Historic trams going past gently rolling hills, markets with tantalizing smells, an iconic skyline that glimmers and glitters, and abundant natural beauty in the most unexpected of places, Hong Kong packs in a lot more than you can imagine. In this Asian powerhouse, the east and west mingle seamlessly creating a culture that’s unique and exciting. For a family looking for an Asian adventure, look no further than Hong Kong! There’s something for everyone.
FOR THE NATURE-LOVERS
With nearly 70% of its land area covered with mountains and national parks, it’s never too hard to immerse yourself in nature in Hong Kong. At the Hong Kong Geopark, explore spectacular geological creations. Spot local flora and fauna at the Tai Po Kau Special Area where wilderness rules. Trek up to Lantau peak within the Lantau South Country Park to witness a mesmerizing sunrise. For some fun in the sun, plan a day at the beaches at the Kiu Tsui Country Park archipelago. Soft sand, glistening blue waters, and white yachts complete the ideal seaside picture here. Visit the Hong Kong Wetland Park, a world-class ecological park that educates and entertains the whole family. While you are there, look out for Pui Pui, the park’s famous pet crocodile.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS
At Lam Tsuen, a residential area dating back 700 years, visit the wishing trees and the Tin Hau Temple. Locals and tourists flock to the trees to throw joss paper and make wishes. It is believed that the higher the branch the paper lands on, the more likely it was the wish would come true. Admire the opulent residence of Man Chung-luen, a scholar known as the Tai Fu or Mandarin by the Qing Emperor. Intricate plaster mouldings and traditional Chinese woodcarvings is why this is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Chinese architecture in Hong Kong. Visit the 44-meter tall Clock Tower built in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus. The station is no longer functional but the tower is a beautiful reminder of the early days of the railways.
FOR THE SHOPAHOLICS
Style comes effortlessly to the locals of Hong Kong and the country offers avenues for shopping that suit all budgets. Choose from glitzy malls, teeming street markets or quaint boutiques to find the best deals. For some high fashion, head to shops at Admiralty, Central and Soho. Spend a day at Causeway Bay, one of the city’s most popular shopping areas and one of the best places to get an instant feel of Hong Kong. Here, you can find up-market fashion, mid-priced boutiques and great bargains.
FOR THE FOODIES
Dine across some of the finest restaurants in the world, taste the city’s rich history through its food, or watch the sun go down sipping cocktails with splendid harbour views! Good food and fabulous dining experiences go hand-in-hand in Hong Kong. Indulge your palate at one of the 57 restaurants that have been awarded between one and three Michelin stars. Book a table well in advance to dine at Lung King Heen, the Four Season Hotel’s renowned Chinese restaurant. The restaurant welcomes children above three and there’s a menu just for them. If eating local is your mantra, try the yum cha, a traditional Cantonese meal of dim sum and tea. At the traditional Chinese coffee houses or bing sutts, order classics like French toast, egg sandwiches and more, all with a local twist. If eating of the streets is on your must do list, seek out the few remaining dai pai dong or big license stalls that serve congee and wok-fried Cantonese dishes.
FOR THE KIDS
Make a date with the pandas at Ocean Park and walk away with a lifetime of memories. Inside the park, take a ride on the 1.5-kilometer-long cable car system that offers gorgeous views of the South China Sea. But the biggest draw of the park is its marine facility, with over 5000 kinds of fish and over a 100 sharks. At the Ocean Theatre, watch enchanting animal shows. For another exhilarating experience, take a ride on the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak that offers mind-boggling views of the city. Back in the day, the peak used to offer a haven for those who needed respite from the city’s scorching heat. While today, that may no longer be the primary draw, make the journey up there to indulge in some good food and fine shopping. Spend a day at Hong Kong Disneyland and be swept away into a world of wonder and fantasy. For the little ones, there’s always Mickey and Minnie to amuse them, and for older kids, there are a whole host of new attractions like the Iron Man Experience and the Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a coupon booklet with fabulous offers from 21 attractions, airlines and transportation is available for you to enjoy the best of Hong Kong. So what are you waiting for? Get your Hong Kong adventure started! For more information about this offer visit Discover Hong Kong.
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