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Hong Kong is a city many people pass on transit, and it is one many don’t budget enough time to explore.
While Hong Kong might be known for its high density living, the city itself is big enough that a 3 day trip would only get you the highlights.
Luckily, many major sights are clustered together!
So whether you are here on transit or a weekend getaway, here’s a 3 day Hong Kong itinerary and weekend guide:
3 days in Hong Kong itinerary
Day 1 – Hong Kong views and a culture fix
Hong Kong is well connected, so whether you are arriving through the land border, ferry, or airport, getting to the city center should take no more than an hour or two.
Hong Kong is best known for its spectacular skyline, so our first stop will be up to the Peak to admire it all.
Getting the historic Peak Tram up is an experience itself, built 120 years ago as a means to transport passengers.
There are many things to see on the Peak, notably the Sky Terrace 428 atop the iconic wok-shaped Peak Tower. It offers a great panorama of central, admiralty and across the Victoria Harbour.
If you like museums, there are Madam Tussauds as well as the 3-D art museum Trickeye. However, if you have the time and energy, there are plenty of other scenic spots around the Peak.
Once you’ve finished looking around the Peak, you can take the tram back down to Admiralty/Central area. While there are many choices, for Chinese food with a twist of contemporary, I suggest Duddells. You can take the MTR for one stop or even the tram! Duddell’s Pork and Shrimp Dumpling is to die for.
After lunch, head on over to Sheung Wan to see the historical neighbourhood. First up is the Man Mo Temple, dating back to 1847 and dedicated to the god of Literature and Martial Arts.
After the dose of culture, you can stroll over to PMQ. Formerly the Police Married Quarter, it is now refurbished as a space for local creatives and artists.
Browse around for some one-of-a-kind designs to take home, and if you get tired, you can always get a drink at Aberdeen Street Social.
Once you’ve finished roaming PMQ, it’s time to head back to Central for an evening cruise. MTR or tram to the pier where you can take an evening cruise abroad Aqua Luna. A 45 minutes sail around the Victoria Harbour with a glass of wine is as good an evening as it can get.
For dinner, I have a few choices for you: for burger lovers, Beef and Liberty is one of the best in Hong Kong. For those who want Asian food, then better start queuing for Kau Kee Restaurant or opt for the famous Cha Chaan Teng chain Tsui Wah.
Day 2 - Brunch Hong Kong style plus some shopping
Hong Kong people love brunches, whichever cuisine it might be. One of the most talked-about and high rated one is the Zuma brunch.
After fueling yourself, take the Star Ferry or the MTR across the Victoria Harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui. You have seen the Victoria Harbour from above and sailed on it, but now you can see Hong Kong island from the other side.
Aside from the view from promenade, there is also the Space Museum, the Avenue of Star, the infamous Chungkit Mansion with electronic shops and Indian restaurants as well as tailors.
If you are feeling hungry, grab an egg waffle, a famous street food, at Mammy Pancake, recommended by the Michelin Guide.
If the weather is too hot or humid, hide and shop in one of the many malls such as Isquare and the One and admire their design.
If you are still hungry, enjoy a late lunch or afternoon tea at Dazzling Café, a Taiwanese/Japanese restaurant. Their honey toasts are famous and photogenic.
You can continue on from Tsim Sha Tsui to Jordan, where many local department stores still operates and sell Chinese products. The best two to browse and shop are Wing On or Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium.
Finish up your shopping and indulge your senses at the Temple Street Market. It is the liveliest night market in Hong Kong, full of Dai Pai Dong (open-air cooked food stalls), street food vendors, and various goods on sale.
At the end, you’ll reach the Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple Complex, where you oftentimes find a few Canto Opera singers practicing. From there, you are not far from the MTR station to head back to your hotel.
Day 3 - A beautiful Hong Kong temple and Lantau Island
The last day, you can do something more off the beaten path. Out of the many temples in Hong Kong, the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery is one of the most stunning.
It’s a 20 minutes’ walk from Shatin East Rail Station, and home to over ten thousand Buddha statues that gave it its name. It is not a working monastery, so you won't see any monks but be sure to watch out for monkeys on your way up!
After the visit, you can hop on an airport bus to Tong Chong and visit the Lantau Island. If you are hungry, there are plenty of good restaurants in Shatin New Town Plaza or wait until you reach Tong Chau Mall.
There are two big attractions there. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and the Big Buddha. Depending on how much time you have left, you can just visit the big two or venture to the Tai O Fishing Village.
If the idea of cable car and outdoor activities doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the Tong Chong Outlet for you to do some last minute discounted shopping!
Untold Morsels - recommended hotels in Hong Kong
One of the most visited cities in the world, Hong Kong has no shortage of great hotels.
From luxury five star properties to design and boutique hotels there is a Hong Kong hotel to suit every traveller.
Luxury - The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong - Hong Kong Central
If you have ever stayed at a Mandarin Oriental property you will know that luxury and attention to detail are their trademark.
With consistently excellent reviews from guests highlighting the hotel's location and service, the modern Landmark Mandarin Oriental is our top pick for Hong Kong. Tip - ask for a room with a harbour view >Check the latest prices
Boutique - Lanson Place Hotel - Causeway Bay
The Lanson Place Hotel is perfect for travellers who prefer smaller boutique hotels. Decorated in classic modern style, the hotel is close to transport links and all the amenities at Causeway Bay and receives wonderful reviews. >Check the latest prices
Family - The Langham Hong Kong Hotel - Tsim Sam Tsiu
Kids stay for free when using existing beds at The Langham's Hong Kong hotel.
With a location close to the ferry and all the luxury touches you expect from the Langham brand, this hotel scores top reviews from families visiting Hong Kong. >Check the latest prices
Untold Morsels - recommended Hong Kong tours
We love taking tours on our travels. Here are our top tips for food and cultural discovery tours in Hong Kong.
On Fridays you can take a 90 minute cruise to Cheung Chau on one of the last remaining Chinese junk boats - >more info and ticket prices
From Dim Sum to wonton soup and much more - try all the local specialties on a food tour of Central and Sheung Wan - >more info and prices
Hong Kong has a thriving street art scene that you can discover on this one hour walking tour - >more info and prices
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Nam Cheah is a third culture millennial who spent half her life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK.
Planning to make the most out of life, she documents her passion to laugh, travel and eat on her suitably named blog: Laugh, Travel, Eat.
When she’s not doing any of that, she’s either catching up on TV while online shopping or writing her novels.