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Stay in our Hong Kong hotels and discover the self-proclaimed World City of Asia. Known for its peaks, skyscrapers and harbour, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Influenced by its Cantonese and British heritage, Hong Kong is now fast becoming the new tech hub of China.
Hong Kong was a British colony for around 150 years until 1997 and is now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The city has long been a trading hub and is currently one of the world’s leading financial centres. This history has created an amazing city of contrasts.
Whether you are travelling for business or leisure Hong Kong is sure to delight with its intoxicating mix of old and new, East and West, technology and tradition. However you want to play it, Hong Kong is the place for tamer tourists and eager explorers alike.
Hong Kong’s Top 10
10. Disneyland If you’ve come all this way, you may as well. But really? At your age?
5. Victoria Peak Hong Kong Island’s highest natural point and therefore the best place for a great view of the city and it surrounds
9. Temple Street Night Market Barter your afternoon away and relax with cheap seafood outdoors at night.
4. Avenue of the Stars Pay tribute to the ‘stars’ of the Chinese film industry, with a light-and-sound show.
8. Peak Tower Views, shopping and Jackie Chan at Madame Tussauds. Need we say more?
3. Tian Tan Buddha Literally a massive (23m), bronze statue of the big man himself.
7. Hong Kong Museum of Art Every city has an art gallery. But not every city displays modern Chinese Art quite like this one.
2. Apliu Street Market Get away from the shops and buy something old that you’ll keep forever.
6. Central Escalator The world’s longest outdoor people-mover. Did we mention it moves you past bars? Lazy drunks welcome.
1. Ocean Park Disneyland’s cooler older brother with scarier rides and an animal park. In your face, Mickey Mouse!
Hong Kong History
- Ping Shan Heritage Trail – Passes along some of Hong Kong’s most important ancient sights.
- Kowloon Walled City Park – Offers clues and remnants from the area’s colourful past.
- Man Mo Temple – Built in the 1890s, this temple is regarded as a must-see tourist attraction.
- Po Lin Monastery – Founded by three monks from Jiangsu province in 1906, the main temple building boasts three bronze statues representing the past, present and future Buddha.
- Tien Tan Buddha Statue – Standing outdoor at more than 250 tonnes and 34 metres in height, this big, bronze Buddha statue is the largest in the world.
Hong Kong Art & Culture
- Hong Kong Museum of History – Arguably the greatest museum in Hong Kong.
- Dialogue in the Dark - An exhibition that requires you to use your non-visual senses.
- Hong Kong Museum of Art - A fascinating venue exhibiting traditional ceramics and Chinese paintings, as well as contemporary art.
- Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences – Provides an insight into the way in which the healthcare system evolved from the use of traditional Chinese medicine to modern Western medicine.
- Hong Kong Science Museum – An interactive museum that is perfect for children.
Hong Kong Shopping
- IFC Mall – A popular mall, home to many luxury brand shops and a cinema. The mall also offers superb views across the harbour from its rooftop.
- Pacific Place – A huge shopping centre featuring high-end brands and a cinema.
- Festival Walk – A large shopping centre boasting expensive, brand-name stores and smaller chain shops.
- Langham Place – A 12-floor shopping mall containing trendy shops ideally suited to young adults.
- Laforet –A great place in which to find affordable yet fashionable clothes in Hong Kong.
Gay & Lesbian Hong Kong
- Temptation – A bar which prides itself on being a hip place for fashionable and arty lesbians.
- Virus (Secret) – Commonly referred to as the “girls’ bar,” lazy couches and a karaoke machine can be found here.
- The Works – A bar boasting a loud crowd with a dedicated cast of regulars.
- Volume – One of Hong Kong’s hippest gay clubs, attracting a mix of locals and tourists, all dressed to impress.
- Women Coalition – A local community group for lesbians, it holds regular monthly gatherings at the Rainbow Centre.
Hong Kong Outdoor
- Architecture Walk – A scenic walking tour organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
- Hong Kong Wetland Park – A tranquil park set amidst an ecological mitigation area.
- Tai Po Waterfront Park - The largest park in Tai Po District is home to a long promenade, a jogging trail complete with fitness stations and a 600-seat amphitheatre.
- Tuen Mun – Home to the popular Golden Beach and the Tuen Mun Kau Hui market.
- Mount Davies – Stroll up Mount Davies to witness the abandoned gunnery fortifications.
Hong Kong Sport
- Catch the Hong Kong Marathon if visiting in February.
- Check out the Hong Kong Sevens tournament if visiting in March.
- Discover dragon boat racing at the Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival), usually held in June.
- Delight in the action of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes, typically held in October.
- Enjoy live horse racing on Wednesday nights from September to June at Happy Valley.
Hong Kong Local
At the (you guessed it) centre of Hong Kong lies this forest of skyscrapers, stretching heavenward in a symbolic representation of the city’s ambitious industry. It is the business district of Hong Kong, but also contains a wealth of tourist attractions. A stroll through the district will have you craning your neck as you look towards the concrete canopy, but you’ll be rewarded by the sight of the Bank of China building, one of the tallest in Hong Kong.
Then just when the looming buildings and crowded sidewalks become overwhelming, you’ll stumble upon the bizarre inner-city oasis of Hong Kong Parkand the Botanical and Zoological Garden. Indulge your inner shopaholic on Li Yuen St East and Westfor a bargain or Cat Street and Hollywood Road for Chinese antiques. SoHo is the area within the Central district for restaurants and entertainment, so make sure you stop in for a bite. The locals call it ‘Rat Alley’, but don’t let that put you off.
Wan Chai is located on the North Shore of Hong Kong Island and is an intoxicating mix of business and pleasure, history and innovation, old and new. The Pak Tai Templeis a historical jewel in the region’s crown, as well as the Old Wan Chai Post Office, which is the oldest surviving post office in Hong Kong. Central Plaza, the second-tallest building in Hong Kong (if you’re impressed by such things), dominates the area.
Its Clock Tower light show (displaying four neon bands that light up, one at a time, every 15 minutes) seems gaudy and laughable first thing in the morning. But late at night, when the brain is buzzing on bar juice, well… it’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life!
And speaking of mind-boggling attractions… Happy Valley is a racecourse surrounded by city lights that draws gamblers in their thousands. Even if you’re not betting (and we recommend placing one for the sheer thrill of yelling yourself coarse at the fillies), the sheer excitement and bizarre spectacle of all those Hong Kong locals and mainland interlopers hanging hopes on horses is worth a look.
Looking out to the South China Sea, Hong Kong’s Southern District is a tourist’s haven of sandy beaches and, of course (would it be Hong Kong without them?) shopping complexes. Chinese and international tourists alike flock to Repulse Bay(which is, happily, much nicer than the name suggests), Deep Water Bay and Stanley. For a thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping experience head to Ocean Park, or check out the massive Stanley Marketand find all your souvenirs in the one place!
Hong Kong’s Eastern District was once a ramshackle bundle of fishing villages centred on Shau Kei Wan, which translates literally into ‘pail-shaped bay’. These days it is a metropolitan centre, proudly displaying its attractions along the Eastern District Tourist Trail. Shau Kei Wan Street East runs through the area, and while it is now dominated by sky-scraping apartment buildings, in the early 1900s it was a hideout for pirates.
Though you mightn’t catch a glimpse of Long John Silver (or even his Chinese brother, Long Chong Silver), you’ll be able to see some of the original restaurants and shops that remain from that era. The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is another important landmark to take in – and for a truly chaotic cultural experience, head down to the Shau Kei Wan Wholesale Fish Market and try to dodge scurrying and industrious traders, a cacophony of barked orders and hazardous flying shark fins.
Hong Kong Eat & Drink
Now listen up: Hong Kong is not all chicken feet and monkey offal (though if you do come across it and have a strong stomach, you should try it for bragging rights). It also plays host to some fine-dining restaurants, dinky food stalls, markets and a busy nightlife. Whether you’re starving and rich or puckish and poor, check out these hunger-busting haunts.
Petrus Bring that special someone for live piano and luscious French Cuisine. Romance provided.
Good Luck Thai Situated in the party district so keep the wine flowing.
Felix: Dress to impress and enjoy the wacky interior, stunning views and the world’s smallest disco! This is no place to Nutbush! Kowloon
Temple St Night Markets Sample from stall to stall then settle in for a beer by the harbour.
Nha Trang Cheap and chic perfection. You like Vietnamese? Pho sure!
Cafe Deco Situated on Victoria Peak, is it any surprise the views are the best around?
Luk Yu Tea House Crank your Dim Sum experience to the max.
Maxims Palace City Hall:Get ready to queue for the best traditional Cantonese buns in the city.
Café TOO Buffet Don’t eat breakfast. And leave the skinny jeans at the hotel.
Top Deck, at the Jumbo A floating restaurant! Chill on the water with live jazz and seafood so fresh it’s practically twitching.
Hong Kong Events
January/February brings a new beginning with Chinese New Year. Absolutely not to be missed if you’re partial to gold, red, dragons, lions, parades, fireworks or any combination of these things.
The Spring Lantern Festivalmarks the end of Chinese New Year and sees hundreds of coloured lanterns appearing across the city. Gorgeous.
March sees lots of men wandering around dressed in rugby shirts and drinking lots of beer. Why? The Hong Kong Sevens leg of the worldwide rugby union tournament is in town. Go for the rugby, stay for the entertainment, fall down from the beer.
Never say no to a festival! April brings us the Tin Hau Festival (The Fisherman’s festival) and hundreds of pimped-out boats into the harbour and around Tin Hau temples.
Lan Kwai Fong Beerfest parties its way through May with floats, bands and, well, beer!
Late May brings the International Art Fair, with artworks from over 250 of the world’s best galleries on display.
June 6 sees the world-famous Dragon Boat Festival. Get up early to secure a good position for the actual Dragon boat races. But even if you can’t be bothered doing that, there’s plenty of food, entertainment and an all-round party atmosphere which belies the reason for the festival—it’s all to commemorate Qu Yuan who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River in protest against corrupt rulers over 2000 years ago.
As July roles around, get your geek on for the Animation Comic Game Festival. Includes nerd-talk, gaming competitions and the mandatory trekkie set.
The International Arts Carnival pops up each August, featuring everything from circus acts to ice-skating to live comedy.
Hong Kong’s answer to Woodstock is in October. Rockit is Hong Kong’s only outdoor music festival.
Round the year off with the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes. After all those beers and chants you’ll need to rest up. Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
When To Go
The seasons are not exactly extreme in Hong Kong, making it an ideal year-round destination. Peak tourist time is autumn (mid-September to mid-December), when it’s generally warm and dry.
What To Miss
It’s considered OK to drop litter in the city (even though it feels so wrong!), but don’t dare dry a stunt like that on Hong Kong’s pristine subway system! Strictly no eating or drinking.
If you’re taking the bus, you need the right money. Don’t expect to be given change.
Sundays. For some Hong Kong residents it’s their only day off. Avoid the heart of the city and the Peak if you want to move any faster than snail’s pace.
Public transport is generally pretty efficient and safe in Hong Kong. Grab an Octopus card and get moving:
Bus. For longer trips there are a number of buses. Tickets from the airport to just about anywhere are around HK$30 to $40.
Trams. Ride the tram around the city or out to places like Happy Valley for only $2. It’s slower than the MTR but with beautiful views.
MTR. The world’s cleanest subway and with an automatic ticket sensor, you’ll get where you’re going and feel like a robot!
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