Here's What To Do With 24 Hours In Hong Kong

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Donnelly/Fathom.
By Kate Donnelly

Sooner or later, travelers will find themselves with a layover in Hong Kong en route to a farther destination in the southern hemisphere, as Kate Donnelly did recently. Don't stay at the airport. Go to town. Literally. Here's a checklist — good for whether you have a few hours or one night.

Arriving in Hong Kong is exhilarating: a mix of jet-lagged euphoria, loopy circadian rhythms, and sheer excitement. Hong Kong is all about motion. It's an invigorating assault on the senses, a veritable kaleidoscope of fireworks — of motion, speed, and color, bursting everywhere, fast and furious. You're racing past gleaming futuristic towers lined in rows, stacks upon stacks of glass and steel layers, with mountainous peaks perched in the background and expansive water views.

If you have 24-36 hours, Hong Kong makes for the perfect layover. Good thing, because sooner or later all travelers to Asia will find themselves here. It's easily accessible and efficient to navigate. And, you can pack a wonderously unique itinerary into a short period of time.

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