why go to hong kong?
19 May 2016
Go for: A unique place where East meets West - British colonial influences merge with Chinese heritage and high-tech modernity, resulting in a buzzing and cosmopolitan metropolis. Hong Kong is the perfect destination for a city-break. Climb aboard a traditional Chinese junk for a harbour cruise to see the city from its heart. Join locals on the harbor-front for some early morning Tai Chi. An oasis of green amid an urban landscape, Hong Kong Park is the perfect place to escape the city for a moment of tranquility. Take the gravity-defying Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. Standing at 552m, it is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers sweeping views of the city below. Take the cable car to Ngong Ping Village and the 34m high bronze Tian Tan Buddha.
Stay: Hong Kong has accommodation options ranging from modest guesthouses, to chic boutiques and palatial hotels. For timeless grandeur and elegance, nothing beats the iconic “Grande Dame of the Far East” – The Peninsula Hong Kong. For sleek, modern and fashionable luxury you can’t go past The Mira in Tsim Sha Tsui. Lan Kwai Fong Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in Central Hong Kong, tastefully appointed with oriental décor.
Eat & Drink: With more than 12,000 restaurants, dining options in the compact city are endless. The best place for a quintessential Yum Cha experience is at Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world. Don’t leave without trying the Baked BBQ Pork Buns – amazing! For incredible views of the city skyline, enjoy a drink at Aqua. Visit Ozone, a chic and unearthly nightspot and the world’s highest bar atop the 118-storey International Commerce Centre.
Shop: From bustling local markets to famous brand names and haute couture, Hong Kong has something for every taste and budget. For cheap and local, visit the Ladies Market in Mongkok or the lively Temple Street Night Market’s, a Hong Kong institution since the 1920’s that really comes to life once the sunsets. For high street fashion at bargain prices, visit the Harbour City Complex with over 700 stores or the Citygate Outlets. You’ll find designer labels at Sogo and Fashion Walk.
Experience: The tranquil Chi Lin Nunnery offers a peaceful retreat amongst Kowloon’s high-rises. Built in the style of the Tang Dynasty, it’s the largest building in the world to be constructed without nails. A serene place, its grounds feature lotus plants, bougainvillea and immaculate bonsai trees. The connecting Nan Lian Garden is a lovely place for quiet reflection amongst pagodas, koi ponds and bonsai.
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