway Bay (Times Square is enormous). There is a large outlet mall located at Tung Chung with several high-end stores - I only suggest this because it's extremely close to the airport and very accessible. The stores may or may not be to your taste.

As for touristy things - the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui, maybe. Most touristy things might require a bit too much time running around the city, though. YMMV!
posted by zennish at 3:43 PM on December 19, 2011

I would definitely recommend the Star Ferry, and Victoria Peak for time- and money-efficient sightseeing.
posted by scolbath at 6:21 PM on December 19, 2011

What time of day do you arrive and subsequently depart?
posted by milquetoast at 8:41 PM on December 19, 2011

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