48 hours in Hong Kong: panoramic city vistas, beach sunsets and delicious dim sum
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Image credit: Julia Tet on UnsplashVictoria Peak is an unmissable viewpoint in Hong Kong. Whether you take the Peak Tram or climb to the top, you will be met with panoramic views of the city, the bay and beyond.
Image credit: Daniel ClarkFor night-time views of the city's flashing lights, hop across Victoria Harbour on the cheap Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. While there, you can walk down Nathan Road in all its neon glory or to the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok for some cheap retail therapy. Nearby Kowloon Park offers bright greenery, turtles and so many Pokemon Go players. Island sights For island sights, take a day trip to Lamma Island, a short ferry ride from mainland Hong Kong, for more luscious greenery and scenic beaches.
Lamma Island, Hung Shing Yeh beach. Image credit: Daniel Clark
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Image credit: Daniel ClarkHowever, be prepared to scale the 268 steps it takes to reach him. Lantau also houses Po Lin Monastery, great if you want a slice of history and regal architecture.
Image credit: Daniel ClarkFood Hong Kong’s renowned food scene does not disappoint. Dim Sum is a staple in Hong Kong. If you want to try the super cheap but delicious Michelin-starred Dim Sum, look no further than Tim Ho Wan. Char Siu Bao (buns filled with BBQ Beef) is the dish to look out for there.
Image credit: Daniel ClarkIt costs approximately 100 Hong Kong dollars (£9.80) to eat multiple dishes, desserts and a drink (including unlimited Hong-Kong style tea), so it is incredibly cheap. Other stunning dishes Hong Kong has to offer include Lo Mai Gai (steamed glutinous rice, normally with pork or chicken), a whole range of roasted meats including pork or duck, Wonton noodles and, of course, the famous egg tarts. Museums If you are the museum type, Hong Kong has one of the best. At the Museum of History, entrance is free and they run special exhibits from time-to-time. The permanent exhibition The Hong Kong Story tracks the region’s political, social, economic and legal history from the pre-historic period to the contemporary period. What makes the museum special is they have constructed buildings and sets for you to walk into, making you feel truly immersed in history. The exhibit displays information on the various Chinese dynasties, Japanese occupation, colonial rule and contemporary Chinese culture. Hong Kong is also home to various science and space museums, as well as maritime, art and heritage galleries. Whether you are looking to become one with the neon-lit sights or simply relax and sample the local cuisine, Hong Kong has something to offer for everyone, even in the space of 48 hours.