Discover Hong Kong
Once an assortment of sleepy fishing villages, Hong Kong grew on trade, attracted by its deep sheltered harbour. The north shore of Hong Kong Island is the political, financial and entertainment centre of the city. Here you will find the Hong Kong’s swankiest shopping malls around Causeway Bay and its top nights spots with numerous bars and restaurants, around Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo.
For a panoramic view of the harbour and city, take the delightful funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak. For a Chinese feast, the famous floating restaurant is at Aberdeen Harbour, whilst at the sleepy seaside village of Stanley on the south coast, you will find the market with its warren of alleyways selling all manner of goods. The upmarket residential area of Repulse Bay has a wonderful stretch of sand and is popular with locals and tourists seeking some relaxation.
Hong Kong Island is connected to Kowloon by an excellent underground train network, or you can mingle with locals on the iconic Star Ferry as it crosses the magnificent harbour.
For shopping and dining, nothing beats the frenetic action of Kowloon’s Golden Mile where modern air conditioned department stores sit side by side with traditional shops. Stroll down Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to the harbour front and you will find Avenue of the Stars paying homage to Hong Kong’s film industry as well as a great viewing point for the magnificent laser and sound show Symphony of Light. Elsewhere in Kowloon there are fascinating markets to explore. Haggle for jewellery at the Jade Market, have your fortune read at Temple Street or for something authentically Hong Kong, take a stroll through Yuen Po Bird Garden.
To discover a different side visit Lantau, Hong Kong’s largest island. You can take the scenic cable car up to Ngong Ping where you will find the Po Lin Monastery as well as the 85ft high bronze Tian Tan Buddha. There are also quaint fishing villages and superb beaches. Alternatively, head into the New Territories where you will find scenic hiking trails, ancient walled villages and deserted beaches – a complete contrast to the classic perception of Hong Kong!
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