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Happy in Hong Kong

By HarryFriday 24th February 2017

A stop at Hong Kong is a feature of some of our most exciting itineraries, with extraordinary excursions and an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. With charming cultural attractions that range from amazing architectural structures, to towering temples and monasteries (not to mention its delectable cuisine), Hong Kong is everything you’d expect it to be and more. In this post, we highlight some of the most popular destinations in the city, to make sure that you get as many extraordinary moments out of your holiday as possible.

Symphony of Lights

  • Start Time : 8pm
  • When : Every day
  • Duration : Approx. 14 mins
The Symphony of Lights is the world’s largest light and sound show which shines brightly across more than 40 buildings - leaving viewers mesmerised. This daily event actually has a place in the World’s Guinness Book of Records, and the public are free to enjoy at their leisure, completely free of charge. Make sure that you secure a good viewing spot, as the colourful vision is displayed across forty-four of Hong Kong’s most impressive buildings. The show is based on five different themes: Awakening, energy, heritage, partnership, and celebration, and it deliberately showcases some of Hong Kong’s most prominent buildings, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the IFC Towers. Grab a traditional sweet treat from a nearby market stall (we recommend the delicious mango pudding!), sit back, and watch in awe as Hong Kong basks in the spotlight, bathed in a rainbow of vibrant colours and beams of light. The best places to watch include the promenade just outside of the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, from onboard a boat in the harbour, or by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, located just outside of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. English speakers can enjoy a live narration of the show on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you don’t want too much of a fuss, then there’s no need to worry about fireworks – these are only used on New Year, Chinese New Year, and Christmas.

Temple Street Night Market

  • Best Time To Visit : 7pm to 10pm
  • When : Every day
Make a trip to Temple Street in the Yau Ma Tei area of Kowloon, and take note when we tell you that it’d be best to save your taste buds and appetite for the Night Market. Sample amazing local delicacy with exciting flavours, colours, and aromas, keep an eye out for buckets containing live seafood that will appeal to those who fancy a fresh bite to eat. These are, bizarrely, some of the most exciting parts of the market! Hot bowls of noodles are also a popular choice for visitors, and can be enjoyed at any time of day. Note that it’s also worth trying some authentic tasty Dim Sum, though this is usually served as breakfast, or brunch. Try your hand at haggling down a bargain at one of the street bazaars whilst you soak up the buzzing atmosphere. You should aim to head to the market at dusk in order to watch the market spring into action, with your bartering skills prepared to bag yourself some cheap souvenirs! Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle and get an authentic taste of Hong Kong’s nightlife.

Tian Tan Buddha

If you feel like escaping the buzz of the city, then a trip to see the Tian Tan Buddha is the perfect retreat. Alternatively known as ‘Big Buddha’, the sculpture stands at 34 metres high, and is nestled remotely amongst beautiful, dense forestry. The bronze sculpture was erected in 1993, taking twelve years to make. If you’re feeling up to it, then we suggest a warm-up before climbing the 268 steps to take a closer look. Take your camera and make sure you capture the essence of a moment that won’t be very easy to forget.

HSBC Lions

The HSBC building is difficult to miss, its grand stature and gold decor looming over the city. Two large bronze lions have been guarding the building since 1935, known to locals as ‘Stephen’ and ‘Stitt’. It’s said that those who stroke their noses and paws are destined for good luck, so pose for a photo and get the kids involved in the fun! If you look carefully, Stephen has a scar on his left hindquarter – this dates back to the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941.

Funicular ‘Peak Tram’

Hop on the world-famous ‘Peak Tram’, and fast track to a 360-degree view from the very top of Hong Kong. The trip gives you a unique perspective of the city from Victoria Peak that will simply take your breath away. Soak up the view that has been enjoyed by millions of visitors from all around the globe. During your journey, see if you experience the ‘Peak Tram illusion’; research says that due to the angle of the passengers travelling up the peak, the straight skyscrapers to your right can look as if they’re falling away from you! A ride on the tram is certainly worth a go, if not for the astounding view, then for the ability to discover a shopper’s paradise, restaurants, and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong at the top. TIP: Make a quick stop at the ‘Peak Post Office’ to send a postcard. You’ll get a special mark on your envelope so your loved ones will know that you’ve reached the summit! Did You Know About?

Mid-level escalators

A lot of Hong Kong is covered by steep, hilly, terrain, which can make it a little tricky to get around. Luckily, the city has a mode of transport in place in the form of the Central-Mid-Levels escalators and walk way system. Covering 800m, you can hop on and off the escalator whenever you need to, making travelling around Hong Kong a lot less tiring. The kids will love it, too!

Octopus Cards

Similar to the Oyster Cards in London but with extra perks, you can make your trip a lot easier by purchasing one of these handy tools. Simply top it up with money and use it for public transport, shopping, and much more!
Do these holiday highlights make you hungry for a visit to Hong Kong? Take a look at our Far East cruises before putting it at the top of your bucket list!

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