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3 Days in Hong Kong: The Best HK Travel Itinerary

3 Days in Hong Kong: The Best HK Travel Itinerary

Planning a trip to Hong Kong and unsure about what to do? This three-day itinerary shows you all the best things to do in the city.

Hong Kong had always fascinated me with its bright lights, unique heritage and ornate temples, and I was eager to experience this alluring culture for myself. 

As a child, I remember the home of a Chinese friend being adorned with pictures of Hong Kong, ornaments, tea sets and fabrics. All these objects interested me, and I hoped that one day I would get the chance to experience them for myself.

Finally, during my epic round-the-world trip, I made it to Hong Kong and was ready to immerse myself in everything it offered me during my three-day visit.

In this 3-night Hong Kong itinerary, I highlight the main tourist attractions in Kowloon and Hong Kong island to visit during your time in Asia. I hope it will inspire you to visit the city yourself.

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Getting from Hong Kong Airport

Hong Kong airport is a 30-minute journey to Kowloon if the traffic is good; otherwise, it can take significantly longer. Book your airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

There are other public transport options, but for me, a taxi is the easiest way to get to your hotel.

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Divided into two main areas, Hong Kong Island is the home of Victoria Peak, while Kowloon is the home of modern culture and the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. I had chosen to stay at the 5* Royal Garden Hotel Kowloon as it was only a block from the waterfront, and I wanted the iconic view back across to Hong Kong Island.

Three-Day Hong Kong Itinerary

Day One in Hong Kong – Morning

  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
  • Avenue of Stars
  • Peninsula Hotel
  • The HK Museum of History
  • The Clock Tower
  • Star Ferry Pier

As our hotel was on the waterfront in Kowloon, our first stop was the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. This iconic promenade contains the Avenue of Stars, the History, Art and Space museums and a cultural centre. Its main feature is the fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline towering over Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong Skyline.

The Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and honours Hong Kong film industry celebrities.  It features a statue of Bruce Lee, one of Hong Kong’s biggest stars.

The Peninsula Hotel is worth visiting to say you have been! From the supercars on the drive to the high-end jewellery shops inside, it is clear that this is a rich man’s playground. You can have coffee and cake in the lobby, but if you feel underdressed, just look around and vow to return another time in a more befitting outfit.

The Hong Kong Museum of History is located along the waterfront and immerses you in the history and culture of Hong Kong.

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

Star Ferry Pier is where you embark on taking the ferry across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island and near the Clock Tower.  

It is famous for having been in service since 1888, and no trip to Hong Kong would be complete without experiencing what National Geographic describes as “one of 50 great journeys to take in a lifetime.”

Green and white ferry in Hong Kong.

Shopping in Kowloon

Once we left the waterfront, we headed into the main streets of Kowloon. The shops here sell everything you could imagine and sit beside sky-high blocks of flats.  

Shopkeepers will inundate you with offers to make you a suit. Every other shop seemed to be a tailor, so we had no escape. Tell them firmly, “No thank you”, and you will be left alone unless a bespoke suit is something you want!

Day One in Hong Kong – Evening

Take a Cruise in Victoria Harbour at Night

We booked an evening trip on Hong Kong’s only original 3-mast Chinese junk with  The trip sails around Victoria Harbour in time to watch the Symphony of Lights show every evening.  

Constructed in 1955, the Dukling was used by fishermen as a place of work and also as a home. There are other similar-looking boats in Victoria Harbour, but this is the only original one, and when you step aboard, it feels like you are experiencing a piece of Hong Kong’s history.

We weren’t as impressed with the Symphony of Lights as we had hoped, as we felt that this was no match after visiting Singapore, where the light shows are amazing.

After enjoying a cruise around the harbour, I recommend visiting one of Hong Kong’s rooftop bars. Sip a cocktail and enjoy Hong Kong’s night skyline from a unique perspective.

Day Two in Hong Kong – Full Day

On day two, we travelled from Hong Kong to Lantau Island. We stopped at a beach, saw the Big Buddha statue, enjoyed a vegetarian lunch in a monastery and visited a floating village. It was a great day out, which you can read about in my post: Lantau Day Trip From Hong Kong.

Day Three in Hong Kong – Morning

Today, we decided to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon across to Hong Kong Island and explore what the other side of the harbour had to offer. Our first stop was to visit Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram.

When we arrived, there was a long queue to get on the tram, and in the heat of the day, it was quite an uncomfortable wait.  

I would recommend having plenty of water with you.  After much pushing and shoving, we finally reached the front of the queue and boarded the tram to make our way up the hill.

Take a ride on famous Peak Tram

One of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, the tram rises to 396 metres (about 1,300 feet) above sea level.

It goes quite fast, and you are at a real incline in your seat as it goes up the hill, so the buildings you pass look like they are leaning.  

As the residents still use this tram to reach their homes, you get to stop a couple of times during the journey should you wish to get off and walk the rest of the way.  We chose to stay in our seats!!

Red tram going up the hill in Hong Kong.

On top of The Peak

Before you can get out to the viewing platform of the Peak, you have to walk through an entertainment complex including Madame Tussauds, a 3D photo area, many food outlets and souvenir shops.  

My son, who was travelling with me, had promised to bring something back for his friends, so we seized the opportunity to buy 15 (yes, 15!) golden cats with waving paws, the Chinese symbol for luck. It’s worth bargaining for as we got quite a few souvenirs at low prices.

We exited the complex and were blown away by the iconic view that confronted us. Seeing the city spread out below us was one of the reasons we wanted to visit The Peak. Once we saw it, we understood why Hong Kong is one of China’s best places to visit.

Aerial view of Hong Kong skyline and harbour from The Peak.

We wandered around The Peak, taking in all it had to offer.

There is a walking track that we started to investigate, which leads all around the Peak. There are maps on the walls to tell you where you are going. It’s good to see some original houses dotted around despite everything else being so modern.

Step inside the historic Man Mo Temple

Our next stop was to be Man Mo Temple. We took a taxi and headed to Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s first street.

One of Hong Kong’s oldest and most acclaimed temples is between the towering skyscrapers along this iconic road.

Constructed in 1847, the Man Mo Temple pays tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). It is one of the top temples to visit in Southeast Asia.

The thick smoke took my breath away when we entered, and I couldn’t stop coughing!  Giant incense coils line the roof, having been lit and hung by worshippers. They are considered food for the spirits and purification of the surroundings.

Make sure the temple is high on your Hong Kong itinerary. It is a fascinating place to visit and steeped in tradition and beliefs.

After World War II, Hollywood Road and its surrounding streets became the centre for antiques and curios and remain the same today.  

We looked in the shops and found a curio store, a treasure trove of antiquities. Inside it was dark and dusty and felt almost magical. We wondered just what stories these objects could tell us.

We also came across carvings made from Mammoth tusks! Where were they getting these protected items from in the 21st century? Surprisingly the answer was Siberia.

From tusks buried deep in the ice, intricate carvings are crafted from ivory. The sculptures are beautiful but come with a hefty price tag.

A puzzle ball made from ivory.

Day Three in Hong Kong – Evening

Search for the Street Art

We wandered along the adjoining roads towards the world’s longest escalator, the Central Mid-Level Escalators.  

One of the unique things to do in Hong Kong is to see the city’s street art. On our way to the escalators, we noticed how much street art was around us – not something we had read about in the guidebooks.

There are many Asian cities where you can see street art, but for some reason, I was surprised to see so much of it in Hong Kong.

wall mural of blocks of flats.

Ride the famous mid-central escalators

We finally reached the famous mid-central escalators and entered them to take a ride to the top. It is a long way to the top because they are the longest escalators in the world. Don’t worry; you can exit at different points to visit restaurants and bars!

When we arrived at the top, we realised the only way back down was to take the hundreds of steps. Needless to say, we jumped into a taxi to take us back to the port.

We caught the Star Ferry back to Kowloon and agreed we had experienced a perfect 3-nights in Hong Kong.

Ferry crossing the harbour at sunset in Hong Kong.

Our incredible 3-day adventure had finished, and we would leave Hong Kong with fond memories along with ten gold lucky nodding cats, a silk kimono, incense sticks, silk make-up bags and hundreds of photos!

Conclusion of Hong Kong and Kowloon

What month did I travel? March

How was the weather? It was hot and dry.

Would I recommend the hotel? Yes, the Royal Garden Kowloon offers 5-star luxury.

Would I recommend three nights in Hong Kong and Kowloon? Yes, it is worth visiting Hong Kong and Kowloon. They both have a different vibe, which is good. Kowloon is modern with its ultra-sleek museums and luxury hotels, while Hong Kong Island is more traditional. A trip to Lantau Island should also be included in your trip itinerary.

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Sunday 21st of June 2020

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Thursday 26th of March 2020

Hong Kong is a beautiful city to visit. Its skyscrapers and star ferry pier look impressive. I love that well-made statue of Bruce Lee in action! Your pictures are stunning. :-)


Thursday 26th of March 2020

Hong Kong was definitely an assault on the senses and somewhere I am pleased to have visited. So much to see and do including the Avenue of Stars where the Bruce Lee statue takes pride of place


Friday 31st of January 2020

Yes, we were lucky that we had clear blue skies as I believe it can be very foggy up there. I guess we travelled at a good time of year. I hope you get there one day.

Wendy Lee

Friday 31st of January 2020

I've been to Hong Kong twice, but never explored the street art--what a great idea! But this city really does have lots to see. I also enjoyed the food in Hong Kong, I could eat dim sum all day.


Friday 31st of January 2020

It is such a city of contrasts and I got hooked on noodles !


Thursday 30th of January 2020

Great post! I've wanted to go to Hong Kong for a while now as I love the combination of different cultures, modern skyscrapers and historic buildings. It looks like such a fascinating city to visit!


Thursday 30th of January 2020

Yes it certainly is 😃