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    How to spend 48 hours in Hong Kong
    Got a couple of days in Hong Kong and not sure where to start? You can pack a whole lot of discovery into 48 hours. Let us show you how
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    You could live in Hong Kong for decades and still not finish exploring this multifaceted city. So how on earth do you decide what to see, do and eat in just two days? We’ve come up with an itinerary that showcases the very best food, fun and culture the city has to offer, with guided and self-directed tours, iconic experiences, delicious eats, and opportunities to take in that magnificent skyline from every angle.

    Day one: Hong Kong Island

    Victoria Peak walk. Credit: Getty Images

    Credit: Getty Images

    View from Victoria Peak. Credit: Getty Images

    Credit: Getty Images

    Victoria Peak Garden

    Morning

    Start your Hong Kong trip with a bucket-list must: a trip up Victoria Peak. Rather than queue for the Peak Tram, lace up your trainers and hike there first thing in the morning. The walk will take you about an hour but the incredible views of skyscrapers surrounding Victoria Harbour are so worth it.

    Peak tram
    Man Mo temple
    Dim sum

    Mid-morning and lunch 

    Ride the Peak Tram back down to Central and join a 3-hour Hong Kong tour . This guided tour will take you through Sheung Wan and Central’s most fascinating historical and cultural sites, from the revamped Central Police Station, Tai Kwun, to Man Mo Temple.  

    Ten Feet Tall
    Woman choosing food from the kitchen area of the lounge

    Afternoon 

    After lunch, make your way to Flower Market Road by taking the MTR to Prince Edward station. Perfect for shutterbugs, this Hong Kong street photo tour takes you through the city for a masterclass on urban street photography. 

    After all that walking, you deserve some pampering, so head to one of Hong Kong’s massage parlours for some rest and rejuvenation. We recommend reflexology retreat Ten Feet Tall  for a relaxing foot massage – or for those looking to indulge, The Oriental Spa offers a variety of treatments such as their Qi-enhancing Chinese Meridian massage and restorative Jet Lag Cure.

    Dinner
    Victoria Harbour junk Aqua Luna
    Dinner

    Evening 

    Once you’re feeling suitably relaxed, head to Victoria Harbour for another look at that spectacular skyline from the deck of the Aqua Luna , an authentic Chinese sailing junk whose iconic red sails can often be spotted on the water. Enjoy an evening cruise with cocktail in hand on this beautiful craft – and remember to take plenty of pictures.

    Wine
    Spiga's terrace
    Octopus dish at Spiga

    Dinner 

    Hungry again? Tuck into a delicious handmade pizza at Spiga in Central. If you’re still full from lunch, you can stick to light bar bites, while soaking up the atmosphere at the restaurant’s breezy outdoor terrace.

    Or why not opt for one of the city’s quintessential dining experiences: hotpot. At longstanding local favourite, Megan’s Kitchen , a bubbling broth will be brought to your table, into which you can toss and swirl your own raw ingredients – dumplings, noodles, thinly sliced meats and fresh veggies – until they’re ready to eat. Then dip in sauce and enjoy! 

    Once you’ve had your fill of delicious food, head to a rooftop bar such as Popinjays  for a post-meal tipple. These bars boast some of the most breathtaking views in the city – and the cocktails won’t disappoint either.

    Day two: Kowloon

    The Big Buddha
    Ngong Ping cable car
    TaI O fishing village

    Morning 

    It’s another early start! This time, head to Lantau Island for a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car , choosing between a standard or glass-bottomed crystal cabin. You’ll touch down at Ngong Ping Village, where you can visit the Big Buddha bronze statue and walk the Wisdom Path. Once you’re done exploring, you can either take a side trip to Tai O fishing village, or head back to town. 

    Sky100. Credit: Getty Images

    Credit: Getty Images

    Mid-morning 

    Return to Tung Chung and take the MTR to Kowloon Station, where you’ll find the Sky100 – an observation deck inside the ICC building, and the highest viewing gallery in Hong Kong. Take in the view over a drink and delectable bites at Café 100 by The Ritz-Carlton .  

    Main Street Deli

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    Hong Kong Art Museum. Credit: Getty Images

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    Main Street Deli

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    Lunch 

    Hop in a taxi and head to The Langham hotel, where plenty of dining options await. Chow down on grilled steaks and seafood towers at Bostonian Seafood and Grill or opt for classic Cantonese fine dining at three Michelin-starred T'ang Court . Afterwards, explore downtown Tsim Sha Tsui – the Hong Kong Art Museum, Space Museum and Victoria Dockside are all within spitting distance of The Langham.

    Harbour City. Credit: Getty Images

    Credit: Getty Images

    Afternoon 

    It would be a shame to leave Hong Kong empty-handed, so head to Harbour City , Hong Kong’s largest mall, for some retail therapy. This vast shopping centre made up of three malls: Gateway Arcade, Ocean Terminal and Ocean Centre, and can be somewhat tricky to navigate. Let yourself get lost amongst the glitzy lights of the stores and take your time browsing all the mall has to offer – from luxury designer brands and must-have electronics to homeware and high-street favourites.

    Clock tower. Credit: Getty Images

    Credit: Getty Images

    Mong Kok at night
    Temple Street Night Market

    Evening 

    Hong Kong comes alive after dark, and in our book, there’s no better time to discover Kowloon – also known as the ‘Dark Side’ of the city. Big Bus Hong Kong operates an hour-long panoramic night tour that will take you to Temple Street Night Market, down glitzy Nathan Road, past the Clock Tower and on to the Hong Kong Coliseum, with pre-recorded commentary to keep you informed and entertained. 

    Harbourside Grill terrace
    Harbourside Grill interior
    Harbourside Grill steak

    Dinner 

    It’s your last evening meal in Hong Kong, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy one final meal with the Victoria Harbour as your backdrop? Conveniently located in Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal, Harbourside Grill offers diners cinematic views of Hong Kong Island and a delicious grill-centric menu. Not yet had your fill of Asian cuisine? Hutong ’s fiery Northern Chinese food is considered some of the best in the city – as is the view from their H Zentre location. Watch the sun go down behind Hong Kong’s iconic skyline as you enjoy your final moments in the city.

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