The Best Way To Spend 48 Hours In Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, making it one of the greatest places for a cheeky weekend getaway. The city has a certain charm, and is the perfect intersection of old and new – a mix of East and West.
It’s famed for its world-class shopping, incredible eats, nightlife and rich culture – all things we can very much get around. So if you’re thinking about a short two-day stay, we’ve got you sorted with the most perfect itinerary to ensure you get the most out of your weekend away.
First things first, it’s time to check in.
Stay in Tsim Sha Tsui
Located in the energetic district of Tsim Sha Tsui, in southern Kowloon, Hotel ICON is a luxe-as-hell hotel with an intimate feel, making it what we think is the greatest stay in Hong Kong, China. Hotel ICON offers an intimate and individual experience for each of its guests, with the perfect balance of high style and traditional hospitality.
And if you’re not sold, it has three award-winning restaurants within. Get. In. Our. Bellies.
The hotel has just one aim: to make your stay totally memorable and pleasurable. So if you like to eat well, drink well, be totally spoiled, and enjoy one of the greatest views in the city, Hotel ICON is just the ticket.
Find your chi
All checked in? Sweet. Now it’s time to stretch out those legs after your flight, and what better way of doing so than with some tai chi at Kowloon Park?
Tai chi (short for t’ai chi ch’üan, or taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese martial art, practiced for defence training and health benefits. The term taji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Basically, it’s a totally relaxing way to start your day. And if you ever wanted to get an authentic tai chi experience, Hong Kong, China is the place to do it.
Kowloon Park is big, beautiful, with sculptures and interesting sitting areas. Going there in the early morning is a beautiful and different experience with hundreds of people doing tai chi. There are even beginner classes you can join.
Time to shop
Now you’ve stretched and are ready to take on the day, it’s time for a spot of shopping. It would be rude not to!
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Everyone knows this city as a place of neon-lit retail pilgrimage, and almost every international brand have outlets there. The city has the reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise. Whether you’re after clothing, luggage, jewellery, cameras, electronics, whatever – we’ve got the lot.
So if you’re looking for some great shopping, head to Mong Kok, in the Yau Tsim Mong District – one of the major shopping areas in the city. It’s home to a bunch of malls you can peruse at your leisure and – most importantly – it’s where pick up of any the goodies you’d like.
Kill that appetite
All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite, so head over to Above & Beyond, one of Hotel ICON’s award-winning restaurants
Above & Beyond goes, well, above and beyond, matching incredible eats with sweeping views of Hong Kong, China’s stunning skyline. Inside is some of the city’s best Cantonese cuisine from experienced executive chef Paul Tsui.
Whether you’re an expert or just an amateur when it comes to Chinese cuisine, the menu is sure to get you excited, with both contemporary and classic dishes.
Now your belly’s full, get some rest, and gear up for your second day in the metro paradise.
We weren’t kidding about those views, huh? Good morning Hong Kong! Don’t admire the city for too long though, it’s time to go get amongst it.
Up and at ’em (breakfast)
Hope you’re not still too full from last night, because it’s time for more food. This time, brunch at The Brunch Club, Central Hong Kong.
The Brunch Club is a cozy neighbourhood cafe and news stand – the perfect place to have a super chill breakfast. Inside it’s got world-class baristas serving only the finest coffee, delicious food, fresh juices and smoothies, and (thank god) free wi-fi so you can kill your Instagram followers dead with envy after uploading what they wish they were eating. Yum.
Take a walk
OK, time to burn off that breakfast, and what better way than walking the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. Don’t stress if you overate, it only takes about two hours in total.
Wan Chai is one of the city’s earliest settlements, and has an interesting heritage, with many historic buildings from different heritages. The trail starts at Mallory Street and ends at Wing Fing Street near Admiralty Station, taking in all of these architecturally stunning buildings. There are even touch-screen computers along the way that give visitors a history lesson on the buildings.
The walk is 3km in total, but feel free to keep on strolling and explore the area. It’s seriously stunning.
Hit the nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong
OK. It’s your last night in Hong Kong, China. Let’s go out with a bang. Time to party in Lan Kwai Fong.
Lan Kwai Fong is the legendary nightlife zone in the middle of Hong Kong, China’s busy Central business district and arguably the hottest place to party in the world.
There are seriously loads of bars (perfect for bar hopping) the streets are filled with block parties, everyone is having the best time and if you didn’t already come with friends, you’re sure to make some. Even if you don’t want to party, per se, the people watching alone is incredible.
Whether Hong Kong was already on your bucket list or not, you won’t regret visiting.
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