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How to spend a 12 Hour layover in Hong Kong

As one of the most popular tourism destinations and transit hubs, Hong Kong is a popular layover city in Asia. What should you do if you have a 12-hour layover in Hong Kong International Airport? Read this guide to know top things to do on a 12-hour stopover in Hong Kong, and start your adventure with no worries.


1. Enjoy Visa-free Entry Policy (0.5 h)

Tourists of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa, and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. Before you leave the airport, you should figure out if you qualify for visa free entry during your layover. For more information about Hong Kong Visa.


2. Store your Baggage at the Airport (0.5 h)

Passengers can temporarily store their baggage at the secure short-term Baggage Storage Facility on Level 3 of Terminal 2. It operates from 05:30 until 01:30 the next day, every day. Storage fees are HK$12/hour or HK$ 140/day.  

Enquiry Call: +852 2261 0110 (05:30-01:30 daily)


3. Exchange Currency (0.5 h)

As an internationalized metropolis, most places in Hong Kong, such as shopping malls and restaurants, accept credit card and e-payments. But you’d better exchange some cash to pay for a taxi or other transportation. Money Exchange & Banking Services can be easily found in T1, T2 and SkyPier. And you can buy an Octopus Card at the airport, which can be used to pay for city public transportation, such as bus, MTR, ferry and tram, as well as retail and fast-food outlets.


4. Visit Lantau Island (2h)

Lantau Island is the largest outlaying island of the Hong Kong, with only 8km to the airport. The Tian Tan Giant Buddha on the island is the most famous landmark, which is one of the largest seated bronze Buddha statues in the world. Take the cable car is the perfect option for you to visit the Giant Buddha due to your limited time.


5. Appreciate the Victoria Harbor by Star Ferry (0.5 h)

Victoria Harbor, famed as "Pearl of the Orient", is located between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. It is the largest in Asia and the third largest seaport in the world, behind San Francisco, USA and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Taking the historic Star Ferry is the best way to appreciate the stunning scenery of Victoria Harbor and the iconic skyscraper. The ferry takes only 10 minutes to cross from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, with a cheap price.


6. Stroll along Avenue of Stars (0.5 h)

Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong is more like a milestone of Hong Kong movie industry than an attraction in Hong Kong. As a part of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars is a sign to show the Hong Kong movie position in the world. Till now more than 70 movies stars have left their hands or foots prints there. It is a must-see attraction for movie fans. Taking a stroll along Avenue of Stars, tourists can also appreciate the harbor view of HK.


7. Have a Panoramic View of Hong Kong on Victoria Peak (1.5 h)

Victoria Peak, with a height of 554 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain of the Hong Kong Island. Located in the northwest of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is the landmark of Hong Kong. Victoria Peak is absolutely the best place to have a panoramic view of Hong Kong, from which tourists could overlook Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The Peak Tram is a fast and cheap way to take you straight up to the peak if you are crunched for time.

Read Victoria Peak Travel Tips


8. Try Delicious Dim Sum (1 h)

Hong Kong Dim Sum is the most famous gourmet by the local people. Tasting Dim Sum is one of your must-do things on your layover list. The top recommended foods include Pineapple Bun, the Stir-Fried Hor Fun with Beef, Shrimp Dumpling, Pork Buns, are the classic selections for many years. Hong Kong’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurant Tim Ho Wan is a ideal place for you to enjoy delicacy.

Hong Kong Dim Sum Guide


9. Explore the Local Market (1 h)

There are a variety of street markets in Hong Kong for you to enjoy shopping or experience the local life and culture. You might have fun by hanging out in markets, perhaps grabbing a bargain at its quirky stalls. Stanley market is one of the famous street markets in Hong Kong that you can't miss whiling traveling in Hong Kong. Temple Street is well-known with locals and tourists as a very good place for bargain shopping. You can buy almost everything from clothing, souvenirs and bags in Ladies Market.

Top 9 Must Visit Street Markets in Hong Kong

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How to spend a 12 hour stopover in Hong Kong? If you don't want to spend time on troublesome transportation, please feel free to contact us to arrange a wonderful Hong Kong layover trip for you.

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