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Hong Kong in two days? It’s possible, especially because the city is so compact and public transportation is so efficient. Top of everyone’s list, of course, is quite literally that–The Peak–which at 1,811 feet is Hong Kong’s tallest mountain. Don’t bother taking the Peak Tram, however, if it’s at all foggy or smoggy, because you won’t be able to see a damn thing (mornings are generally a safer bet, but my general rule of thumb is that if you can see The Peak from Tsim Sha Tsui’s waterfront, you’ll have views from The Peak).
But there are plenty of other things to do in Hong Kong, including taking the iconic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, learning about the history of the former colony at the Hong Kong Museum of History, shopping for bargains at Stanley Market and the Temple Street Night Market, eating dim sum and embibing in a cocktail or two in a lounge with sweeping views of the harbor or slugging it out in the nightlife district of Lan Kwai Fong.
For more details of what to see in Hong Kong in two days and how to do it, see my two-day itinerary in BinduTrips.com:
Almost every time I’ve been in Hong Kong–and I can’t even count how many that would be over the past 30-some years–I’ve spent at least part of a day in Stanley, on the south end of Hong Kong Island. It’s
long been known for its market, meaning, of course, that it’s no longer the place to go for bargains. In fact, whereas years ago the market dealt only in clothing, over the past couple of decades souvenirs have crept into the mix–which can only mean one thing: tourists.
But although Stanley Market has changed, I still love going there. Part of it has to do with the wild ride to get there, best done in a double-decker bus that careens around corners and races over hills, gradually revealing glimpses of the South China Sea. The village of Stanley, long a popular enclave for expats, is laid-back and trendy, with good restaurants and a beach popular with families.
For more on Stanley, see this article in Global Traveler: