Hong Kong: A Cultural Kaleidoscope and Gateway to CHINA

Vibrant, colourful and a hub of gastronomic excellence, Hong Kong is an exciting destination any time of the year. With superb infrastructure, stunning scenery and an enormous mix of arts, music, culture and vibrant cuisines along with its ancient, colonial and modern architecture, Hong Kong has a well-earned reputation as a truly global destination.

Where to Stay
With a mix of modern, traditional and glamorous colonial hotels, Hong Kong offers visitors an unrivalled selection of accommodation from basic rooms to the most extravagant penthouse suites. With stunning views, our favourites include The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, and the InterContinental Hong Kong located on the Kowloon side of the harbour. For a sophisticated luxury experience try the city’s oldest hotel, The Peninsula Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui or the fabulous Mandarin Oriental, in Central.

For something less glamorous explore Chinese-style boutique hotels like Lan Kwai Fong Hotel or King’s Hotel in Wan Chai, while away from the from the hustle of the city discover The Stanley Oriental Hotel on Hong Kong Island, and the family-themed hotels of Disneyland Hong Kong.

What to Do
Be it the glitz of The Landmark or one of the exciting street markets like Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. For water-based sightseeing charter a junk boat or hit the Star Ferry, but whatever you do don’t miss the nightly Victoria Harbour Symphony of Lights. On land, check out historic temples like Man Mo or, if time permits, head to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in the New Territories where 500 life-size golden Buddhas sit on either side of the 400 steps you’ll scale to get there!

The city is a magnet for the arts with galleries like Gagosian and White Cube, theatre and music lounges and spectacular arena venues like AsiaWorld, where the biggest names in music can be found. Hong Kong’s nightlife is legendary – check out the cocktails at Quinary, Ping Pong 129 or Aberdeen Street Social or head to one of the city’s myriad lounge bars and clubs, and of course you just have to make time to sample the city’s amazing cuisine.

Where to Eat
From shopping malls, hawker carts to purpose-built areas and some of the finest restaurants and street food can be found everywhere in Hong Kong and sampling it is a must. For something different try the fried chestnuts, popular at Temple Street Night Market, or a signature baked potato at Three Potatoes in Mong Kok. For dim sum and the dim sum Sunday brunch try the Chinese banquet experience at City Hall Maxim’s Palace or the upscale Hutong in Tsim Sha Tsui. Or, for a fresh and contemporary take, look no further than The Dim Sum Library in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

There is an abundance of exquisite fine-dining too including several three Michelin-starred restaurants covering a variety of cuisines like Bo Innovation, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo-Bombana, Sushi Shikon and T’ang Court.