Industrious, vibrant and culturally diverse, Hong Kong is a unique destination. It's a heady mix of traditional and modern China, with a large expat community offering a Western feel to many of its districts. Big banks in gleaming skyscrapers loom over thoroughly traditional Chinese markets, and you can experience both big city hubs and quiet island backwaters all within a short trip. With all the unbeatable shopping and dining opportunities, Hong Kong holidays are a no-brainer.
Things to do
There's a variety of Hong Kong attractions on offer. Take the rickety tram to The Peak for magnificent views, or stay at sea level and take a boat trip to spot pink dolphins off the coast of Lantau Island. There's fantastic local and international art at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or you could turn your back on it all and head to the beach at Shek O.
Food & restaurants
Eating out is an adventure here and the very best restaurants in Hong Kong have a local flavour. Try the super-traditional Lok Yu, the 1950s teahouse Mido, the upmarket Island Tang or the popular Din Tai Fung for its delicious steamed dumplings. For great, far-ranging views with your cocktail, try the bar at the top of the Upper House hotel.
Hong Kong accommodation is plentiful and varied. Opt for grand luxury at the longstanding Peninsula Hotel, boutique chic at stylish Upper House, or traditional style at the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, with its buzzing central location and antique-style Chinese decor. Budget options abound, such as Garden Hostel on Nathan Road and a host of low-key guesthouses like Jetvan Traveller's House.
There's nothing like shopping in Hong Kong, with its markets, technology emporiums and clothing stores. You can browse for trinkets at Yau Ma Tei's Jade Market, and pick up some good-value haberdashery and clothing wares at Sham Shui Po. At the other end of the spectrum are the Western-style super-malls, such as Lane Crawford, and there's a raft of cool designer boutiques, such as Joyce in Kowloon.
Take time out from the frenzied streets and packed markets of buzzing Hong Kong island, and head to Victoria Park to watch the serene early morning tai chi routines. Locals make the best of this open space; aside from the martial arts displays, festivals are held here several times a year.
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