Hong Kong Holiday
16 Jan 2019
Hong Kong comprising Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and surrounds is one of Asia’s great cities. Navigate its teeming, tightly packed sidewalks and labyrinthine streets and you’re met at every turn with neon signage shrieking Cantonese and English slogans. Busy canteens, markets stuffed to the gunnels with goods and chattels and a Babel of chatter form the fabric of downtown Hong Kong be that Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui or Mongkok. Immediately exciting, Hong Kong offers a roll-call of must-do’s. Ride the train to Victoria Peak, dine at Jumbo Floating Restaurant (biggest in the world), shop at the Ladies Market, enjoy cool drinks in some of the planet’s coolest bars, explore quiet offshore islands, haggle for electronics and other glitzy goods on Nathan Road in downtown Kowloon, enjoy afternoon tea at grand dame – The Peninsular and take the famous Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour. With or without kids in tow head across to Uncle Walt’s dream – Disneyland Hong Kong and discover the love at Fantasyland or Tomorrowland. And, if you want to leave your comfort zone, try stinky bean curd and hair gel-like jellyfish, splash some cash at Happy Valley on the horses (the Wednesday night seasonal races are brilliant) or join in a dawn tai chi class. And, if Geneva is too far to go and buy a snazzy Rolex, stroll along Nathan Road and snag the ultimate timepiece.
Hong Kong is a brilliant stopover en route to Europe or other destinations in Asia. It’s easy to get to from Australia with direct flights from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and other gateways. It’s easy to stay a while, too. Definitely look to staying for at least 4 nights. Hong Kong has plenty on offer year-round.
Great for – Metropolitan couples seeking fun and frolics in one of the most cultural and captivating cities on the planet. Hong Kong is an adventurous playground of the Asian kind.
Must-see – Coming to Honkers and not lapping up the views from Victoria Peak would be like chop without the suey. Ride the funicular tram to the top and let your camera do the talking.
Must try – Dinner at the biggest restaurant on the planet – Jumbo Floating Restaurant (Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong)
The WOW factor - Stay at the legendary Peninsular Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong) – a bastion of tradition. Enjoy a trip in a Rolls Royce from the airport, and indulge in the Afternoon Tea Dance – a legendary Hong Kong experience. For something a little more cost-conscious – the Holiday Inn Golden Mile, Island Shangri-La, JW Marriott. Hong Kong offers plenty of choice both on the Kowloon and Hong Island side – near shopping districts such as Nathan Road, Mongkok, Central and Jordan.
Something different – Head to Tim Ho Wan (2-20 Kwong Wa St., Mongkok, Hong Kong) – Michelin taste, yum-cha price. A culinary bargain. Then head to Aqua (1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) – a bar with the most spectacular views of Hong Kong for some bodacious post-dinner drinks.
Getting about – On foot, in a cab, aboard the Hong Kong Metro and aboard the world-famous Star Ferry. Hong Kong is within total grasp.
Best time to visit - October, November and most of December are the best months to visit. Temperatures are moderate, the skies are clear and the sun shines. January and February are cloudy and cold but dry. It’s warmer and humid from March to May.
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