The special administrative region of The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, has a lot more than what was seen in the news as protests, crackdowns, and violence in 2019 and 2020. Hong Kong is actually considered one of the most developed regions in the world and boasts the most expensive housing market. The region was formerly a colony of the British Empire and operates today under the “one country, two systems” principle that allows Hong Kong to maintain separate governing and economic systems than those in China. It is home to more than 7.5 million residents and welcomed in 2019 alone more than 55 million visitors.
Additionally, Hong Kong is considered the world’s global financial center. However, the region has a lot more to offer than business, finance, protests, and politics, and its marvelous attractions go beyond all its other features.
The Two Magnificent Options For Touring Hong Kong In 48 Hours
When reaching Hong Kong, visitors face two complex options to choose from. That’s because both choices leave people with a stream of unique attractions and destinations to visit inside the region. Visitors will have the chance to stay on the island or head to the area connected to mainland China on the other side of the water, known as Kowloon. Both sites are magnificent and beautiful with all their unique features and fascinating marvels. Hong Kong Island is more central and is close to the main attractions inside the city and to the business and financial vibe, where all the action takes place.
On the other hand, the local markets and authentic vibes are more prevalent in Kowloon. For those who prefer to stay away from the chaos of the city, booking a night at the new luxurious 5-star Kerry Hotel that overlooks the harbor would be a good idea. The Landmark Mandarin Hotel is another excellent option for those wanting to stay on the island. Other recommended stays include the Four Seasons hotel overlooking Kowloon and the giant Ritz Carlton reaching the clouds. There are a handful of 3-stars and 4-stars hotels located on Nathan Road in Central Hong Kong for those on budget.
- Cost: A deluxe king room with a city view for 2 persons at Kerry Hotel costs around $250 per night. This figure drops to around $60 for 3-Star hotels.
Hong Kong Is Full Of Magnificent Attractions, And It Has Mountains Too
The iconic Victoria Peak is a first must-visit unique attraction in Hong Kong. It consists of a mountain that overlooks the island with uninterrupted views of the Kowloon Harbor. Victoria Peak is full of multi-million dollar luxurious mansions that one can spend years admiring. Hong Kong is known to have one of the most expensive real estate markets globally, and the houses with the highest value are located on Victoria Peak.
After visiting Hong Kong’s iconic mountain on day 1, visitors can have a traditional lunch at a local Hong Kong eatery. Cat Street is a recommended place that offers Asian-Western fusions that give the food many yummy and extraordinary tastes. Cat Street also offers attractive souvenirs and cute local handicrafts. Although expensive, Hong Kong surprisingly provides a $1 ferry cruise from the island to Kowloon. Even if a visitor is not staying in Kowloon, the Star Ferry is a must-do to enjoy the serene views and dreamlike short cruise. Also, on day 1, visitors can walk along the Kowloon Harbor and enjoy the best city skyline views from the Avenue Of Stars.
Watching the sunset from that location while enjoying an outdoor picnic is highly recommended. Hong Kong is also known for its night markets in Mong Kok, Kowloon. Although cheap products and fake brand items, souvenir t-shirts, and other accessories are sold in those markets, it is still a fun experience to undertake while in Hong Kong.
- Recommended: Attending Temple Street Night Market and Ladies Market. Also, a good idea is to attend the market at Fa Yuen street, the Flower Market, and the Fish Market during the day.
The Marvelous Last 24 Hours In Hong Kong
On day 2 of the trip to Hong Kong, visitors are encouraged to escape the city center and admire the natural beauty and pristine beaches of the other side of Hong Kong. Those can be found in the region’s outlying islands. The first recommended island is Lantau, famous for its Bronze Buddha and ancient cultures and traditions.
Another one is Lamma Island that boasts marvelous nature views and crystal clear waters with magical beaches. In the evening, and when heading back to the city center, it is worth having dinner at the Ho Lee Fook restaurant, which operates in a barely lit basement and offers traditional Asian foods, tasty cocktails, and yummy sweets.