You could spend a lifetime in Hong Kong and still not experience all that this vibrant city has to offer, so if you only have four days to spare, deciding on exactly where to spend your time can be tricky. From the city’s iconic sights to a few unforgettable hidden gems, this itinerary will fill your four days with some of Hong Kong’s very best.
In order to really get to know a place, it is important to learn about and understand some of its history, which is why the Hong Kong Museum of History should be your very first stop. From here, it is only a short distance to the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, where you can take in some of Hong Kong’s famous skyline, as well as walk down the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While you’re in Kowloon, a visit to the Mong Kok Street Markets is a must, where you can haggle for a few bargains and soak up some of the frenetic energy that is abundant in the city.
Renting a junk boat to explore some of Hong Kong’s stunning islands is a popular activity with both tourists and locals, and is a great way to see parts of Hong Kong that you may have otherwise missed. The junk boats usually set off quite early in the morning, and if you do not want to spare a full day for this, there are many half-day charters available. In the afternoon, take the 360 Ngong Ping cable car over to Lantau Island, which, although rather touristy, is home to the Po Lin Monastery that is definitely worth visiting.
The Peak is Hong Kong’s largest mountain and is always a must-see for first-time visitors. There is a tram that takes you 1700 feet up to the top, upon which you will be greeted with panoramic views of the city, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding hills, with a view that is considered to be the best in Hong Kong. The afternoon could be spent in a few different ways; if you are travelling with children, a visit to Disneyland or Ocean Park may be appreciated by the younger ones, while those who are seeking art and culture should take a tour around the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, as well as the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Hong Kong is considered to be a shopper’s paradise, and a great way to spend your last day here is shopping for some great finds to take home with you. From the market stalls of Li Yuen Street to the sophisticated goods at Shanghai Tang, you will find just about everything you could imagine for sale in Hong Kong. If shopping is not what you had in mind, an alternative is to take a day trip to Macau, which is a former Portuguese colony that is now packed with sprawling mega casinos, and is considered to be the Las Vegas of Asia – just be sure not to miss your flight home the next day!
When it comes to food and drink, you will never be short of somewhere to grab a meal in Hong Kong, be it at a roadside food stall or a fine dining Michelin starred restaurant. Hong Kong is absolutely filled with diversity, and after spending four days in this effervescent city, its intrigue and charm will soon be pulling you back for more.