There’s an endless array of activities for visitors to experience in Hong Kong, from hiking the undulating mountains to watching the sun go down on a rooftop bar in Central, tucking into world class street food to shopping at quirky and lively markets. To help you get the best out of your time in the city, we bring you some suggestions for spending 60 hours in Hong Kong.
A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without marvelling at Lantau Island’s Big Buddha, a 34-meter-high bronze statue that took 12 years to complete. Get the bus or the cable car from Tung Chung MTR station before ascending the 268 steps to the foot of the Big Buddha. After you’ve taken in the views of the Buddha, the surrounding lush greenery and glistening South China Sea, head to the Po Lin Monastery for a spiritual and peaceful wander around the tranquil grounds. If you’re feeling peckish, don’t miss the restaurant, where you can tuck into a delicious vegetarian meal.
Once you’re back on Hong Kong Island, take the MTR to Prince Edward or Mong Kok and follow the signs to the flower market. From native houseplants to exotic bouquets, auspicious trees and wholesale blooms, it’s a delight for the senses, especially during festivals such as Chinese New Year.
For a brief break from the glitz and glamour of central Hong Kong, head a little further into Kowloon and discover some truly authentic gems in the authentic, working class neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po. From the Pei Ho Street wet market, the tangle of electronics on Apliu Street to stationary and treasures on Fuk Wing Street, anything you could possibly imagine is sold here. By now, you’ve probably worked up a decent appetite, so pop into Tim Ho Wan, one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants and try their delectable dim sum and mouth watering pork buns.
Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, head to Mong Kok’s street food market on Dundas Street. Here you’ll find the popular curry fish balls fresh out of the fryer and charred squid tentacles plus many other popular traditional dishes.
Stroll down the Temple Street Market, through the many market stalls, busking musicians and fortune tellers. If you‘re looking for gifts for those back home, this is the place for you and has something for everyone.
Head back onto Hong Kong Island for a truly memorable meal at Chi Chi Cham, a boisterous izakaya restaurant with great food, good cocktails a plenty of sake. From here, head to the eclectically cool bars of SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong which will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
Start your day with the Wing Chun Kung Fu Experience Tour in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. After working up an appetite head for a dim sum lunch before a trip to the ‘Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art-Life Exhibition’.
Get yourself back to Hong Kong Island via the iconic Star Ferry. Founded in 1898, the Star Ferry Company still ships 70,000 passengers across the waters each day. Buy a ticket, hop on-board and see Hong Kong’s skyline from the iconic Victoria Harbour for just a few pounds.
Continue your nostalgic transportation tour on one of Hong Kong’s classic trams, which run non-stop on Hong Kong Island from morning to midnight. Hop on the back, climb to the top deck and enjoy the view.
Catch a bus and make your way out to contrasting Stanley on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. It’s bustling with market stalls, restaurants and bars – and what better way to relax after a long day of exploring than on the beautiful sandy beach?
Make the most of the early morning and head straight up the hill from Sheung Wan, through the university and onto The Peak track to see the city from above. As you ascend, you’ll see the skyscrapers that grace both Kowloon and Central poke through the greenery, in all their majestic splendour. From here, you can walk back down or, take the iconic Peak Tram down to ground level (however, there are some upgrades planned during 2019 and 2020, so check in advance for service schedules), one the world’s steepest funicular railways and a Hong Kong institution itself, at over 130 years old.
Check out the Discover Hong Kong website for more information and to plan your trip to Hong Kong