The Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong, like her western counterpart, New York, is the other city in Asia that never sleeps. The astute, regal panorama of Victoria Peak is ageless and famous. Also known as the land of dim sum and a city with a dizzying pace of activity, the former British territory is located along the coast of the South China Sea. Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. From the bustling streets lined with endless neon signboards hanging overhead vying for people’s attention to haute cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, Hong Kong is a wonderland for the seasoned traveller or the newly initiated.
Drink in the breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong at The Peak where you are able to enjoy the stunning 360-degree panoramic view. The fastest and most convenient way to reach to the top is by taking the Peak Tram. Visits during both day and night are musts. Hit the energetic streets of Cheung Sha Wan for casual street fashion and aspiring designers can look forward to a huge selection of fabrics and raw materials at the wholesale markets - a favourite haunt of the local designers. Fashion outlets at Granville Road along Tsim Sha Tsui are another haven for fashion enthusiasts.
Antique buffs and collectors will be spoiled with the heady mix of treasures and second-hand items at Cat Street. For the slightly offbeat and chic individuals, Gough Street is sure to make you feel right at home. From chic, colonial style boutiques and trendy restaurants, and an eclectic mix of designer furnishings, this fascinating neighbourhood is also affectionately known as Noho, short for North of Hollywood. A trip to Ocean Park, Disneyland and Madame Tussaud’s are great for families, or chartering a junk for a short trip out to sea to discover the many coves and islets. Grab a picnic basket - you never know when you might want to drop anchor at one of the island.
It would be sacrilegious to skip ‘yum cha’ (it literally means drinking tea) while you are in Hong Kong. Famed for their traditional culture of morning tea with dim sum, tourists can easily find teahouses and soak in the local atmosphere. Both Luk Yu and Lin Heung are popular choices. For the perfect dim sum experience, head down to Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan, and for egg tart lovers, Tai Cheung is the granddaddy of this beloved pastry. Craving for something hot and comforting? Dip into a bowl of flavourful, velvety congee at Law Fu Kee, touted as one of the best congee shop.
For a cool and pleasant experience, visit during September to November; you can travel light, and it is not because of the summer heat. Temperatures can stretch from 19˚C to 28 ˚C. But if you prefer the heat and hit the many beautiful beaches lounging under the sun, the summer months between June and August are best although the occasional showers and thunderstorms are expected. If you want to have the best of both worlds, go during spring where the days are warm and the evenings are cool.
Hong Kong is virtually a holiday destination all year round but be warned of typhoon season which typically occurs between May and late October. Visits during summer or winter are cheaper and there are more hotel package deals.
Flights to Hong Kong will land you at Hong Kong International Airport. A ride on the airport express takes as little as 25 minutes to reach the city centre.
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