3 Days in Hong Kong itinerary

3 Days in Hong Kong itinerary

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Hong Kong is a vibrant, cool and such a diverse place. If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time, and only have a few days at your disposal, our 3 days itinerary will be perfect you. We came all the way from Norway, had only three days and wanted to get the most out of our time. Our first step was flying with comfort.

Traveling to Hong Kong

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Three days in Hong Kong on business class

The day after my last exam we went to Hong Kong. From Norway… On a long weekend… On an 11-hour flight for a long weekend… Crazy… But we flew business class with SAS, and it was terrific. It was my first time flying business, and it was so worth it. The menu had three choices of starters, main courses, and deserts, but the best thing was that I could recline my chair all the way, and get a decent sleep.

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Business class dinner

If you ever have a chance to fly business class – do it! At least once in a lifetime 🙂

Where to stay in Hong Kong

Just before we left for Hong Kong, the province had one of the history’s worst typhoons. When we arrived, however, the weather was absolutely stunning. We were staying on the mainland Kowloon, and we arrived our hotel at 08:00 am. Ordinary check in was at 14:00 pm, but we got our room just half an hour after our arrival. If you stay on the mainland, you will get the view over the Hong Kong Island skyline.

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I have heard before that I won’t get the best room when I book through a third-party provider. Well, let me tell you this, it is either BS or I have been fortunate so far. We stayed at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, and we got the best room with a fantastic view, and as mentioned above – only 30 min after arrival. The room and bathroom were spacious and new. Rooms contain a cellphone which you can bring with you while exploring Hong Kong. Since the internet is super expensive, it’s very convenient to be able to make a local call or surf for free while you are exploring all the must-see tourist spots in Hong Kong.
Our room was a club room which turned out to be on the top floor. The breakfast was served at the club on the floor above us and the service was excellent. The hotel had a fantastic tepanyaki restaurant in the basement and served afternoon tea in the area next to the lobby. I would recommend this hotel if you are going to HK and want to stay on the mainland.

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View from our room to Hong Kong Island

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Hong Kong Island view

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Victoria Peak – DAY 1:

After a few hours of sleep – (business class or not, nothing beats a good night sleep in a good bed :)), we took Star Ferry over Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. Don’t bother getting your tickets in advance – you can get them at the docks without any hassle. I always HAVE to do touristy stuff when in a new place for the first time, so we had to go up to Victoria Peak. We were recommended to take the tram up and down as the views were amazing. We waited in line for at least an hour to get our tickets and then another 20 min for the tram. If you get your tickets in advance you save time.

The views on the way down are amazing. Stay on the left side of the tram, preferably in the compartment between the wagons (yes it is safe). Check that the window points frontwards and not backward if you want to take pictures. If you are going up by cab and down by the tram, check where you can get return tickets. I didn’t see any ticket booth up there.

There is high humidity in HK (we had 86%), so drink a lot of water. As you can see we were lucky with the weather that day, as it tends to be a lot of smog.

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View from Victoria Peak

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I am learning to pose – baby steps

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The view of the other side from Victoria Peak

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Going down – the view from the tram

You can get to the Island either by Star Ferry or by MTR – subway, which is very easy once you figure out how it works. I would recommend Star Ferry – it’s cheaper and less crowded than MTR. The Star Ferry will get you across Victoria Harbor, and you will get to see the skyline of the mainland and the Hong Kong Island.

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Taking Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor back to the mainland

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One of the coolest skylines in the world – Hong Kong Island

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Hong Kong Island skyline

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View from Star Ferry

It takes about 10-15 min with the ferry to cross the harbor and about 15 min to walk from the hotel to the ferry. The MTR takes a little longer – you need time to get oriented and it is packed with people, but that is also the charm of it 🙂

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Hong Kong MTR

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Hong Kong MTR

The circles show you what line you are on and the arrow shows the direction – pretty simple 🙂

Typhoon and Symphony of Lights – DAY 2:

Category 8 typhoon was back and we got a letter from the hotel under our door informing us to stay inside. There were no people on the streets, no cars, no shops open – it was like a ghost town… 11h flight for one day of exploring in nice weather – thank you very much, Hong Kong!

We stayed in the lounge for a few hours until we could go out for an hour after typhoon got weaker, although it was still raining a bit it was warm.

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Typhoon

We wanted to explore Hong Kong Island but the weather made it impossible, and we decided to wait until the next day. We got out in the evening and although it was still rain in the air we stayed out for the Symphony of Lights. It was a nice experience and fun to watch many Chinese kids so excited. We planned to take a cruise with dinner and drinks but had to skip it due to poor weather.

We managed to take some shots of the skyline by night, despite the weather 🙂

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Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong

Food tour and Hong Kong Island – DAY 3

We had booked a food tour for our last day with Eating Adventures which we found on TripAdvisor. It was a fantastic experience with Katherine, our guide, who took us through Mong Kok area on the mainland. She told us about life and habits of people in Hong Kong, and we learned a great deal. If you want to see the authentic side of Hong Kong, learn more about its culture, habits, way of life and dare to eat what and where native eat, I would recommend this activity!!! You can choose between the tour on the mainland or the island – we decided on the mainland area Mangkok. You can see what kind of food you get on different locations on Eating Adventures website. It was a total of seven different things, so check out their page for exact food types. If you love Asian food and are going to Asia, you should read Tripgourmets guide on best street food in Asia.

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Having tofu for the first time in my life

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Snake soup – loved it

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Fish balls – not a fan at all

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The market

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The Food Market in Mongkok

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The market

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Streets of Hong Kong

And the famous Symphony of lights – once you have seen it, you have seen it. If you manage to overhear Chinese kids, you can hear the music and see the lights on the buildings across harbor dancing to the music.

Other top things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disney Land. I am not a huge fan of Disney Land, and we were on a romantic trip, so can’t tell you much about it. But if you are going with your kids, this would probably be a significant activity to check out.

The Lantau island and Big Buddha – holds a large temple and a huge Buddha statue. The cable car tour over to the island supposes to be amazing as the car is all glass.

Mong Kok market – I loved it. It was so surreal and cool in the same way. When you see people walking with plastic bags wriggling you think what the hell, but then you enter the market area and see all the shops selling live fish, shrimps, and shells, and you get it 🙂 The market contains everything from food to funeral attributes.

Mid-levels escalator, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (where we stayed) and Ding Ding Hong Kong Tramways are other favorite activities in Hong Kong.

Fun fact – did you know that almost all the fruits that sell in Hong Kong are imported from Thailand? Hong Kong has no land suited for agriculture – there are only buildings and mountains and no farmer land.

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Visiting Hong Kong

Architecture

Being an architecture nerd I have to throw in some shots of buildings 🙂 It’s so fascinating to see how the old meets the new…

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Concrete jungle – love it

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The old and the new

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Hong Kong Architecture

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Hong Kong Architecture

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Hong Kong Architecture

The conclusion

Even though we had only two out of three days to explore Hong Kong we got to see and do more than we expected. We had wonderful teppanyaki at the hotel, we did some shopping, and we tried the mid-levels escalators on Queens Road Central, in addition to all of the described above. If you only have 3 days and wonder if it is worth to take a long flight as far as to Hong Kong – it is doable and worth it!

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Views from Victoria Peak

 

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32 Comments

  1. May 28, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Pictures are amazing. This is wonderful guide to Hong Kong. Thank you for sharing it with us

    • Travelletters
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Kathleen C
    February 28, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    We spent 3 days in Hong Kong when we lived in Mainland China. An escape from our reality. We had a one of our kids with us, so we went to Disney. It is a lot smaller than the 2 in the US, but it was good to feel a little American for a minute. We also went on the tram to the Big Buddha, the views were amazing, and of course, walked around a lot. We were surprised by how clean their subway system is. We also went to the park and I got chased by a crazy one armed monkey. True story. If I go back, I will have to try some grown up things on your list.

  3. February 26, 2018 / 8:36 am

    this will brings great memories

  4. December 31, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Great post and wonderful photos. I’ve always wanted to visit Hong Kong! This post really inspires me to go and check out some of the stuff you mentioned.

    • Travelletters
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Thank you! I hope you visit it some day – the place is really cool 🙂

  5. December 31, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Lots of info, thanks! I’ll pin it for later. It’s great you included all weather options. Hong Kong would be so cool.

    • Travelletters
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 7:26 am

      Thank you! Hong Kong was really a cool experience – I love city travels 🙂

  6. lacyngo
    December 31, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Looks like a fantiastic trip!

    • Travelletters
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Thank you! It was a great trip 🙂

  7. December 31, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Thanks for this guide!! I especially like how it’s in any weather. It’s so easy to plan a trip for a sunny day, then arrive to rain or a storm and not know what to do!

    • Travelletters
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      December 31, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Yes, we were unprepared for how badly the typhoon was and had to adjust our plans a bit 🙂 But on of my mottos is “never postpone things you can do today”. Don’t know if it gives you any sense 🙂

  8. December 31, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Great blog post and amazing photos. Hong Kong looks awesome – I would love to go one day!

    • Travelletters
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      December 31, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      It was amazingly cool place despite being hopelessly crowded 🙂

  9. December 31, 2017 / 11:04 am

    How amazing is this? Thanks as well for the hotel recommendation. That is also super important 🙂

    • Travelletters
      Author
      December 31, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  10. December 31, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Thank you that’s given me a true insight to what it’s like in Hong Kong. It especially looks amazing at night! x

    • Travelletters
      Author
      December 31, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      I was surprised how cool the city was too 🙂

  11. September 9, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Those views are insane! I love the blues. Seems like you had a productive 3 days and I am definitely adding Hong Ko to my list 🙂

  12. September 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    OMG I LOVE HONG KONG!! And you shared so many of my favorite highlights too 🙂

  13. September 4, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    What a fun-filled, jam packed long weekend! Hong Kong looks so cool! Super jealous you flew business class aswell haha!

  14. Hannah
    September 4, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    What a fun-filled, jam-packed long weekend!! Hong Kong looks awesome– so jealous you flew business class haha thats my ultimate life goal!

  15. mapsandmuses
    September 2, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Oh how fun! I’ve only been to Hong Kong on a 9 hour layover! lol we made sure to get out and explore the city for a bit. So beautiful! I have to go back and explore more!

    • September 2, 2017 / 9:03 am

      Yeah, I would love to go back and explore more too 😍

  16. September 2, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Glad you had great weather!! The photos look stunning! Thanks for all the info!

    • September 2, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Yes, we were lucky with the weather the first day, the rest was bearable 😂

  17. September 1, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Your photos are extremely aesthetically pleasing to view!! Great skills with photography, and it sounds like you guys had a great time in Hong Kong! I also enjoyed the small little video you input into your blog, the light show looks soothing as well! Glad I was able to stumble upon your blog 🙂

    • September 2, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Thank you so much for the appreciation and encouraging words 😊😊

  18. Susan R
    September 1, 2017 / 10:00 am

    This brings back great memories of my trip to Hong Kong – I travelled up to the Peak and had a fish pedicure there! I didn’t realize that they had typhoons so strong that you had to stay indoors – must have been a bit frustrating but the food tour sounds great

    • September 1, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Yes, everything above 8 – is stay inside, and it happens very seldom that they have typhoons just with few days in between – so double new experience for us 🙂

  19. Tracey Best
    August 31, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    It was good not to be caught up in the typhoon. I love your photos! Your hotel view from your room is gorgeous. And I love that view from Victoria Peak. Great read and information Lena 🙂

    • September 1, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! This hotel was really great 🙂

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