Ramadan is the month where you should finalise Eid trip plan with the family. If you are considering taking the family abroad with affordable budget, Hong Kong is where we recommend you go to, as this city is actually a Muslim-friendly destination to explore.
The must-visit spots in Hong Kong is divided into two islands, the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Island. Through this article, I would take you to find out more on go-to spots and Muslim-friendly culinary joints in Hong Kong Island.
Prayer Rooms at Hong Kong International Airport
If your flight arrival schedule is close to prayer time, it is important to find prayer room at the soonest. Hong Kong International Airport has numbers of prayer rooms on Terminal 1 and 2, complete with the ablution area and qibla direction. However, you will need to bring ladies prayer set as they do not provide it.
Hong Kong International Airport prayer rooms are available at:
- Non-restricted area (Open from 5 AM to 12 AM)
- Terminal 1 at the end of Check-in Aisle A Departure Level (L7)
- Terminal 2 Check-in Hall Departure Level (L5)
- Restricted area (Open for 24 hours)
- Terminal 1 near the Gate 42 Departure Level (L6)
- North Satellite Concourse near Gate 501-510 Departure Level (L5)
- Midfield Concourse near Gate 211 Departure Level (L6)
Tasting Halal Roasted Duck at Wai Kee
Prior exploring the island, why not making a stop at Wai Kee to taste their famous delicious halal roasted duck? Best time to visit this restaurant is before or after lunch hour, especially on the Friday. Wai Kee is usually packed with lunch-goers after Friday prayer, so it is better to come at our recommended hours to make sure you can savour this famous halal delicacy.
One portion would cost you around HKD 40. The portion is shareable with your family if you prefer, and you can also complement it with soy chicken or lamb curry. You can find this stall at Bowrington Road Market and Cooked Food Center food court from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Breakfast with Halal Dim Sum at Islamic Centre Canteen
Ready to start the day exploring Hong Kong Island? Make sure you fill your energy with halal breakfast first. Why not having some portions of halal dim sum? You can make your way to Islamic Centre Canteen, located on the fifth floor of Ammar Mosque and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre at Wan Chai. Aside of dim sum, another halal menu we recommend trying are wonton noodles or chicken rice. Tons of halal options you can explore here!
Despite the canteen is spacious in size, we would still recommend coming early to make sure you can get a seat for the whole family. And if you are specifically eyeing to try their dim sum, make sure to arrive before 10 AM as this menu is one of the most popular. Also, be ready to queue to get a taste of this.
If you need more information on other halal menus in Hong Kong Island, you can also find it at Discover Hong Kong website
Tram Hopping, Just Like the Locals
When in Hong Kong Island, commute around with the Hong Kong oldest transport, the tram or popularly known as ding ding. You can reach interesting destinations on their route, such as Mid-Level Escalator, Victoria Park, and Causeway Bay.
This 100-year old (and more) transportation is still a reliable one for its affordable fare and strategic route. One-way trip would only cost HKD 2.6 for adults and HKD 1.3 for children.
If you are looking for a guided tour to explore the island, we recommend you taking TramOramic tour. This tour would take you exploring the Hong Kong Island for an hour with a guide, so you would get to know the stories behind places you pass within the trip. The tour would cost you HKD 95 for adults and HKD 65 for children, also complemented with 2-day free tram-trip.
Strolling Down the Old Town Central
Feeling like walking in a cool district to snap some memorable pictures? You can hop off from ding ding at Old Town Central. This old town area at Hong Kong Island offers many art centres to check out with colonial-built buildings. Our favorite spots are Hollywood Road and Graham Street with many Instagrammable murals for your photos.
While exploring this area, you can also go to Hong Kong’s oldest mosque, Jamia Mosque. This mosque was built in the 1840 and considered as one of the historical buildings in Hong Kong Island.
Shopping at Times Square and Jardin’s Crescent
Before heading back to your hotel, check out the Times Square at Causeway Bay if you feel like shopping, or even for window shopping only. This square is Hong Kong’s biggest shopping centre, so you can go all out to satisfy your shopping desire on your holiday.
Times Square is filled with colourful lights after dark, making it a nice spot to snap some pictures as a memoir of your adventure in Hong Kong. With seasonal art installations placed around its corners, there are many spots for you to take your photos at. Make sure you watch the children safe around you as this area is always packed with visitors.
Prefer shopping at the street market? There is also Jardine’s Crescent near Times Square. It is a small market that sells hair accessories, women’s clothing, handbags, and handphone accessories. Look closely and you might find a treasure at a very reasonable price in Jardine’s Crescent.
If you fancy some desserts while in the area, go to Chrisly Inn café to have their halal-certified pastries. Their pineapple bun and egg tart are the must-try!
Day Out at Ocean Park
Another go-to for family in Hong Kong Island is Ocean Park, where we also recommend you staying at Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel. This 5-star hotel is a family-friendly accommodation located just few minutes from the Ocean Park.
Ocean Park offers you various experiences that allow the family to have fun and learn at the same time. From getting up close with panda, trying the fun rides, swimming, to taking the cable car, you can choose anything everyone fancy to do.
Prayer room and halal dishes are also available here, so there is no reason for you to worry. The prayer room is located near the Guest Relations office. Once you are ready to fill your tummy, head to Club Panda restaurant to have some halal Asian foods such as dim sum and barbeque.
Now that you have gotten the idea of how you can best explore the Hong Kong Island with your family, it’s time to book the flight and accommodation to complete the plan. Trust Wego to help you finding the best flight and hotel deals, thus you can spend more on things you wish to do or buy while you are in Hong Kong. So, ready to explore Hong Kong Island on upcoming Eid holiday? See you there!
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