Given how small Hong Kong is (Oh yes, it’s small – roughly about 428 sq. mi. That’s about the size of 10 Disney World all connected.), Hong Kong is often viewed as an ideal stopover destination or a transit hub during a long journey to Asia. While we understand Hong Kong may not be the focus of your trip to Asia and you may not want to spend time on doing research, here is what you can do during your time in Hong Kong (and we will prove you could’ve missed a lot without a plan for this small but lovely city).
Don’t underestimate the amount of energy you will need to travel around Hong Kong. This bustling modern metropolis is extremely easy to get around and you can literally reach anywhere in Hong Kong within an hour. This fortunately means that you can do a lot within 3 days; however, it may surprisingly drain all your energy on the other hand.
Are you ready?
Here is a suggested itinerary for you.
Hong Kong Travel Itinerary: Day 1
Morning: The Big Buddha
Straight from the airport, it takes you 40 minutes to get to the Big Buddha on Lantau Island with the help of one of the world’s most reliable and most convenient public transports – the Hong Kong’s famous Mass Transit Railway (MTR) .
The Big Buddha, with official name being Tian Tan Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. This statue sits atop the peak of Mount Muk Yue. You may take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to the peak. Po Lin Monastery took 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.
Once you climbed to the top of the statue, you can enjoy superb greenery of Lantau Island, the shimmering South China Sea and the flights gliding in and out of Hong Kong Airport. There are also three floors beneath the statue. A relic of Gautama Buddha is stored inside.
After visiting the Big Buddha, don’t forget to grab a vegetarian meal or enjoy the tofu dessert nearby.
Afternoon: Ladies Market in Mongkok
After spending the morning or early afternoon at the Big Buddha, it’s time to explore the city. Go to Mongkok and visit the ladies market. You will find a lot of inexpensive clothes, accessories and souvenirs. Don’t forget to bargain, you will likely get 10-20% off the price quoted if you try (hard). There are many shops selling local snacks, e.g. fish balls, fries, bubble tea and so on.
Night: Tsim Sha Tsui
A few stops away from Mongkok, you can enjoy Hong Kong’s magnificent night view from Tsim Sha Tsui seafront. If you’re near the coast, you may enjoy “A Symphony of Lights” light show at 8pm every day. It’s a light and sound show combining interactive lights of over 40 key buildings between the Hong Kong island and Kowloon.
Hong Kong Travel Itinerary: Day 2
Morning: Dim Sum in Central
Start your day by going to a restaurant with dim sum. Maxim’s Palace at City Hall in Central is an excellent choice. You will get to experience one of the most traditional ways of ordering food and the noise around will keep you accompanied. Go for a walk along the seafront and get on the observation wheel. Slowly get your way to Sheung Wan taking the tram and explore the soho area. You will see Chinese artwork and street art along the way.
Afternoon: The Peak
The peak is one of the must-gos in Hong Kong. Unless you’re hiking to the peak, I often recommend people to go in the afternoon so you get to see the view under the sun and at night. The Trick Eye Museum and Madame Tussauds are there to help you kill time before sunset.
Night: Lan Kwai Fong (LKF)
Take the peak tram down from the peak as appetite of nightlife in Hong Kong. The peak tram station is 10 minutes away from Lan Kwai Fong, the most popular nightlife area in the city. There are over 90 restaurants and bars and this is the time you make new friends. (Good news to solo travellers – some people actually managed to find their other half in this area!) If you happen to visit Hong Kong during major festivals like Halloween, Christmas and New Year, you will have a lot of fun in LKF for sure!
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