Hong Kong is the ultimate combination of western and asian influences; serene tranquility or digital technology; modern skyscrapers or original colonial buildings; shopping centres with designer labels or local markets; diverse cuisine in international restaurants or kerbside street stalls. Whatever your flight of fancy – East, West, past, present, city, nature – Hong Kong can offer it all.
The four main areas of Hong Kong are Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, New Territories and the Outlying Islands.
Kowloon has traditionally been noted as the tourist hub of the city. Nathan Road, or the Golden Mile, runs through the centre of Kowloon and is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment. Tsim Sha Tsui is at the lower tip of Kowloon, close to waterfront Star Ferry Terminal and offers amazing views over the harbour to Hong Kong Island. Mongkok is at the northern end of Nathan Road, an ideal area to purchase electronic items and mobile phones or a visit to the Jade Markets or Ladies Markets.
The Royal Garden Hotel Kowloon is an easy walk to Nathan Road and the MTR station. There are seven restaurants and bars with a rooftop swimming pool offering amazing views. Upgrade to a business room which includes breakfast daily and free internet.
Hong Kong Island is the commercial and political centre but is fast becoming home to trendy nightclubs, bars, shops and restaurants. Original colonial buildings stand alongside modern skyscrapers. Attractions include the Victoria Peak Tram for fabulous views of Hong Kong, Happy Valley Racecourse and the Stanley Markets.
The Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong Kong is a stylish and contemporary hotel which offers fantastic views from the rooftop swimming pool. The hotel is opposite Victoria Park and a short walk to the MTR station for access to the shopping and entertainment of the Causeway Bay area.
The New Territories is considered the farm belt of the city. The Outlying islands such as Lamma and Lantau are often visited by tourists on day trips. Lamma Island has a traditional Chinese fishing community and there are many seafood restaurants on the island. Tours to Lantau Island visit the Po Lin Monastery with the largest bronze buddha statue in the world.
It is not all shopping, dining and culture though – there are fantastic options for families too. Take a day trip to Ocean Park which is Asia’s largest oceanarium with wildlife, aquarium, performing dolphins, a cable car and other thrill rides. Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, opened in 2005. It is the smallest of Disneyland Resort with the theme park and two hotels but there are plans for future extensions. Hong Kong Disneyland is made up of four themed lands – Main Street USA, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland which come together to create a magical adventure for all ages.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel pays tribute to the glamour and Art-Deco style of the 1930’s, the Golden Age of movies. Located a few minutes by free shuttle from Disneyland, the hotel is set in 21 acres of gardens and styled in a map of Los Angeles. Large comfortable guest rooms are suitable for families, with Disney themed amenities and cleverly hidden characters in the decor! Stroll the Hollywood themed gardens and grounds, take a photo with a 1930’s classic car or splash about with Goofy in the piano shaped swimming pool. It’s a small world after all!