May saw a group of Travel Counsellors head to the spectacular city of Hong Kong to gain an insight into the culture, see the sights, sample the local cuisine, and explore some of what Hong Kong has to offer. This personal insight and experience enables our Travel Counsellors to fully advise their customers on where to go and what to do when in Hong Kong, so they can have the best experience possible, thanks to their Travel Counsellor!
Throughout the weekend, The Hong Kong Tourist Board advised Travel Counsellors on the top experiences and things to do. Here is what they recommended:
- Take a trip up to The Peak, which is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers spectacular views across the city.
- Visit and experience Street Markets, such as Temple Street Night Market or Ladies’ Market, to experience the culture, practice your haggling skills and get great items at great prices.
- Take a Star Ferry boat to Kowloon for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours.
- If you’re an art enthusiast, visit the big, industrial spaces that have now been turned into art galleries in Wong Chuk Hang. Ones to look out for are Spring Workshop, Para Site and Yallay Space!
- Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade past the Cultural Centre and the Space Museum and take in the sights of the Skyline over the waters of the Victoria Harbour.
- Watch the spectacular Symphony of the Lights show that takes place nightly from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and is completely free of charge. Coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights perform in synchronisation with music and narration, involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour, celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
- Head to Lan Kwai Fong, one of the most popular nightlife hot spots in the city with over 90 restaurants and bars to try out and experience.
- Pray for good fortune at The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. The beautifully ornamented buildings and natural setting make this a scenic attraction as much as it is an important religious centre.
Here’s what some of our Travel Counsellors who went on the trip had to say about their experience!
“On our first day, we took a tour up to Victoria Peak using the Peak Tram, and the views really were amazing and I would highly recommend this to everyone who visits Hong Kong. On our last day, we managed to do 6 of the recommended experiences, and although it was a tiring day, it was amazing to be able to see so much of the city and experience it at our own pace and in such a short space of time.” – Emma Parry-Thorpe
“There were so many highlights of the few days I spent there, it’s hard to pin down the most memorable! Watching the infamous light show from the balcony of the Ozone Bar, the highest bar in the world on the 118th floor at the Ritz Carlton, was an experience I will never forget; the views of the skyline and the delicious cocktails made it even better. We visited the Ladies’ Market, which was a shoppers’ paradise and enjoyed a morning of bartering and haggling. Make sure you save some luggage space for your trip as you will need room for everything you want to buy! Hong Kong has so much more to offer, whether you want to get outdoors and climb the Peak, ride the historic trams, use the Star Ferry or Island Hop or maybe just enjoy the amazing cuisine opportunities the city has to offer. One thing for sure is you will never be bored or go hungry! The city’s dining has an immense and irresistible choice to suit all tastes and budgets. Another highlight for me had to be our dining experiences in particular, and on the last evening we enjoyed the laser show again from the Michelin-starred ‘Hutong’ restaurant where we had the most spectacular Chinese banquet. A truly magical and memorable occasion.” – Mandy Walsh
Useful information about Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong is on the southeastern coast of China
- It covers an area of 425 square miles
- The city is comprised of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, which includes more than 260 outlying islands!
- Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar, with an exchange rate of 1 GBP = 12.12 HKD (approximately)
- Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead
- The language spoken is Cantonese, but English is widely spoken
The Hong Kong Tourist Board has now launched a new app which will help you to really make the most of your time in Hong Kong! Packed with up-to date information on the attractions, restaurants and shops, it allows you to plan, explore and share what you do. You can create a personalised guide with a tailor-made itinerary, which can be updated on your mobile anywhere and anytime and with a quick shake of the phone, you can also discover what’s happening around you in real time, so you won’t miss out on anything! To find out more about the app, please click here.
If Hong Kong sounds like the kind of destination you would like to visit, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today!