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​An A to Z of Travel: Hong Kong

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

Monday, 26th March 2018

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​An A to Z of Travel: Hong Kong

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With a skyscraper-studded skyline, diverse landscape and bustling shopping districts, Hong Kong is the ultimate destination for travellers seeking a vibrant trip.

During your stay you'll eat some of the best, authentic food you’ve ever tasted, you'll be mesmerised by the sheer scale of the centre and you'll feel uplifted by a combination of the urban and the rural surroundings.

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What to Do:

Did you know there are beaches, national parks and mountains just a short journey from the hustle and bustle of the main city? Grab your hiking boots and get into the outdoors! You’ll be amazed at what you will discover. The uplands of West Lantau are one of the last areas of untouched countryside in Hong Kong, with rocky streams tumbling down the steep mountains - a visit here will feel world’s apart from the nearby concrete jungle.

Take an iconic Star Ferry from Hong Kong to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon peninsula. As well as a convenient way to get around, the double-decker boats offer the most breathtaking views across the harbour (all for around HK$2.50 or less per person!).

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A trip to Happy Valley Racecourse is a must see if you are in the area. With races on Wednesday evenings during the season, there is nothing more exciting than watching the horses under the beaming lights. If you can’t make it to a race, the racing museum is free to enter and open daily.

Perching on The Peak at almost 400 metres above sea level, The Peak Tower is one of the most stylish architectural Hong Kong attractions. Inside The Peak Tower, there is an array of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues set against the dazzling backdrop of the city.

Where to Eat:

Hong Kong is haven for foodies – from cheap and cheerful meals to Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something to please all appetites. It has one of the world’s highest per capita concentrations of eateries, with an extraordinary 1 restaurant for every 300 people!

We’d recommend a visit to 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, an Italian restaurant led by Head Chef Umberto Bombana. It’s the only Italian restaurant outside Italy to have received three Michelin Stars! It’s the place to be if you’re searching for high-quality cooking using fresh, delicious ingredients.

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Where to Drink:

For a different perspective of Hong Kong, head to one of the many rooftop bars for a drink with an incredible view. Wooloomooloo’s Wan Chai branch offers jaw-dropping views from the 31st floor, where you can see far across the local neighbourhood, impressive harbour and Happy Valley.

CÉ LA VI is a glamourous spot boasting 360-degree views of the Central District and Victoria Harbour. As well as tasty cocktails, there are inviting hot tubs and live DJ sets for you to enjoy all night long.

Where to Stay:

Grand Hyatt Hotel is conveniently located next door to the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. There are 545 sleek and spacious bedrooms to choose from, as well as a heated swimming pool, fitness centre and luxurious spa for guests to take full advantage of. Rooms start from £222 per night.

If you want to splash out further on your stay, Four Seasons Hotel is an exclusive, opulent and generally quite spectacular place to stay. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel offers an extensive array of dining options, multiple swimming pools including an infinity pool with underwater music and phenomenal views. Rooms from £430 per night.

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