Destinations / China / Hong Kong
Hong Kong is without a doubt one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in Asia, if not the world. With a stunning skyline, fascinating history, superlative shopping and exciting nightlife all bundled up in a compact parcel - Hong Kong makes a perfect stopover.
Ride the impossibly steep funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak and marvel at one of the world’s great cityscapes. If sitting down is more your style, bag yourself a window seat on the historic Star Ferry which has been carrying passengers between the Island and Kowloon since colonial times.
Take a stroll amongst the forested hills of Lantau Island to the magnificent bronze seated Buddha, Asia’s largest. If even that seems a little energetic, back on the island let the world’s longest outdoor escalator carry you over half a mile to the cafes of Soho and the Antiques of Hollywood Road.
Once you’ve indulged your eyes it’s time for your stomach. Hong Kong is a gourmand’s paradise, home to Cantonese cuisine and the finest Pacific Rim and International dining gracing the plates of over 9,000 restaurants. Start your day with dim sum in the floating restaurants of Aberdeen. For lunch, the world is your oyster, perhaps grab a bagel in Soho, spicy fish cakes on the beach near Stanley Market or satay as you stroll along the harbourside. For dinner, there’s a host of eateries to choose from near the bars of Lan Kwai Fong, family-run restaurants galore in Kowloon and stunning meals with views to match at one of the many superb rooftop restaurants.
Hong Kong has raised shopping to the level of an art form. The Marbled atriums of central shopping malls host exclusive boutiques from the fashion houses of Paris, London and Milan in a refined air-conditioned atmosphere, whilst the malls of Admiralty and across the harbour at Kowloon’s ocean Centre are packed to the rafters with the latest fashions.
But, to really experience the heart of Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial spirit, though, hit the street. Wander amongst the songbirds and macaws at Yuen Pi or the exotic blooms of Mong Kok flower market. The night market at Temple Street is simply unmissable: neon hoardings hang over a scene of friendly bedlam as bargain hunters lock horns with smiling staff holders.