Top Things to do in Hong Kong in 2 Days

We were so excited to begin our 14 Day Southeast Asia Adventure in Hong Kong. With a population of over 7.4 million people, the 426 square mile territory of Hong Kong ranks as the worlds fourth-most densely populated region.

Skyscrapers tower above streets in Hong Kong
Skyscrapers tower above the streets of Hong Kong

And, with real estate prices selling at some of the highest prices per foot in the world, developers build up, way up. In fact, Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world!

Hong Kong skyscrapers from roof of 99 Bonham hotel
View of Hong Kong Island from the roof of 99 Bonham Hotel

Moreover, with so much to see, do, and taste, here are our Top Things to do in Hong Kong in 2 Days:

Our Hong Kong Itinerary

1) Go to Victoria Peak

You’ve probably seen the iconic images of Hong Kong’s gorgeous skyline and Victoria Harbour. If you can only do one thing while in Hong Kong, visiting Victoria Peak is THE thing to do!

Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
View of Hong Kong Island from Victoria Peak

The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, and dining and retail outlets. Nearby, The Peak Galleria has a free-entry observation deck, as well as shopping and dining options. For leisurely unfolding vistas, take the 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk.

MORE INFO: Victoria Peak Official Web Site

FREE Viewing Alternative – Lugard Road

We decided to avoid the long line at The Peak Tower viewing platform. Instead, we headed to Lugard Road Lookout for more stunning views, a different vantage point than what is available at The Peak Tower.

Lugard Road is a short walk to the left of The Peak Tower. We walked for about 10 minutes and found the perfect vantage point. We were in the company of only a dozen or so people at this wonderful vista for Magic Hour and were able to capture a stunning time lapse of the transition from day to night.

WTC TIP: Bring bug spray! There is a lot of vegetation around and the bugs come out to say hello at dusk.

Hong Kong skyline time lapse during Magic Hour from Lugard Road

Getting to Victoria Peak

The Peak Tram

Riding the Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right — Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic, funicular railway.

Once again, lines will most likely be long and if you are in a hurry to capture sunset photos, catch a taxi for the ride up instead.

Located at Lower Terminus, The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is a way of paying tribute to The Peak Tram, its heritage and the history of Hong Kong. Since 1888, The Peak Tram has served Hong Kong, quietly witnessing 120 years of the city’s changes. The gallery brings back many memories for local visitors and gives overseas visitors a glimpse of how the Pearl of the Orient has come to shine.

How to get there

  • Take bus 15C from Central Pier 8 or walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2 to take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road; or,
  • bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D); or,
  • minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit E.

Hours:

  • The Peak Tram Lower Terminus
    • 7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
  • The Peak Tower
    • 10 am to 11 pm (Mon – Fri)  8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
  • Sky Terrace 428
    • 10 am to 11 pm (Mon – Fri) 8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

WTC TIP: Check the Victoria Peak Official Web Site for schedule and closures due to construction before you go!

2) Visit the Man Mo Temple

Our next stop was the Man Mo Temple located on Hollywood Road, one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Hong Kong.

Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong
Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong

The Man Mo Temple is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both of whom were worshipped by ambitious students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China.

Gods of Man Mo Temple
The Gods of Man Mo Temple

Built in 1847, this remains the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. To pause for a moment’s respite under its giant hanging incense coils makes for a pleasant contrast with the hectic pace of the nearby financial district.

Hanging incense coils at Man Mo Temple
Hanging Incense Coils at Man Mo Temple

People purchase a coil and write a wish on a red card. As the incense burns, the smoke carries the wishes to the heavens. Elizabeth lit incense and said a prayer for our two boys to do well in their studies in the last year of college.

How to Get There

The Man Mo Temple is located at: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 1st and 15th of every month and the four Chinese Festivals listed below:

  • The God of Literature (3rd of the Second Month)
  • Birthday of Holy King-Emperor Kwan (24th of the Sixth Month)
  • Birthday of Pau Kung (6th of the Sixth Month)
  • Shing Wong Festival (11th of the Fifth Month & 24th of the Seventh Month)

3) Ride the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour

We were staying on Hong Kong Island and wanted to visit Nathan Road on the Kowloon Peninsula. The best way to get across the harbor is by taking the Star Ferry.

Hong Kong Central Pier
Hong Kong Island Central Pier

The Central Pier is located on Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong. The Star Ferry is a convenient and inexpensive way to travel across Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong Island from Victoria Harbour Star Ferry
View towards Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry

The Star Ferry also offers night harbor tours of the Symphony of Lights, a nightly laser show set to music that lights up the buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights
Hong Kong Symphony of Lights Laser Show

Once we reached the Kowloon side, we saw the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower.

Kowloon Canton railway clock tower
Kowloon Canton Railway Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway.

MORE INFO: Visit the Star Ferry web site for Schedule and Fares

4) Shop on Nathan Road

On the Kowloon Peninsula is the legendary Nathan Road, known for high end shops, restaurants and lots of tourists.

Shoppers along Nathan Road
Shoppers along Nathan Road in Hong Kong

Jewelry stores with unique pieces and high-end watches line both sides of the road. We have been told that some mainland Chinese visitors come with empty suitcases when they shop on Nathan Road as goods are duty free. We did see a few people with suitcases amongst the busy crowd.

Gold jewelry stores on Nathan Road
Unique jewelry along Nathan Road

Hong Kong is known as a mecca for high-end watches. There are many stores selling new and/or previously owned Rolex and other luxury brands. Prices can be high, and you need to make sure you do your homework to know what you are buying.

Shopping on Nathan Road
Elizabeth posing in front of one of the many luxury watch dealers

Also, you may encounter people on street corners who are eager to take you to a specific store that sells discount replica watches, custom tailored suits, designer handbags and other items as well.

Nathan Road’s main action is about a mile in length and there are other points of interest on the Kowloon Peninsula including:

READ MORE: The Official Nathan Road Web Site

5) Go on a Food Walking Tour of Hong Kong

We love food and whenever we go to a new city we always try to book a Food Walking Tour. In Hong Kong, we spent the afternoon in Central Hong Kong and Sheung Wan on a tasty and fun walking tour led by our tour guide Yammy.

Delicious won ton noodle soup
Delicious Shrimp Won Ton Noodle Soup

Our small group enjoyed six different stops with authentic Hong Kong noodles, roast meats, Dim Sum, candies, drinks and pastries. Read our article Hong Kong Food Walking Tour for a detailed review and photos of this delicious experience!

READ MORE: Hong Kong Food Walking Tour

6) Take a Day Trip to Lantau Island

Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island and is one of the best-loved outlying islands. With the development of Ngong Ping Village, the island has become a major attraction in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Big Buddah waving
The Big Buddah located on Lantau Island

Once you arrive at the Ngong Ping Village, you will have opportunities to eat, shop, take photos and visit the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and more.

Buddhist temple on Lantau Island
Buddhist Temple on Lantau Island

We enjoyed a full day on Lantau Island and the surrounding area. Check out our detailed review and photos of our Lantau Island Big Buddah Day Trip with visits to the Po Lin Monestary and Tai O Fishing Village.

READ MORE: Lantau Island Big Buddah Day Trip

Conclusion

Hong Kong is a GREAT city! It is definitely a city to visit again in the future to experience even more of the sights, sounds and great food. Two thumbs up!!

Comment below and let us know if you have been to Hong Kong and what the favorite part of your visit was.

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