SaverTrip offers a delicious recipe for the ultimate long weekend in Hong Kong with hotspots and a touch of locals. The ingredients: three or four full days, all the hotspots, a less touristy part of the city, delicious food and SaverTrip! With this ultimate guide, you won’t miss any place of interest.
Hong Kong: the vibrant city with endless and high skyscrapers. What many do not know is that this metropolis also has a lot of quiet sides. During your long weekend in Hong Kong, of course you want the best of both worlds to experience. From dim sum breakfasts to alfresco dining at street stalls, from Buddha statues and scenic mountain peaks to spectacular rooftop bars – Hong Kong has it all!
Friday: a day in the bustling city
On the day of arrival, it is immediately time to experience the great contrast of the city. Take a ride on the hundred-year-old Peak Tram. This tram takes you to the highest point on Hong Kong Island: The Peak. You will really stay here on top of the world delusions. It is very quiet around you, you are in an oasis of peace in the middle of nature, while at the bottom of your feet is the always bustling city. This clear contrast makes this place so unique, but that’s not all: from The Peak there is also a panoramic view of the city skyline, where the most beautiful panoramic photos and videos can be made. If the moment of realizing that you are in Hong Kong had not yet come, it is guaranteed to happen here. For the sporty ones among us, you can also take a nice walk to the Peak or around Victoria Peak and then back with the Peak Tram.
Once back down in Central it is time for lunch. As you may know, Hong Kong is known as one food heaven: there is a huge choice! Head to Jimmy’s Kitchen, Hong Kong’s oldest western restaurant, or head to Sing Kee every other dai pai dong (food stalls). After lunch, board the Star Ferry and take in views of the awe-inspiring skyline from the water as you cruise through the harbor to Kowloon. In Kowloon you can visit even more highlights such as Nathan Road full of Asian boutiques, electronics stores, clothing and jewelry stores, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, with Bruce Lee’s statue on the Avenue of Stars and the Clock Tower. Are you curious about Hong Kong’s past and rich history? Then pay a visit to the Museum of History. Here you will discover all the ins and outs of former cave houses to fishing villages and colonial growth!
When the sun slowly sets, another spectacular part of this day cannot be missed. Look for the International Commerce Center – the tallest building in Hong Kong. Visit the Sky 100 observation deck on the 100th floor, or order a delicious aperitif for the same money at the highest bar in the world: Ozone. While enjoying one of the unique cocktails on the menu, you can admire the beautiful view from another 17 floors higher. When the sun has disappeared behind all the high skyscrapers and all the lights in the city go on, you not only enjoy the cocktail, but also the view over the glittering Hong Kong skyline.
After this, it is time again to experience the flavors of Hong Kong. Join Spring Deer in Tsim Sha Tsui to enjoy the classic Peking Duck or experience the fusion flavors that Hong Kong is rich in in the exclusive China Tang. Then end your day at Knutsford Terrace – the counterpart to Central’s Lan Kwai Fong – or on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok with the well-known Goldfish Market. One thing is certain: you will not get bored in Hong Kong!
Saturday: Lantau day
Rested and recovered from all the impressions from the day before, the day starts early with a subway ride to Tung Chung for a cable car ride to Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island. Here you get some time to be the real tourist; stroll the streets and browse all the shops of this retro-inspired tourist town. You can also walk the Ngong Ping Trail – a total of 5.7 kilometers – and there are nice hikes from Ngong Ping Village, such as the Wisdom Path or Lantau Peak.
From Ngong Ping Village you walk to the base of ‘The Big Buddha’, where you climb the stairs to admire the impressive 34 meter high statue up close. The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the five great Buddha statues in China, the largest sitting bronze Buddha in the open air. This Buddha sits peacefully on a lotus throne above the celestial altar and is surrounded by eight smaller statues representing gods or immortals. After the descent back down there is also a piece of history planned, namely the Po Lin Monastery. Be inspired by the glorious gardens and all that the monastery has to offer. It is also the place to enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch in the restaurant of the monastery.
After lunch it is time for a bike ride. Take a taxi or bus to Mui Wo Pier, where you can rent a bicycle. Imagine yourself among the locals and explore the surrounding villages on two wheels. Cycle to Pui O for dinner. Be surprised by the chef’s specialties and admire the sunset. If you prefer to hike, you can make great hikes from Ngong Ping Village through the mountainous area of Lantau Country Park with phenomenal views. Anyone who is fanatic can even walk all the way to Mui Wo in four hours. From Mui Wo Pier you can take the ferry directly to Hong Kong Central. Start your evening with a cheap beer at Pier 3 Bar in Central. When Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife kicks off and the music is already ringing through the streets, Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) and SoHo the place to be to experience the nightlife optimally.
Sunday: Discover the greenery of Hong Kong
The day starts with a dim sum breakfast. Typically Hong Kong, because these steamed snacks are originally a favorite during breakfast. Join the locals and join Luk Yu Teahouse or Lin Heung Lau for authentic dim sum. Or join Tim Ho Wan in the IFC – the dirt-cheap Chinese dim sum restaurant with Michelin star!
Today will be all about nature, so put on your walking shoes and prepare a packed lunch! Hong Kong consists – in addition to all modern skyscrapers – for 70% nature, which makes the city the ideal base for nature lovers. From Sha Tin, the 10 kilometer long ‘Stage 5’ of the MacLehose Path starts for a walk on Lion Rock. The MacLehose Trail has been named one of the 20 ‘by National Geographicdream trails‘ in the world. The route is divided into ten sections and passes through eight Hong Kong national parks. During Section 5 you will have a view of the Kowloon Peninsula and you will be introduced to World War II tunnels and an array of wild monkeys. You can also choose to walk part of the Wilson Trail, a long distance route of 78 kilometers, 63 kilometers of which runs straight through nature. Alternative routes that you can put together yourself, along Kowloon Peak Viewing Point, Elephant Hill and Suicide Cliff for example, are of course also possible!
Round off the (afternoon) day at an event that has been part of Hong Kong culture for more than 150 years, namely horse racing. Sha Tin Racecourse is the perfect place to experience this age-old tradition. If you prefer to visit your hotel first to change, choose Happy Valley Racecourse in Wan Chai.
Head to Wan Chai for dinner at Kam’s Roast Goose to enjoy this well-known Hong Kong restaurant with one Michelin star. Or at Under Bridge Spicy Crab, literally located under a bridge and popular for its delicious crab smothered in spicy peppers. As a result, the restaurant has become a common concept among the locals. After this impressive gastronomic experience, continue the line by heading to Wooloomoooloo’s chic rooftop bar in Wan Chai. Luxury all the way!
Monday: time to shop
You can end your last day in Hong Kong with an afternoon of shopping. Cat Street is an antique market and is known for its stalls full of trinkets. Stroll through the stalls and then take a look at PoHo to search for the hidden vintage gems of the city.
The last hours in Hong Kong are getting closer, so time for the last store purchases. For high tech gadgets you can quickly go to the ‘Wan Chai Computer Center’ and for the last souvenirs for the home front you can visit Yau Ma Te. Here are the famous streets Temple Street Night Market and the Ladies’ Market, where everything (but really everything) you can think of can be found. Before you leave, grab something to eat at the street food stalls or end the last evening in Hong Kong style with a simple dish at Mido Cafe. And then it is really time to go home again. On to the Airport Express that will take you to the airport. Joi gin! See you soon Hong Kong!
Planning for a weekend in Hong Kong yourself?
Hong Kong is the ideal stopover for long flights to the Far East. Because you like it, or because there is really no other way. Good news is that Hong Kong is a great city to get a glimpse of Chinese culture. Even if you have limited time, there is plenty to do during your stopover in Hong Kong. Would you like more inspiration? Then take a look at the 10 best places in Hong Kong that are well worth a visit.
Do you have more time, but are you afraid that a long weekend in Hong Kong will be very pricey? I can reveal that behind that façade of luxury hotels and chic office buildings hides a very affordable city. Curious? We previously wrote an article about Hong Kong for next to nothing.
For more information and to stay up to date with Hong Kong tourist news, visit DiscoverHongKong.