Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
First and foremost, when you are landing in Hong Kong, make sure to take in the expansive views of the city out of the aeroplane window. The city unfurls before your eyes, with a string of skyscrapers that defy the laws of gravity, each competing to make the boldest architectural statement. Don’t forget to look out of the window, as it would be a shame to miss out on this magnificent aerial view! Start your trip in Hong Kong on a high note by visiting Victoria Peak by cable car. This is one of Hong Kong’s must-see spots, and offers a stunning panoramic view overlooking the city and bay. Afterwards, visit the Peak Tram historical gallery for an insight into the history of this fascinating city.
Next, head back down via Hong Kong Park to continue enjoying Hong Kong’s beautiful natural attractions before heading back into the bustling city. Once (temporarily) back on terra firma, ride the Star Ferry across Victoria Bay on a short sea cruise. Make the most of your trip by stopping to admire the Clock Tower on the former central station. Then, head eastwards to go into the buzzing Wan Chai neighbourhood where you can immerse yourself in a concrete jungle of soaring skyscrapers. Whilst you’re there, go on a tour of HKCEC, Hong Kong’s congress centre and a gem of spectacular futurist architecture. Don’t miss the large wheel and Golden Bauhinia Square, where a giant statue representing the emblematic flower of Hong Kong city proudly stands. Shopaholics will particularly love the Causeway Bay and Central districts. These vibrant neighbourhoods attract throngs of particularly affluent visitors on the weekends. Therefore, prepare to be immersed in a crowd of people in search of a good deal!
In addition, make sure you visit to the Happy Valley racecourse, for a sense of Hong Kong’s sporting spirit. Finally, finish the day by spending the evening in the chic Soho district in Lan Kwai Fong, where a myriad of restaurants and bars await.
Start the second day of your weekend in Hong Kong by heading to the Kowloon district. This extremely lively neighbourhood is home to the pedestrianised street Avenue of Stars. There, the star attraction is the handprints of actor Bruce Lee, who helped make the city of Hong Kong famous worldwide. Today, the film industry in Hong Kong is flourishing and numerous locations in the city have played a starring role in some iconic films. Most notably, the renowned Asian film director Wong Kar-wai filmed 1960s Hong Kong in the movie 2046, which featured actors on horseback and effortlessly switched between the past and future to tell a complex, multi-layered story.
Next, climb up to the panoramic platform of the Sky100 tower and visit the multi-religion Wong Tai Sin temple, a building that’s practically imbued with serenity. This is the ideal place to make a wish or ask for good fortune!
Continue exploring by walking down Nathan Road, a renowned shopping street and a great place for some retail therapy. After that, gradually make your way to the Tsim Sha Tsui district, which boasts a lively seafront with great views. This area is also home to the Hong Kong Museum of History, one of the city’s most beautiful museums. The exhibits at this museum will let you discover the city’s history, and it also hosts reconstructions of some of Hong Kong’s quintessential old streets.
After this educational experience, where better than a lively and noisy traditional market to immerse yourself in the city’s culture and to take home some typical souvenirs? One particularly wonderful market is the Ladies Market in Mong Kok. Although mainly clothes are sold here, this market is, despite its name, not just for women, and there’s plenty here to interest the guys too. Next, explore the night market on Temple Street, a spectacular setting worthy of a film set.
For the evening, head back up into the clouds by entering one of the city’s several rooftop bars for a stunning panorama of the Hong Kong skyline at night. From there you can admire, at around 8pm, the nightly light and sound show put on by the city: A Symphony of Lights.
The third day of your trip will take you slightly out of the city, where you can get some respite from the hectic crowds. After all, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most populated cities! Away from the bustling metropolis, head off to explore the islands that make up the rest of the country. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car will take you to Lantau Island, which offers beautiful hiking trails and stunning natural landscapes. To really make the most of your visit to the island, go and see the 34-metre-tall Big Buddha, the Buddhist temple of Po Lin and the village of Tai-O, all of which are well worth the detour. Alternatively, you can jump aboard a ferry and go hiking on the island of Lamma.
Or, if you’re passionate about marine life or are travelling with children, visit Ocean Park, a theme park covering around 915,000 square metres dedicated to the underwater universe.
However, if beaches are more your thing, visit Aberdeen Beach and Repulse Bay, both perfect places for a seafront lunch. What will you choose off the menu: Chinese barbecue or snake soup? Finally, why not go one step further and explore the island of Macau, a former Portuguese colony retroceded to the Chinese in 1999? There, you can also try your luck at the famous casinos!
Any weekend in Hong Kong promises a complete change of scenery, and a whole host of exciting things to see and do. You can even add an extra bit of magic to your trip by visiting Hong Kong during one of its most incredible traditional events: Chinese New Year. Held in late January or early February (depending on the year), celebrations are at an all-time high and you can be part of Hong Kong’s biggest party. Given the often extravagant nature of this vibrant city, you’re sure to return home with some incredible memories no matter when you visit!