Update your travel to-do list and swap your standard ‘city break’ for one of these different but exciting cosmopolitan eastern cities
Currency: HKD Hong Kong Dollar
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Getting there: Flight time from Manchester is approximately eleven hours. You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa. A direct flight from Manchester costs approximately £734 with Cathay Pacific
Set your sights to the Far East and enjoy the dazzling delights and non-stop adventures at one of Asia’s most exciting cities, Hong Kong. An eclectic mix of history and modernity, where you can experience technology at its most advanced, and at the same time spot old-English double-deckers packed with commuters racing by at rush hour.
The majestic jungle: Hong Kong really is a see it to believe it kind of place…
Central Hong Kong is a city intensely built up around you, but deep inside is where you’ll find a plethora of hidden treasures around every corner. Known worldwide for its unbeatable dining culture, from fine dining to local street food, it is bursting at the seams with popular restaurants, cafes and bars. But it doesn’t stop there, with its heavenly shopping arcades, fashionable sub-cultures and renowned nightlife, there’s so much more to explore.
Hong Kong has had an interesting past – steeped in maritime history, occupancy battles and even, more recently, civil unrest, yet it is recognised as one of the safest places to live and raise a family. A bustling port and a major international financial centre, Hong Kong has masses of appeal and endless sightseeing opportunities.
Situated at the foot of China, this collection of islands surrounded on one side by mountainous jungle and the South China Sea on the other is also packed with parks and open spaces so you can always escape the wild side and enjoy breathtaking views from atop a peak or aboard a boat on the harbour.
Ride ‘The Peak Tram’ and experience one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the world first hand. The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods since colonial times. Take the Star Ferry across the harbour to Kowloon, stock up on souvenirs at Temple Street Night Market and enjoy the wonderful ‘Symphony of Lights’ show at Victoria Harbour.
With distinctive British-isms across the city, from the English signage to the double-decker buses, black cabs and top restaurants, Hong Kong is a mix of contrasting features – a unique yet familiar destination that you’ll feel at home in and in awe of all at the same time. It really is a see it to believe it place.