4 Days In Hong Kong Itinerary : Explore The Best Of The City

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Hong Kong is a dynamic and vibrant city with a lot to see and indulge in. This bustling metropolis, nestled along the southern coast of China, offers a unique blend of East-meets-West culture, stunning skyscrapers, delicious cuisine, and a rich history.

To be honest, Hong Kong was not at the top of my travel bucket list at first, but my mother’s desire to visit influenced my decision and finally we bought the flight tickets and then we were off to the city! 

I had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong a decade ago when I joined a tour with my family. This time, it was just me and my awesome mom, and we opted for a free-spirited, no-rules trip!

Having pretty much checked off all the touristy must-sees on our last visit, we decided to dive headfirst into the ultimate Hong Kong experience: shopping sprees and foodie adventures galore! It was a whirlwind journey filled with mouthwatering delights and retail therapy, giving us a taste of the city like never before!

In this 4 days in Hong Kong itinerary that covers Hong Kong and Macau, I will share from my own experiences and added some recommendations too.

Hong Kong Itinerary : Day 1

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong International Airport took about 4 hours only. We booked an early morning flight and arrived at Hong Kong at noon.

After passing the custom check and collected our luggage, we took an Uber ride to our hotel at Kowloon area. We then started to explore Hong Kong after checking in the hotel.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Our hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui area so it is very convenient for us to walk to the vibrant area of the city. 

Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its luxury shopping district and especially the Harbour City which is also known as the One-stop shopping paradise in Hong Kong.

It houses around 450 shops , comprising of luxurious brand stores and various restaurants. My mom and I spent about half day shopping in Harbour City before leaving the city.

Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong Airport

Lunch at Kam Wah Cafe

We had our first meal in Hong Kong at the famous local Cha-Chaan Teng which is a typical Hong Kong-styled cafe.

We visited Kam Wah Cafe and Cake Shop which is located at Mong Kok because it is one of the famous Cha-Chaan Teng in Kowloon area. When I searched for : Best Cha-Chaan Teng to try in Hong Kong, this cafe always popped up in the search result no matter I searched on Google or Little Red Book.

When we arrived, it was already crowded and full house. But the turn over rate was high and we only waited about 3 minutes to get a table. The interior of the cafe is the old school Hong Kong-styled cafe and very limited space. We had to share table with others.

We ordered their signature Polo bun and egg tart. The egg tart was good but the signature Polo bun was not to my liking. 

The Polo bun has a crispy crust outside but it is not fluff inside and the butter served was cold and hard. It might be a personal preference, I still prefer the Polo bun I had in KL. 

Along with the food, we also ordered HK-styled milktea and coffee. It tastes a little sweet to me but overall it is ok. 

Hong Kong food : Polo bun and egg tart
Signature Polo bun and egg tart

Strolling at Ladies' Market

After filling up our stomach, we went for street shopping. 

Mong Kok is a bustling area with a lot of shops and stalls selling affordable fashion items. We explored along the Ladies’ Market which spans about 1-km long on Tung Choi street. 

The market got its name as most of the stalls are selling women fashion items like cheongsam, T-shirt, handbags and accessories. To me , it felts similar to the Petaling Street back in KL but Ladies’ Market has more to offer. 

You can bargain with the vendors to get lower price. The street became more crowded when approaching the night. 

Ladies' Market in Mong Kok
Ladies' Market in Mong Kok

Eat Fu Hao Ice Cream

Hong Kong itinerary : eat Fu Hao ice cream
Hong Kong itinerary : eat Fu Hao ice cream

While strolling at Ladies’ Market, we came across with the famous ice cream truck which is called : Fu Hao Ice Cream (富豪雪糕). 

It is a must-try in Hong Kong and they have many trucks across different areas. So if you missed out in Mong Kok, no worry, you can still get it at Tsim Sha Tsui or other places. 

They serve 4 types of ice cream which are soft-serve plain ice cream and ice cream served in cups. It costs about HKD 12 for a soft serve ice cream with cone. My mom and I get one ice cream each. The taste is quite good and I think it hypes up because of its cool name as Fu Hao Ice Cream. As “Fu Hao” means rich guy in Mandarin.

Evening stroll at Avenue of Stars

Hong Kong itinerary : visit Avenue of Stars
Overlooking Victoria Harbour

After shopping at Ladies’ Market, we took an Uber ride back to Tsim Sha Tsui area. 

Avenue of Stars is a popular and must-visit place in Hong Kong. It is a promenade that overlooks Victoria Harbour. The place got its name because it is where they honour those who have made great contributions in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.

There are handprints and statues of the movie stars along this 440-metre long waterfront promenade. Hence, while strolling here, don’t forget to check out the handprints and names of your favourite Hong Kong movie stars and take a photo with it!

Besides the handprints, the light show that happens at 8pm every night is also one of the highlights that draw tourists upon. The Symphony of Lights show starts at 8pm every night when 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour are lit up with a laser multimedia display accompanied by music. It is pretty amazing that my mom and I watched it with amazed.

Handprints of celebrities on Avenue of Stars in HK
Handprints of celebrities on Avenue of Stars in HK

Hong Kong Itinerary : Day 2

The second day of our Hong kong trip brought us to Macau!

Macau is just an one-hour speedboat distance from Hong Kong port. So we decided to include a Macau one day trip in our Hong Kong itinerary.

After taking breakfast at Pacific Coffee in our hotel, we quickly headed to the Port at Shun Tak Centre and take the pre-booked TurboJet ride to Macau.

Arrival at Macau

The TurboJet ride was pretty smooth that day and we had a pleasant ride. After arriving at the Outer Terminal at Macau, we proceeded to pass through customs. 

Macau
Thousands of torii gates in Fushimi-Inari Taisha

Visiting Ruins of St. Paul's

The first stop of our Macau trip is to visit the popular sightseeing spot which is the Ruins of St. Paul’s.

We took a bus ride to the famous spot. When we arrive, there were already a lot of tourists and locals. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the remains of the 17th-century Church of St. Paul, once one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia. Only the intricate stone façade and grand staircase remain, making it an iconic symbol of Macau.

We visited during the Mid-Autumn Festival so there were additional mooncake and TangLung decoration at the heritage site as well.

Hong Kong Itinerary : The Ruins of St. Paul's
The Ruins of St. Paul's

After taking thousands of photos with the heritage site, my mom and I went for a food tastings and shopping for souvenir.

The streets in front of the Ruins are lined with charming shops selling Portuguese tarts, souvenirs, baked goods and many more local crafts.

We were indulging in the food heaven of Macau. The must-try  Portuguese tarts are very very good and I still craving it while writing this. Besides, the crispy pork jerky is also top-notch. I wish I could bring them back to Malaysia but too bad they couldn’t make it through customs. 

We bought some local baked goods as souvenir. Most of the souvenir shops on the streets there are Koi Kei Bakery. There were around 30+ Koi kei Bakery branches as I walked around Macau. So, if you happen to miss the opportunity to buy some delicious cookies, there’s no need to worry because you can easily find another store just around the corner.

Portuguese tart in Macau
Portuguese tart in Macau

Lunch At Tai Lei Loi Kei

Pork Bun is also a signature food of Macau. 

We went to Tai Lei Loi Kei for its famous pork bun for lunch. In fact, there are a few other stalls selling pork bun but my mom and I went for Tai Lei Loi Kei because it is the popular one amongst others. 

The pork bun actually tastes good and the pork chop was very juicy.

Head to Rua Do Cunha

After lunch, we took another bus ride to a famous street called Rua Do Cunha.

This is a street with food and restaurants. To me, it actually felt like walking at a street in Malacca. I guess it is because of the Portuguese influence in both of these places.

Rua Do Cunha is a street selling famous Macau street food. One of the must try is the Cafe Vong Kei.

The coffee with milk taste like the Hainanese coffee back in my hometown

Vong Kei coffee in Macau
Vong Kei coffee in Macau

Visit The Venetian Macau

After a few snack bites at Rua Do Cunha, my mom and I head to The Venetian Macau.

The Venetian Macau is one of the hotels with casino and shopping area. The name of the hotel implies, the whole hotel and shopping centre design concept are derived from the European city Venice. 

Other than Venetian Macau, there are also The Londoner Macau and The Parisian Macau. All of them are a small replica of the European country respectively. 

It serves as a great spot for photography, attracting not only visitors who come for the casinos and shopping but also those looking to capture stunning photos.

Hong Kong Itinerary : Day 3

Dim Sum Breakfast At Sun Hing Restaurant

The trip isn’t complete without having a typical Dim Sum breakfast in Hong Kong. 

So I googled a bit on the best Dim Sum to try in Hong Kong and I decided to try Sun Hing Restaurant.

Sun Hing Restaurant is an old-school Dim Sum shop and has been famous among tourist and local. When we arrived at the restaurant, it already had a queue outside. But we were lucky to quickly get a table for two person.

I guess people in small group are easier to get table faster based on my experience in Hong Kong.

Since it is a pretty small and narrowed-space restaurant, we had to sit at the table in front of the cashier.

Dim Sum at Sun Hing restaurant
Sun Hing restaurant

We ordered a few typical Dim Sum food like Shrimp dumplings, Chee Cheong Fun, Chicken feet, sticky rice chicken and chinese tea.

I quite like the tea as it was very refreshing. The shrimp dumplings were good too but the Chee Cheong Fun was not to my liking. 

Overall it was a good experience to try the traditional Dim Sum at a very traditional local Dim Sum shop in Hong Kong. The environment is a little chaotic as it was crowded with tourists. If you want to eat Dim Sum in a more peaceful and relaxing Dim Sum place, then this place might not be your go to spot.

Having Dim Sum as breakfast in Hong Kong
Having Dim Sum as breakfast in Hong Kong

Take A Stroll At Kennedy Town

As the Dim Sum place is located at Kennedy Town, my mom and I went for a stroll in this district for a while after the breakfast.

Kennedy Town has a very pretty and insta-famous walkway along the sea. There are people taking photos with the street and the view is really amazing. 

HK Kennedy Town
Hong Kong Kennedy Town

Take Ding Ding Car To Chung Wan (Central)

After strolling and photographing, my mom and I saw a station for the Hong Kong signature Ding Ding Car which is the tram in Hong Kong.

We were very excited as this Ding Ding Car is a signature vehicle and only can be found on Hong Kong Island. We took a few photo with it and then get on the ride to go to Chung Wan.

The Ding Ding Car goes from Kennedy Town up to Causeway Bay area and it only costs HKD 3 each ride no matter how long is your journey.

I personally feel it is the cheapest way to travel around, although it might be slower compare to other types of transport because it make a lot of stops in between. However, it is worth to try for a ride. It is like taking a tour bus to get the view of the entire city.

Ding Ding Car in HK
Ding Ding Car in HK

Shopping At Chung Wan

About half an hour from Kennedy Town, we got off the Ding Ding Car at a station in Chung Wan.

Chung Wan is the bustling business and retail heart of Hong Kong. This vibrant district offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition, where gleaming skyscrapers coexist with historical landmarks, creating a dynamic and captivating atmosphere.

The district is made up of hilly streets. So do prepare a nice shoes to walk around in the area. 

I like the vibrant vibe of the area. There are a lot of great restaurant, coffee shops, luxurious retail shop in Chung Wan.

 

Chung Wan (Central) is the retail heart of HK.
Chung Wan (Central) is the retail heart of HK.

Lunch At Yung Kee

Roasted goose is one of the signature dish in Hong Kong. 

There are several shops famous with their roasted goose in Hong Kong and I have saved a list to try out.

I planned to try the Michelin-starred roasted goose shop call Yat Lok but when I arrived there was a long line outside of the shops. We were very hungry at that time so we decided to turn to my second option : Yung Kee.

Luckily, Yung Kee is just around the corner. Yung Kee is also famous for its roasted goose but it is on the more expensive side so there was lesser queue at Yung Kee.

Overall, the environment, service and the cleanliness at Yung Kee is by far the best I had in Hong Kong. We ordered roasted goose with char siew. The roasted goose was good but I had had better char siew in KL so I would recommend it roasted goose.

Yung Kee restaurant
Yung Kee restaurant at Central.
Must try in Hong Kong: Roasted goose and char siew
Must try in Hong Kong: Roasted goose and char siew

Take Central Mid-levels Escalators to Tai Kwun

After our satisfying lunch, we went to take the Central Mid-levels escalators. This escalator is unlike any other escalators in Hong Kong. It is the world-record holder as one of the longest outdoor escalator systems that runs a total distance of 800m.

We took the elevator and went up to another sightseeing spot which is Tai Kwun (大馆).

Tai Kwun was a former central police station but had now turned into a contemporary art space. It hosts a wide range of art exhibitions, performances, workshops, and events, making it a dynamic centre for the arts in Hong Kong.

There are a few interesting shops selling creative craft and workshops. I personally like the bookstore in the Tai Kwun. It is special and full of art and design-related books. 

Take A Break At Cupping Room

The Cupping Room is quite a famous coffee shop in Hong Kong. It has several branches at different parts of Hong Kong.

We visited this one as it is close to the mid-levels escalators when we got down from Tai Kwun.

The space of the cafe is small but it creates a pretty comfortable environment. The coffee was good and I highly recommend it for either coffee or a chill tea time.

Coffee at The Cupping Room
The Cupping Room

Victoria Peak Tram

After the coffee, we went for Victoria Peak tram to go up to Victoria Peak for city night view from the top.

We pre-booked the ticket from Klook. However, when we arrived at the peak tram centre, there was a huge crowd lining up to get onboard. I think it was due to the tourists coming from China’s National Day holiday.

It was too crowded that in the end we decided to not go up.

Tried Bakehouse's Pastry

Bakehouse bakery in Hong Kong
The egg tarts are sold out.

We then went back to Tsim Sha Tsui district for some food. 

Since we were both still not very hungry yet, we bought some pastry from the famous Bakehouse Bakery as our dinner.

Bakehouse bakery is famous for its egg tarts. But we got there the egg tart was already sold out. We still able to grab some other pastry to eat.

Pastry at Bakehouse
Pastry at Bakehouse

Hong Kong Itinerary : Day 4

The last day of our trip took us to Mong Kok again.

Vintage Watch Shopping At Mong Kok

We grabbed breakfast at Pacific Coffee again at our Hotel Lobby. After that, we went for Vintage Watch shopping at Mong Kok because my mom was looking for vintage watch.

A vintage watch shop at Mong Kok
Shibuya Crossing

Shopping for vintage watches or luxury bags in Hong Kong is also one of the must-do activities.

In Mong Kok, there is a dedicated area with numerous vintage watch shops. However, when we visited during their National Day holiday, we discovered that many of these shops were closed. Fortunately, we stumbled upon Queen Watch in the alley of a compound.

At Queen Watch, we were pleasantly surprised to find a wide selection of luxury brand watches at reasonable prices. Among their offerings, we came across several charming antique watches from the 1970s.

The staff was very nice and friendly. We get to try out a few watched that we were eyeing on. If you want to buy from this shop, may prepare more cash to negotiate for better price.

Leaving Hong Kong

We bought an early evening flight. So after shopping for watch and lunch at a random Cha Chaan Teng, we were off to Hong Kong Airport.

 

Leaving Hong Kong.

Overall the trip was awesome !

One thing I regret is not being able to try out a few signature dishes in Hong Kong such as the Wanton Noddle, Fried Crab and many more.

So that sums up my 4 days in Hong Kong itinerary. Hong Kong is a great place with rich culture, amazing food and fun attractions. If you are first time to Hong Kong, 4 days is actually enough to explore the main attractions. If you plan to visit Disneyland and the Ocean Park, then you might need to spare another 1 to 2 days.

 I believe this 4 days in Hong Kong itinerary is great for a first timer too.

Hong Kong Travel Expenses

The living cost in Hong Kong is reportedly one of the highest among Asia countries. 

So the travel expenses in Hong Kong are also relatively higher compared to other countries in Asia. We spent around HKD 6000 for our 4 days trip, excluding shopping.

Accommodation : Accommodation in Hong Kong is not cheap. If you are looking for sharing room to save cost, a budget dorm room normally costs around HKD 300 -450 (40 – 55 USD) per night. However, if you are looking for privacy and a standard budget room in the city, you can still find a small hotel room that costs around HKD 1000 – 1800 (125 – 250 USD ) per night. We spent around HKD 1700 per night for our hotel room at The Royal Pacific Hotel.

Meals : Food in Hong Kong is generally more expensive than in my home country Malaysia. For a bowl of noodle, it costs at least HKD 70 (~8 USD).  If you eat in cafe, it costs around HKD 160 (~30 USD) for a meal. The most expensive meal I had in Hong Kong was the roast goose in Yung Kee restaurant which costs us around HKD 600 (~90 USD).

Overall, spare a minimum of HKD 600 (80 USD) a day for food in Hong Kong.

Transportation: I personally think that the transportation cost in Hong Kong is the cheapest among all other expenses. The bus costs HKD 6 for one ride. If you take MTR, it depends on how far you travel. Ding Ding car is the most cheap way to go around as it only costs HKD 3 for one ride.

To get very convenient, buy an Octopus Card from the airport or in advance online. You can use the Octopus card to tap in and out of the bus, train and Ding Ding car. And the Octopus Card not only can be used for transportation, most of the shops accept Octopus Card too!

So it is very convenient. You can top up your Octopus Card in MTR station.

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That’s it! It sums up my 4 days trip in Hong Kong including 1 day trip to Macau.

It was a fun and easy trip with my mum. Although the weather was hot, we both enjoyed the trip very much and hope to return again for more shopping and food. 

I hope this 4 days in Hong Kong itinerary helped you in planning your trip to the city too.