How to Spend 3 Days in Hong Kong
With three days in Hong Kong, you have time to experience the city’s star attractions, from its peaks and skyscrapers to its street markets and floating villages. You can dig deeper into its history, culture, and culinary scene, and explore nearby Lantau Island or Macau. Here’s how to get the most out of your 3-day trip to Hong Kong.
Day 1: City Sightseeing
With its towering skyscrapers and myriad global influences, Hong Kong is one of the world’s great cultural capitals. Get an overview of “Asia’s world city,” as it’s often called, with a guided sightseeing tour of its top attractions. Join a small group or create a personalized itinerary with your own private guide and you won’t miss a thing. Alternately, ride the hop-on hop-off bus (there are three routes from which to choose) to take in the sights at your leisure.
In the afternoon, ride the Star Ferry to admire Hong Kong’s modern architecture from Victoria Harbour, and take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for panoramic views of the city (both are included with the hop-on hop-off tour). Finish your day with a seafood dinner in a floating restaurant or with an atmospheric dinner atop Victoria Peak.
Day 2: Follow Your Interests
After your overview of Hong Kong, it’s time to dig deeper. Foodies explore the culinary landscape on a food tour of Kowloon or get their hands dirty at a dim sum cooking class. Learn Hong Kong history when you hit the pavement on a historical walking tour, ride the historic double-decker “ding ding” trams through Hong Kong Island, or stop at one of the many museums near Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
As night falls, grab a spot to watch the Symphony of Lights light up the buildings on either side of Victoria Harbour. Then, have dinner at one of Hong Kong’s luxury hotel restaurants, or take off to the nightlife districts of Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo, or Mong Kok.
Day 3: Get Out of Town
Visitors to Hong Kong who want to escape the city bustle have several easy day trip options. Nearby Lantau Island is home to Po Lin Monastery and the Ngong Ping Giant Buddha. Day tours to the island often include a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, as well as visits to Tai O fishing village and the South China Sea beaches.
Another day trip option takes you across the border to Macau to see the highlights of the former Portuguese settlement. Families traveling with kids might spend the day with Mickey Mouse and friends at Hong Kong Disneyland.