Hong Kong Holidays 2014

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Hong Kong Magic

Hong Kong is the East’s answer to New York; an exhilarating fortress of skyscrapers, high-rise apartments, shopping centres, markets, restaurants, beaches, and national parks, Hong Kong’s riches can occupy visitors for a lifetime.

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.’

Cantonese Dreams

The core of this unique city is the iconic Victoria harbour, criss-crossed for centuries by small boats, fishing vessels and passenger ferries. Get lost in the street markets of Kowloon, where you can pick up almost anything for a bargain, or sample some incredible local dishes in one of Hong Kong’s myriad restaurants. The city’s hotels cater for every taste and budget, and some are legendary for their eastern opulence. To escape the city on your holidays to Hong Kong, head for one of the many islands and national parks, where you can bask in a tropical paradise only miles from the city centre.

Sights and Smells

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.

Out and About in Hong Kong

For a dramatic introduction on holidays to Hong Kong, nothing beats the city’s oldest and most famous mode of transport, the Star Ferry, which sails thousands of people daily to and from the financial hub of Hong Kong Island to the vertical crush of Kowloon. Another classic trip, the Peak Tram, takes you up to Victoria Peak, where you can marvel at the city’s incredible panorama. Head out to far-flung Lantau Island to see the giant bronze Buddha, accessed by a glass-floored cable car, then drop down to the stilted fishing village at Tai O for some pink dolphin-spotting.

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.

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Must See

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.

Things to Do

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.

Festivals

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.

Architecture

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.