Six hours in Hong Kong will feel like a crash course of Valentine's Day for lovebirds. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong's cruise ports are very central. Excitement-thirst couples can hit the thick of things in the blink of an eye.
Ocean Terminal in western Tsim Sha Tsui is the most popular port of call in Hong Kong for international cruise carriers. A grand port facility, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, opened in June and is expected to accommodate larger and more populous ships. Located in on the site of Hong Kong's former airport in Kowloon Bay, Kai Tak is a 15-minute-or-so cab ride to the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Below is a guide for couples checking out at either port from morning to mid-afternoon.
Start your Hong Kong romance from a slow stroll along the picturesque Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in morning breeze. Get there as early as possible to avoid throngs of tourists. This is the most iconic stretch of Hong Kong's waterfront, which provides a straight-on view towards the imposing Hong Kong skyline and the slowly-moving ferries on Victoria Harbor. This is also where the Avenue of Stars is, which features the statues, handprints and autographs from influential Chinese film stars.
After exchanging words of love in front of the harbor, head to Nathan Road to experience the epitome of Hong Kong urbanism. Walk up and down the southern mile of the Tsim Sha Tsui thoroughfare – noisy, crowded and extremely multicultural, this is city at its most extreme.
Artistic, yummy and mouthful, dim sum is the perfect company to a date. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Make your way back to the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier and hop on a Star Ferry towards Central. These green-and-white double-deck boats are the most romantic transport of Hong Kong. The 20-minute ride is slow and relaxing and provides a chance to enjoy the view of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island at the same time.
Disembark the classic transport and go to Four Seasons Hotel in Central for a dim sum lunch. The hotel's restaurant Lung King Heen was the first Chinese restaurant to receive three Michelin stars in 2008. Harbor views, stellar service, intimate surroundings and delicate, artistic dim sum pieces, dating meals don't get better than this.
Tram up the peak for a view to remember. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
After lunch, cab (about six minutes) or walk (about 20 minutes) to the Lower Terminus of the Peak Tram on Garden Road. From there, take the 125-year-old tram service to the top of Victoria Peak. A surreal panoramic view of Hong Kong unfolds on the 396-meter-high observation deck. The break-taking vista is the best background for declaring your love or, better, popping the words.
Take the tram back to Central and head to a Chinese massage parlor to relax your feet after hours of walking. Ten Feet Tall on Queen's Road is stylish and affordable. A 50-minute foot reflexology massage costs HK$260 (US$34) on weekdays and HK$288 (US$37) at weekends per person.
To get back to Kowloon, take the highly punctual Hong Kong subway, known as MTR. This is a good chance of people watching – see how the local boyfriends carry handbags for their girlfriends, a Chinese way to show love and care.
Or opt for some cruise on an old-school red-sale wooden junk while sipping delicious cocktails. Aqua Luna operates a 30-minute journey from Central to Hunghom which leaves at 10 minutes past every hour from the pier between 12-5pm. The final stop Hunghom is under 15-minute cab ride to either Ocean Terminal or Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.