A place that’s packed full to the brim of history and character, Hong Kong definitely isn’t short on things to do.
Home to more luxury shopping malls than the likes of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw could even dream of, Hong Kong sure knows how to sate the appetite of the most ardent of shop ‘til they droppers. But it’s not just its high-end international offerings that will keep you busy, come nightfall the more authentic pull of a street market bargain will be sure to lure you in too. Make sure that you’ve left room in your case, because once those bartering skills are perfected, you won’t be able to stop yourself.
Facing the island’s mainland counterpart, Victoria Harbour is somewhat of a shimmering poster child when it comes to Hong Kong attractions. Whether having drinks with a view at one of many rooftop bars, soaking in the sights of the nightly Symphony of Lights show or riding the renowned Star Ferry, Victoria Harbour’s myriad highlights are all part and parcel of a classic Hong Kong visit.
Perhaps one of the city’s most unusual attractions is its escalators. The world’s longest covered escalator ride epitomises Hong Kong’s frenetic feel – it’s a bit different to hopping on London’s District Line, that’s for sure. Traversing 800 metres of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and landmarks, and taking around 25 minutes to complete from start to finish, this is possibly one of the most interesting ways to take the diverse city in your stride.
For a quick temple fix, Man Mo Temple is your best bet. Expect all the glamour of Qing Dynasty architecture, including traditional wooden carvings, gilded murals and enough heady incense wafting through the air to make you cough. But really, a visit here is all about exploring the slower, spiritual side to this intriguing region. Plus there’s even a resident fortune teller – a traditional practice in Taoist temples.
To take it all in, with one magnificent sweeping view, head up to the islands highest point: Victoria Peak. From here, the urban sprawl of the city’s neon lights is neatly framed by ancient peaks dressed in a jungle-esque verdure – all that’s left for you to do is amble your way along the Peak Circle Walk and revel in one of the best cityscape views in the world.
But it’s not all just city delights. Head out to Aberdeen Harbour for an authentically Asian floating fishing village, or Repulse Bay for a beach resort with a hint of razzle-dazzle. Yep, we said beach resort. And Repulse Bay isn’t your only option either, hike the formidably named Dragon’s Back and you’ll be rewarded with all the white-sand splendour of Tai Long Wan’s four secluded bays.
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A far cry from its Scottish port town namesake, this harbour epitomises Hong Kong’s mishmashed culture and contemporary collisions. Highrises rear their modern heads over a busy fishing harbour made up of traditional junks and tourist luring sampans – here, you’ll find everything from floating restaurants to floating markets.Discover more
Repulse by name but certainly not repulse by nature, this bay is where it’s happening according to China’s in-the-know billionaires. Featuring a smattering of Hong Kong’s trademark swanky skyscrapers backdropped by picturesque undulations and skirted by powder white sands, say hello to the islands most popular beach resort. Think glitz, glamour and a distinctly trendy buzz.Discover more
A hidden gem, Hong Kong’s best kept secret and all the other cliches that you can think of. Yep, we’re going there, because Tai Long Wan is worthy of them all. This coastline, comprised of four white-sand bays is the side to the skyscraper island that you don’t hear about – a tranquil escape from Hong Kong city’s madness awaits.Discover more
Welcome to the heart and soul of Hong Kong, a.k.a. Victoria Harbour. A sight that you’re 99.9% sure to already be familiar with, this is a landmark that won’t disappoint. Managing to have more of a wow factor in person than in pictures, Hong Kong’s headline act really is quite something. From its nightly Symphony of Lights show to the neon buzz that sums up this destination as a whole.Discover more
Claiming the title as Hong Kong island’s highest point, Victoria Peak provides vistas that are set to wow. Home to the region’s rich and famous, think an upmarket spot that offers sweeping views of both the urban and leafy jungle that makes up the mega metropolis that is the most frequently visited city in the world. This is how to see Hong Kong.Discover more
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