City Guide: 48 Hours in Hong Kong

So, you just have 48 hours in Hong Kong? It’s fair to say it’s a challenge to cover all the major attractions in just two days. After all, the city is world famous for its fantastic shopping venues, excellent range of food and the rich culture. There’s tons to see and explore here in the city of business and skyscrapers.

With so much to see and do in such a short time, it’s a good idea to consider a tour with locals in Hong Kong and get familiar with the local culture and visit the main attractions… Explore fishing villages and glorious temples as well as the neon-lit streets!

So, here’s our recommendation on how to spend 48 hours in Hong Kong…

Day One

After a hearty breakfast at The Brunch Club, take the famous walking trail – Wan Chai Heritage Trail.  It will take about two hours and is a great way to absorb the local architecture and culture for free.  You can have an early lunch at Fook Lam Moon that is just a perfect restaurant to enjoy the traditional Hong Kong food.

After lunch, swing by the Tamar Park to visit the Hong Kong Exhibition and Cultural Centre, before making your way to the remote monastery, Tian Tan Buddha, although it’s a popular tourist attraction it’s worth a visit. You can enjoy some great views from the mountain of the sea below. Head there in the afternoon when it’s less busy.

In the evening, head to Causeway Bay’s Time Square to enjoy the night time activities. Spend some time exploring the area and the fabulous shops. There’s plenty of local retailers as well as high-end shopping malls with luxury brands.  If finding a good Instagram spot is your thing, then the best place is the colourful residential complexes of Yick Cheong building. And finally, another free attraction is the Symphony of Lights, which is on every evening and worth a watch!

Day Two

Look for a cozy neighbourhood café for a nice breakfast or brunch, and once you are done, head for Kowloon Peak. Hiking Kowloon Peak is must here and very enjoyable experience. As you climb the eastern slope of Kowloon Peak, you can overlook the awesome scenery of Hebe Haven. From the top, you get panoramic views over the east of Kowloon. Enjoy looking at Lion Rock and Tate’s Ridge sights. Getting there is an experience in itself!

Victoria Peak is another attraction that you might want to fit into your itinerary. Also known as Mount Austin, if you have time and energy, you can climb the highest peak on Hong Kong Island.

During the afternoon, recover from all the missions and enjoy the sites from a boat. From the Harbour Cruise, you get to see the best panorama of the skyline of Hong Kong, the ride lasts an hour and is totally chilled.

In the evening head for Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, an iconic symbol of the city and one of the most commercialised districts. It is also the most photographed spot in Hong Kong, and it’s hard to ignore the grandeur in Granville Road. The views from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade are indeed some fo the best. And, do not leave Hong Kong without indulging in a bit of shopping; some of the best spots to fulfil all your shopping needs include Argyle Mall, Mong Kok, Shan Tung Street, and Sim City.

End the day with a sumptuous dinner at Jimmy’s Kitchen that serves an extensive variety of food. You can pick from different cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Continental and English. Or enjoy some incredible food with a view at OZONE, located at the Ritz-Carlton – It’s the tallest bar in the world! Enjoy delicious cocktails and Asian tapas with some great views of the city. Or if you want to enjoy street food, make your way to Temple Street Night Market, the most famous street bazaar in the city.

No doubt you will have a completely unforgettable experience in the ‘Pearl of the Orient’.

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