Travelling around the world? Thinking of visiting Hong Kong? Looking for some activities to do in your 2 days in Hong Kong? Can’t decide which Hong Kong hotel to stay at?
There are heaps of things to do in and around Hong Kong. While on my way to Australia, I decided to extend my stopover in Hong Kong for about 2 days. Surely not enough! Now I know that this was definitely not enough time to visit this awesome city. My recommendation is to spend at least one week in Hong Kong. There are plenty of things to do here!
Hong Kong is one of the most popular hot spots to catch connection flights in Asia. The city is the embodiment of Ying and Yang, the Chinese concept of balance. If you haven’t seen this beautiful city yet, you definitely should put that on your list ‘Things to do before I die’. Check out what I did in the 2 days I was there and where I stayed.
Where to stay in Hong Kong as a Backpacker
I stayed in a hostel called Hong Kong Hostel, which I can highly recommend. It’s got the best location from all the hostels around the city. All the shopping, nightlife and dining goes on in the “Causeway Bay” area. It’s located a 5-minute walk from the train station (Causeway Bay), right next to the biggest park in Hong Kong: Victoria Park. Very close to the Hong Kong Hostel, you will find the most popular shopping malls such as Sogo, Hysan Place, Lee Theatre and Hysan Place. (Shopping is one of the main reason why many tourists visit Hong Kong. Mostly all goods are tax-free, apart from alcohol and cigarettes). If you would like to stay in a hotel, rather than a hostel in the area, check this out.
A big variety of room types is available: Single /Double /Twin Private Ensuite, 3 / 4 Bed Private Ensuite, one single bed (Single) / one double bed (Double) /two single beds (Twin) with shared bathroom, or if you would like to go for the cheaper version (that’s what I did), there are several dormitory rooms available:
– 4 Bed Mixed/Male/Female Dorm
– 6 Bed Mixed Dorm
– 8 Bed Mixed Dorm
How to find the Hong Kong Hostel?
The hostel announces on their website it would be the cheapest way to catch the city bus A11 directly from the airport to Causeway Bay-stop no.14 (near Sogo department store), which costs HK$40. That is NOT true. It’s an option, but it’s not the cheapest way.
A cheaper way option is to catch the city bus E11 which is as quick as the A11. It will
What to do in Hong Kong?
After I dropped off my bag at the hostel, I made my way to the Temple Street Market. There is literally nothing you can not buy at this market. All sorts of electronics are available (I couldn’t resist the selfie sticks 🙂 ), watches, trinkets,
If you are overwhelmed and tired, a Chinese foot massage is
The light show involves about 40 buildings from both sides of the harbour and represents 5 themes, which are: awakening, energy, heritage, partnership and celebration. I really really loved watching those laser lights and listening to the music- you absolutely can not miss out on this FREE activity. They play it every night, it starts at 8 pm and goes on for about 15 minutes.
This is how the ‘Symphony of Lights’ looks like when you are in the city:
How to get there?
Take the Hong Kong MTR to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit J. Then follow the signs to the Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront or simply ask the locals for direction. Enjoy the show 🙂
The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
One of the attractions to the Hong Kong airport is the Big Buddha. The giant bronze Buddha is located on
The trip is considered as a half day
And what do we like? —-> All of those activities are FREE!
How to get there via Ngong Ping 360
Catch the MTR to Tung Chung Station Exit B, then put yourself in the Ngong Ping 360, the cable car (HK$ 165) which takes about 25 minutes and gives you amazing panoramic views of Tung Chung Bay, the Hong Kong International Airport, Ngong Ping Plateau, South China Sea, the Big Buddha, as well as the flora and fauna of Lantau North Country Park.
The cable car drops you in Ngong Ping village where are heaps of shops and restaurants around to explore and lots of activities for you to do. After you arrive
Tip: Get your ticket online
Another way to get to the Big Buddha is to hike. Find out more about the trail here.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Victoria Peak. It’s called
How to get there?
You can catch the peak tram, the bus or you can even hike all the way up there.
What to eat in Hong Kong?
If you can’t speak or read Cantonese, but you still would like to eat where the locals eat, it is always helpful to have a friend with you who can.
But where do I find a local friend? If I don’t talk to people on the street, people come up to me and talk to me, invite me for dinner and/or to their house and show me around. That’s what happened to me again in Hong Kong.
Where to eat?
Lucky me, my new local friends took me out to for dinner into this back street after turning left right going North, South, West, and back East into this restaurant, where I was the only white person. I did not feel uncomfortable at all. Nobody looked at me like I am an alien (unlike I’ve experienced in so many other countries). In Hong Kong people consider it as rude to stare at other people and respect the personal space. I appreciated that so much.
Have a look at this website to find the right place to eat for yourself 🙂
Random fact: Hong Kongers hold their chopsticks with the left hand to eat. That can sometimes cause the inconvenience to the person next to you, especially if he/she is right-handed.
That was my first Hong Kong experience. However, as I mentioned before, there are plenty of things to do and I will surely return to this awesome city sometime in the future.
If you liked my blog post, or if you have any questions, or if you simply would like to share your Hong Kong experience, please leave a comment in the box below!
Massive thank you to my friends Cow Ball and Lip Hui for translating some of the dishes 🙂