Formerly a British colony, Hong Kong is a city forever driving towards a more independent future, yet also proud of its diverse past. In a hub of food, culture, finance and history, Hong Kong holidays are simply unmissable. A Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, Hong Kong has opened its doors to the world for centuries, and not for nothing is it styled as ‘Asia’s World City.’
Obsessed with food, the residents of Hong Kong gorge themselves on an endless variety of world-class Cantonese and global cuisine. These range from the steamed dim sum of yum cha halls to peerless Michelin-star restaurants with vertigo-inducing views of the glimmering South China Sea. Holidays in Hong Kong are a shopper’s paradise, with world-famous brands selling the latest in cutting-edge clothes, accessories and jewellery. The city’s western influence is revealed in the Catholic churches and British-style schools which sit side-by-side with Chinese temples and Buddhist shrines.
Hong Kong holidays will make you love to party, and you’ll never forget the spectacular fireworks that explode above the harbour on Chinese New Year. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament in March is another big crowd-drawer, and music festivals like Clockenflap and Secret Island Party indulge the city’s fun-loving tendencies. In the bars of Central and Wan Chai, locals rub shoulders with foreign travellers and ex-pats. If you’re after something more cultural, then Cantonese opera should do the trick, as will a visit to one of the city’s museums. Take the ferry to Lamma Island to find some incredible seafood, or walk the nature trails of Lantau and Sai Kung to reveal Hong Kong’s dramatic landscape.
Holidays in Hong Kong also allow you to visit a number of world-class museums, from the Maritime Museum to the HK History Museum, along with some impressive colonial-era buildings. Take a flutter on the horse racing at Happy Valley, before some late-night shopping in the bustling Causeway Bay district.
The world's longest outdoor escalator is in Hong Kong. Connecting the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island, the escalator makes walking up hills light work! The iconic Bank of China Tower can also be visited, for some outstanding views over the city as well as the Central Plaza building.
Hong Kong has some amazing shopping markets and districts where you can pick up all kinds of oddities and souvenirs. Cat Street market is well known for its antiques, and the Chun Yeung Street wet market offers an array of unusual fruits vegetables and seafood. For more familiar shopping malls visit the Cityplaza or Fashion Walk which has many European and Japanese high street brands.
Chinese New Year is celebrated widely across Hong Kong, as well as the unique Duanwu Festival or Dragon Boat Festival celebrated in June, where people will race each other in dragon boats down the river. As well as traditional festivals, Hong Kong also hosts film and music festivals as well as the Hong Kong Open Championship golf tournament.
The Man Mo Temple is a highlight of Hong Kong and is a temple for the worship of two gods, Man Tai and Mo Tai. There are several in the city and they are all uniquely decorated. Visit Kowloon city too, which was once home to a walled city, which was so densly populated that hardly any sunlight hit the centre of the town. Demolished in 1993, visitors can now see the preserved yamen building and remnants of the city gate.
Lantau Island was previously a fishing island, but has recently become more built up with the construction of Disneyland Hong Kong, the international airport and Ngong Ping 360, a cable car connecting the island to Tung Chung.
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There are many beaches in Hong Kong including Big Wave Bay, which is perfect for surfing. The Victoria Peak which you can ride the Peak tram to the top offers outstanding panoramic views over Hong Kong, as well as a variety of shopping precincts at the top.
Take a trip on the Star Ferry and explore the Victoria Harbour, or go swimming on one of the many pristine beaches in the area. You can also try fishing or surfing on the beaches, or simply wander around the town taking photos of the amazing architecture in the city.
Holidays to Hong Kong are great for couples and offer many romantic spots. The Victoria Harbour offers panoramic views of the city as well as a cosmopolitan nightlife. You can take a trip on the star ferry to view the harbour in full as well. Hong Kong also has a range of beaches, many of which are often secluded, like Repulse Bay.
Visit the Happy Valley Racecourse which has twice weekly horse racing, and also be sure to go to the Ladies' Market and pick up some unique bargains. The Avenue of Stars is also popular, and is situated on the Victoria Harbour. It celebrates Hong Kong's famous movie stars including Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
The best nightlife in Hong Kong is in the heart of the island. There are plenty of nightclubs, karaoke bars, and restaurants to enjoy. Because of the UK's rule over Hong Kong for over 100 years, the region is an area where East meets West and as such, there are many familiar nightlife spots in the city.
The Renaissance Harbour View is situated on top of the Hong Kong Convention Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront and offers guests a luxury stay overlooking the Victoria Harbour. There is a heated pool on site and each room is decorated in a modern style with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable.
Hong Kong holidays offer the perfect family break. The main attraction for families with young children is Disneyland, which is the newest of all the Disney theme parks, having only opened in 2007. Hong Kong also has a range of family-friendly beaches, so you can spend a day at the beach too.
Take a trip on the Peak Tramway for fantastic views across the region. The tramway was opened in 1888 and takes travellers to the upper levels of the city. When you reach The Peak, you will find a huge shopping centre as well as a Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum.
Hong Kong is a crazy hub of activity, with cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and nightclubs on offer. For something more relaxing head to Lantau or Cheung Chau, which is more family friendly, or try Hong Kong Island for a memorable and exciting evening out.
Stay at Disney's Hollywood and you will be situated only 15 minutes away from the theme park. The hotel is Disney themed throughout, and there is a swimming pool on site in the shape of a piano. The hotel also has a Mickey mouse themed restaurant serving up an international buffet.