Hong Kong Itinerary
Whether you have two, three or four days in Hong Kong we have an itinerary for the best things to do in this vibrant city.
Although Hong Kong is officially part of China, Hong Kong’s visa requirements are different, which makes it easier to travel to and enjoy all the sights and attractions Hong Kong has to offer.
We’ll show you where to visit, and give you some tips for finding accommodation, as well as options for tours and packages if you’d prefer.
Getting in from the AirportThere are several ways to get into the city. The most affordable way is to use public transport, and the best way to do that is with an Octopus Card. The basic cost for a card is $150 HKD with a $100 HKD credit and $50 HKD card deposit included in the cost from ages 12 and up. Kids 3-11 pay $70 HKD with a $20 HKD credit, children under 3 are free. Deposits of $50 HKD and remaining money are refundable upon return of the card. You can use it on the MTR, buses, trams, mini-buses and ferries. Even some supermarkets, convenience stores, major chain stores and some taxi’s will accept the card as an option for payment. Around the city there are ‘fare saver machines’ where you can tap your card and receive discounts on travel as a reward for walking. While it’s possible to pay cash you won’t receive change and given you’ll likely use the Octopus Card extensively during your stay we would highly recommend it. You can pick one up at the airport after passing through customs.
- Red taxis go to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and can also go to Disneyland and Tung Chung
- Green taxis can only go to the New Territories, but not Lantau Island
- Blue taxis can go to Lantau Island only
Two Days in Hong Kong
Day OneGet yourself ready for a big day as we explore Hong Kong Island. First off is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Hong Kong, The Peak. You can catch the historic Peak Tram from Central. The cost is currently $52 HKD return for adults and $23 HKD for children 3-11 (you can check out all the latest prices here) or you can catch the NWFB Route 15 bus from Central (Exchange Square) which costs $9.80 HKD for adults or $4.90 HKD one way for children. We took the bus and were delighted with great views on the way up, and it only took about half an hour.
Back down the hill, and in Central, take a walk along the waterfront and take in the views, then ride on another one of Hong Kong’s major tourist attractions, The Observation Wheel, located just near the ferry piers.
Then explore Central a little more and hop on one of the double decker trams,known locally as Ding Dings. Check out the interactive tram map here.
If it’s too hot after all of that, escape to the air-conditioning of the iconic IFC mall for a spot of shopping and some lunch.
Next on the list are the residential developments known as the mid-levels – named after the fact they’re halfway up the mountain!
Ride the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world up towards the mid-levels passing through Soho, scanning your Octopus card for discounts at the scanning booths as you go.
Trendy Soho is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink. A tip from our local friend says Wellington Street is best for noodles, dumplings and ramen, and if you want some traditional Chinese street food try Stanley Street, which is one street north of Wellington Street.
Day 2Depending on where you’re staying you’ll want to ride the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and explore Tsim Sha Tsui. Kowloon is located on the peninsula north of Hong Kong Island and is known as one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Tsim Sha Tsui is where most of the budget hotels (Hong Kong Island tends to have the more upmarket hotels) are located and is home to a mix of malls, street markets and packed streets. Walk down Nathan Road towards the waterfront and enjoy the Avenue of Stars (under renovation at the time of writing) and watch the ‘Junk’ boat sail back and forth with the beautiful Hong Kong Island in the background. If you are here at night you can enjoy the Symphony of Lights – great for young kids.
Something not to miss when you visit Hong Kong is eating Dim Sum, and some of the best Dim Sum can be found in the Tsim Sha Tsui area.
Checking TripAdvisor or Google reviews is the best way to find good local restaurants. We tried using Openrice (a local alternative) but found the others to be better.
Three Days in Hong Kong
Where else is there to go in Hong Kong? Why not explore some of Hong Kong’s other islands and take a day trip to the famous Lantau Island! Lantau Island is one of the larger islands in Hong Kong and home to the international airport. It is also one of the best places to visit with kids, as it’s home to Disneyland and Ocean Park.
Ocean Park is my kind of place, I love animals and I love scary rides, however there are definitely rides for all ages. Tickets on their website start at $480 HKD for 12 and above, and $240 HKD from 3-11 years old. If you prefer all-inclusive tours and packages TripAdvisor is your friend. Check out their latest deals here.
While on Lantau Island make time for one of the more traditional tourist attractions, the Big Buddha. The Big Buddha is 34 meters high and you’ll need to climb 268 steps to the top. It faces north towards the Chinese people and the Buddha image took 12 years to complete. Located opposite the Po Lin Monastery, it cost $60 Million HKD to complete.
Four Days in Hong Kong
There are still plenty of sightseeing opportunities in this great city. While not something most people would picture when thinking of Hong Kong, beaches are something that the Hong Kong people treasure and there are some nice ones to choose from!
We went to a beach on Cheung Chau Island when we were there for the bun festival, and it was the perfect way to cool off on a scorching hot day!
Our local friend recommended Recluse Bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island as a favourite getaway for the locals.
Festivals! Hong Kong has a busy calendar of festivals, and if you are lucky enough to be in town for a festival, make it a priority to join in the fun.
As I said before I love animals, and I really love birds, so we headed to Hong Kong Park where they have lots of birds to see in their aviary for free!
The park is a great place to chill out in this busy city so it’s worth the trip. The Botanical Gardens are a short walk away.
To finish off your Hong Kong trip, go to one last tourist destination, Macau. A special administrative region of China just like Hong Kong, it’s an easy day trip from away.
It’s known for its gambling and is often called the Las Vegas of Asia. Apart from the casinos there is beautiful colonial architecture to enjoy, food to taste and several great beaches.
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