Hong Kong: 24-hour itinerary

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Masseurs in Hong Kong will get you relaxed and ready to go again. AP Photo/Vincent Yu
Hong Kong is a city that knows how to keep it short and sharp. This one-day itinerary will give you stories and photos to last a lifetime.


Hong Kong has been awake for hours, so make your way to Gage Street, Central to witness locals of all ages on their daily search for the freshest vegetables, meat, fish, tofu and noodles from this street market. Local colour doesn't get much brighter than this, although the government is currently making plans to turn this area into another soulless warren of Starbucks and 7-Elevens.


Buy a ticket for the Star Ferry ride across Victoria Harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui. Make sure you sit on the top deck to get the best views and photos. You need to board the ferry on the upper level to do this; there is no access between decks once on-board.

A five-minute walk from the ferry pier is the Peninsula Hotel. Check in for a champagne breakfast on the hotel's pool deck, or go all the way to the Clipper Lounge on the top floor, next to the helicopter pad.


Jump in a taxi to Mong Kok and take a walk around the myriad side streets and markets. You could take one hour or one month and you still wouldn't be able to see it all. The sights and smells there should be enough to work up a healthy appetite.


Its lunchtime, so get yourself back to Stanley on the south side of Hong Kong Island for a late lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants along the shoreline. The nearby Stanley Markets are also worth a wander for an hour or so, although it can get crowded after lunch on weekends.


Head back to Central via the coastal route through Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay, two of the city's more exclusive districts. The cable car you can see on your left leads to the award-winning Ocean Park theme park.


Back in Central, take a stroll through Sheung Wan to see the old side of Hong Kong life. Bring your dollars as there are few cash machines in this part of town, but plenty of worthy shopping opportunities.


Time to put your feet up; Gao's Foot Massage on Caine Road, Central (phone +852 2123 9481) will get you relaxed and ready to go again in just 45 minutes. Dozing in the chair is optional, but highly recommended.


Sign off on your day — and charge your batteries for the night ahead — with sunset cocktails on the outdoor terrace at Red Bar on top of the IFC Mall.


Central Hong Kong is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining experiences. Lumiere in IFC Mall offers a memorable high-end mix of Sichuan and South American cuisine, while Tsui Wah at 19 Wellington Street, Central, offers cheap, tasty noodle dishes and Cantonese standards across its four floors of plastic seating and Formica tables. Bonus: it's right on the edge of Lan Kwai Fong.


Make your way into the madness that is Lan Kwai Fong. There's something happening every night of the week in this tightly packed collection of bars and clubs. Expect something to suit all tastes in this super-safe and friendly area. For a wilder experience, head to Wan Chai, which is 10 minutes away by taxi (but still safe).

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