So you only have about 72 hours in Hong Kong… Is it possible to enjoy yummy food and take in the sights? ABSOLUTELY! Here’s a list of things that you can do in Hong Kong within a span of 3 days…
1. Eat all the halal dim sum!
Well… you are in Dim Sum Land. So you DEFINITELY have to try out the authentic dim sum dishes, especially when it is halal! We only went to the one at the Islamic Centre Canteen as we stayed on the Hong Kong side of the island (not Kowloon) and it was quite near for us to walk. The dim sum dishes are definitely super yummy! Before the trip, I’ve never eaten chicken feet before but after that, I’d order the dish EVERY TIME I eat at Tang Tea House! Hehe.
Just looking at these pictures makes me want to eat dim sum!
How to get there: The Islamic Centre Canteen is situated in between two MTR stations.
From Wan Chai MTR Station
From Causeway Bay Station
#HHWT Tip: We made a mistake by going to the place on a Friday for lunch and it was EXTREMELY crowded (read: no space to even walk) as the guys have just finished their Friday prayers when we were eating. Do avoid eating lunch here on Fridays if you want to have a meal without all that jostling, shouting or sharing of tables.
2. Eat halal duck rice
Besides dim sum, you really need to try the duck rice at Bowrington Market! It’s not only halal but it’s also just a stone’s throw away from the Islamic Centre Canteen! (This is also the reason why I chose to stay on the main island instead of Kowloon Island – makan is very, very important to me. Hehe). Anyway, the stall also sells other food items like lamb curry rice but we didn’t have a chance to try it. My only wish when eating the duck rice? That it comes with some chilli sauce like our chicken rice!
# HHWT Tip: If you love spicy food (and can’t live without them), I would suggest that you try the lamb curry rice. Heard that it’s spicy! If not, just tahan and try the duck rice – it’s really yummy!
How to get there: Just a short walk from the Islamic Centre Canteen!
3. The Peak + Madame Tussauds
What better way to spend your day other than spending it up close and personal with your favourite stars, and get a great (bird’s eye) view of Hong Kong too? The celebrities might have a hard time responding to you though, since they are just wax figures. Hehe. Oh… it will also be an experience of a lifetime taking the iconic Peak Tram, which moves upwards on a 45 degree slope ?
View from The Peak. It was super windy that it was hard to keep our cameras from moving!
Okay, just me being shameless at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Hehe.
#HHWT Tip: We bought the Peak Tram Fast-Track combo tickets – it is cheaper than buying the tickets separately, and the queue is shorter too!
How to get there: Take the MTR to Central Station and exit from Exit J2. From there, walk towards the Bank of China Tower. Stay on Garden Road until you reach Lower Albert Road. Cross the road and turn left. Walk along the pathway surrounding the fountain and you will reach the Peak Tram Lower Terminus.
4. Visit Hong Kong Disneyland
Hands up if you grew up watching Disney cartoons and love them! *flails both arms* I mean… who doesn’t love them, right? And I finally get to meet them in person! Hehe. You’ll love everything about Disneyland, I promise. The fun rides, souvenir stores (WARNING: These will seriously burn many holes in your pockets), the availability of halal food and everything else.
# HHWT Tip: You definitely have to spend an entire day there – think of all that rides and stores and halal food that you need to conquer! However, you might want to avoid Disneyland on a holiday. We went on Christmas Day last year and it was crowded! But the good thing is… we got to watch the full beautiful and elaborate fireworks display at the end of a Disney day! :)
How to get there:
From Hong Kong Island
Take the MTR to Hong Kong Station. From there, take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station. Here, take the MTR on the Disneyland Resort Line for just a stop.
Take the MTR to Kowloon Station. From there, take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station. Here, take the MTR on the Disneyland Resort Line for just a stop.
5. Chillax at a café
If you love cafehopping like me, you’ll definitely love the cafés in Hong Kong! There are so many cafés in the different areas and their coffees taste awesome. Not just that, the latte art is very pretty too!
One of the cafés we went to is Hazel and Hershey. It is a quaint and cozy café and they have an outdoor seating area as well. Just a head up: this small café is situated on an upslope – you might want to prepare yourself for a little hike!
How to get there: Take the MTR to Central Station. Follow the directions below.
After some shopping in Mong Kok, we needed to a place to rest our feet and recharge! So glad to have found 18 Grams which serves good coffee with a cozy ambience.
#HHWT Tip: There are many other outlets around Kowloon and Hong Kong Island but this one would be the go-to-café if you are shopping around in the area!
How to get there:
We also went to Coffee Academics on our last morning for one last cuppa, as we had some time to spare before going off to the airport. So if you do have time, feel free to check out this gorgeous cafe!
Credit: coffee academics
How to get there: Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station and follow the directions below.
#HHWT Tip: There are a few outlets in Hong Kong Island itself but we went to this one as it was just behind the hotel we stayed at :D
Well… there you have it. All the things you can do in Hong Kong in 72 hours or less! Oh, if you’re hungry by the time you reach the airport, head over to the halal-certified OldTown White Coffee for hearty meals, ranging from curry chicken rice to nasi lemak with fried chicken!
Photos by Lisa Suherman