How to Spend Four Days in Hong Kong
Hong Kong really is one of those places where there is something new to discover around every corner. For some, this can be overwhelming, so here’s a little guide on how to spend four days in this wonderful city:
First things first, head to the MTR and pick up an Octopus card. These cost $150 (HKD), $50 of which is a deposit and $100 is credit to be used all over the MTR system (metro, bus, tram, local ferry) and even in convenience stores. Public transport in HK is very cheap and that $100 will go a long way.
For those staying on Hong Kong Island head to the Star Ferry terminal and jump on the upper deck for incredible views as you sail on over to Kowloon. On arrival walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, visit the Garden of Stars and take in the views across to Hong Kong Island. Before you know it it'll be time for lunch, and those who love dim sum needn't look any further than Yum Cha to recharge and refresh.
Then spend the afternoon looking around the Hong Kong Museum of History which is free if you only want to visit the The Hong Kong Story exhibition, this leads you through eight galleries whilst telling you about the environment, culture and development of Hong Kong.
Make sure you catch the Symphony of Lights show at 8pm (every night of the week), it is a perfect pre-dinner treat on your first day in this city.
Victoria Peak is the agenda for this morning, and you can ascend it by taking the Peak Tram from the terminus on Garden Road. There are two ticket types, the Peak Tram ticket which gives you access to the Peak Tower, and the Peak Tram Sky Pass which includes entrance to the Sky Terrace observation deck. We went for the first option as couldn’t really justify the additional money and in all honesty we were 100% happy with the incredible views.
After time exploring ‘The Peak’ as it’s known by the locals, descend the mountain via tram and make for Central and head to Tuk Tuk for an authentic Thai lunch. Then walk it off by wandering around the local street markets and take a ride on the Central–Mid-Levels escalators, which are a series of seemingly never-ending interwoven escalators to save you scaling the hundreds of stairs.
Come late afternoon you’ll be ready for a sit down so catch the Ding Ding to Kennedy Town for dinner and drinks. The Ding Ding is the cheapest public transport system on Hong Kong Island which comprises narrow double decker trams traveling along one line that runs from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town.
The early bird catches the worm, so today you shall be that bird and The Big Buddha shall be your worm! When purchasing your tickets opt for the Crystal Cabin on the Ngong Ping Cable Car as these have glass bottoms and really add to the experience. It takes 25 minutes to get from downtown Tung Chung to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island so you can just sit back and enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day as you approach Ngong Ping Village you’ll see The Big Buddha which is pretty awesome. After climbing up the stairs to The Big Buddha visit the Po Lin Monastery which is beautifully ornate, and if you’re lucky you may spot one of the Buddhist monks.
Post lunch at one of the onsite restaurants head back down in the cable car to Tung Chung and jump on the MTR back to Central. Here, you can freshen up ready for dinner at Italian restaurant Linguini Fini, followed by live music and candlelight at Iron Fairies.
Why not do something special on your last day and book brunch at Aqua? With views unrivalled across to Hong Kong Island, and incredible food, you won't regret the decision.
Walk off brunch by heading down to Tin Hau Temple at Yau Ma Tei to take in the incredible atmosphere of silence, sunlight and incense coils as locals around you worship the Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau.
If you are still in the area come 7pm then visit the Temple Street night market for shopping, fortune telling, and singalong parlours, and if you get a little peckish then sample some of the street food.
Hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to have more than four days in Hong Kong as there is so much more to be done, be it hiking, visiting nearby Lamma Island or even going to Disneyland, the list is endless but there is one thing for sure, you won’t get bored!