Stopover Itinerary

Culture and Cycling: A Stopover Itinerary for 9 Hours in West Kowloon

Kowloon Station is just 22 minutes from the airport. Make the most of your stopover with this cultural itinerary through nearby West Kowloon Cultural District's museums, parks and eateries

11.30am

You’ve got a day to spend in Hong Kong on your stopover, so it’s time to hit up one of the city’s newest, artiest corners. The West Kowloon Cultural District is next to Kowloon Station on the Airport Express Line, and full of culture, food and fun.

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12.15pm

A short walk from Kowloon Station, the Xiqu Centre is a homage to the dwindling art form of traditional Chinese opera. You may not have time to catch a show, but do check out the building’s impressive Chinese lantern-inspired design.

88 Austin Road West, +852 2200 0217

West Kowloon Xiqu Centre Atrium

1.15pm

For lunch, slurp up traditional Hong Kong cart noodles at Peony Garden on the ground floor of the Xiqu Centre, and then head next door to Go Cakes for some creative Chinese pastries. We like the green tea mochi with red bean and coconut milk, named ‘Men are Red, Women are Green’ – an idiom for well-dressed bright young things.

Credit: Courtesy of Peony Garden

2.30pm

Cycle away those post-flight aches by renting a bike via West Kowloon’s SmartBike rental programme (HK$20 an hour) to explore the Art Park – home to the yet-to-open M+ visual arts museum – and get that must-snap shot of Hong Kong’s skyline.

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Credit: Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District

3.45pm

At M+ Pavilion, view work by the finalists of the Sigg Prize, an award granted to artists based in Greater China. Design products inspired by the works of the artists such as washi tape and tealight holders are also available at the gift shop.

Credit: Courtesy of M+

5.00pm

Head to Ozone on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – the highest bar in the world. Stay for a cocktail, take some photos as the sun sets over Victoria Harbour – but go easy on the bar bites to save your stomach for dinner.

118/F, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, +852 2263 2270

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6.00pm

If you’ve planned well in advance, then you should be able to fit in a kaiseki meal at the two-Michelin-starred Tenku Ryugin on the 101st floor of the same building. Its 10-course tasting menu showcasing the best of Japan’s seasonal products is as meticulous as it is mouthwatering: the perfect pre-flight bite…

101/F, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, +852 2302 0222

Credit: Courtesy of Tenku Ryugin
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