With a deep and bubbling melting pot of cultures, food to make even Gordon Ramsay’s mouth water, plus beaches, nature reserves, rooftop bars, a bustling atmosphere and more skyscrapers than any other city in the world, holidays in Hong Kong offer something for every traveller.
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Located towards China’s south coast, the metropolis is a wonderful fusion of east and west, with obvious Chinese influences coupled with those of its colonial heritage.
Rooftop bars on the popular Hong Kong Island are a staple of life here, ideal for travelling couples to soak up the ambience among stunning views, while Happy Valley Racecourse is also a great window into the Hong Kong atmosphere.
At night, be sure to set aside time to watch the spectacular light and sound show, A Symphony of Lights, best viewed from the Kowloon side of beautiful Victoria Harbour. Or, even better, book a cruise on the water for front-row seats.
Also on Hong Kong Island, keen hikers – and gluttons for punishment – can join the Morning Trail, a strenuous but exhilarating hike to the top of Victoria Peak. If you don’t fancy the walk (no judgement here!), simply hop on the Peak Tram which will whizz you to the top for breath-taking views across the city.
Culture vultures will love the traditional local markets, which can be found in abundance. But perhaps the best of all is the Temple Street Night Market, where you can browse and haggle the night away while munching on delicious street snacks like curry fishballs, siu mai or cheung fun.
Religion is also an important part of the culture, and Hong Kong holidays wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the elegant Man Mo Temple, the striking Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery or the towering Tian Tan Buddha, looming 112 feet over the Po Lin Monastery.
For family holidays in Hong Kong, an absolute must is Disneyland on Lantau Island. Join Mickey and Minnie on family-favourite rides such as Space Mountain and It’s a Small World, and experience the magic for yourself. On Hong Kong Island, kids will also love Ocean Park, which combines rollercoasters with a huge aquarium, as well as Giant pandas, Chinese alligators and other fascinating mammals.
If the pace of central Hong Kong is a bit much, tranquillity is just a 20-minute ferry ride away, awaiting on Lamma Island. Not only will you find a more chilled atmosphere and the glorious Shek Pai Wan Beach, there are seafood restaurants to die for. Some might say the perfect ‘plaice’ for seafood lovers (sorry!).
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