Hong Kong in 48 hours for the perfect weekend break

Hong Kong in 48 hours for the perfect weekend break
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This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

Whether you know Hong Kong better than your own hood back home, or you're walking into new territories, the city of Hong Kong (like Singapore) is incredibly easy to navigate.

Food and shopping destinations are everywhere, and so are the usual touristy spots, so Skyscanner has come up with a two-day activity-packed itinerary.

Book a cheap flight to Hong Kong, and pack your comfiest walking shoes!

Day 1

8am: Grab a green juice (or smoothie) and start the day with a hike

Unlike Singapore, Hong Kong has heaps of hiking gems. Sure, we all love the rooftop bars and secret dim sum spots but trust us, a hike in the morning will do you a lot of good.

Try the Dragon's Back Ridge, the Hong Kong Trail. This hike is popular and great for beginners, or for times when you don't want to completely tire yourself out for the day.

It's accessible and incredibly scenic, taking you from the stars in the Cape Collinson Cemetary through to a one to two-hour hike along a ridge overlooking Hong Kong Island.

You'll get killer photos for Instagram on this trip!

11am: Brunch time

We hope you've had time to head back to your hotel and have a quick shower because your day is going to be quite an adventure. We suggest trying Duddell's, a too-chic-for-words restaurant run by the JIA Group.

Their restaurant is stylish without trying too hard, and the food will have you dreaming about it for days.

For their weekend brunches, Michelin-starred Chef Sui Hin Chi dishes up all-you-can-eat top-notch dim sum, including Roasted Duck Dumpling with Preserved Vegetables, Crispy Pork Ribs in Sweet and Sour Sauce, and Drunken Chicken Wing.

You can check out the menu here. The best part? You can have your dim sum with free-flowing Perrier Jouet!

1.30pm: Time to chill out and spa

After all that feasting, maybe it's good for some downtime during your food coma. Head to The Ritz Carlton Spa by ESPA for a pampering treat for your senses. Try their Honey and Milk Urban Spa Body Treatment.

4pm: Take a Duk Ling ride

Owned and operated by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Duk Ling is an authentic Chinese Junk restored to its original design. Take an hour's trip around the harbour for just HKD100.

Tip: Ensure you have your passport on hand when you book your trip at the HKTB visitor centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.

5.30pm: Get an egg tart (or seven)

You can't leave Hong Kong without devouring egg tarts, so head to Honolulu Coffee Shop (176-178 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai), a diner-like eatery that dishes up perfect little slices of heaven. These egg tarts are light on the outside, and warm and wobbly on the inside - exactly the way they should be. Mmmm...

8pm: Dine in decadence

If you're looking for an indulgent night out with wall-to-wall champagne fridges, look no further than at Le Dôme de Cristal on the third floor of the Galleria on Queen's Road Central. If you're a wine or champagne buff, you're going to love this gorgeous haven.

11pm: Taste for a tipple

When you're looking for a tipple or three, the Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge will rub you the right way. We love that the co-owner, Max Traverse, whips up addictive cocktails using Asian fruits and market produce!

Day 2

10am: Dim sum in a hole-in-the-wall

We hope you got to sleep in after the day yesterday! Start your morning with authentic dim sum for breakfast at Dim Sum Square (88 Jervois St., Sheung Wan). Its plump, juicy Har Gow is made-to-order and probably one of the best you'll ever devour.

12pm: Check out a piece of history

Located in the new territories, you can find walled villages that resemble fortresses. These are settlements dated centuries ago, built by the Hakka or Punti immigrants. An area called Kam Tin is one of the best areas to visit for these settlements, and you can easily get to it via the MTR.

The most famous amongst the settlements is the Kat Hing Wai, built by the Punti people. They are the first settlers of Hong Kong and still reside there to this day. You can also check out the Sam Tung Uk Museum, another walled village which has been declared a historical monument. It has been completely restored and you can find visiting details here.

3pm: Get some pork in your belly

Time to add some char siew in your system before you leave for the airport. If you want something more high end, head to Fu Sing (1/F, Sunshine Plaza, 353 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai). You'll cry at the perfect marbling. It's that good.

4.30pm: Squeeze in a spot of shopping

If you're looking for vintage furniture, try General Store. You'll love the American and European mid-century industrial antiques.

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