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To many Hong Kong is indicative of skyscrapers, shopping and fantastic nightlife, however you will also be surprised at how naturally beautiful it is. There are lush green mountains, picturesque valleys, beautiful beaches, fascinating heritage sites, historical landmarks, and of course the quite magnificent harbour. This is why Hong Kong is so perfect for combining all the benefits of a city-based holiday with popular leisure activities such as nature trails, golf, horse riding, watersports and so much more. It is also what makes Hong Kong such a great destination for families and couples.
For the sheer variety of products and shopping experiences, the city surely has few equals. Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories all feature stylish shopping malls, trendy boutiques and bustling street markets. From designer fashions and electronic gadgets to antiques and collectables, the range is truly extraordinary. And how does a choice of over 11,000 restaurants, bars and cafés sound? You’ll be treated to the very best Cantonese and regional Chinese cuisine, or choose from virtually every style of cooking in the world. At night, visit a colourful street market, watch the spectacular ‘A Symphony of Lights’ extravaganza at Victoria Harbour, or simply stroll along the front and watch as junks gently glide by, silhouetted against the million sparkling lights of this most enchanting of cities.
Out and About
From the city lights to the beautiful natural scenery, Hong Kong has something for everyone. Here are a few suggestions.
• Ride the tram to Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island, for breathtaking panoramic views of Central Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour and the surrounding islands.
• Take a cable car to Ngong Ping Plateau on Lantau Island to see the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue and take a walk through Ngong Ping Village with its assortment of restaurants and shops.
• Board an authentic Chinese junk and set sail into Hong Kong’s scenic harbour for a 360 degree view of the city’s impressive skyline.
• Despite Hong Kong's image as a bustling city, nature lovers can enjoy everything from tramping through bamboo forests, climbing stunning mountains and hiking across country parks, to bird-watching at the world-renowned wetland park.
• Take a tour to Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park to spot native pink dolphins.
• Hong Kong's street markets are always full of excitement and colour. Shop for silk, Chinese art and souvenirs at Stanley Market or take in one of the lively night markets such as Temple Street, where you can haggle for a bargain.
Food and Drink
Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts a huge assortment of restaurants many of which are clustered in defined food districts. Enjoy the most delicious Cantonese and regional Chinese food including local dim sum and fresh seafood dishes, as well as authentic Asian and western cuisine.
Hong Kong combines fantastic food from around the world in spectacular settings, making any dinner memorable. Dine atop Victoria Peak at Cafe Deco on Hong Kong Island for spectacular views and a delectable choice of ethnic cuisine and international dishes. Or try Aqua on the mainland with uninterrupted harbour views from the Italian Aqua Roma and a mouthwatering array of Japanese at Aqua Tokyo. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is a must see, a Hong Kong icon in Aberdeen Harbour it offers fresh seafood specialities and traditional Cantonese cuisine. In contrast,Yung Kee is a traditional local Chinese restaurant which grew from a market food stall and 60 years on has been awarded a Michelin star.
Flights to Hong Kong are with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways direct. Total journey time: 12 hours.
British Airways Departures from Heathrow daily on B744 aircraft with World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and First Class cabins.
Virgin Atlantic Departures from Heathrow daily on A346 aircraft with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class cabins.