The Best Of Hong Kong In Just 3 Days
The last time I was in Hong Kong was about ten years ago. It was my first intrepid step into the world of travelling as I had just finished being a full-time student. I remember when I first arrived being totally overwhelmed by the difference in cultures, from the foods on the street to the languages and general climate both physical and social. From memory, I stayed for about four or five days in the busy area of downtown Kowloon. I was lucky in that a family friend lived near Hong Kong Central and so was able to show me some of the more “luxurious” sights.
This time, we booked a hostel via Booking.com which was easy as always. Before you book, a word of warning, you can expect three things from hostels in Hong Kong:
1. Expect to pay more for what can barely be described as an ensuite
2. Look in and up. A large number of hostels are actually in markets, but many floors up, and generally hidden away.
3. Expect to be pestered in Kowloon. A lot. Heading to and from your hostel on a daily basis can be somewhat tiring. Just try your best to politely avoid the touts in the market malls.
We spent a grand total of three days in Hong Kong and I feel that for me personally, this was plenty of time. If you have a more flexible timescale then I would recommend also exploring outside the main area of Hong Kong. There are a number of deserted beaches and of course, the stunning 100km Macelhorse Trail. But, for those of you on a tight timeline here is how we did it.
Three Day Itinerary
AM PM oh so tasty waffles
Walking down the street one day we turned the corner and stumbled upon a bustling, happy group of people waiting outside a little yellow bus. Off we tootled to investigate and it turns out that everyone was enjoying the brand new craze to hit Hong Kong. 'AM PM' specialize in souffles, pancakes and waffles. Well, it would be rude to resist and so I'm paying forward the sweet delights we shared as a tip in this blog. Go, eat and return to your hostel with a smile! Be sure to grab a free sticker before you leave. You can aso check out their instagram for some foodporn:
Get involved with gaming
Being a remote worker means that I need access to excellent WiFi, and for me, going to a gamers internet cafe means that I can get work done super quickly whilst enjoying the gamers. It might not be for everyone but if you haven't delved into the super-energy-charged world of online gaming then it is worth seeing. Try to find one that has a tournament on.
The most popular Internet Cafes in Hong Kong are called i:One, which has a number of branches. My favourite, mainly because it's a more local haunt is the 在線網吧 Incafe. It's also open 24 hours and they have LED flashing keyboards. I can already hear you asking "Can't just sit in Starbucks and use there WiFi?". The answer is no, most cafes in Hong Kong will allow you 30 minutes WiFi for every purchase and it can soon become quite costly.
Enjoy panoramic views from Victoria Peak
The three days that we were there were misty so we actually didn’t make it up to Victoria Peak this time around. But, it should definitely be on your list! You'll definitely recognize some of these iconic images that were taken from the peak. The best time of day to visit is just before sunset. You’ll need to allow time for the 120-year-old funicular railway ride to the top. The departure point is on Garden Road, about fifteen minutes walk from Hong Kong Central Metro.
Come face to face with Bruce Lee
Located along the Avenue of Stars you'll find the statue of fighting god Bruce Lee, the beautiful Anita Mui and many other stars that made Hong Kong famous. You may not know who all the statues are but even so, it's a pretty along the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Watch the Symphony Of Lights
Every night since 2004 the Hong Kong harbour has been ablaze with lights as the buildings display thousands of laser lights into the sky. This multi-sensory display even has music by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. I think that one of the best vantage points is on the side of Tsim Sha Tsui just in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Travel on the Star Ferry
The main route of the Star Ferry carries passengers across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The passage itself it just a few minutes long, but sitting at the front you can capture some fantastic images, especially during the Symphony of Lights. Prices online will say HK$105 (£9.73), but if you use the ticket machine inside the hall you can get a lower-deck ticket for just HK$2 (0.19p). What a bargain.
Drinks in Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is a popular nightlife spot with punters spilling out of every doorway onto the road. There are over 90 pubs, bars and restaurants crammed into this section and each one has its own charm. It's difficult to find your way alongside the bumbling punters and the doormen who each try to coax you into their bar with promises of happy hour, cocktails or even jelly shots. It's not really the type of environment that I enjoy, to be honest. If, however, this lively, mainly western-filled nightlife is what you’re looking for then Lan Kwai Fong is definitely worth checking out. We walked up and down it twice, gave up and stood at the top of the road, on the periphery, with a beer from the 7-Eleven. That made it perfect.
Travel up to Ngong Ping 360
A great day out enjoying the 360-degree cable car views, getting up close and personal with the giant Tian Tan Buddha Statue and strolling through the bustling streets of Ngong Ping Village towards the Po Lin Monastery. This is such a 'must stop' for all visitors that we gave it it's own blog for tips on how best to enjoy the Ngong Ping 360 experience.
Hong Kong is a fantastic stopping point or entry into Asia. From here you can easily get a cheap flight to Vietnam or Japan. I hope that this three-day itinerary helps you decide how to spend your time. Is there anything else that you think should be on this list? If you’re feeling inspired, book today and remember to use this link to book via Booking.com for a discount: and get 10% off: