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Trip ideas for travelers with only 48 hours in Hong Kong

Itinerary ideas for travelers with only 48 hours in Hong Kong

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1) Option A

Day 1

HSBC Main Building, in Central, Hong Kong Island, was the world's most expensive building at the time of its inauguration

HSBC Main Building

Start with a short walk in "Central", where you can see some architecturally impressive skyscrapers, such as Two IFC Tower (Free observation deck on the 55th floor) and Bank of China (BOC) Tower (43rd floor). Walk into HSBC Main Building and take the escalator to the 1st floor, just so you can see the enormous atrium...

 

Take a stroll along the "Central Elevated Walkway", a system of covered pedestrian bridges that connects Central's skyscraper and provides the visitor a true taste of Metreopolitan Hong Kong...

 

A short walk will take you to Hong Kong Park, where you can visit the beautiful Museum of Tea Ware, and enjoy some superb Chinese tea and dim-sum at Lock Cha teashop. You should also visit the Edward Youde Aviary, in the park, before proceeding to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on neighboring Garden Road, from where you can take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and enjoy the breathtaking views (only if visibility is reasonable).

 

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Take a nice walk around Victoria Peak:

A) You can climb Mount Austin Road to the beautiful Victoria Peak Garden (the closest you can get to the summit itself) or B) Encircle the summit through the Pokfulam Native Tree Walk, passing Lugard Road and Harlech Road (Lugard Road starts right behind Peak Tower, on the right side of Peak Lookout restaurant - Mount Austin Road starts exactly from the same spot and Harlech Road completes the circle and returns to the same spot).

 

After descending, take the tramway (or the "Ding Dong Tram", as it is locally nicknamed), from "Central" to Western Market in Sheung Wan, and visit the streets around the market, where shops still sell traditional Chinese merchandise, just like they did more than a century ago.

 

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Man-Mo Temple, Hollywood Road

Walk through Possession Street to Hollywood Road and visit historic Man-Mo Temple.  Follow the road till its end, in the dining district of SoHo, visit the impressive colonial buildings at the end of Hollywood Road, and walk down along the world-famous escalator, or along Pottinger Street's stone steps (You can also pop to the wet market in Gage Street), back to "Central".

 

Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to Tsim sha Tsui and walk to the "Avenue of Stars".

 

 Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (Don't miss a visit to the Men's WC in "Felix", where the urinals face a floor-to-ceiling window, overlooking the whole city...).

 

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Take the MTR from Tsim sha Tsui Station (or take one of the buses that run along famous Nathan Road) and travel to Mongkok, where you can shop at Ladies' Market. Alternatively, you can travel to "Jordan" (only one station from Tsim sha Tsui) and visit the famous Temple Street Night Market.

 

Watch the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show, from Tsim sha Tsui's waterfront, or from one of the harbour cruise boats.

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner at one of  Tsim sha Tsui's numerous restaurants, or at a Mongkok authentic eatery, or in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island, and party the night away in LKF, SoHo or Wanchai.

 

Day 2

Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon is one of Hong Kong's most popular temples

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Start the day with a visit to Chi Lin Nunnery and neighboring Nan Lian Garden.

 

 If you wish to see another interesting Chinese temple, proceed to Wong Tai Sin (one station away with the MTR).


Take the MTR to Mongkok, where you can stroll through Ladies' Market and other open-air markets.


Have your lunch in one of Mongkok's authentic eateries, or proceed to Tsim sha Tsui, where you have more choice...


Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History (requires at least one and a half - two hours...)

 

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From the Museum of History, take a cab to Kowloon's Airport Express Station, where you board the MTR's Tung Chung Line and ride it all the way to the last station, in the modern town of Tung Chung on lantau Island, right near Hong Kong's Intl. Airport.

 

Just a minute walk from Tung Chung's MTR Terminus is the "Ngong Ping Cable-car lower terminus", from where you can go up to Ngong Ping and visit the famous "Big Buddha" and neighboring Po-Lin Monastery (where there is a lovely vegan restaurant), as well as Ngong Ping Tourist Village (mostly cafés, souvenir shops and tourist clichés, although there is a fairly good visitor's centre there).

 

After descending, you can visit Citygate Outlets : Hong Kong's only outlets mall, where you can find international brand names at a good price...

 

Take the Tung Chung Line back to Hong Kong Station (terminus) on Hong Kong Island, and if visibility is reasonable, take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Hong Kong at night.

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island (Central, LKF, SoHo or Wanchai), or take a short MTR ride to Causeway Bay (Also on Hong Kong Island) where you can enjoy a variety of great restaurants and night spots, as well as late evening shopping...

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2) Option B

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Day 1
Morning and noontime: Same as day-1 of Option A above (Do not take the "Star Ferry" to Tsim sha Tsui).

 

An aerial view of Stanley Peninsula, in Hong Kong Island

An aerial view of Stanley Peninsula

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Take a bus to Stanley, a charming seaside town on Hong Kong's Island south shore, where you can spend a very nice afternoon and evening... There is a nice market here (although it becomes more and more touristy), a beautiful waterfront promenade with some lovely cafés and restaurants, a small Tin-Hau Temple, and the historic Murray Building, where the Hong Kong Maritime Museum can be found (small, but worth visiting), alongside some excellent restaurants.

 

You can travel from "Central" to Stanley with one of the following buses: 6 (including 6A and 6X), 66 and 260 : Departing from the Public Transport Interchange at Exchange Square, or from Connaught Road (right outside Hong Kong Club Building) : Both bus-stations are just a short walk from either Star Ferry Terminal or MTR-Central.

Day 2
Morning and noontime: Same as in Day 2 of option A (including the visit to Hong Kong Museum of History).

 

 

Hong Kong Museum of History is one of the best museums of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Museum of History

 

Visit one or more of the museums in Tsim sha Tsui... Hong Kong Science Museum (right next to Hong Kong Museum of History) or Hong Kong Museum of Art, or Hong Kong Space Museum (Both are on the waterfront).

 

Visit the aristocratic Peninsula Hotel and enjoy a classic colonial-style English high-tea, or climb to the hotel's trendy resto-bar, Felix, and have a sundowner while indulging on the gorgeous harbour views (Don't miss a visit to the Men's WC in "Felix", where the urinals face a floor-to-ceiling window, overlooking the whole city...).

 

Watch the "Symphony of Lights" light, sound and laser show, from Tsim sha Tsui's waterfront, or from one of the harbour cruise boats.

 

Conclude the evening with a lovely dinner at one of  Tsim sha Tsui's numerous restaurants, or at a Mongkok authentic eatery, or in one of the dining districts on Hong Kong Island, and party the night away in LKF, SoHo or Wanchai.

 

Alternatively: As soon as the "Symphony of Lights" show is over, you can take the Star Ferry to "Central" and ride the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, to enjoy some fabulous views of Hong Kong at night.
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3) Option C 

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Day 1
You can choose one of the first three options (A,B or C) from the chapter for those who have only 24 hours...

 

Day 2
Early in the morning, board MTR's Tung Chung Line from Hong Kong Station (That is the Airport Express Station, not MTR Central, although there is a pedestrian passage that connects the two stations) and ride it all the way to the last station, in the modern town of Tung Chung on Lantau Island, right near Hong Kong Airport.

 

 

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"See Hong Kong Sightseeing Pass"

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If you stay on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, take Tsuen Wan Line (from the MTR stations of Tsim-sha-Tsui, Jordan, Yau-ma-Tei or Mongkok) to Lai King Station, where you switch to the Tung Chung Line and proceed to Tung Chung Town.

 

A minute walk from Tung Chung's MTR Terminus, on the way to the Cable-car, there is a terminus of New Lantao Bus Company.  Take bus No. 11 to Tai-O, a picturesque fishermen's village, built on stilts above the canals (and hence nicknamed "Hong Kong's Venice").

 

From Tai-O, take bus No. 21 to Ngong Ping (bus leaves every round hour, so be careful not to miss it), where you can see the famous "Big Buddha" and neighboring Po-Lin Monastery (They have a lovely vegan restaurant). From here, you can proceed by foot to the cable-car, passing via Ngong Ping Tourist Village (mostly cafés, souvenir shops and tourist clichés, although there is a fairly good visitor's centre there).

 

After descending, you can visit Citygate Outlets : Hong Kong's only outlets mall, where you can find international brand names at a good price...

 

Lamma Island is beautiful, and boasts lovely seafood restaurants, as well as some great walking trails

Lamma Island

Take the Tung Chung Line back to Hong Kong Station (terminus) on Hong Kong Island, and walk out directly to Pier 4, from where the ferries depart to Yung shue Wan on Lamma Island.

Afternoon and evening hours can be spent on lovely Lamma Island... Strolling though the small alleys of Yung shue Wan, enjoying a nice alfresco meal in a seafront restaurant, hiking along the nature trail to Sok Kwu Wan on the other side of the island (passing through beautiful beaches), where you can indulge on lovely seafood and visit Fisherfolk's Village (an "open museum', replicating a floating fishermen's village).

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Ferries run back to Central until 22:30 (from Sok Kwu Wan) or 23:30 (from Yung Shue Wan).

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4) Option D

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Day 1
You can choose one of the first three options (A,B or C) from the chapter For those who have only 24 hours...

Day 2

Early in the morning, go to Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island (Central), from where the ferries leave to Yung shue Wan on Lamma Island.  How to get there ? From Central's Star Ferry Terminal, descend to the right and walk along the waterfront for a minute, till you see the entrance to Pier 4 on your right (If coming from MTR-Central, take the elevated walkway towards the Star Ferry Terminal and just before the building walk down to the left and walk along the waterfront for a minute, till you see the entrance to Pier 4 on your right).

 

A beach on Lamma Island

Lamma Island

You can spend your morning and noontime on charming Lamma Island... Stroll through the small streets of Yung shue Wan, laze out at Bookworm Café or Green Cottage while enjoying a healthy breakfast, walk the nature-trail to Sok Kwu Wan on the other side of the island (passing through beautiful beaches), where you can indulge on lovely seafood and visit Fisherfolk's Village (an "open museum', replicating a floating fishermen's village), and continue to Mo Tat wan, a tiny village where one of the island's most romantic restaurants is located.

 

Ferries to Aberdeen, on Hong Kong Island's south shore, can be boarded either from Mo Tat Wan or Sok Kwu Wan (more frequently). As soon as you leave Aberdeen's Ferry Pier, cross the main road with the pedestrian bridge, descend to the right and proceed along the main road till you reach the bus stop next to No. 30 Aberdeen Main Road (opposite the entrance to Aberdeen Promenade). From here you can board Citybus bus Nos. 73 or 973 to Stanley.

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Alight at Stanley, at the bus stop near the corner of Stanley Village Road and Stanley Beach Road, and spend your afternoon and evening hours in this lovely seaside town, where you can visit the colorful market (a bit touristy but still nice), beautiful waterfront promenade with some fantastic cafés and restaurants, the small Tin Hau Temple and, the reconstructed historic Murray Building, where the Hong Kong Maritime Museum can be found (small, but worth visiting).

 

N.B: If you don't want to wait for the bus in Aberdeen, just take a taxi to Stanley... It's not so far and the fare is not likely to be exaggerated.

 

From here, you can travel back to "Central", Tsim-sha-Tsui

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