Give yourself plenty of time to soak up Hong Kong's compact variety - here's our ultimate four-day stopover guide.
Day One: Bright lights, big city
Morning: Walk to Central’s Peak Tram terminus and take in stunning views at The Peak.
Lunch: Stop for lunch at Sing Heung Yuen dai pai dong and grab something sweet after at Yuk Yip Desserts. Already passed down to the fourth generation, the century-old Yuk Yip Dessert is known for their simple, no-gimmicks Chinese desserts that bring traditional tastes to customers. Try the rice balls topped with sugar and shredded coconut.
Afternoon: Ride the Star Ferry for skyline views. Disembark at Kowloon, stroll the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Then, take a taxi to the ICC Building and have a drink at Ozone bar, admiring the incredible view. Explore our other recommended bars with a view.
Evening: For dinner, tuck into classic peking duck at Spring Deer or try a fusion of flavours at China Tang. For a nightcap – or two – party on Knutsford Terrace or Tung Choi Street.
Day Two: Life’s a Beach
Morning: Hop on the MTR to Tung Chung and ride the cable car to Ngong Ping. Grab a coffee and snack at Ngong Ping village before walking to up the steps to the imposing Big Buddha – the perfect path to enlightenment.
Lunch: Take the bus to Tai O fishing village and explore the famous stilt houses, local temples and the dried seafood stalls. Tai O Heritage Hotel also offers a rooftop restaurant.
Afternoon: Taxi to Mui Wo Pier and hire a bicycle to explore surrounding villages. Continue your cycle to Pui O and watch the sunset over an alfresco dinner at Mavericks.
Evening: Take the ferry back to Central and head to bustling Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo for bar hopping any night of the week!
Day Three: Great Outdoors
Morning: Shake off that hangover with an early dim sum breakfast at Lin Heung Tea House in Old Town Central for a hearty breakfast before your hike.
Mid-morning / Afternoon: Take the MTR to Diamond Hill then the bus to Pak Tam Chung Station to pick up the MacLehose Trail for the Sai Kung Peninsula Hike, ending with the spectacular inner bay, Long Ke Wan – complete with crystal-clear water and a blanket of white sands resting between hills and capes.
Evening: Taxi to Sai Kung Town for a rewarding dinner on Sai Kung Seafood Street.
Day Four: Retail Therapy
Morning: Start on Cat Street for age-old antiques. Sift through PoHo’s independent stores.
Lunch / Afternoon: Ride the tram to Wan Chai for lunch at Kam’s Roast Goose or Under Bridge Spicy Crab. You can also pop into Causeway Bay shopping mall for big brand names, such as Nike and Apple.
Evening: If you’re still in the mood to shop, Temple Street and Ladies’ Market offer many souvenirs and bargains to be had by night.