What to do in Hong Kong in 3 days
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Last January was my first time to visit Asia and Hong Kong was the first stop. Hong Kong quickly became one of my favorite cities and I already can’t wait to go back. I didn’t get to see everything it has to offer due to the short time I spent there. This is a short list of what to do in Hong Kong in 3 days based on my experience.
My wife and I started the day early with breakfast at the hotel and then we were off to explore this amazing city. Luckily, our hotel – The Langham Hong Kong – was located across the street from a subway station “Tsim Sha Tsui”. We decided to start the day by going to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha and visit Po Lin Monastery. It was about a 40 min ride on the subway which was very easy to figure out and the fare was less than USD $3.
We arrived and Tung Chung station, then we walked for about 10 mins to where we took a cable car from Ngong Ping 360. It’s the coolest way to get to the top of the mountain where the giant Tian Tan Buddha sits. It was about 25 mins in this cable car – we decided to pay a little extra to get the glass bottom car, which was kinda scary but totally worth it.
We walked through the small village leading to the Po Lin Monastery taking in the culture and admiring the sights.
After a quick visit to the monastery we climbed the 268 steps to reach the Big Buddha.
The views from the top were amazing.
After we were done sightseeing we had some amazing Ramen at Zen Noodle Café before taking the cable car back.
We stopped at the hotel briefly to freshen up before we go out again to check out the sky line.
We had prior reservations made through the hotel’s concierge to go onboard the famous traditional Chinese junk boat Aqua Luna. The dock was about a 10 min walk from our hotel. I recommend the 7:30pm cruise in order to see the daily Symphony of Lights show.
We decided to keep our second day a little less hectic. We took the subway to Wan Chai which is one of the busiest areas in Hong Kong. It’s full of souvenir shops, retail shops and a lot of food markets. If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs for friends and family; this is the place to do it.
The food market was intense and so interesting to watch how people were selling and buying the food.
After the market, we took a ride on the “Ding Ding” to Central – which is more of the main area of the city.
Since we’ve been walking for most of the day, we decided to get a foot massage. Happy Foot Luxe was great!
For dinner, a friend of ours recommended Peking Garden Restaurant…. Everything was delicious.
Later that night we went to a nice roof top bar in Central – Sevva. It’s a very cool and trendy place. They have nice cocktails and some interesting desserts.
After breakfast, we took the subway again to spend more time in Central – especially in an area called Lan Kwai Fong. It’s a small part of Central Hong Kong full of bars, restaurants and clubs and catering mostly to the large expatriate community in the area.
We also had to check out the Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system which is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.
Then we walked to the peak tram where we took a ride up the mountain to reach the highest point in Hong Kong.
Later in the afternoon we went to the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, which was about a 10 min walk from our hotel – The Langham Hotel
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without having High Tea at the Peninsula!
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