What to Do with a 7-hour layover in Hong Kong?
A seven hour layover sounds great, but let’s say you need to be back at the airport two to three hours before your next flight to check in: that would really only give you four or five hours to explore Hong Kong outside the airport. Still, there’s quite a bit you can do!
You’ll be coming in to the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. Ground transportation from there is pretty good, so you could easily get the MTR into the city center (get off at Admiralty or Wan Chai) — it should only take about half an hour.
Walk around, admire the architecture, do a little shopping in Central (Pacific Place is a large luxury-type mall, or you might want to try The Lanes for faux designer goods), and ride a tram down Des Voeux Road. Take the (free) elevator up the outside of the Hopewell Center in Wan Chai and you’ll get a fantastic view of the city. For another excellent view, take the Peak Tram up to the top of Victoria Peak (you’ll catch it in Central) — it’s astounding, and the ride itself (sort of like a funicular) is a lot of fun too.
Try and make time for a quick ride on the Star Ferry if you can — you’ll catch it downtown in Central (Admiralty MTR stop) and you’ll likely have change from a dollar. It’s only a ten-minute crossing but the ferries are from the 1940s and 50s, and it’s a fun time. Once you’re on Kowloon side, you can admire the Hong Kong skyline from across the water (there’s a free laser show every evening if you’re there at night) and maybe have a look around the markets of Nathan Road or the western-style shopping centers at Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hope you have an amazing time! You can certainly see a lot of Hong Kong in 4-5 hours.