Hong Kong’s proximity from Singapore makes it one of Singaporeans’ favourite travel destinations. Various regional budget airlines such as Scoot, Jetstar and AirAsia often have promotions for airfare from Singapore to Hong Kong, which makes Hong Kong even more appealing as a weekend getaway.
I have personally been to Hong Kong quite a few times, with colleagues on company retreat and with by myself. 3 days 2 nights is a little short to take in everything Hong Kong has to offer, but it is enough to give you a feel of this metropolitan city.
“Hong Kong 3 Days 2 Nights” is a consolidations of all my trips to Hong Kong, this is my ideal itinerary for a short 3 days 2 nights weekend getaway to Hong Kong. Feel free to take out the items you are not interested in and substitute it with your own.
Day 1 – Exploring Kowloon
To maximise my time in Hong Kong, I will take an early morning flight so that I can land in Hong Kong early in the morning, refreshed from a nice nap on the 4-hour flight from Singapore to Hong Kong. From the airport, you can either choose to spend a day at Hong Kong Disneyland (get your tickets here) or make your way to your hotel by bus, taxi or the Mass Transit Railway.
When I am in Hong Kong, I like staying in the Kowloon area than Hong Kong Island for these few reason
- most of the prominent and renowned hotel such as Kowloon Shangri-La, InterContinental Hong Kong and Sheraton Hotel are located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area
- it gives you a feel of the “real” Hong Kong
there are many good inexpensive restaurants
the shopping is cheaper and better here
After dropping off your luggage at the hotel (leave your luggage at the concierge if it’s not time for check-in yet) , it’s time to have some Hong Kong style breakfast. There is this really good dim sum restaurant in Jordan called Fulum Palace (31-37 Jordan Road, Bai Cheng Building Level 3). This unpretentious restaurant is only known to locals, the prices are reasonable and the dim sums are some of the best I have ever had.
After a hearty breakfast, take the train to Tsim Sha Tsui. You can visit the Avenue of Stars, Clock Tower, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Cultural Museum.
I recommend having lunch at this cart noodle restaurant in Jordan called Mian Mian Dian (274 Temple Street, Jordan). The aromatic soup broth is made with fishbones, pork bones, prawn shells and chicken, paired with your choice of noodle and 3 ingredients (there are 10 ingredients to choose from). Cart noodle is one of the iconic dish of Hong Kong and this is my favourite restaurant to have it. I have brought my colleagues here once and they fell in love with it as much as I did, they ask to be brought here on every company retreat.
After lunch, it’s time for some shopping at either the trendy Mongkok or Shum Sui Po for some cheap shopping.
For dinner, you can try your luck at Ming Court (555 Shanghai Street, Cordis Hong Kong, Mongkok) , the Michelin-starred restaurant at Mongkok (reservation at least 1 month in advance in strongly recommended). If the wait is too long, you can also have dinner at Muscle Man (97 Hak Po Street Basement, Mongkok) which serves wanton noodles and beef tendon noodles liked by locals and celebrities alike.
After dinner, take a walk along Mongkok Walking Street, Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market and enjoy the night market in Hong Kong. Put your bargaining skills to good use and snag some cheap clothes or mementos.
Day 2 – Hong Kong Island
After having a delicious breakfast of scambled egg toast at Australia Milk Company (47 Parkes Street, Jordan) or steamed milk pudding at Yee Shun Milk Company (63 Pilkem Street, Jordan), it’s time to cross over to Hong Kong Island.
You can take a bus, train, taxi or ferry, but I strongly recommend taking the Star Ferry for the ride across Victoria Harbor itself is an experience. The ride also gives you a good opportunity to take some shots of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline.
My favourite way of touring Central is by taking the Central – Mid Levels Escalators. The 800-meter outdoor covered escalator system is made up of 20 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways (travelators). It is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world and it was featured in many Hong Kong dramas and movies. It takes 20-25 minutes to ride the entire length of it one-way and it is my favorite way of exploring the busy streets of Central, Hong Kong’s oldest market district. You can hop in and out of 14 exits and extrances to explore the parts that draws your attention.
There are numerous dining choices when you are in Central but if you want to give yourself a little treat, you should definitely have your lunch at Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington Street, Yung Kee Building, Central), a Michelin 1-star restaurant that specializes in charcoal-grilled barbecue meats. Reservation is recommended but the wait is not too long even if you walk-in as there are multiple floors.
After lunch, take the MTR to Causeway Bay and shop to your heart’s content. There are three 13-storey shopping centers – Sogo, Times Square, Hysan Place – amidst many smaller shopping centers and boutique shops.
Have an early dinner at Yuet Wah Hui Seafood Restaurant (405-419 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai) which has been voted as one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong by Wall Street Journal before making your way to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus which is a short walk from MTR Central station. If you happen to be there during the weekends or festive season and you are not that fond of shopping, I would suggest making a beeline for the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus to take the Peak Tram to the Peak straight after lunch as the queue can get really long (we are talking about at least a 3-4 hours wait). If you don’t want to wait for hours in the hot sun just to take the tram, I recommend taking a bus which is faster and cheaper too! You can board Route No. 15 at Central Pier 5 or Route No. 15B at Wanchai Convention Centre which will take you all the way up to The Peak for just HK$9.80 and HK$11.70 respectively.
After you have fully enjoyed the mesmerising night view of Hong Kong from The Peak, make your way back to Tsim Sha Tsui where you can take in the beautiful night view of Victoria Harbour and take photographs at the Avenue of Stars.
Day 3 – Temple Visiting & Buying Souvenirs
After having breakfast at Mido Cafe (63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei) which is famous for many local decicacies such as pork rib baked rice (HK$48) and red bean ice (HK$17), take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin (Huang Daxian) Temple for some incense-burning.
If your religion does not allow you to enter a temple, you can skip this stop and head straight to the next one.
The last stop will be at Hang Heung (64-66 Castle Peak Road (Yuen Lang Road), Yuen Lang) which is famous for its trademark wife biscuits and egg rolls. The wife biscuits are freshly-baked everyday and they are the best souvenirs to bring back for family and friends. Although Hang Heung have many outlets all around Hong Kong, I still feel a trip to its flagship store at Yuen Lang is well worth the effort.
If you have more time to spare, you can shop around Kowloon and Central for other souvenirs such as castella cake, biscuits or bird’s nest cake.
I hope this post gives you a rough idea of how to spend 3 days 2 nights in Hong Kong. There is so much more in Hong Kong for you to experience such as Disneyland Hong Kong, Ocean Park Hong Kong and many outlying islands such as Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau, but this is a start.