How to Make the Most of 48 Hours in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most incredible cities in the world, full of bright lights, massive shopping malls and mouth-watering street food. With a population of over 7 million, it is also one of the most densely populated cities on earth which means there are literally people and buildings everywhere. It is also pretty expensive compared to its neighbours to the South, so the key to spending time here is to plan everything.
Before you book a flight to Hong Kong, use this guide to help plan your stay:
Buy an Octopus Card
One of the first things you need to do on arrival in Hong Kong is to buy an Octopus Card. Just like the Oyster card they use is London, this will make getting around the city 100 times easier, quicker and also a lot cheaper. You can buy one at the airport and top up as you go. For 48 hours, we recommend loading it with at least 100 HGK dollars. If there is money left over when you are flying out, they will refund you whatever is still left on the card.
Splurge on Accommodation
If you are planning to stay in Hong Kong for a super short stay, we suggest you do one thing. Splurge a little on accommodation! This is one city that knows how to treat its guests and there are some stunning art-deco and boutique hotels that offer spectacular views of the Victoria Harbour. Upper House on Hong Kong Island is one option if you are looking to be treated like royalty…and the view from the bathrooms on the 49th floor make for interesting pictures!
Get up Early
Hong Kong is a really popular stopover destination which means the later you get up, the longer the queues to the best attractions will be. If you are hoping to get the 100-year-old tram up to Victoria Peak, be sure to get there soon after it opens at 7am. This will mean you have the viewing deck to yourself and can get some cool photos of the city before many people have even woken up!
Never Stop Eating
Hong Kong is home to some of the best street food in the world so to make the most of this unique opportunity, you should eat small bites throughout the day rather than sit down for large meals. Stopping off for dumplings whenever you’re feeling peckish is a great way to get to know the city and interact with locals. Hong Kong is also home to one of the cheapest Michelin Star restaurants in the world. Located in Sham Shui Po district (known for its super cheap Chinese restaurants that line the streets), Tim Ho Wan’s Dim Sum Restaurant is where you will taste some of the best dumplings in the world. Just avoid during peak lunchtime hours or you may find yourself waiting for up to 3 hours for a table!
Spend a Night in Lan Kwai Fong
With just two nights in this electric city, a trip to Lan Kwai Fong is a must. Located on Hong Kong island, this is the premiere dining and entertainment district in the city and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Seaming with bars to suit all tastes, from up market wine bars to student hangouts serving jello shots or alcohol from plastic syringes, a night here is one you won’t be forgetting soon. Unless you have one too many jello shots, that is! Best time to hang out here is at the weekend but you will still find it buzzing most other nights of the week.
Take the Ferry Across the Harbour
For spectacular views of the city from both sides, take the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island across to Kowloon. At just HKG $3.40, it has to be one of the cheapest ferries in the world and most definitely the cheapest way to see Hong Kong.
Find a Perfect Spot for Aerial Views
Looking down at the city from above is one of the most fun things to do in Hong Kong. Luckily there are plenty of high rise buildings that welcome tourists to ride in elevators up to dizzying heights. Be it sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar such as Ozone, which is the highest bar in the world, or enjoying dinner with a view from the 62nd floor of the Hopewell Centre, be sure to make your way to the top of at least one skyscraper while in Hong Kong.