Sunrise over Victoria Harbor as viewed atop Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

The best things about the diversity of Hong Kong

Whether it’s just for a stopover, of for a holiday, Hong Kong is a vibrant, cultural metropolis bursting with delicious food, colourful history and plenty of activities.

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View from Victoria Peak  observation deck looking north towards Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.Sky is purple and buildings are looking pink. Visible is the tallest buildings in the city - International Commerce Centre (abbr. ICC Tower) - where the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, is located. Visible is also the 2nd tallest building -International Finance Centre (IFC or "ifc").

The best way to describe Hong Kong is an “Assault on the Senses”. Skyscrapers tower above you, the tangy fragrances of hawker food stalls infiltrate your nostrils and people press you in from all sides. Yet, despite this, or perhaps because of it, Hong Kong is simply enchanting.

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There’s the typical, shopping, shopping and shopping. Disneyland is a whole world of fun and the tram up Victoria peak offers spectacular views of the city and surrounds. But Hong Kong has so much more to offer.

On the mainland side of the city, there are markets dedicated to practically everything; flower markets, ladies’ markets, animals, jewellery, food, clothing, and night markets. It’s all there at the tip of your fingers.

Woman enjoying a fresh steamed bun and a variety of Chinese traditional dim sum in restaurant.

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Once you’ve finished your shopping, spend a tranquil afternoon wandering through the Nan Lian Gardens. These gardens, designed in the reminiscence of the Tang Dynasty, provide a haven from the bustle of the city. You can enjoy the café and art exhibitions or simply relax to the sound of trickling water fountains in this small island of peace and tranquility.

Junk Boat in Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong island is where you can spend your evenings. There is an eclectic mix of traditional and western cuisine, dimly-lit bars and smoky clubs. Happy Valley Racecourse offers the only gambling allowed in Hong Kong. Even if punting isn’t your thing, the viewing alone, promises a great night out.

A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without visiting Macau. Formerly a Portuguese colony, this little piece of Europe in Asia offers the best Portuguese Custard Tarts on the continent.
Macau, commonly known as the Vegas of the East, is only an hour and a half on a ferry from Hong Kong. Don’t forget to take your passport.

Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China.

The city is home to many Vegas recreations. Gambling aside, you can take a gondola ride through the avenues of The Venetian or go to the Michael Jackson café or the inflatable obstacle course at the Sofitel.

The diversity of this tiny island is staggering. Eating and drinking, temples and gardens, shopping, or gaming, whatever your travelling style, Hong Kong is sure to be a memorable destination for everyone.

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