Few cities in the world can rival Hong Kong immense skyline, and with majestic landscapes that provide a stunning backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Hong Kong’s sublime food, charming craft shops, and fascinating day tours are an added reasons to visit this intriguing city.
There are many charming cities all over the world, but Hong Kong is indeed next level when it comes to finding various unique experiences within walking distance. Here is my quick guide on how to spend your 4-day vacation in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong 4-Day Travel Itinerary
Day 1 – Visit Hong Kong Antique shops
Whether you find yourself hovering above a crowded market stall full of electronic gadgets or searching out designer gear, Hong Kong is overflowing with options.
However, the antique shops are undoubtedly the highlight and most common talking point for eager shoppers.
After all, there are more antique shops in Hong Kong than in any cities in Asia. This magnificent collection of stores is a paradise for professional antique collectors and a place for new ones to seek advice.
Even the casual tourist will feel obsessed with the range of items, from ancient pieces of furniture, rare paintings to earthenware and unique jewelry.
In most cases, these antique shops can ship goods directly to your international addresses.
Exploring the endless lineup of stores makes for an exciting day out in the city. Every antique shop is unique and worth visiting, but Altfield Gallery, Honeychurch Antiques, and Arch Angel Antiques are three of the most interesting antique shops in Hong Kong. They are worth a particular stop and extra time to immerse yourself in the world of antiques fully.
Day 2 – Take a Trip to Macau
Although Portugal had colonized Macau for many centuries, this fascinating region is now independent and the most attractive options for day tours in Hong Kong.
Macau is quite a unique destination, but the architecture and food experience is undoubtedly an indication of the remnants left behind by the Portuguese.
A short ferry ride across the Pearl River Delta is an opportunity to see a very different side to this destination.
Although casinos are hugely popular with the Chinese gamblers, there is much to do in Macau, and in truth, it never fails to impress visitors who are looking for entertainment.
It is a very lively destination, and although many temples are lining the streets, Macau is often compared to Las Vegas in America.
Either way, the bright lights, fancy hotels, excellent food and ample entertainment, make this a must-visit destination while visiting Hong Kong.
Day 3 – Visit Hong Kong Lantau Island (Tia Tam Buddha)
When you step on board the MTR rail and continue onward to the very last stop on the Tung Ching Ling, a truly memorable experience awaits at the gondola station.
Just twenty-five minutes, these cable cars travel across to Lantau Island and the glass bottom cars are quite the thrill of the ride. Featuring craft shops and a makeshift village, you feel transported to another time on the island, but the majestic Buddha is undoubtedly the main attraction.
In fact, the Tian Tan Buddha is one of the tallest in the world and strikes an unforgettable sight with six devas offering their gifts below.
Visitors can climb the steps up to the Buddha and pay their respects or capture a selfie, while the Wisdom Path leads to an equally enchanting Po Lin Monastery.
Located not far from the city and a minimal amount of cost to get there, taking a trip to Lantau Island is undoubtedly worth prioritizing on a four day trip to Hong Kong.
Day 4 – Take a City Tour of Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most spectacular and fascinating cities to encounter with a wealth of markets, shopping districts and attractions to explore.
Indeed, you could spend a week or even more visiting Hong Kong, but the truth is, a city tour is the best way to see as much as possible in a relatively short time.
Furthermore, tour guides can provide insights into the attractions while navigating the city or getting lost is never an issue on an organized tour.
Hong Kong is a fascinating place where hidden gems are hard to find, and there is often no time to be spared when it comes to seeking out the most exciting attractions.
The Temple Street Night Market is the place to find bargain garments and clothing while Harbour City is one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia.
You can find designer gears or bargains in both while the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is home to stunning skyline views.
For some rest, seek refuge at the Kowloon Park. It is a hidden escape where luscious gardens provide a relaxing respite from the city and Sky100 offers unique panoramas of the surrounding city.
For me, there is nowhere in the world like Hong Kong. With such a wide variety of attractions or things to do, it has something for everyone. A carefully designed travel itinerary is always the best way to get the most from your visit.
Time is short. And Hong Kong is most certainly worth every second you can afford to spend in this magical part of the world. It is definitely a place to add to your bucket list.