Hong Kong may be a financial powerhouse, but its rich cultural experiences, buzzing nightlife, incredible food and limitless shopping opportunities ensure it's not an all work and no play destination. Add to this a fascinating harmony between east and west as soaring skyscrapers watch over age-old Chinese sirens and modern cruise ships share the harbour with red-sailed junks, and it's easy to understand why Hong Kong is an experience of a lifetime.
Hong Kong is composed of 263 islands; however, its two main districts are Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, which are separated by Victoria Harbour.
Hong Kong Island is considered the heart of the territory with glistening skyscrapers backed by green peaks that tower over neighbourhoods dedicated to ancient Chinese medicine. Traces of British rule are still evident with English place names and double-decker trams. Kowloon offers an intoxicating mix of the very old and the strikingly new, teeming streets with tiny street stalls and incense-filled temples, all just minutes from upmarket hotels and fabulous boutiques.
For sweeping skyline views take a gravity-defying funicular tram to Victoria Peak, the island’s highest point. Back at street level discover the chic shopping and nightlife of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay; the bargains of Stanley Market; the curio shops hidden amidst the Western District alleyways; or pretty Repulse Bay beach and Aberdeen’s floating restaurants.
For priceless views hop aboard the historic Star Ferry for a bargain ride across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon. Here, the district of Tsim Sha Tsui is a bazaar of shops, stalls, markets and malls while neon-bathed Mong Kok includes the popular Ladies’ Market and a ton of shopping streets, some dedicated to a single product.
A world away from the city’s hectic pace are Hong Kong’s laid-back outlying islands, including Lamma, with its rolling hills, scattered beaches, quaint villages and walking trails; and Lantau Island, with the enormous Tian Tan Buddha, Tai O fishing village and Hong Kong Disneyland theme park.
Perfect as a standalone destination, Hong Kong is easily combined with a variety of Far East cities and beach resorts. Stopovers in the Middle East are also possible.
GMT +8 hours
Hong Kong Dollar
Flight duration: Hong Kong is approximately 12 hours (non-stop flights) from the UK.
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers. It’s a year round destination, however October to early December is considered the best time to visit.
An amazing one hour sightseeing journey aboard a unique 1920's style tram featuring an open-top upper deck and vintage cabin lower deck. Travels between Western Market and Causeway Bay (ticket only).
Enjoy a 90 minute evening cruise with unlimited drinks. See buildings on both sides of the harbour erupt in coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a synchronised 20 minute display to music.
This afternoon tour begins in Central for a tram ride. Stroll Bonham street and Cat Street with its antique shops and art galleries; see Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Road's strange mixture of shops and visit a cafe well-loved by locals.