As always, Hong Kong is considered one of the most sought-after destinations among first-time Filipino travellers, even during winter. Together with your family or friends, the activities you can do here are limitless, not to mention oh-so-worthy of your vacation leaves! One attractive feature when travelling to Hong Kong is its proximity from and to the Philippines, which is just around 2 to 3 hours via plane. There are plenty of cheap flights from Manila to Hong Kong, including the ever-reliable Cathay Pacific. Plus, hotel accommodations are abundant.
Now, it’s high time to have everything set before hopping on the plane. To guide you with the art of Hong Kong exploration, here are some winter itinerary ideas you can take part in a 4D3N travel.
Day 1: Have fun at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Bringing your family to Hong Kong’s most-loved Disneyland Resort is among the top choices on the list. This usual go-to activity among tourists is filled with lots of attractions, including Mickey and Friends Christmas Ball and Holiday Wish Moments. Watch all these spectacles together with your children and embrace the whole Disneyland feels of the resort. Then, make sure to catch A Magical Twilight Snowfall with the entire bunch. Well, you’re never too old to be childlike and carefree!
Don’t forget to have a playful time with Santa from Holiday Wish with Santa Goofy. Then, wrap it all up by meeting Disney characters at the Main Street!
Day 2: Experience a Snowy Christmas at Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 is an experience that will last long on your Hong Kong trip memory. Series of activities are waiting for your arrival here. Cable car rides, for one, are great transportations to take you to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. The renowned aerial lift offers an extensive view of the island. And while you’re at Ngong Ping Village, you can stop time and watch outdoor snowfall in the village.
In about five-minute stroll in the village, you’ll arrive at Po Lin Monastery. Drop a visit to its Po Lin Monastery Kitchen, which offers a fine dining experience. Then, wander around Tai O Village, a serene place of traditional houses and fish-culture. This inviting village in Lantau Island is also loaded with gastronomic options. So, relax and taste the novel dishes and flavors set up by Tai O Crossing Boat Restaurant.
Day 3: Take coastal bike ride & enjoy Hong Kong Light Art Displays
Bike rides are largely celebrated in Hong Kong. Make the most out of your 2.5 hours in the city and trail along Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk. Break up the long journey and replenish at HK Science Park, Tai Mei Tuk, and Pak Shek Kok Promenade―the latter two offering barbecuing stations for an ultimate food trip. If you’re interested in cycling, however, make sure to pack all the essentials. Stay safe and relax by following the road sign rules and making familiar with the route.
At the end of the day, you can witness the sunset and A Symphony of Light and Hong Kong Light Art Displays. This is an enthralling scene of the cityscape admired by locals and tourists. LEE Lo Mei, on the other hand, sums up the whole Hong Kong culinary culture. It’s a must-visit spot for a taste of the East and West flavors as well as traditional and innovative culinary dishes.
Day 4: Reach the Victoria Peak & attend a concert
Never miss the grand Victoria Peak―Hong Kong’s very own hill that delights travellers with splendid city views. Travelling to this celebrated hill is always a worth-it decision. The place perfectly reflects the beautiful melange of Hong Kong’s natural and man-made wonders. Ride the Peak Tram and take a sight of the spectacular 360-degree cityscape from Terrace 428 Sky―the highest viewing platform in the city.
Aside from that, another ideal way to spend your fourth day in Hong Kong is by having nature walks near the famous Peak. Walk your way through the Mount Austin Road, Hong Kong Trail, Victoria Peak Garden, and the Pok Fu Lam Country Park. After a day of nature strolls, you are rewarded with panoramic and high-end restaurant options such as Wildfire+, Lu Feng, Fujiyama Mama, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co Restaurant & Market. These are all popular destinations offering world-class food scene and choices. Taking your final stop shouldn’t be less fancy and fun.
If you’ve got a thing for music and festivals, cap off your four-day itinerary plan by immersing in the city’s night activities and finest concerts. To give you a heads up, ALTN8, Hong Kong’s most popular electronic dance music festival, will transpire this coming November 24, 2018. Also, if you’re a die-hard K-pop fan, the Mnet Asian Music Awards on December 14, 2018 is one for the books.
After a straight night out, The Drunken Pot, along with Hing Kee Restaurant and Yuen Kee Dessert make a fancy option to spend dinner with the family and friends. And you don’t have to worry because most of these restaurants are open up until midnight.
In a nutshell, there’s more to Hong Kong than its famed Disneyland wonders. But of course, that’s one thing that every touring family and friends shouldn’t dare miss. So, if you’ve got more questions about Hong Kong, check out the Discover Hong Kong and see the overflowing offers for Philippine travellers.