Hong Kong for families
A suggested one day itinerary
Morning: Morning is the perfect time to kick off a family-friendly day of adventuring around Hong Kong — and we mean adventure. After having breakfast at your hotel, make Victoria Peak your very first destination. Little legs can easily tackle this mountain by way of the Peak Tram, a steep cable funicular that runs from a terminus in Central all the way up to the summit. Kids will love the novelty of the ride, and every member of the family is sure to appreciate the views from the top. You can even make a game of it: ask kids to spot islands, count skyscrapers, or play one especially challenging game of ‘I Spy.’
Afternoon: If your kids are older and ready to stretch their legs, you can descend from the Peak via the Morning Trail, a roughly hour-long path that wends its way through lush jungle foliage. Otherwise, another journey on the Tram is the perfect way to find yourself back in Central just when lunchtime rolls around. Even the most sceptical eaters appreciate noodles, and casual eateries like Mak’s Noodle — which specialises in wonton soups — are bound to win approval with younger diners. But if it’s more familiar food they seek, a visit to the family-friendly Beef & Liberty is in order: it’s hard to be unhappy with a menu of macaroni & cheese balls, burgers, and banoffee pie. After filling your bellies, hop on the Star Ferry, which will whisk you over to Kowloon (and will provide pretty incredible Harbour views besides).
Evening: For the final leg of your day out, explore the sights of the colourful Kowloon Peninsula. Kids will be fascinated by the street markets of Mong Kok — at the Goldfish Market they can witness all kinds of aquatic critters, while the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and Flower Market will have them transfixed by what’s on display. Once you’ve braved the crowds, head for the air-conditioned reprieve of one of Hong Kong’s mega-malls. iSquare in nearby Tsim Sha Tsui is a vast, 31-storey complex. Wind down with a meal at one of its many restaurants (everything from pizza and dumpling to sushi is on offer) and a movie at one of its five cinema screens.