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There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong. Both a business hub and a prime tourist destination, Hong Kong is full of cultural and exotic experiences you won’t find anywhere else. But what if you only have two days to spare in this bustling city? Whether you’re travelling for work or stopping over on your way to a holiday, two days is the perfect amount of time to get a taste of Hong Kong. With so much to see and do, a little planning foes a long way. Read on for transport tips, must-see attractions and delicious dining experiences you will definitely want to include in your two day itinerary.
How to get around
Getting around Hong Kong is relatively simple, as well as being easy on the wallet. The public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world, moving Hong Kong’s 7 million inhabitants day in, day out.
The Metro is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around, but it can be confusing for first-timers. One of the perks to the Metro is that many of the stations are connected to shopping malls, so if enjoying Hong Kong’s famous fashion scene is a priority, the Metro could be your best way to get around.
The tram in Hong Kong is not just a practical way to get around, it’s almost an attraction in itself. Remember to pay for your fare when leaving the tram (as opposed to when you get on), and make sure to have the exact fare as they do not provide change. Although the tram can be fun, it can also get rather busy, so it might be best to avoid this during peak hours.
If you want to see amazing views of the city, it’s worth taking a ride on the Star Ferry at least twice; once during the day and once at night. This cheap mode of transport runs frequently between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Island, making it a memorable and affordable way to see the city in a new light. The city’s skyline from the water is an unforgettable view.
There’s no better way to get to know a city than to take time to walk it’s streets. Hong Kong is a bustling city with so many hidden wonders you can only discover on foot. It’s a great way to get some exercise during your trip, so you don’t have to think twice before enjoying the delicious Dim Sums the city is famous for.
What to see
Hong Kong From Above
Any city looked down on from above is always a sight to see and Hong Kong is no exception. Head to the ICC Tower, one of the tallest towers in the world, to get a different perspective of this unforgettable city. As an added bonus, the Elements Mall is directly below it, meaning you can head to the shops after taking in the sights.
Symphony of Lights
Want to see Hong Kong ‘in a different light’? The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong’s daily light and sound show, and is the largest permanent light and sound show in the world. A dazzling multimedia show which utilizes more than 40 different buildings on Hong Kong and Kowloon to light up the harbour, the show uses lights, sounds and narration to celebrate the spirit and energy of the city. This tourist attraction is a great way to see all of the various buildings around the city and as an added bonus, there is an English narration of the tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Many people say that you haven’t truly seen Hong Kong unless you see it from Victoria Peak. There are plenty of perspectives of the city to see while you stroll along the paths across the northern and western sides of the island. It’s a wonderful way to spend a morning, especially with the family in tow.
Hong Kong’s answer to ‘Sea World’, this aqua themed amusement park is the largest theme park in Asia. There are plenty of rides for thrill-seekers and a range of aquariums where you can marvel at the penguins and walruses or even swim with dolphins. There are plenty of dry-land animals too; with foxes, Koalas and giant pandas on display. Ocean Park is the 13th most visited theme park in the world, so if you want to avoid crowds, to to avoid going on weekends and during school holidays.
What to eat
Hong Kong is the culinary capital of China. With 61 Michelin-starred restaurants, and countless alleyways full of lesser-known gems, you could spend two years exploring the dining experiences on offer and not even scrape the surface. Since you only have two days, we’ve selected our top three venues to give you a taste of what Hong Kong has to offer.
The literal meaning of Dim Sum is “tiny thing for the heart”, and that is exactly what they are. These small, steamed dishes are what Hong Kong is famous for and you’ll be amazed at the variety of fillings to choose from. Make the most of your Dim Sum experience by getting together with a group of friends, ordering a number of different items from the menu and sharing everything - the traditional Hong Kong way to dine.
This bustling city is full of restaurants and street vendors who pop up on city corners in the warmer weather. At night time it’s not uncommon for these food carts, known as “Dai Pai Dongs”, to occupy entire streets. From seafood to stir fries, roasted meats to ‘food on a stick’ - these stalls are brimming with delicious, authentic Hong Kong delights. Take the time to sit down, people watch and dine like a local.
Barbeque Pork and Peking Duck
Two quintessential Hong Kong dishes are the Barbequed Pork and Peking Duck. Be warned though, Peking Duck is so popular it’s always a good idea to pre-order so you don’t miss out - though roasted goose is an equally delicious alternative. As you stroll through food markets and past restaurants, it’s hard to miss the crimson red pork hanging from butchers hooks. This is Barbeque Pork, known as ‘Char Siu’ to the locals, a typical Cantonese dish of roasted pork meat coated in a sweet and sour glaze.
A taste of Hong Kong
In an ideal world, you would have a couple of weeks (or months) to take your time exploring all that Hong Kong has to offer. But if you’re just stopping by, or trying to soak in the city between meetings, there are still plenty of experiences to enjoy. Marvelling at the city from above, taking crowded public transport and eating ‘Char Siu’ from a street vendor will have you feeling like a Hong Kong local in no time at all.
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