Hong Kong in three days

Hong Kong in three days

Hong Kong is a vibrant, cool and such diverse place. If you only have a few days and are in Hong Kong for the first time, there are certain tourist attractions that are a must do. 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.

Flying 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 in business class with SAS and it was amazing. This was my first time 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. SAS Business class

Dinner in business class

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 they had one of the history’s worst typhoons, but when we arrived the weather was absolutely stunning. We were staying on the mainland 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.
Check out great deals for hotels in Hong Kong here. 
We all have heard before that you don’t get the best rooms when you book through a third-party provider. Well, let me tell you this, it is either BS or I have been very lucky so far. We stayed at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel and we got the best room with an amazing 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 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 service was good and they had an amazing tepanyaki restaurant at the hotel. I would really recommend this hotel if you are going to HK and want to stay on the mainland.

View from hotel

View from the room to Hong Kong Island

Victoria Harbor

View across Victoria Harbour

View over Victoria Harbour

View to mainland

Hong Kong Island skyline

Amazing skyline

Our top things to do in Hong Kong

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 Harbour to Hong Kong Island. Don’t bother getting your tickets in advance – you can get them at the docks without any hassle. Being in a new place I always HAVE to do touristy stuff 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 might save around 10 min. However, I would recommend to take a cab up and tram down. The views on the way down are amazing. Stay on the left side of the tram, preferably in the compartment between the wagons. 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.

View from Victoia Peak

View over Hong Kong

I am learning to pose – baby steps

View from Victoia Peak - other side of the island

The view of the other side from Victoria Peak

View over skyline from tram

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, personally, would recommend Star Ferry – it’s cheaper and you get to see the skyline of the mainland too and it’s way less crowded than MTR.

on the Star Ferry

Taking Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong in three days

Hong Kong Island skyline

view from Star Ferry

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 crowded, but that is also the charm of it 🙂

Hong Kong MTRMTR map

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 until we could go out for an hour in the afternoon after typhoon got weaker.

Typhoon in Hong Kong

We wanted to explore Hong Kong Island but the weather made it impossible.

But we don’t give up, do we? We managed to take some shots of the skyline by night, despite the weather 🙂

Night view of Hong Kong Island

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 an amazing 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 really recommend this activity!!! You can choose between the tour on the mainland or the island – we chose the mainland. 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.

On a food tour in Hong Kong

Having tofu for the first time in my life

On a food tour in Hong Kong

Snake soup – loved it

On a food tour in Hong Kong

Fish balls – not a fan at all

Hong Kong market

The market

Hong Kong market

The market

Hong Kong market

The market

Hong Kong market

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 places of interest 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.

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

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…

Hong Kong island architecture

Concrete jungle – love it

Hong Kong architecture

The old and the new

Hong Kong architecture

I am an architecture nerd

Building reflectionsHong Kong concrete jungle

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 amazing 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 three days and wonder if it is worth to take a long flight as far as to Hong Kong – it is definitely doable and absolutely worth it.

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. 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
      January 3, 2018 / 7:27 am

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

  2. 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
      January 3, 2018 / 7:26 am

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

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

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Looks like a fantiastic trip!

    • Travelletters
      January 3, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Thank you! It was a great trip 🙂

  4. 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
      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 🙂

  5. December 31, 2017 / 12:50 pm

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

    • Travelletters
      December 31, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      It was amazingly cool place despite being hopelessly crowded 🙂

  6. December 31, 2017 / 11:04 am

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

    • Travelletters
      December 31, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  7. 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
      December 31, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      I was surprised how cool the city was too 🙂

  8. 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 🙂

  9. September 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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 😍

  13. 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 😂

  14. 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 😊😊

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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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