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48 hours or 4 days in Hong Kong

Published December 8th, 2014

Whether you’re on a layover or having a holiday, there’s plenty to see and do (and eat!) in Hong Kong. With our great Asia holiday deals you can afford to linger longer in Honkers. Here’s our tips on the must-dos in the city state.

If you’ve only got 48 hours:

 

Get on the water

Do the cheap-as Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour for the trip between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai or Central and Tsim Sha Tsui for HK$2.50 (AU$ 0.37), or get on a traditional junk to see the sprawling city from the water.

 

Head up the Peak

Victoria Peak, or just The Peak, is another vantage point to see the harbour. Take the Peak Tram from Garden Road at night to see the lightshow on the harbour and the twinkling panorama of the city skyscrapers.

 

Shop the markets

The budget and the bizarre are on sale at the buzzing Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon – a must for the ambience alone. Hit up the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, also in Kowloon, for cheap and cheerful clothes – not just for the ladies.

 

Bar-hop the escalators

The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world at 800 metres, the Mid-Levels Escalators go between Queen’s Road Central in Central and Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels – a 20-minute trip in total. Hop off and check out the busy bars on the narrow streets on your way up, or down.

 

Stuff yourself with dim sum

Those bite-size morsels of yum known as dim sum is the ideal way to fuel yourself for a full-on day of sightseeing in Honkers. Trawl the trolleys, drink the tea and practise your yum cha etiquette at any Chinese restaurant around town.

 

Crawl the malls

Shopping is a national pastime in HK, and after sampling the market vibe, head to an air-conditioned mall for real not faux. Festival Walk in Kowloon is the one to hit up – there’s an Uniqlo, Marks & Spencer, Apple Store and H&M plus the Glacier ice-skating rink.

 

Ride the narrow double-deckers

Affectionately known as ding-dings, the vintage Hong Kong trams are a great retro way to get around on land. Running since 1904, they’re not as efficient as the MTR subway services but you’ll get a prime people watching and photo opp instead.

 

If you’ve got 4 days:

 

M-I-C-K-E-Y!

Hop on the Disneyland Express (MTR Disneyland Resort Line) and alight at Disneyland Resort Station to visit Hong Kong Disneyland theme park on Lantau Island. There’s Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch, Toy Story Land and more to explore.

 

Spend the day at the beach

Yes, Hong Kong has sandy shores. Shek O beach on Hong Kong Island is a popular choice that’s just a short trip by bus or MTR, or you can check out Hung Shing Ye beach on Lamma Island that’s super popular on weekends.

 

Gamble on Macau

Take a day trip to the sister city state of Macau, Asia’s glitzy gambling mecca and also a shop ‘til you drop spot. Immerse yourself in the Portuguese heritage with egg tarts and crumbling architecture, just a ferry ride away.

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.