4 Day Hong Kong Itinerary
Hong Kong is a beautiful and exciting city where there is so much to do! From its delicious food, to extensive shopping choices and its mountainous views, visitors will find it hard to be bored in this vibrant city. It has long been considered one of the world’s safest cities. However since the protests started in 2019 and dominated the news, there has been a drop in the number of tourists. We visited in early January 2020 and whilst we were there, we felt safe. Please check travel advisories before travelling!
Hong Kong is largely divided into 2 parts – Northern Kowloon and HK island in the south. 4-5 days is a good amount of time to experience the city
When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
While Hong Kong is charming in different ways in its various seasons, the weather between October and December will be enjoyable – it is still warm with the perfect amount of sunshine.
Between December and February, it tends to stay cool but dry.
Less favourable weather
The typhoon season lies between May and September
Between June and August it tends to get extremely hot and humid which can make it uncomfortable.
Where to stay in Hong Kong
The main areas are:
Central, Hong Kong island
This is the central business district of Hong Kong – pricey with luxury hotels and high end shopping, but it is easy to explore the rest of Hong Kong from! We loved the Four Seasons here, which offers great views across the harbour.
Old Town central
Old town central is made up of multiple sloped streets and small alleys of Central and Sheung Wan. It is the perfect balance of modern art galleries and traditional teahouses, and perfect for exploring on foot.
Close to Central, this district has transitioned into an area that is now known for its creative arts, food, temples and Tai Yuen street market.
Causeway bay is known for its shopping and is great for families. Times Square shopping mall houses the big international brands, but the area is also full of smaller boutiques which are worth a visit.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula and is a popular area among backpackers, with a great nightlife. There are many malls and dining options to choose from!
Mong Kok neighbourhood is well suited for those backpacking on a budget. Don’t miss out on the Ladies’ market where you can pick up clothes and knick-knacks. Other markets to watch out for – flower market, Fa Yuen street (sporting goods) and Temple street.
Day 1: Getting around, Sir Cecil's ride
Arrive in the morning.
There are several ways to get from the airport to the city:
Airport express: This is the quickest way to and from the city. It takes 24 minutes to get from the airport to Central (115 HKD/£11), and trains run every 10 minutes in the day, and every 12 minutes between 23:28 to 00:48 daily. Find up to date ticket prices here. https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/transport/to-from-airport/airport-express.page
Taxi: A taxi from the airport to Central should cost approximately 370 HKD/£36
Public buses: The public buses are still convenient, and relatively inexpensive compared to the airport express or taxis. Find up to date bus routes here.
Once you get into the city, the best way to get around Hong Kong is on the MTR. You can get a unlimited day pass on the MTR (adult: $65 HKD/£6.50 ; child: $30 HKD/£3.00).
After checking into your hotel, have lunch at Yum Cha, the perfect first stop for dim sum in the form of cute buns. Yum Cha have a few branches (Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway bay and Mong Kok).
For sunset, head over to Sir Cecils ride. We recommend taking a taxi up to the furthest point on the road (this cost $85 HKD/£8.00). Follow the main walking path. As you are walking along the main path, you’ll see a well trodden dirt path veering up and to the right. Follow this path and you will reach a rock viewpoint overlooking the city.
Day 2: Wan Chai
Head over to Wan Chai– a district that is full of history, food, parks and trails!
Walking is the best way to explore the area for free – check out the Wan Chai heritage trail that takes 2 hours and has 15 stops including the Blue House, Nam Koo terrace and Wan Chai market.
When you get hungry, grab more dim sum– one of the more popular spots is Fook Lam Moon. After lunch, grab a famous egg tart from Bakehouse, a popular local bakery selling delicious tarts, breads and pastries. 1 egg tart here costs $12 HKD/£1.20.
Pop to Tai Yuen street market, where you’ll find heaps of children’s toys and clothing.
Check out Chung Wui mansion before you leave – a picturesque narrow building on a busy intersection.
Day 3: Explore central Hong Kong
If you are staying somewhere with a view of the harbour, enjoy breakfast in bed on one of your mornings!
After breakfast, take a stroll along Victoria harbour and take in the beautiful waterfront scenery.
If you love learning more about the local history and culture, we recommend the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. It is a converted central police station and prison compound with more than 170 years of history, full of art exhibitions and programmes with boutique shops and performances.
For sunset, scale Victoria Peak (known as Mount Austin) that is the highest hill on HK island. The most popular option of getting to the top is on the Peak Tram – it takes 7 minutes to get to the top and runs from 7 am to midnight. A return ticket costs $52 HKD (adults); $37 (children/seniors). Single tickets cost $37 (adults); $14 (children/seniors).
Day 4: Visit Mong Kok for the markets
Mong Kok is a busy shopping district that is worth a visit!
Go shopping in ladies’ market, which is extremely popular and is made up of over a 100 stalls selling clothing, cosmetics, accessories and home furnishings. The closest MTR is Mong Kok station – take exit E2 and head down Nelson street.
There are even streets in Mong Kok dedicated to goldfish, sneakers, flowers and birds!
Argyle centre is another option if you’re looking to renew your wardrobe.
When you’re hungry, try the street food – Soy street, Dundas street and Fa Yuen street.
If you’re into street art, look out for Man Fung building– a residential building transformed by a Madrid-based street artist in 2016, who covering the entire narrow building with a colourful fox! It is located on Tai Nan street.
Alternatively, why not visit Hong Kong Disneyland? It’s popular no matter what age you are! You could easily spend the whole day here feeling like a child again.
Have a great time in Hong Kong!