By our guest blogger Jo Starr
There are some places you want to linger in forever – and others that are made for a quick-and-crazy stopover.
Hong Kong is the perfect springboard for so many other places in China as well as Asia more generally and you can cram a lot into 48 hours.
It’s a manic and fun city where you constantly feel like you’re in a back street – meaning it is easy to miss out on some of the best spots.
First on all, a trip on the star ferry gives you a great sense on the island – as well as a bit of breathing space. It’s so easy to get around and I love staying on the Kowloon side because you get the best views of the island, particularly at night.
TST mall in Kowloon is the perfect place to invest some serious HK dollars, and you can recover from a morning of shopping over afternoon tea at the Peninsula – surely the most indulgent way to spend a Hong Kong afternoon.
While you’re on the Kowloon side it is worth lingering over drinks at the Intercontinental where you can watch the illuminations – the whole of HK island is lit up at 8pm every night and is a really fun spectacle. Nobu’s HK outpost is housed just upstairs at the Intercontinental, making it the ideal spot to make a night of it.
Back on the island itself, you can’t walk more than a few metres without finding something to eat.
A daytime stroll around the mid levels will provide plenty of inspiration for lunch – with some great shopping opportunities too.
For a day trip further afield head to Stanley market there are great places for bargain hunting and escaping the humidity in the city, and a trip up the peak offers brilliant views, although you need a strong stomach for the steep train ride up there!
Take your time watching the sun set with 360 degree views at the rooftop bar at Wooloomooloo (what a great word!), and then head underground for some of the tastiest and most creative dumplings you’ll ever have at Mott 32 – the decor is glam and the crowd is there for a good time.
For something more traditional, the BBQ suckling pig at Seventh Son is a must. Combine it with a night at Happy Valley Races to see both sides of the city – old and new. Ho Lee Fook (geddit??) is another recent addition to the restaurant scene and is already a firm favourite.
You could find endless things to do in Hong Kong – but with a bit of planning you can see all the highlights in 48 hours and you’ll certainly never go hungry!