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An unexpected trip in Hong Kong

By HarryFriday 16th February 2018

An unexpected trip in Hong Kong

 
Bet you weren’t expecting to find these on a cruise to Hong Kong?  Discover the extraordinarily unexpected onboard Ovation of the Seas®.
 
You’ll find the unexpected in Hong Kong too.
 

Cartoon dim sum

 
We’re told never to play with our food, but in Hong Kong it’s the thing! Plain, pallid, ordinary old dim sum has taken on a whole new colourful dimension with edible cartoon characters that combine creativity with cute.
 
Hello Kitty, Panda, Disney-themed dim sum and – on the more imaginative side – dim sum buns that appear to lactate coconut cream or with custardy eyes that you can poke – are all the rage in Hong Kong. So adorable, you almost can’t eat them!
 
 
Despite their too-good-to-eat appearance, many of these cuddly creations are delicious too, like green tea custard molten buns, three little pigs barbecue pork buns or Gudetama ‘pooping’ chocolate buns.
 
The race is on for even more adorable dim sum culinary art, so get those snaps posted on Instagram and Facebook and tuck in!
 

Get up close with rare volcanic rocks

 
If you rave about rocks or go giddy for geology - or even if you don’t - get on down to the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, where topographical treasures await.
 
If you thought Hong Kong was all glass and skyscrapers, think again, because here you’ll find huge honey-coloured basalt columns sculpted by sea and sun, ancient stones dating from the days of the dinosaurs and rock pools teeming with tiny life.
 
 
Hike the legendary MacLehose Trail and you’ll be rewarded with some sublime sights too, like beautiful beaches, secluded bays, lovely islands and majestic peaks.
 

Cantonese opera

 
Even if you don’t understand the language, a visit to the Cantonese Opera is a thrilling addition to your Hong Kong highlights.
 
With ornate colourful costumes, characters with elaborately painted faces, extravagant sets, falsetto singing and intricate gestures rich with symbolism, plus music, acrobatics and martial arts, a performance of Cantonese Opera will open up a whole new perspective on the world.
 
 
The stories are rich with Chinese myth and historical meaning, and often involve moral themes such as loyalty, love, patriotism and faithfulness. Performers spend years mastering particular skills in singing, movement, speech and gymnastics, and in methods such hand, eye, body, hair and walking techniques.
 
Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only surviving pre-war cinema building in the urban area of Hong Kong, and re-opened in 2012 as a venue dedicated to Cantonese Opera. You can also see Cantonese Opera at Sunbeam Theatre and at Ko Shan Theatre and New Wing, a popular modern venue which has won numerous design awards.
 

See Hong Kong in an ancient Chinese junk boat

 
What more evocative image is there than a red-sailed Chinese junk billowing its way across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, against a backdrop of glossy skyscrapers and mountainous peaks?
 
 
Such junks used to be a familiar sight in Hong Kong, and have mostly been replaced by more modern craft. But you can still experience a trip on a traditional junk like the Chinese fishermen of old.
 
The Hong Kong Tourist Board organises trips on a lovingly restored authentic Chinese boat, the Duk Ling, while another company offers trips on the Aqua Luna, a hand-crafted vessel in the traditional style. There’s also a new vessel Aqua Luna II, which has replaced the original red sails for blue and white ones decorated with magnificent Chinese dragons.
 
You can take a junk ride in the day, at night time or festival time, to take advantage of the breathtaking Hong Kong skyline and spectacular Symphony of Lights illuminations.
 
 
Traditional junks were mainly crafted from wood and bamboo, and their sails were soaked in a red-brown tannin to protect them from wind and damp. Modern versions may not have been made in quite the same way, but they conjure up a heart-stirring vision of the Hong Kong of the past.
 

The thrill of skydiving onboard with Ripcord by iFly

 
Soar to new heights onboard Ovation of the Seas®. Discover the thrill of skydiving with RipCord by iFly, the first ever skydiving simulator at sea.
 
 
With a wind tunnel chamber 10 feet in diameter and 23 feet tall, this is excitement at the extreme, giving you all the exhilaration of weightless flight without any of the risk.
 
And experiencing this at sea, with the shimmering ocean all around – it’s awesome.
 

North StarSM

 
 
Step into our jewel-like observation capsule, North StarSM, and enjoy the world from a breathtaking 90 metres above sea-level. If you’ve ever wondered what the birds see, this is it – a stunning 360° view of your ship, the ocean and spectacular holiday destinations. Get your camera ready and enjoy the ride.
 

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