Kids of all cultural backgrounds will find their interest in Hong Kong — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Family cruising into Hong Kong are left bang in the middle of happenings. The two major international cruise terminals, Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Kowloon Bay, are within easy reach to the city's best museums, street markets and public parks.
English is an official language in Hong Kong and all signage and captions in public attractions carry English translations, so international families can enjoy their stay in the city without worrying about the language barrier.
Below is a half-day guide from morning to mid-afternoon for families checking out at either port. Most of the activities are on the Kowloon side where the cruise ports are to ensure a smooth navigation.
Strike a pose with Bruce Lee on Avenue of Stars. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Kowloon has some of the best museums in Hong Kong. Start your day with a visit to one of them. There are two main pockets to hit. The Science Museum Road near Hunghom subway station has two attractions next to each other: The Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong History Museum – one for cultural buffs, one for geeks. Similarly, the harbor-front Salisbury Road also houses two museums of different directions of interest, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Space Museum. All of the four museums have stellar programme to engage kids. Most museums in Hong Kong are free to enter every Wednesday.
After tiring out in a morning educations, head to Jade Garden restaurant on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade for lunch. Shrimp-loaded dumplings and turnip cakes come in mouthful size and adorable presentation, sided with a sweeping harbor view to grab any children's attention.
When you kids have counted the number of shrimps in a dumpling and eaten all of them, take them to the nearby Avenue of Stars where they can strike a pose with Bruce Lee. The 440-meter Walk of Fame of China has a 2.5-meter-tall bronze statue of the Kungfu legend who seems to ready for screaming “yeeha.”
Star Ferry is an iconic way to see Hong Kong. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Afterwards, take a return trip on a Star Ferry to enjoy extremely picturesque views of the Victoria Harbour and both side of Hong Kong skylines. The ferry is slow and smooth and is a good writing material for your children's diary.
Hop off in Tsim Sha Tsui then cab or take the subway to Mongkok where you can find some highly interesting street markets. Ladies Market provides plenty of souvenir shopping opportunities from chopstick sets to kid-size “I love Hong Kong” T-shirts. The lively Goldfish Market on Tung Choi Street will intrigue your little ones with bags after bags of live goldfish in different sizes and colors. They are sold as pets to bring in luck for the buyers.
Watch or even learn to perform Lion Dance at Kowloon Park. — Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Head back to Tsim Sha Tsui and find Kowloon Park right opposite the Tsim Sha Tsui subway station. This is the city's top city-center park. There are plenty of space for children to run around and your kids might have a chance to learn some Kung fu tricks. Every Sunday from 2:30pm, the park organized a two-hour Kung Fu Corner at the Sculpture Walk with free demonstrations of lion dance, martial arts and interactive session for visitors.
The final stop Kowloon Park is a 5-minute walk to Ocean Terminal or a 15-minute cab to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.