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What to do with 48 hours in Hong Kong

Spending 48 hours in any one destination can often feel more daunting than a longer break.

It’s particularly true in an area as large and densely populated as Hong Kong, where it’s impossible to experience all that’s on offer in just two days.

Your focus should instead be on pinpointing the very best things to see, do and eat, to really make the most of your short stay.

24 hours

Your first 12 hours in Hong Kong are likely to involve getting accustomed to your surroundings and accessing as much information about the area as possible. Hong Kong is a vast region with a population in excess of 7 million people, so where you head first is going to depend largely on what area of Hong Kong you’re staying in.

Central Hong Kong is very much the cultural epicentre and is a great place to begin your stay. Here you can take in some of the most famed sites in the region, and a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a great place to start.

48 hours in Hong Kong

The wheel is 60 metres high and affords spectacular views across Victoria Harbour. On a short break to the region, it’s the ideal way to get a broad view of your surroundings right from the off.

48 hours gives you plenty of time to enjoy Hong Kong’s eclectic nightlife scene. Lan Kwai Fong becomes a hotbed of activity after dark, with a fantastic selection of clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from. Perhaps the most well know spot of them all is Magnum, which boasts over 13,000 square feet of clubbing space spread across two floors. Crystals and gold fittings help to establish this as one of the most luxurious night-time haunts in all of Hong Kong.

What to do in Hong Kong in 40 hours

When the time comes to rest your head, opt for one of the many hotels that line the streets here. Choices range from top-end luxury to more budget offerings, ensuring there’s something to suit everyone’s needs.

Choose to stay in the centre of Hong Kong and you’ll likely pay a premium, yet the benefits associated with spending a weekend in the heart of the action are vast. For those really wanting to splash the cash, a stay at The Peninsula will come recommended by any good Hong Kong travel guide, offering a level of style and comfort superior to anywhere else in the city.

Check out these cheap hotels in Hong Kong

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Royal Plaza Hotel

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The Excelsior, Hong Kong

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Gloucester Luk Kwok Hong Kong

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Hotel Madera Hong Kong

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Stanford Hillview Hotel Hong Kong

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Park Hotel Hong Kong

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Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon

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The Royal Garden

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Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong Kong

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City Garden Hotel

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48 hours

The following morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before discovering some of Hong Kong’s most famous sites and landmarks. There’s no end to the number of markets and backstreets to be explored here, each offering its own unique flavour. Enjoy a private walking tour of the city’s highlights, or go at your own pace and take in some of Hong Kong’s stunning parks and nature reserves, such as Nan Lian Garden.

To find out where the best places to eat in Hong Kong are, while you’re out and about, check out this handy guide.

48 hours in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s skyline is famous across the world, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by boat. A night cruise of the harbour is a fantastic way to spend your second and final evening here, with many offering five-star dining and breath-taking views of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers by night.

A trip to Victoria Peak is the ideal way to round off 48 hours in this vibrant region. Take a short tram ride to the summit and soak in unrivalled views of Hong Kong and Harbour Bay. It’s perhaps the most fitting way to say goodbye to the city, while an on-site gift shop ensures that any last-minute souvenirs can be picked up for friends and loved ones back home.

Check out one of my favourite TV shows that visited Hong Kong recently with Jon Hamm and Richard Ayoade.

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