This guest post on Hong Kong in 4 days is by Neha Singh from Dubai Wikia. As a Mass Comm postgraduate, Neha has an artistic take on everything about life. An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie, she finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory.
Hong Kong – what visions does this city inspire in you? To us, it’s an enchanting island of soaring skyscrapers, big money, tons of noodle stands, eight million inhabitants and many wild nights out. The city’s vibrant atmosphere and fast pace, its multiculturalism and incredible cuisine, are what keep people coming back. Here’s how best you can enjoy Hong Kong in 4 days. Use our four-day itinerary to organize your trip to Hong Kong. We’ve included only the very best to see and do in Hong Kong, so you can enjoy every moment of your 4 days in this fascinating city.
Hong Kong Museum of History (Morning)
It’s best to understand Hong Kong’s complex past before exploring it, and that’s exactly what the Hong Kong Museum is all about. Check out exhibits concerning archaeology, ethnography, natural history and the social history of the region. The museum tour will take you about 4 hours; entry is free on Wednesdays, and the audio tour is available for HKD $10.
Kowloon Park Tour (Early Afternoon)
After you’re done with the museum, head over to Kowloon Island’s ginormous park that houses a fabulous aviary containing swimming birds. There’s also a lush Chinese garden and lots of greenery around. Do take a dip in the swimming pool for that much-needed escape from Hong Kong’s oppressive heat!
Check out Sky 100 Observation Deck (Late Afternoon)
If you're covering Hong Kong in 4 days, this is one experience you cannot miss! Sky100 Observation Deck is Hong Kong’s highest point. It offers fabulous views of Hong Kong’s skyline and the sights of Kowloon. In fact, much of Kowloon is not visible from the peak but can be seen clearly from Sky100. Late afternoon, towards sunset, is the best time to check out the city, as the neon LEDs turn on one by one then. Plus there’s Sky-high dining at Café 100, operated by The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
Ride the Star Ferry to Kowloon Island (Evening)
Cross over to Hong Kong Island from Kowloon Island and back again on the Star Ferry, to grab some of the best views of the city skyline and the coastal sights.
Walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (Morning)
Start early in the morning with a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. You’ll be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of the city skyline, and the fancy vessels lined up at the waterfront. Check out the Avenue of Stars, which is Hong Kong’s answer to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
Ride A Junk Boat (Afternoon)
The Chinese junk boat is that classic boat with the large sail that’s always present in Hong Kong movies. Sign up for a lovely half day trip sailing on a junk boat, up and down the coast, getting close to the many islands that surround Hong Kong city.
Ride the 360 Ngong Ping cable car (Evening)
The Ngong Ping cable car runs for 3.5 miles all the way from Tung Chung to Lantau Island across the bay. At Lantau Island, be sure to visit the ancient Po Lin Monastery. The best thing about riding this cable car is the simply amazing views you get of the Victoria Harbor, the airport, the city and the surrounding mountains.It’s one of the top things to do in Hong Kong in 4 days!
Walk the Ping Shan Heritage Trail (Morning)
This trail takes you to some of Hong Kong’s most important old landmarks such as the Fu Shin Street Traditional Bazaar, Che Kung Temple, the Hakka village of Tsang Tai Uk, the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the Man Mo Temple. If you have the time, do the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail also which begins at the Taoist temple complex of Fung Ying Seen Koon and culminates at the 18th-century Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, passing the walled villages of Ma Wat Wai and Lo Wai.
Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Noon)
Check out historic Chinese scenes depicted by clever dioramas at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Also, check out the large exhibit pertaining to the New Territories. This museum offers an excellent look at the city’s growing art scene. Also, it’s located close to the picturesque Sha Tin Park and Shing Mun River, so do enjoy a nice stroll after checking out the museum.
Check out the Che Kung Temple (Afternoon)
The Che Kung Temple is dedicated to a general of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279) in ancient China. The temple’s lovely traditional architecture and beautiful sculptures make it worthy of the time you spend here.
Ride the Peak Tram (Morning)
For those covering Hong Kong in 4 days, this is the ideal plan for the last day. This tram takes you to the top of the Peak, which is Hong Kong Island’s largest mountain. At 1,700 feet, the views that’ll greet you of the city are simply spectacular. Enjoy the incredible 180-degree views of the Victoria Harbor’s skyscrapers, Kowloon’s sights and the lush landscaping of the surrounding hills.
Hong Kong Museum of Art (Afternoon)
In this part museum, part Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, you can check out the incredible collection of Chinese ceramics, rhinoceros horns, Chinese paintings, terracotta figurines as well as excellent samples of contemporary art by Hong Kong artists. A visit to the Hong Kong Museum of Art is a must when you’re in the city.
Hit the Nightlife in Hong Kong (Evening)
Nights at Hong Kong are wild; hit the party scene in Hong Kong at night and you’ll be delighted at the number of bars and clubs offering cheap drinks and sheesha pipes. At night, Hong Kong is crowded, and there’s always something fun going on somewhere. The night markets are vibrant and crowded and everything is so well-lit, you’ll wonder if it’s daytime. If you’re a party animal or a night shopper, you’ll never want to go home!
Hong Kong is a bustling city with countless things to do. Hong Kong has a unique spirit of its own; you can feel it in the markets, at street foods stalls and at shopping malls where people are gathered. You could blissfully spend days and weeks exploring Hong Kong’s many markets, restaurants, islands, sights, and nightlife. However, if you have to cover Hong Kong in 4 days, we urge you to make the very best of those days. Use the services of a good tour operator to take care of your cruise bookings, ticketing for shows and museums and so on to save time.