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Hong Kong 3 Days Itinerary, Guide, and Tips

Popular as a shopping and theme park destination, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China) is also one of the top destinations for first time Asian travelers abroad. That’s why me and one of my best friends chose Hong Kong (and Macao) for our vacation leave. Scroll below for our Hong Kong 3 Days itinerary (plus guide and tips!).



HONG KONG 3 DAYS ITINERARY, GUIDE, AND TIPS

SEE ALSO: 11 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Hong Kong

HONG KONG DAY 1

Ngong Ping 360

hong kong ngong ping 360 cable car standard

inside the cable car with a view of the Big Buddha

How to get there: We took the shuttle bus from the airport to Tung Chung MTR station. Next to the MTR station is the Cable Car Terminal headed to Ngong Ping Village.

The cable car ride is a must, with its panoramic views. If you have the budget for it, I suggest you take the Crystal Cabin for its glass bottom floor. One way ride lasts for 25 minutes.

While there, we were able to see the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Po Lin Monastery, and Ngong Ping Village.

Other spots to see: Tai O Village, Wisdom Path, Cheung Sha Beach (25 min bus ride from Ngong Ping)


TIP
Don’t be like us who forget to research for a luggage storage before exploring Ngong Ping. There’s a luggage storage available in the Cable Car Terminal, 80 HKD for one whole day. A cheaper option is the Citygate outlet beside Tung Chung MTR station. Click here for details and prices.
Tip: You can get discounts if you book via their website

Tsim Sha Tsui: Check-in at Chungking Mansion

How to get there: From Tung Chung MTR, we took the train to Lai King then crossed to the other line to get to Tsim Sha Tsui. From the Gate E of TST MTR Station, Chungking Mansion is walking distance.

hong kong chungking mansions entrance

Chungking Mansion is popular for those looking for budget accommodation in Hongkong. Although we did spend less here, I do not recommend it especially for female travelers as me and my best friend did not feel safe here. Aside from the overzealous touts, we were catcalled and stalked. And once on the way down, we got on a lift with a hooker and her client. To get to our hostel, we also managed to walk through Chungking’s underbelly since the designated door that will lead to our guesthouse is closed. It was an experience that I don’t recommend especially for those with claustrophobia.

Sleazy feels aside, if you’re not a fan of queuing for the elevator, then this is definitely not your place. As for convenience, Chungking is in a very good location and offers almost everything except peace of mind.

We checked in at Australian Guesthouse and got a room with two single beds. A very small toilet/bath was included. The small room is good enough for budget travelers. Free water is provided as well as hair dryer and safety locker.

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Clock Tower and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

How to get there: Walking distance from TST MTR Station and Chungking Mansion. Next to Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier.

The Clock Tower is a red brick and granite monument that is an important part of Hongkong’s history as a harbour city. Overlooking Victoria Harbour and the impressive city skyline of Hongkong, the TST Promenade is where you’ll find most of the tourists especially because of the Avenue of Stars. The most popular statue is of course of Bruce Lee.

UPDATE: Avenue of Stars is closed for renovation until 2018. Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery is still accessible.

A Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbour

#ThrowbackThursday: Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Located in between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, and named after Queen Victoria, this harbor used to be one of the largest ports for trade. Offering a scenic view of Hong Kong, this is also where you will get to see a light and sound show every night, called the Symphony of Lights. Hong Kong literally translates to 'fragrant harbour'. There are many speculations on how the name came about. Some say it's from the fragrant smell of the incense transported from Sha Tin to Tsim Sha Tsui. There is also one theory saying that the name was derived from the stream running through Hong Kong that provides sweet and clear drinking water. How was your #HongKong experience? 😊

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At 8 PM daily is the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show‘ displayed along the buildings in Victoria Harbour. The show is free to the public, but the boat rides are not.

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HONGKONG DAY 2

Ocean Park

Welcome to Hong Kong's Ocean Park! 🎢🐼🐧🐠🐙🐋🌊🚉🚡

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How to get here: From TST, we took the MTR to Admiralty. From Exit B, we boarded the Citybus route no. 629 to Ocean Park Hongkong. UPDATE! This route has already been cancelled. To learn about Public Transportation and other modes of transportation to get to Ocean Park, click here.

Our main agenda at the Ocean Park was to see Jia Jia the Giant Panda of course! And to ride again in a cable car. We also got to experience some of the very exciting rides like the Hair Raiser and Raging River. It was fun to see the penguins as well. Alas, even one whole day is not enough to see and experience all of Ocean Park. Check here to see the other attractions.

Tip: Bring a change of clothes and waterproof your things. Don’t forget sunscreen. 

HONG KONG DAY 3

Kowloon Park


After a breakfast meetup with friends I met online, we opted to check out Kowloon Park. After the very tiring day yesterday at Ocean Park, we wanted our last day in Hong Kong to be an easy and chill one.

Used to be a military barracks (Whitfield), this oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle offers visitors a lot of facilities to choose from. Some of them include the Maze garden, Sculpture garden, Chinese garden, bird lake, and aviary.


Opening hours: 0500H to midnight

Free Admission

Click for Park Map and Facilities

Shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui

What else girls loves to do while traveling? Shopping, of course! With our newfound friends, we walked around TST after a heavy lunch in Delicious Kitchen.

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From boutiques to malls, our inner shopaholics were squealing in delight because of the multitude red signs bearing the word SALE. Our feet took us to Canton Road and Nathan Road.

Despite knowing from the forecast and pictures online that it’s a foggy view at The Peak, we still went ahead to go see the Peak Tram. There was a massive queue which discouraged us even more so we went back to strolling around TST. We also got to experience the Star Ferry on the way to The Peak.

Our friend who lives there took us to buy cheap souvenirs (pasalubong) at Prizemart. The prices are really cheap and affordable but just be sure to check the expiry dates. Check here for more details on Prizemart.

hong kong street food

On our way to Din Tai Fung, we of course tried a bit of street food from the hawker stalls. There was a variety of siu mai, fishballs, and other dim sums for those looking for cheap eats.

After dinner and dessert, we decided to check out a night market. We weren’t much impressed or more likely we’re already tired so the night market looked to us like something we can also see in PH.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong That Probably Aren’t in Your Guidebook

HONG KONG SAMPLE 3 DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 0540 AM ETD MNL – HKG
  • 0740 AM ETA HKIA
  • BREAKFAST
  • 1000 AM NGONG PING 360
    CABLE CAR
    BIG BUDDHA, PO LIN MONASTERY, WISDOM PATH
    NGONG PING VILLAGE
  • 0100 PM LUNCH
  • 0300 PM CHECK IN
  • 0400 PM CLOCK TOWER
    TST PROMENADE
  • 0500 PM AVENUE OF STARS
  • 0600 PM DINNER
  • 0800 PM SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

DAY 2

  • 0800 AM BREAKFAST
  • 1000 AM OCEAN PARK
  • 0700 PM SYMBIO SHOW
  • DINNER

DAY 3

  • 0800 AM BREAKFAST
  • 0900 AM KOWLOON PARK
  • SHOPPING
  • LUNCH
  • SHOPPING/CITY WALKING TOUR
  • DINNER
  • NIGHT MARKET

FREE TOURS IN HONG KONG

I love checking out free things to do in a city! I didn’t had the time to check these free tours but hopefully you can, and if it’s possible, leave a feedback in the comments section below!

Here are some of the free tours in Hong Kong I found online:

HONG KONG GUIDE AND TIPS

Airport: Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport) IATA: HKG

Climate:

  • October to April – mostly sunny but still with humidity; less chance of rain
  • April to September – hot, humid, rainy season
  • coolest temperatures are from December to February (but also the high season)

Socket used in HK: British three-pin rectangular blade plug (type G)

Tipping: Usually tip is already part of the bill in restaurants

Visa requirements: Filipinos are visa-free for up to 14 days. For the rest of the nationalities, you can check your visa requirements here.

Districts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, New territories, outlying islands

What to bring/pack: Sunscreen, foldable waterproof poncho/jacket, lightweight and breathable clothes, comfortable footwear, travel charger/adapter

How to get around: Local transportation is very accessible and easy in Hong Kong. But the most convenient and fastest is the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). There is also an Airport Express train connecting the airport to Hong Kong Island in just 24 minutes. Taxis are color-coded depending on the geographical area. Other options are the double decker buses and trams.

Octopus Card: Anyone who has been to Hong Kong will advise you to get an Octopus Card at the airport. You can use it not just for the MTR but can also be used in convenience stores, selected restaurants, supermarkets, vending machines, etc. We opted for the On-Loan Octopus Card, which has a refundable deposit of 50 HKD.

Where to exchange money: If you’re planning to exchange your Philippine pesos to Hong Kong dollars before you leave the country, do so in Sanry’s or Czarina’s. You can track the currency exchange using the XE Currency app. In Hong Kong, we had the experience of exchanging money in Chungking Mansions. Close to the exchange rate published in XE that day. Popular money exchange shops in Chungking include: Pacific exchange, Kin Shing Money Exchange, 7 Star, Real Forex & Remittances, and City Foreign Exchange. We exchanged US dollars to HK dollars. 

Water and ice: Fresh water is scarce in Hong Kong so they rely on mainland China. Although the HK government claims that the tap water is one of the safest to drink, they still advise to boil the water before drinking to dissipate the remaining chlorine from treatment. Must be also why establishments give hot or almost boiling water if you request for “service” water or tap water. Iced drinks are also usually more expensive than hot drinks.

Bottled water is a pricey commodity so buying in convenience outlets like 7/11 is not that advisable. Better buy water in supermarkets such as Parknshop and Wellcome.

Helpful apps and websites:

  • Discover Hong Kong‘s website is a treasure trove of information. Highly recommend to start here if you’re planning your trip.
  • Wifi.hk for finding free WiFi
  • MTR Mobile
  • My HK Guide


Why not add another day and go on a day trip to Macao? 

Click here for MACAO travel guide


Have you been to Hong Kong? How was your experience? 

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  • Arnav Mathur
    July 13, 2017 at 3:19 am

    All these pictures look so enticing, makes me want to hop on a plan and head out to Hong Kong today. I love how you have detailed out the major attractions and the itinerary with a time reference.

  • Tami
    July 12, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Wow! This is a great guide to Hong Kong. I took one look at your first photo and thought, “Hong Kong looks so big it must be intimidating!” But you gave us detailed information to make it much more manageable. Great job!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Yeah I was also intimidated when I checked the map of Hong Kong. But I knew that I couldn’t see the whole of it in just three days so I just concentrated on what I wanted to see most. 🙂

  • Suruchi
    July 10, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    A great post for 3 day trip to Hongkong and you have covered so many valid points. I too liked the highlighted tips and timings you have mentioned in your post. Your pictures are great and loved your Instagram feed too.

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you! Glad to hear the highlighted tips make an impact. 🙂

  • Kasia
    July 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Ohh my favourite city 🙂 When I was living in Shanghai I was visiting Hong Kong like every few months just to be there cause I love big cities. My favourite spots in HK are Ocean Park, Victoria Peak, Night Markets and cosmetic stores 🙂 Yeah, this is a perfect place for a shopping as well 🙂
    Now I will start to save some money for a trip to HK:)

    best,
    Kasia

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Ooh nice! I would love to be able to go back to Hong Kong again.

  • Dorene
    July 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I’ve only spent a day layover twice in Hong Kong – what a beautiful city! Surprisingly alot of parks and green for such a giant city. Thanks for the detailed itinerary I am definitely going to get back there and check out your suggestions.

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Yeah. I was also surprised by the amount of green space for such a cosmopolitan city. Hope we both get to come back to Hong Kong soon.

  • amit
    July 10, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Some really good info there, I would love to visit Hong Kong, hopefully I will get to do it on my next visit to Asia (Will be third visit haha)

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Hope you do. Hong Kong is one of the cities that are a must visit!

  • Jen Joslin
    July 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Great info! I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times, but haven’t done half the things on your itinerary! Next time I definitely want to ride in a cable car (maybe two 😀 ) and visit Lantau Island. Pinning this post to reference later!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks! Hope you get to experience both the Ngong Ping cable car and the Ocean Park cable car! 🙂

  • Karla
    July 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I absolutely loved the indian food in Chungking Mansions. I like how detailed you made this itinerary. I didn’t know that HK offered free walking tours, maybe I should do that on my next visit. Would be interesting to know more about it.

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Me too. Hope to experience more of these free city tours!

  • sherianne
    July 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I have not been to Asia and hae Hong Kong on my list so this is much needed information. Pinning for the future!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks ! Hope you get to Hong Kong soon!

  • Kristen
    July 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Your post is great! There is so much detail included. I really appreciate posts that go into this level of depth. I hope I can make it to Hong Kong soon!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you. I try to incorporate as much info as possible. 🙂

  • Lisa
    July 9, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I love Hong Kong. We have been there twice and still so much to see. Great tips.

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      So true. Every time there is a another place to see in Hong Kong.

  • Eric || The Bucket List Project
    July 9, 2017 at 3:14 am

    great post. I would love to ride the Cable Car Terminal headed to Ngong Ping Village and see the big buddah and the temple up there. The Victoria harbor looks amazing. Wish you had pics of the light show.
    As for all the shopping, I may skip that and just hang out in Ocean Park while Darcee shops without me

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Unfortunately, all my photos of the light show weren’t that good. I still didn’t have a good camera that time for night photography. But a visit to Ngong Ping Village via the cable car was surely an experience!

  • Kavey Favelle
    July 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    We went to Hong Kong for the first time, earlier this year, and we loved it. But sadly the Lantau cable car was closed for maintenance so we will leave that experience for a future visit. And I’m definitely doing to include Ocean Park next time, and that second cable car!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Aaww. I heard the Ngong Ping cable car has just opened again this July 2017. 🙂

  • Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    July 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Hong Kong is definitely one of my favorites cities in Asia. So diverse, alive and pulsing!

    • Darlene
      July 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      I so agree with you on that! Hong Kong is amazing. 🙂

  • Maša
    July 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I love how you included the whole itinerary with hours so I can tell how many time I’ll spend in one location! If ever visiting (I mean sure will :D)
    Love your Instagram, followed you there!

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