I have a layover in Hong Kong both ways. I want to go into the city and see a few things, but I don't want to be rushed or stressed about making it back to the airport in time, so I'm wondering if these two plans are realistic and still give me enough time at each site to enjoy it:
My flight arrives in Hong Kong at 7:40 am. Figuring 60 minutes to deplane, get through customs and store my bag and get an octopus card, let's say I leave the airport at 8:40 am
This is what I'd like to do:
Take the train to central, go up the Peak
Catch the 12:15 harbor tour boat for one round-trip (is this worth it, or is the regular ferry just as good?)
take the train from central to TST and wander around
return to the airport by 3:30 pm (15:30) to catch my 5:30 pm (17:30) flight.
On my way back, I have a similar layover.
I arrive at HKG at 6:00 am, again, assuming an hour to leave the airport
take the train to the diamond hill stop, visit the Chi Lin nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
take the train back to Lantau and visit the Big Buddha
Return to the airport by 2:30 pm to catch my 4:30 pm flight.
I'm open to other suggestions. I'm not particularly interested in shopping, unless it's at a traditional-style market where you can wander around and see/experience new things, not a regular mall with regular stores.