Traditional Junk Boat, Hong Kong Harbour
Posted: 24 May 2018
Hong Kong is an impressive city with an infectious energy all of its own. Wafts of Asian food and local chatter fill the air and the sheer pace of the city is thrilling to the senses…
Located in south-eastern China, the former British colony of Hong Kong is a modern city renowned for its vibrant harbour area, densely populated urban centre and striking neon skyline. A major hub for global financial markets and vital port for international trade, Hong Kong is also an attractive luxury holiday destination for shopping and airline stop-overs. Discover the best places to stay, eat, visit and experiences to do in Hong Kong, with our Hong Kong city guide:
Hong Kong: A City To See And Explore
With its Temple Street Market and Nathan Road shops, famed for its bespoke tailoring, Hong Kong is also a popular city for those wishing to buy clothes and electronics. Any visitor to Hong Kong cannot fail to be amazed by the array of high rise buildings built within such a small place. Hong Kong actually ranks third among cities in the world for the number of contemporary high-rise buildings and at night it truly comes alive! Bright lights captivate every visitor, with the noise, blend of cultures and dynamic atmosphere creating a hectic and hypnotic experience for travellers.
Must-Do Experiences In Hong Kong
Must-do experiences include enjoying High Tea at the Peninsula Hong Kong, watching the ‘Symphony of Light’ and taking a cruise on The Duk Ling (Hong Kong’s last original sailing junk boat). Providing a unique way to see the city’s skyline, this cherished symbol of the city is distinctive with its traditional dark wood and red sails — cutting a graceful line across the famous harbour water. Whilst Chinese New Year may be the best time to see colourful parades and cultural dances in Hong Kong, their festive celebrations provide awe-inspiring firework displays to rival other great cities of the world.
Must-Visit Attractions In Hong Kong
For those seeking a little culture, Hong Kong boasts an eclectic mix of architecture, representing centuries-old Chinese heritage and European colonialism — both sitting alongside new state-of-the-art landmarks. From decorative and colourful Chinese statements, to protected monuments and the iconic Victoria Harbour, there are plenty of sites to see on foot or via the water. Of course, it’s the famous harbour cruise that offers the most popular and panoramic perspective of the city.
Other must-visit places include Victoria Peak with its telescopes, Lantau Island with Lantau Peak and Tian Tan Buddha statue, Union Square that houses Hong Kong’s tallest building (the International Commerce Centre), and the renowned Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower found on bustling Kowloon. First time visitors are bound to have Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Peak Tram, plus the Star Ferry on their tick-list; along with a trip to The Central District to check off the striking Bank of China Building and distinctive Lippo Towers.
Where To Eat In Hong Kong
A wonder city for foodies and celebrated gourmands alike, the dining scene in Hong Kong comprises everything from local Cantonese and traditional Chinese specialities, to Japanese, Sri Lankan, European and even Scandinavian cuisine. With casual dim sum and regional dishes, to fine dining — in signature restaurants within luxurious five-star hotels — there is a plate for every palate in Hong Kong. World-famous chefs are lured to this fusion city, with 1950s cha chaan teng diners and sky-high restaurant venues jostling alongside traditional tea houses. For the ultimate Hong Kong dining experience, the three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen has the hottest tables in town. With an extensive waiting-list to match its sensational views of Victoria Harbour, this elegant eatery presents dainty dim sum with an accompanying Champagne trolley. Other notable Hong Kong dining spots include Duddell’s Cantonese cuisine, Caprice restaurant, situated within Four Seasons Hong Kong, Amber, located on the 7th floor of the Landmark Oriental hotel, Rech by Alain Ducasse and Black Salt.
Where to Stay In Hong Kong
For luxury travellers, Hong Kong is well known for its decadent dining, cool bars, exquisite service and legendary Afternoon Teas. Within the high-rise hotel havens and exotic abodes, guests can effortlessly indulge with expert pampering whilst admiring the enviable attention to detail. Ornate interiors, floral displays, rich furnishings and sublime spas are all very much par for the course in Hong Kong. From The Peninsula Hong Kong, 'the Grande Dame of the Far East', with its fleet of Rolls-Royces located at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, to the beautiful and centrally-located Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and the fashionable and contemporary Upper House on Hong Kong Island, this small island certainly delivers on luxury hospitality. With world-renowned brands such as The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong also featuring in Hong Kong’s illustrious skyline, it seems that every international hotel brand wishes to showcase their luxurious style in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Island Or Kowloon?
Visitors are simply spoilt for high-end hotel choice in Asia’s 'World City', so the first step is to decide on the location. This depends on whether you prefer the historic and economic centre of Hong Kong Island, or the peninsula across Victoria Harbour known as being a centre for entertainment and shopping — the 'Kowloon Side'. This bustling waterfront offers the best views of the iconic city skyline and is called ‘Tsim Sha Tsui’ or ‘TST’ for short. Home to designer boutiques, markets shopping malls, parks and museums, Kowloon is often the location recommended for first time visitors to Hong Kong since it offers the best views of the nightly Symphony of Lights Show. It’s also a good location for those arriving by cruise ship. However, perhaps the most important reason to choose to stay in Kowloon, is that it offers an array of accommodation for all budgets and is ideal for people keen to go shopping! Regardless of whether you choose a hotel in Hong Kong’s Kowloon or on Hong Kong Island, it’s simple and inexpensive to visit both sides of the Harbour via taxi, subway or the famous Star Ferry (an iconic Harbour feature for over 125 years).
When To Travel To Hong Kong
With mild, dry winters plus hot, humid and wet summers, from March to April and October to November tend to be the best months to visit Hong Kong. During October to early December, the temperatures average 20-23 degrees with lots of sunshine and this sunny, cool and pleasant climate means it’s more comfortable for strolling and exploring. In summary, Hong Kong is every inch an Asian city to rival the likes of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Bangkok. Its much-photographed iconic skyline, vibrant harbour, renowned cuisine, lush nature (including rare birds) and colourful traditions, provide plenty of interest for the curious tourist.
So, why not make Hong Kong your next luxury city stay, or exciting stop-over destination, and look beyond the skyscraper buildings and seasonal New Year fireworks, to discover a wealth of year-round attractions in one small, yet striking and constantly changing, city. To arrange an unforgettable city experience in Hong Kong, please call our expert Travel Consultants, who’d be delighted to arrange your luxury stay in Hong Kong.