2 Days in Hong Kong
What to do in 48 hours in Hong Kong
A weekend in Hong Kong is surely one of the most popular city breaks or stopovers in Asia and this page is here to explain to you how to get the most out of the limited time you have available.
Of course, the perfect short trip to Hong Kong will be different for everyone, but there are some standout features about this city that have to be experienced: the food culture here permeates every facet of life, the shopping is unrivalled throughout Asia, the party scene is huge, and the blending of eastern and western cultures makes this city unlike anywhere else in the world. This 2 Days in Hong Kong Guide is the perfect starting point for all visitors to this pulsating city. This is far from an exhaustive list of everything you might like to do, but for a short break in Hong Kong, we reckon you should definitely consider these classic activities.
- Lantau Island Full-Day Tour
- Morning Island Tour
- Lantau Island & Tian Tan Buddha Full-Day Excursion
- Hong Kong Island Tour
- Hong Kong Disneyland® Park Admission with Transfer
- Half-Day City Tour
- Ocean Park Hong Kong Admission
- sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Admission
- Hong Kong Disneyland® Park Admission
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Day 1 – Classic Landmarks
With only two days in Hong Kong, you should head straight for the iconic viewpoint which looms over downtown Hong Kong called The Peak. Take the tram up to the top or even hike it if you are feeling energetic. Once up there, you can visit the Madame Tussauds Museum, browse the souvenir shops, get a bite to eat and just soak up the view looking down over Victoria Harbour. Back down from the mountain, head to the nearby Man Mo Temple for a touch of culture before heading to the harbour. Here, you can enjoy the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Maritime Museum, and a host of other popular attractions. If you are peckish, head to Tim Ho Wan dim sum restaurant (the cheapest Michelin-star restaurant in the world) in Hong Kong MTR Station, below IFC Mall.
Consider crossing the harbour to walk the promenade on the Kowloon side of the river so you can soak up the Hong Kong cityscape in all its glory. Even though the MTR underground is quicker, we advise you to take the Star Ferry crossing from Central Pier to Kowloon Pier as it allows you to experience Hong Kong from the water.
In the Evening – Lightshows and Late-Night Parties!
The nightly performance of lights and music incorporating the skyscrapers of Hong Kong and Kowloon is a must for people new to Hong Kong. Called the Symphony of Lights, it is a fun way to truly appreciate how awesome the northern shore of Hong Kong really is. Try to make it down to the harbour (preferably on the Kowloon side) for around 20:00 as the performance starts at 20:15 every night.
After that, the night is calling you so head to Lan Kwai Fong to experience how the local and expat community really do burn the candle at both ends. This small block of bars, pubs, clubs and parties is the centre of all nightlife escapades in Hong Kong. Bar hop the night away and, if you stay late enough, join the street party that amasses outside 7-Eleven after the bars close. Further up the hill, behind Lan Kwai Fong, you will find the trendy bars of SoHo that keep things a little more sophisticated.
Day 2 – Shopping Malls, Markets and More
Hong Kong is well known as a tax-free shopping haven, where brands can be bought cheaper than almost anywhere else in Asia. There are so many malls in Hong Kong it makes it difficult to pick, but Harbour City has the greatest amount of choice, so that’s a good place start. For high-end goods, consider The Landmark in Central. The famous street markets of Hong Kong open in the afternoon and run late into the night. They offer an incredible variety of goods and, even if you’re not intending to buy anything, you should come to experience the bustling scenes, the endless street snacks, and the cosmopolitan vibes. The largest night markets are located in Kowloon, such as Temple Street Market or Ladies Street Market. On the Hong Kong side of the harbour, you can find smaller pockets of street trading, such as Jardine’s Crescent in Causeway Bay.
In the Evening – Splash out on Something Fancy
With more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in Asia, it’s obvious that you should try to splash out on one fancy meal when in Hong Kong. For Cantonese cuisine we recommend One Harbour Road in the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel in Wan Chai, while for European flavours we can’t look past Amber at Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap at one of Hong Kong’s many rooftop bars. Our personal favourites include Eye Bar in Kowloon and Sevva in Central, but really, from any angle, the cityscape of Hong Kong is hard to beat!
Where to Stay
So, now you know what you’re doing on your two-day trip to Hong Kong, but where are you going to stay? Take a look at our handpicked selection of properties, sorted by location, type and the best daily deals too.