Experience vibrant Hong Kong in 4 days. Spend a day browsing colourful traditional markets, using public transport for a truly local experience. Delve in to the city’s history from its earliest stages right through to the British colonial era. And sample delicious cuisine that has placed Hong Kong on the foodie map.
Wander through stalls selling everything from flowers to fish, traditional medicine to exotic animals.
Be awe-struck by the modern facades of the central business district and step back in time at the century-old Po Lin Monastery.
Taste delicious Hong Kong delicacies and see why the city has earned its reputation as a food-lover’s paradise.
Hong Kong The Asian New York - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Is it possible to hit all the best sights of Hong Kong in 4 days? This comprehensive itinerary casually makes it happen, with a few extra stops along the way.
After touching down at the International Airport, this introduction to Hong Kong kicks off with a guided transfer to the hotel, followed by a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui. We will take a walk down to the famous Tsim Sha Tsui promenade for a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour passing the iconic Kowloon railway clock tower.
Take a stroll to the neighboring pier and embark on the famous bay crossing via the legendary Star Ferry. A true institution for the locals and mythical voyage for all visitors, this crossing has been listed as National Geographic Traveller Magazine’s top 50 experiences of a lifetime. With skyscrapers contrasting the lush green surroundings, it won’t be hard to fall in love with one of the world’s most beautiful skylines.
Get a taste of the city’s colonial heritage at the 120-year-old Tramway Museum, followed by an ascent to the breathtaking Victoria’s Peak. A scenic, five-minute tram ride (at an incline of 27 degrees!) reaches Hong Kong’s highest point (552m/1811 ft), which proves to be both a picturesque visit as well as a welcome escape from the city’s heat. A destination once reserved for British colonists, it wasn’t until after the Second World War that locals were actually allowed to live here. A brilliant way to take in the best views of the peak is at the Sky Terrace 428, which, when the weather is clear, permits panoramic, 360-degree views of both Kowloon and the neighboring islands of Lantau and Lamma. An essential visit to any first time visit to Hong Kong!
Wrap up the day with a post-sunset transfer back to the hotel.
Optional: Dinner in one of the well-regarded restaurants in Peak Tower (Chinese, Western, Japanese, and even Fast Food; something for all palates and interests!)
Note: The order of the day is contingent on arrival time.
Night in Hong-Kong
In addition to its stock exchanges and business interests, Hong Kong also boasts traditional marketplaces and local escapes; destinations many Western travellers may be unaware of. Discover some of Hong Kong’s most unique markets both on foot and by using the reliable public transport system.
Day two begins with a visit to the Bird Market and Flower Market, both located just north of Mongkok. While it may seem a bit uncanny wandering through cobblestone alleys of caged birds, listening to their soothing lullabies will prove to be quite the memorable encounter (a favourite activity of the elderly in Hong Kong.) At the neighboring flower market, everything from Dutch tulips to exotic orchids line the stalls, only adding to the beautiful sensory experience.
Sticking with the market theme, the next visit runs through Tang Choi Road’s Goldfish Market. Ripe with not only vibrant marine life, this bazaar hawks everything from coral, plant decor, and tanks to dogs, spiders, lizards, and snakes… it’s nothing short of a zoo! The popularity of fish in China comes from their symbolism of good fortune and association with wealth.
Bringing the shopping experience full circle, a visit to Mongkok’s Langham Place displays a more contemporary visit with its giant metallic spiral sculptures that look back at the Revolution. (Please note, this stop will be optional if staying overnight in this hotel.)
One of the most unique encounters of the day is found at Ko Shing Street: home to the Chinese Medicine Market. While Hong Kong may be an ultra-modern metropolis, its traditional roots are not forgotten! Pharmacotherapy, or therapy through pharmaceuticals, is a remedial practice that utilizes pills, powders, and brews made from plants (such as ginseng root), animals (scorpions, seahorses, snakes), or even humans (some believe in eating the placenta just after birth!) Ko Shing’s pharmacologists are famous for their encyclopedic knowledge!
Dinner will be provided in the authentic, bustling Temple Street evening market, home to a wide variety of seafood and local specialties.
Night in Hong-Kong
First stop of the day: Lantau Island. Taking the iconic Ngong Ping Cable Car for a 6 kilometer, 25-minute cruise, breathtaking 360-degree panoramas will both entertain and provide some stunning photo ops of the South China Sea, Tung Chung new town, and steep hills of Lantau National Park.
Optional: Spice up the experience by choosing to take the “crystal cabin”; a completely see-through car (including a glass bottom), which provides views in all directions. (Private cabins are also available.)
Arrive into the village of Ngong Ping and take the 238-stair ascent to the impressive 34m-tall Bronze Tian Tan Buddha Statue. Adjacent to the statue is the 100+ year old Po Lin Monastery: one of the major Buddhist sanctuaries of Hong Kong. Take the “Wisdom Path,” a 15-minute trail loop, lined with 28 wooden headstones, each measuring eight to ten meters in height. Inscribed with “prayers” common to both Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, these calligraphic works by the master Jao Tsung-I are all arranged in a “∞” shape, symbolizing infinity.
7 kilometers away is the next stop, a visit to Tai’O. A community founded by the Tanka fishermen, these southern Chinese minorities (once referred to as “sea gypsies”) have long since assimilated into Han culture, but still retain their traditional fishing lifestyles. Unique stilt-style homes (built above a mudflat) give the region a truly authentic feel, dating back many generations. Follow the Tai’O experience with a Street Food walk, featuring local specialties such as dried fish and shrimps, shrimp pâté, and rice cakes (not included).
Continue on to another Lantau icon, the 15th century Kwan Tai temple (also called Kwan Yu.) The oldest temple on the island, Kwan Tai is dedicated to the world-famous War God that gave the temple its namesake. For a complete feel of the area, meet up with a local artist (Chinese landscape gardener, calligrapher, and/or contemporary artist- depending on availability.)
A public bus to Cheung Sha will arrive at one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches, a 3km-stretch of coastline dotted with lively restaurants, including the famous “Stoep”. The public bus route continues onwards towards Mui Wo, concluding at the ferry station, returning guests once more to Hong Kong island.
Note: As the Lantau Island transport is public, there may be some queues along the way (particularly on weekends); we can, however, arrange for whole-day trips.
Night in Hong-Kong
To fully experience Hong Kong in 4 days, a morning tour of the Hong Kong Museum (Tsim Sha Tsui East area) is essential; the museum provides excellent insights into the history of the island. A lively, sometimes interactive approach, exposes everything from its geological development, return of the archipelago to Mainland China in 1997, and birth of fishing villages, to its integration into the Empire, the colonial period, and much more. There’s even a space dedicated to local folklore, a mixture of traditions of the local fishermen, and the Hakka and Hoklo ethnic groups.
Dependent on the departing flight, there may be just enough time to squeeze in some shopping along famous Nathan Road (in Tsim Sha Tsui). Find everything from luxury goods, tailors, and jewellers to cosmetic and electronics shops, or peruse the nearby shopping centre “The One.” Top up with a snack at the 29th floor Wooloomooloo Restaurant, offering delicious food and exceptional views of Hong Kong (not included, consult us for more information.)
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