Discover how to explore Hong Kong with just HK$100 as high prices drive Mainland tourists to seek budget travel options

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St. Andrew's Church

4th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Many mainland visitors and even a significant number of Hong Kong residents are opting to travel north for more affordable options. However, a recent guide on Xiaohongshu, a popular social platform, has caught the attention of netizens. The guide, titled “A One-Day Trip to Hong Kong for Only $100,” not only reveals an itinerary covering three popular tourist spots but also provides detailed instructions to ensure a seamless journey, sparking lively discussions online.

The guide was shared by a Mainland male university student approximately two months ago on Xiaohongshu. He introduced his budget travel strategy, emphasising the need to fully embrace the experience with only $100. Before embarking on the adventure, the student recommended preparing six essential items: three bottles of mineral water, a 10,000mAh power bank, a local SIM card for mobile internet access, a plug adapter, a QR code for Alipay (a popular mobile payment platform), and the downloaded Google Maps app. The itinerary was designed to run from 12pm to 9pm.

Equipped with these “treasures,” the journey begins at the Liantang Port. The first stop is Mong Kok, accessible by taking the 79k bus from the port, costing only RMB 6 (approximately HK$6.60) and lasting around 30 minutes. The student provides meticulous instructions, guiding readers to the bus platform and suggesting the most affordable way to reach Fanling or Sheung Shui from Shenzhen. From Fanling, he suggests taking the East Rail Line to Mong Kok East Station, which takes another 30 minutes.

Arriving in Mong Kok, the student suggests walking to Tsim Sha Tsui, a leisurely 1.5-hour stroll covering approximately 3 kilometres. He personally favoured a casual walking pace, occasionally stopping to enjoy the surroundings. Along the way, he points out notable landmarks such as the St. Andrew’s Church in Jordan and the renowned Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, describing them as delightful surprises encountered during his random exploration.

Next, the journey continues from Tsim Sha Tsui to the Avenue of Stars, with an estimated one-hour travel time. The student suggests exploring nearby attractions like K11 Musea, Harbour City, and Canton Road, allowing participants to allocate time for personal exploration. On a clear day, one can also marvel at the Victoria Harbour during its radiant moments. Finally, the last leg involves a two-hour walk from the Avenue of Stars to Central. One can take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Pier No. 7, offering opportunities for photography on the second and third floors of the pier. The student further provides a detailed guide on avoiding backtracking in Central, highlighting the integration of pedestrian bridges within shopping malls and advising following the flow of the crowd outdoors while consulting the map as needed.