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The ultimate long weekend in Hong Kong

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The Ultimate Long Weekend in Hong Kong

From dim sum breakfasts to seafood feasts, mountaintop Buddha statues to rooftop bars — Hong Kong was made for long weekends! With our ultimate guide, you’ll ride the Star Ferry on your city day and a cable car on your island day. Get active with a hike on your outdoor day and walk around markets on your shopping day. Activities range from cycling to horseracing, and alfresco dining and drinks encompass street stalls, beachfront restaurants, glamourous rooftop bars and even a ‘pier-top’ bar.


Hong Kong

FRIDAY: CITY DAY

The Peak

Morning

Ride the Airport Express into Central and connect to your hotel. Once you drop your bags and freshen up, it’s time to explore the city. Make your way to Central’s Peak Tram Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info terminus and hop on the century-old Peak Tram to scale steep inclines as the tramcar climbs high above the city. Take in stunning views at The Peak Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  — Hong Kong Island’s highest point — before having a nosey in Peak Galleria Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info .

Afternoon

Descend back down to Central and refuel with lunch at Sing Kee Restaurant to experience the humble dai pai dong (outdoor restaurant). After lunch, ride the Star Ferry to enjoy skyline views as you make your way across the harbour to Kowloon. Disembark and stroll down the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade , taking in the Clock Tower and posing with Bruce Lee’s statue at the Avenue of Stars . Visit the Museum of History to explore Hong Kong’s past from early cave dwellings through to fishing villages and colonial growth.

Gaddi's

Evening

Grab a taxi to International Commerce Centre Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info — the tallest building in Hong Kong — and have a pre-dinner drink at Ozone Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  — the highest bar in the world. After taking in the striking views through floor to ceiling windows, head back to Tsim Sha Tsui and tuck in to fusion flavours in an exclusive old- world setting at China Tang Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . Spend the rest of your evening on Knutsford Terrace, Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info Tsim Tsa Tsui’s counter to Central’s Lan Kwai Fong, or make your way to Tung Choi Street Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info in Mong Kok, a local hangout that welcomes tourists with dartboards, dice games and beers by the bucket.

SATURDAY: LANTAU DAY

Big Buddha
Ngong Ping cable car

Morning

Hop on the MTR to Tung Chung and ride the cable car to Ngong Ping Village Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . Browse the shops in this retro-inspired tourist town, and then walk across to the foot of The Big Buddha Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info and ascend the steps to the 34-metere-high statue.

Afternoon

Be sure to take in the glorious gardens and halls of Po Lin Monastery upon your descent and then enjoy a well-deserved and delicious vegetarian lunch at the monastery’s restaurant. After lunch, stroll back to the village, grab a taxi to Mui Wo Pier and hire a bicycle to get out and explore surrounding villages on two wheels.

 

[ Remarks: The Big Buddha is currently undergoing renovations and the areas in the vicinity of the Big Buddha statue will be closed during the maintenance period. All other religious ceremonies and events will continue as usual, please check the official website before you visit. ]

Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo, Central

Evening

Cycle to Pui O Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info to have dinner and watch the sunset. Rest and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere before you work off your meal pedalling back to Mui Wo Pier to return your bicycle and take the ferry to Central. Take in bustling Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info and SoHo Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info on a Saturday night — the beating heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife.

SUNDAY: OUTDOOR DAY

outdoor

Morning and afternoon

Get a good start to the day with Sunday dim sum. Head to either Luk Yu Teahouse for old-world charm or Lin Heung Tea Room for a more working class experience. Next, get your hiking gear on, pack a lunch and head to Sha Tin. Find Stage 5 of the MacLehose Trail for a hike taking in Lion Rock , views overlooking the Kowloon Peninsula, World War II tunnels and an array of wild monkeys — it’s a 10km trek fit for all ages. When you come off the trail, hop in a taxi to Sha Tin Racecourse for last of the Sunday races.

pier 3 bar

Evening

Take your winnings and grab a taxi to Sai Kung — famed for its seafood — to enjoy a waterfront dinner at Sing Kee Seafood Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . One of the many restaurants lining the harbour, Sing Kee Seafood is a favourite among regulars. It’s a one-Michelin-star spot that not only dishes out incredible from-the-deep-delights, but is just as famous for its crispy chicken. Once you’re satiated, make your way back to Hong Kong Island and grab an alfresco nightcap at Wooloomooloo Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info 's swanky rooftop bar in Wan Chai (after a quick change), or Pier 3 Bar in Central where beers are cheap as chips and snacks are greasy and decadent.

MONDAY: SHOPPING DAY

Shopping Day

Morning

Take advantage of in-town check-in and then start the day luggage-free on Cat Street (Antiques) , a long-standing antiques market. Sift through ramshackle stalls and stroll into well-maintained stores to find relics from the Cultural Revolution, ancient jade jewellery and an assortment of quirky items from Hong Kong’s past. Continue the search for hidden treasure in PoHo’s independent stores then finish it all off with bottled craft beer at Craftissimo .

 Under Bridge Spicy Crab

Afternoon

Make your way to Wan Chai for lunch at Kam’s Roast Goose Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info to enjoy this one-Michelin-star Hong Kong staple, or at Under Bridge Spicy Crab, literally located under a bridge and popular for its delicious crab smothered in spicy peppers. Next, it’s time to shop for gadgets at Wan Chai Computer Centre, where you’ll find not only computers and laptops, but phones, cameras and pretty much every gadget imaginable.

Street market

Evening

For final souvenir shopping, head to Yau Ma Tei, where Temple Street Night Market Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info and Ladies' Market Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info sell everything from ‘I love Hong Kong’ t-shirts to knock-offs and vintage trinkets. Grab a quick dinner of street snacks at Dundas Street, ranging from Hong Kong classics to favourites from across Asia, or sit down to a simple dish at Mido Cafe Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , a humble cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style diner) that feels like something out of a vintage Hong Kong movie. Connect from the MTR to the Airport Express and arrive back at the airport for your flight out.

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