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An ultra-modern harbourside city backed by rolling hills which embraces its unique heritage, traditions and east-meets-west atmosphere.
Hong Kong is known for its fascinating harmony between old and new, east and west. With 5,000 years of Chinese traditions, 150 years of British colonial influence and boundless energy for the future, this is a truly unique city that's constantly changing - so even if this isn't your first visit, you're sure to find something new and exciting.
- Shop till you drop in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon
- Take a Star Ferry across the harbour for amazing views
- Try some Yum Cha and a whole host of other amazing local specialties
- It’s a great add-on to any Far East itinerary and just a couple of nights can be enough
- The beauty and history of the New Territories
Best time to visit Hong Kong
• The city is most pleasant in November and December, when it's warm and sunny
• The spring and summer months of May to July can be hot, humid and often wet
• Hong Kong is a great destination for a city break all year round.
Hong Kong holiday highlights
When people envisage Hong Kong with its impressive skyline dominated by the glittering glass of soaring buildings, backed by green peaks, it is most likely Hong Kong Island that they see. Home to the economic, historical and political centre, this is the city’s heart where you will discover the shopping, entertainment and commercial heart on the north coast of the island on the southern shore of the deep Victoria Harbour.
The city is also acts as a gateway to the rest of the Far East and China, with many cruise lines such as Azamara Club Cruises featuring sailings which depart from, or arrive into the port. Following a few days of exploring the city you'll be ready to set off for exotic new shores throughout this beautiful region.
Marvel at the blend of man-made and natural landscapes from Victoria Peak above the central region of Hong Kong Island, overlooking the streets, skyscrapers, harbour and Kowloon Peninsula below. Wander through the neon city and savour an array of peculiar delicacies such as shredded jellyfish, or snake soup, before signing up for a t’ai chi session at dawn.
For a city view from sea level take the Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and, upon disembarkation, explore the shopping mecca of Tsim Sha Tsui including the Harbour City shopping centre. The Kowloon Walled City Park was once the site of a Qing Dynasty military station which grew to become a large sprawling city during the 20th Century. In the early 1990s the chaotic buildings were demolished and replaced with a park, where, to this day you can still see a number of structures and relics from the city as well as the beautiful Qing Dynasty garden.
For beaches, traditional markets and laid back cafés, head to the island’s south coast. For serious shoppers there is no rival to the vast malls and stalls that line the streets on the Kowloon Peninsula that forms the northern shore of Victoria Harbour, facing Hong Kong Island. Explore the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, famous for high end stores, sprawling shopping complexes and street traders hawking their wares.