HK Island, Hong Kong, Kowloon

How to spend a long weekend in Hong Kong

Last week we’ve had friends visiting us, and they had a great time in Hong Kong. They had a packed itinerary, which I would recommend to anyone just visiting Hong Kong for a few days:

Day 1
Start the day with strolling through Central – maybe along the long outdoor escalator – and then walk around SoHo and Hollywood Road.

You could then walk towards the East, until you come to Hong Kong Park. That’s a nice place to have lunch, either bring your own, or go to the tea house next to the Teaware Museum.

Then take the tram up to the peak – if you are lucky there is a clear view from the top and you can see across the Victoria Harbour.

Walk down or take minibus 1 or bus 15 or the tram back down. If you are in the mood, you could go for drinks on the rooftop terrace in Sevva or you could have a nice Vietnamese dinner at Nha Trang.

Day 2
Explore Kowloon – visit the markets. Start with the Bird Market first thing in the morning then walk through the Flower Market and Goldfish Market. You could walk down Nathan Road, or take the MTR to Mongkok to visit the Jade Market.

Afterwards you could go and have Dim Sum in the Peninsula Hotel (that’s better than the afternoon tea) and then head to one of the Museums at the waterfront.

You could then go on a boat trip to view the harbour – and afterwards have drink or an early dinner, maybe at the Spring Deer Restaurant, but stay on the Kowloon side, so come 8.00pm you can watch the Symphony of Lights and Sound from the Avenue of the Stars. If you’ve not been on the Star Ferry, make sure to get on it and cross the harbour to the other side.

Day 3
How about visiting the Chi Lin Nunnery?

A lovely and quiet place next to Diamond Hill MTR station in Kowloon. It’s next to the Nan Liam Gardens and you could spend a lovely morning and lunchtime there.

Have some lunch, and then head back to Tsim Sha Tsui. If you are not in the mood for exploring the busy side streets of Mongkok or Nathan Road, or go shopping in the Harbour City Ocean Terminal, take the MTR or Star Ferry back to Central. There you could go shopping too, or you could take the double-decker tram to explore the East of the Island. You could go to Causeway Bay for further shopping, to Happy Valley (if it is a Wednesday and horse racing is on).

Day 4
A not to be missed highlight is the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.

To get there you could travel to Tung Chung on the MTR and then take the cable car up there. If it is a clear day, you will have a great view over the airport, the different islands, up the hill to the Big Buddha. Up there you’ll find also the Po Lin Monastery.

Afterwards head back to Central – and enjoy your dinner, maybe go to Zuma or Robata Zawazawa for Japanese food and then end the day with drinks at Azure, above the LKF hotel in Central.


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