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The best of Hong Kong in 4 days

4 days of the best of Hong Kong with hidden gems, great food, and a hike.

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by nam@laugh travel eatAbout Me:Nam Cheah is a third culture millennial who spent half her life in Hong Kong and the other half in the UK. With a passion for travel, hikes, food, and puns, she documents her travel on her suitably named blog: Laugh, Travel, Eat. When she’... read more

AsiaHong Kong4 days / January - February - March - October - November - December 2020

Highs & Lows

Explore Hong Kong's many hiking trails skipped by many first timers!

Travelling outside of Nov-March can be fairly hot

Itinerary Overview

Hong Kong is a diverse city that can take more than 4 days to explore. From the bustling city center, colonial history to country parks and stunning mountain vista, even as a local I often still find new things to do. I would recommend spending a week here if possible, but if 4 days is all the time you have, here is what to do in Hong Kong in 4 days:

  • 4 Nights: Central
    Central and Sheung Wan is the heart of HK and where the British set up their headquarters with history and sights galore
  • Day trip: Yau Tsim Mong District
    The Kowloon side of Hong Kong has the best shopping, street food, and ethnic enclaves
  • Day trip: Lion Rock
    If I have to do one hike in Hong Kong, it'd be the Lion Rock
  • Day trip: Lantau Island

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    As a local - I'd say stay longer and squeeze in more hikes!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Never underestimate the queues in Hong Kong and avoid the peak lunch and dinner hours (12:30 - 1:30 pm and 7:30 - 9pm)

  • How was the food?

    Save your stomach some space for street food in Argyle Center!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Hong Kong is a cash based city, so make sure you hit the ATM before you start the day.

  • Packing tips?

    Hong Kong tends to be quite hot but the air conditioning inside malls and restaurants are strong. So bring a cardigan or a wrap when you are out.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Get an Octopus Card which can be used for all forms of transport in Hong Kong, and you can also use it to buy food and things.

  • Any surprises?

    Hiking in Hong Kong is always a pleasant surprise and should not be missed!


  • Mid-range: Butterfly on Wellington – down the road from Mid-Level Escalator is this little boutique hotel who offers excellent location at an affordable price tag. Splurge: If you are up for treating yourself and being close to the party center Lan Kwang Fong – then Hotel Mandarin Oriental is at the perfect location for you. It’s got the best reviews around town.