5-Day Itinerary for Hong Kong: Discover the Best of This Vibrant City

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  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

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  • Nature Escapes

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  • Group Travel

  • Hiking

  • Shopping

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Curator’s statement

Are you looking for a city that never sleeps, where skyscrapers compete with mountains and traditional temples stand alongside modern architecture? Look no further than Hong Kong! This dynamic city has something for everyone, from luxury shopping and high-end dining to stunning natural landscapes and cultural landmarks. As a travel advisor, I can't wait to share my top picks for a memorable five-day trip to Hong Kong.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Sophisticated waterfront property with luxe rooms and suites.

Fora Perks
  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Luxury high-rise property overlooking Victoria Harbour with six eateries and upscale rooms.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Harbourfront property hosting seven Michelin-starred restaurants and a zen-inspiring spa.

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  • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

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Day 1: The best of Hong Kong Island

a view of a city with a river running through it from a tree filled peak

Start your trip by exploring the best of Hong Kong Island. Begin with a visit to Victoria Peak, where you can take the Peak Tram to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Next, head to Man Mo Temple, a historic Taoist temple that's been in operation since the 1800s. Afterward, take a stroll through Hong Kong Park, a lush oasis in the heart of the city that's home to a variety of exotic birds, plants, and gardens. End the day with dinner at Tim Ho Wan, a Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant that's a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Insider Tip: Skip the long lines for the Peak Tram by purchasing your tickets online in advance.x

Day 2: Exploring Kowloon

walkway with red fencing in a green park

Today, it's time to cross Victoria Harbour and explore Kowloon. Start by visiting Wong Tai Sin Temple, a colorful and ornate Taoist temple that's known for its fortune-telling and healing powers. Next, head to the Kowloon Walled City Park, which was once a notorious slum but has since been transformed into a peaceful park with traditional Chinese gardens and historical exhibits. For lunch, stop by Kau Kee Beef Brisket, a local institution that serves up some of the best beef brisket noodles in the city. In the afternoon, explore the trendy neighborhood of Tsim Sha Tsui, where you can shop for luxury brands, sample local street food, and take a stroll along the waterfront promenade.

Insider Tip: If you're a fan of street art, be sure to check out the murals and graffiti in the alleys around the Sham Shui Po neighborhood.

Day 3: A day on Lantau Island

a large Buddha sculpture in front of green mountains shrouded by clouds

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a day on Lantau Island. Start your day by taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to the Tian Tan Buddha, a 34-meter bronze statue that's one of the largest outdoor Buddhas in the world. Next, visit the Po Lin Monastery, a peaceful and serene complex that's home to beautiful gardens and intricate temples. For lunch, try the vegetarian dim sum at the monastery's restaurant. In the afternoon, take a scenic hike through the Lantau Trail, which offers stunning views of the island's rugged coastline and mountain peaks. End your day by visiting Tai O Fishing Village, a traditional village that's built on stilts over the water and is known for its dried seafood, salted fish, and shrimp paste.

Insider Tip: Avoid the crowds by taking the first cable car of the day up to the Tian Tan Buddha.

Day 4: Culture and shopping

busy city street market with red flags strung across the buildings on a gray day

Spend the day exploring Hong Kong's rich cultural heritage and shopping scene. Start by visiting the Hong Kong Museum of History, which offers a comprehensive overview of the city's history and culture. Next, head to Temple Street Night Market, where you can haggle for bargains on everything from souvenirs to electronics. For lunch, try the famous wonton noodles at Mak's Noodle, a local institution that's been serving up delicious noodles for over 100 years. In the afternoon, explore the trendy neighborhood of Sheung Wan, which is known for its art galleries, antique shops, and traditional Chinese medicine stores. End your day with dinner at Luk Yu Tea House, a historic teahouse that's been a fixture in Hong Kong since the 1930s.

Insider Tip: Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History early in the day to avoid the crowds.

Day 5: Outdoor adventures

a costal town on a sunny day with boats in the harbor and a mountain range in the distance

For your final day in Hong Kong, experience some of the city's outdoor adventures. Start your day with a visit to Dragon's Back, a scenic hiking trail that offers breathtaking views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong's skyline. Next, head to Stanley Market, a charming seaside town that's known for its street market and waterfront promenade. For lunch, try the seafood at Murray House, a historic building that's been converted into a restaurant complex. In the afternoon, take a dip in the Repulse Bay Beach, one of the city's most popular beaches. End your day by watching the Symphony of Lights, a spectacular light and sound show that takes place every night on the Victoria Harbour waterfront.

Insider Tip: Bring plenty of water and sunscreen for the Dragon's Back hike.

Need to Know

We hope this five-day itinerary for Hong Kong has inspired you to explore all that this vibrant city has to offer. From the bustling streets of Kowloon to the serene landscapes of Lantau Island, there's something for everyone in Hong Kong. Book your trip today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

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