The sophistication of the west blends with the charm of the east to give Hong Kong a vibrant atmosphere unlike anywhere in the world. From taking in the dazzling ‘Symphony of Lights’ and indulging in Hong Kong’s immense dining culture, to strolling the history-steeped streets of Old Town Central or taking a tram to the top of Victoria Peak for great views of the city, there are endless activity options in this fascinating city. Keen shoppers can test out their haggling skills at a local market or shop in the world’s most prestigious designer stores, and everything in between. There are thousands of thrills to be had in the city that never sleeps, but Hong Kong is more than just a concrete jungle. Venture just outside the city limits and you will find vast expanses of countryside, mountain ranges and outlying islands waiting to be explored. In short, Hong Kong has it all!
One of the joys of visiting Hong Kong is staying in one of the city’s hotels and there are many to choose from. From mid-range 3* to high-end 5*options there is something to suit every taste and budget. And with excellent public transport connections throughout the city, wherever your chosen base is, it’s easy to get around and explore the city.
With over 11,000 restaurants at your service, dining out in Hong Kong is all about its diversity and wide range of options. From street food and cosy local eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants and glamorous venues with harbour views, Hong Kong truly is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re taking in the classically local dishes of wonton noodles and dim sum or something from the gastronomic influences of Europe, Japan, Vietnam and China, there are dining experiences to suit every taste and budget.
Buzzing with activity 24 hours a day, Hong Kong is just as impressive by night as it is by day. With bustling nightlife districts, fashionable rooftop bars, chilled lounges and cool nightclubs attracting world-renowned DJ’s, Hong Kong takes on a whole new personality after dark. Check out Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s nightlife epicentre and take to the streets drink-in-hand and rub shoulders with locals and expats alike. Continue the party in Wan Chai or Mong Kok, or head to Central for a more upscale clubbing experience. Even if you are not a night owl, there’s one late-night Hong Kong activity you simply cannot miss – the night markets. Absorb the buzz of Temple Street Market or the Ladies’ Market where you can find anything from antique treasures and souvenirs to electronics.
Beneath the stunning skyline of Central, lies one of the city’s oldest and most archetypal neighbourhoods. Take a self-guided walk and discover heritage, food, arts and hidden treasures in the warren of streets and alleys.
Visiting Hong Kong’s local markets is not just about grabbing a bargain, but about embracing the city’s ancient and modern traditions. Wander the lanes of the city’s many markets and not only will you be able to find just about any product you could think of, but you will see age-old traditions in play and learn about local life up-close.
A colonial-era tradition and one that’s been going strong since the 1800s, horse racing is a must in Hong Kong. Visit Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island or Sha Tin in the New Territories to experience the glamour and spectacle of this sport.
Hong Kong’s temples are impressive places of worship, filled with ancient relics of Hong Kong’s long history. Visit them to see faithful believers performing ancient rituals amid aromatic wafts of incense. Hong Kong is a city where rich Chinese tradition coexists with cutting-edge global trends, and no visit to Hong Kong would be complete without embracing this fascinating local culture. From wandering through the city’s streets to learn about its history and people, to trying your luck at betting on the horses, there are so many ways to experience Hong Kong’s living culture up close.
Escape the city and explore Hong Kong’s fascinating outlying islands, each offering a break from Hong Kong’s frenetic pace, while still presenting the same traditions and contrasts that make Hong Kong so alluring. Home to the iconic Big Buddha monument and Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island is a great day trip.
Get to know Hong Kong in greater depth by exploring the surrounding areas by foot or by bike. Explore cycle tracks just outside the city limits or head for the hills and enjoy the views. Discover deserted beaches, volcanic landscapes and remote temples and journey into history along heritage trails.
Hong Kong’s hidden secret is its amazing selection of beaches, from quick city escapes to island white-sand hideaways. Combine a morning of sightseeing with an afternoon relaxing at locals’ favourite Repulse Bay or venture further afield to the white sands of Lantau or Lamma Island.
Explore Hong Kong’s fantastic and unique flora and fauna in its many marine parks and nature reserves. Visit Hong Kong Wetland Park to see its impressive cast of wildlife, watch migratory birds swarm for shelter at Mai Po Nature Reserve or visit the green sanctuary of Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.
Hong Kong is more than just glittering lights and towering skyscrapers, it is a land of contrasts with mountains, forests, beaches and islands to explore. Almost three-quarters of Hong Kong is mountain ranges and country parks, so take a break from the hustle and bustle to explore the wild side of ‘Asia’s World City’!
Totalling 49 weekly non-stop flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester, Cathay Pacific’s schedule offers you the most flights, more flexibility and greater convenience to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a great destination in it’s own right, but it’s also a great twin centre destination with Bali, Borneo, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia