Hong Kong is simply fascinating – it’s where China and Britain combined to create a unique place made up of skyscrapers and temples, trams and Feng Shui. It combines stunning rural escapes with urban cities and coastal beauty – it’s dazzling and often mysterious but it is never boring.
The first thing on any visit to Hong Kong is to appreciate the phenomenal skyline – there is nothing like it in Europe. Whether you board a ferry and view it from the water or sip a cocktail and gaze out of the window in the Intercontinental’s lobby lounge – you just have to take a few minutes, if not hours – staring in awe – taking in the glistening rooftops and startling neon lights as the night fades into day – it’s a breathtaking experience. When it comes to exploring the city at street level you should head to Causeway Bay where there are plenty of shopping opportunities, intriguing historic sites and parks. Afterwards, you can take in the impressive buddhist and taoist temples that are dotted around the entire island. Head to the Wan Chai strip at night to greet the neon signage that hangs over every door, drink in bars that serve every kind of beverage and dance all night in the raucous nightclubs that the area is famed for.
If you enjoy exploring markets, sampling local delicacies and buying local arts and crafts then you’ll love Hong Kong’s street markets – where food sellers seat their diners on simple wooden stools under street side awnings and serve up fragrant dishes such as Cheong Fun, Egg Waffles and Stinky Tofu. Head to Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok markets where you’ll find everything from intriguing trinkets and antiques to foods and fashions or if you prefer, wait until nightfall and explore the Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon which is a busy flea-market-esque night market offering everything from fashions to mobiles and watches to food. This is where the Hong Kong really shines.
When you want to get out of the main city – head to Hong Kong’s neighbour Macau – which offers a little bit of Mediterranean style on the China coast – with temples, shrines and tightly packed alleys, cosying up with neon skyscrapers and a flurry of Las Vegas-esque casinos. Alternatively try some inner-city surfing or simply catch up on some sunbathing around the coves of Hong Kong’s coastline.