20 Top Things to Do in Hong Kong in 4 Days
20 Top Things to Do in Hong Kong in 4 Days
Last year, I finally visited Hong Kong which I had been crazy to see for a while. I am a city girl and Hong Kong´s hustle and bustle seemed to be an ideal place to experience a new mega city.
For some unknown reason, I have only just written this post now, finally summing up my 20 highlights and travel tips from my trip. At the end of the post, you´ll also find some tips about additional tours and activities to do if you’ll be staying longer than 4 days.
Visa Regulations for Hong Kong
With a German passport, I did not need a visa. According to the website of the Hong Kong tourism board, most nationalities do not require a visa if they stay less than 180 days.
When to Visit Hong Kong
May through August can be really hot in Hong Kong, but for the rest of the year, the weather is mostly mild. I visited in March/April and it was lovely, though a bit humid at times. However, at that time of year, there is a huge art exhibition going on and prices for accommodations are much higher.
How to Get Around in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has an amazing public transportation, and it is very comfortable using their buses and metros. Though taxis are not expensive, I was very happy to use buses, boats, and the metro (though I normally prefer buses and trams which allow you to see more of the city). If you get an Octopus Card from day one, you´ll be able to save a lot of money while using public transportation.
If you get an Octopus Card from day one, you´ll be able to save a lot of money while using public transportation.
I had a ticket for the hop-on and hop-off bus by Big Bus (I have been using Big Buses forever) which also included tickets for several activities.
Click here to check out the best prices for Hop-on and Hop-off tours in Hong Kong.
Where to Sleep in Hong Kong
I actually stayed in 4 different places over the duration of my seven-night visit. If you prefer quieter areas, I would recommend staying at Le Méridien Cyberport Hong Kong, which is farther away and is more immersed in nature.
To find the perfect accommodation for your Hong Kong trip click here.
If you like the hustle and bustle, then I would choose a hotel on either the island or mainland, but close to Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong has some great luxury hotels, but also a lot of budget hotels.
Where to Eat (Vegetarian) in Hong Kong
I admit that eating vegetarian was quite difficult in Hong Kong, but I survived and I did not even lose weight, so check out where to find some vegetarian spots in Hong Kong.
Don´t Make These Mistakes in Hong Kong
One thing that I learned in Hong Kong is NOT to save the best for last. I waited on my trip to Victoria Peak until the last day – and was very unlucky with the view because it was foggy/there was a lot of smog. So I have a new piece of advice that I keep telling myself, and also you: do the things you look forward to the most, first.
Also, I thought that English was widely spoken in Hong Kong, but I actually had problems communicating with people who did not work in hotels or westernized shops (which was especially difficult as I am a vegetarian and picky with my food).
So I had trouble with taxi drivers and could not buy food from stalls since it was not always possible to find out about the ingredients (in case you have allergies, are vegan, etc., you had better check out some words beforehand).
Wondering What you Can Do in Hong Kong?
Actually, there is quite a lot to do and 4 days is not a lot to see and explore this hectic and crazy city, but I think you´ll be able to see many important places and sights within that 4 days (you could probably do many of these things in 3 days as well – if you do only one day trip, but 4 days in Hong Kong should be a minimum 🙂
Top 20 Things to Do in Hong Kong in 4 Days
1) Visit Victoria Peak
This is probably one of the most iconic views you can get in all of Asia. If you are curious, you can read more about my trip to Victoria Peak here.
2) Ride the Star Ferry
I love all kinds of boat and ferry cruises and taking a ride on the star ferry was also fun. It connects the two parts of Hong Kong, Hong Kong island and Kowloon, and has been operating since 1888. The ride is pretty cheap and you´ll have a wonderful view of Hong Kong´s skyline.
3) Ladies Market
Ladies Market is a real tourist attraction – a 1000-meter-long market with over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. There are also things for men, but, as the name suggests, it is mainly female clothes and accessories that you can buy. I did not buy anything, but from hearsay, haggling is essential.
4) Temple Street Night Market
When the sun sets and it gets dark, the Temple Street Night Market comes to life. This popular bazaar should definitely be on your list.
5) Visit Historic Temples
You can find temples all over Hong Kong, and it is a great way to learn about the religious side of the area and show respect for the Hong Kong culture and traditions.
7) Visit Hong Kong´s Version of Times Square
I did not see as much neon lights as in New York’s Times Square, but it was crowded like the New York version and there were plenty of shops and restaurants to discover
8) Visit Parks
Hong Kong is one of the craziest cities I have been to – but surprisingly, to me at least, there is a lot of greenery to find. My favorite park was Nan Lian Garden where my local Instagram friend Nam showed me around.
9) Eat a Lot
I know that Hong Kong is a foodie heaven, but, unfortunately, not for vegetarians. However, I enjoyed great waffles, a lot of vegetarian burgers (read about vegetarian dining in HK here), and vegetarian dim sums.
10) Enjoy a Drink at the Ritz-Carlton and Enjoy the View From the Highest Bar in the World
The highest bar in the world is at the luxurious, five-starRitz-Carlton in Hong Kong and, of course, you´ll have wonderful views over Hong Kong. The staff was friendly, the view great, the bar interesting, and the drinks expensive – but still a great thing to do in Hong Kong.
11) Visit Nathan Road
As you know, I love crazy places, and Nathan Road is the craziest road of all. With tons of shops, restaurants, and people, it is surely worth a visit.
12) Watch and Listen to the Symphony of Lights
Witness the Symphony of Lights, a beautiful multimedia show of lights at night from across Victoria Harbor. No skyline in the world is as astonishing as Hong Kong’s (check out my post about the 10 best skylines in the world) and the lights and sounds make it even prettier.
13) Pay a Visit to the Avenue of Stars
At the time of my visit, the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui was closed for repair and improvement works. Until they are done (which should be in 2018), some statues are in the Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery in the meantime.
I grew up with an older brother, so I got used to watching all of Bruce Lee’s movies. He became our childhood hero and seeing him there was kind of a highlight (now, it is not with Victoria Harbor in the background).
14) Stroll Along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The city´s charm consists of, among other things, the beautiful Victoria Harbor. Strolling along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – while looking at the harbor- is definitely a must.
15) Do a Harbor Cruise
Do a harbor cruise on one of the cute and iconic Hong Kong boats – at almost any time of the year.
16) Ride Hong Kong´s Observation Wheel
Take a seat in one of the 42 gondolas of the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and see Hong Kong from above.
Enjoy the view from Hong Kong´s tallest building and soak in the view with a 360-degree view of Victoria Harbor (if you book the hop-on and hop-off bus tour, the entry for the observation deck is already included. To read my hop-on and hop-off review, click here. To check out the best prices for the bus tour and other activities in HK, click here).
18) Take a Selfie in front of the Clock Tower
Pay a visit to the Clock Tower, which celebrated its 100th anniversary 2 years ago. While I was there, the clock was covered since there was construction work going on (seemed like bad timing for my trip), but this clock has become a famous landmark of Hong Kong and snapping a selfie in front of it seems like a must.
19 + 20) Explore Hong Kong´s Nature and Do a Few Day Trips
Day trip ideas from Hong Kong:
My recommendations for day trips are Lantau Island or Lamma Island.
Lantau Island is the biggest outlying island and has beautiful beaches, Buddhist architecture, a cable car, and much more.
I, unfortunately, did only one day trip and visited another island, which I recommend.
Lamma Island is a beautiful island with beaches, hiking options, and a cute fishing village. Though I do not regret having visited this island, I would love to visit Lantau Island on my next trip. I did go there by myself without a guided tour, but if you prefer having it fully organized click on the link below to book your tour.
Extra Tip, Voila it´s 21 Places to Visit in Hong Kong
Visit Macau. Macau is just a 90-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong and you should visit for at least a day (read about my trip to Macau here: how to get to Macau and what to do in Macau in 2 days).
Hong Kong on a budget? If you are looking for safe hostels in Hong Kong read Claire´s post to find out more.
Here are more ideas on how to spend money in Hong Kong.
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