This was our second trip with Remote Lands... On Java, our guide was excellent and we loved being the only people at Borobudur after the monument closed to the public.
Hong Kong Island
After their defeat at the hands of the Royal Navy, Qing Dynasty China surrendered Hong Kong Island, then a sleepy fishing village, to the British crown. Because of its strategic, deep-water harbor, Hong Kong Island was developed heavily in the intervening years. Today, Hong Kong Island is a flourishing, cosmopolitan location, and is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Highlights of Hong Kong Island include dim sum lunch at an upscale restaurant; touring the outlying islands and the busy Aberdeen district by private junk; and hiking the twisting Dragon's Back Trail, which runs across rugged, mountainous terrain.
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Start the day with a helicopter tour over Hong Kong island and Victoria Harbour, taking in views of Victoria Peak, the South China Sea and outlying islands, and the dynamic architecture of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Asian Contemporary Art
An art expert will take you on a private tour of Hong Kong's vibrant Asian Contemporary Art scene, including visits to top galleries, collections and studios to give you an insider's view of this exploding industry.
Have a classic Cantonese lunch of dim sum at a restaurant renowned for its modern, elegant take on classic dishes such as steamed lobster dumplings, asparagus spring rolls, and barbecued pork buns. If you are feeling adventurous, try some of the less familiar options, such as pig offal soup and stinky tofu (tofu fermented in brine). Afterwards, tour the kitchen to see the team of cooks working together at high speed to produce delicious dim sum.
Chinese Antiquities & Hollywood Road
Explore the galleries and boutiques of Hollywood Road, where some of the finest Asian antiquities and antiques can be found. Meet gallery owner Oi Ling at her gallery specializing in Chinese antiquities for a private tour of her excellent collection.
Aberdeen & Outlying Islands by Private Junk
Setting out from Aberdeen, spend the day exploring Hong Kong's outlying islands aboard your own traditional Chinese junk. The waters around Hong Kong are filled with islands large and small, some with fishing villages or relaxed communities of expats and locals, others home only to lovely isolated beaches and coves where you can pause for some swimming.
Meet one of the region’s top sommeliers and have a blind wine taste test of fine Chinese wines versus wines from California, France, Italy and other well-established regions. Chinese wines are gaining traction with young, local oenophiles as the country’s winemakers – many of whom are specialists who also consult in France, Austria and New Zealand – race to produce fine wines instead of the tawny country wines that have been rolling off the production line since neglected vineyards in mainland China were resurrected in the 1980s.
Go on a half-day historical tour of Hong Kong. Your walking tour will also include some of the city’s iconic means of transit – the Mid-Levels escalator, the world’s largest outdoor escalator system, and the Peak Tram, which delivers you to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island. Your expert guide will take you through the neighborhoods of Central, Wan Chai, the Peak, and, after crossing Victoria Harbour on the iconic Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon.
Visit Stanley Market, located near several beautiful beaches on the south side of Hong Kong Island. This bustling open air-market carries a lot of tourish kitsch, but it has its charms. Stop in one of the waterfront cafés for a coffee, if you wish, or browse through the bazaar and pick up mementos like a Chinese chop with your name on it, or a silk scarf.
Dragon's Back Hiking Trail
Named for its twisting, winding course, the Dragon’s Back lies within close proximity to the bustle of Hong Kong’s populated areas. Hikers will be rewarded with panoramic views of various locations, from beachside Stanley to the surrounding cerulean waters of the South China Sea.
Soak up the culture, history, sights and sounds of Canton on this six-day exploration of southern China’s most stylish province. From the bright lights, art galleries and markets of Hong Kong, immerse yourself in beautiful Conghua, where golf, hot springs and historic artifacts await amid gorgeous mountain scenery.
Spend 4 exciting days in Hong Kong and Macao, staying in some of Asia's most luxurious hotels. You’ll visit Victoria Peak to view the iconic Hong Kong cityscape, ride the world’s longest escalator system in Mid-Levels, peruse Kowloon’s bird, flower, and goldfish markets, and visit age-old temples in Macao.
Eat your way through Hong Kong on this delectable 2-day tour featuring the region’s rich, intense, and age-old recipes, while staying at some of the region’s most luxe hotels. You’ll dine at the Four Season’s Caprice restaurant, and sample local favorites in Kowloon’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood.
Embark on an exciting 12-day adventure through the Philippines, starting in Manila, where you’ll visit Intramuros city, and continue on to the cobblestone streets of historic Vigan and Bohol’s chocolate hills. Round off the trip with a luxurious stay in Hong Kong, capturing the iconic skyline from Victoria Peak.
Spend 4 days exploring the hidden corners of Hong Kong. You’ll stay at luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton on Hong Kong Island and Upper House in Kowloon, while taking day trips to Lantau peak and Tai O fishing village, exploring Hong Kong’s Wetland Park, and strolling along Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of the Stars.
The Four Seasons Hong Kong's unique location on the Hong Kong side of Victoria Harbour offers the breathtaking perspective of viewing both the Kowloon and Hong Kong Island skylines. There are 399 guest rooms, including 54 suites, each reflecting signature Four Seasons comfort and luxury in two styles, modern chic and classic Chinese design. Every room and suite offers media amenities such as a DVD player, plasma/LCD screen television and wired or wireless Internet access, and the property itself has a state-of-the-art fitness center with tai chi, yoga and pilates classes, four pools (infinity pool, lap pool, plunge pool and whirlpool, all outdoors although the infinity pool is heated during the winter), a 24-hour business center, and a sumptuous, 22,000-square-foot spa. Dining options include Caprice, a modern French restaurant with open kitchens and an extensive wine list focused on France that also includes other Old and New World options; Lung King Heen, a Cantonese restaurant that serves classic Chinese breakfast items such as rice porridge and dumplings, dim sum for lunch, and a fresh seafood focus on dinner entrees; The Lounge, which serves all-day dining including one of Hong Kong’s top afternoon tea services; Inagiku, the Hong Kong branch of one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Japan; and Blue Bar, famed for its 88 signature blue cocktails, which bartenders shake out daily from noon onwards.
A favorite holiday destination among the Chinese elite for decades, Conghua is located just an hour outside Guangzhou and a short journey from the airport. Nestled in the foothills of this region’s stunning mountainous scenery, Imperial Springs welcomes guests with fresh air and exquisite hospitality. With a nod to imperial architecture, the elegant villas and suites combine classic style and modern convenience, including underfloor heating and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout - what’s more, every residence comes with a dedicated butler. With an emphasis on the historically restorative properties of the Phoenix Mountains, the hotel boasts a large hot spring complex; not to mention a spa and variety of pools, and most villas feature their own private access to the hot springs. For additional opportunities to relax and unwind, guests can enjoy of the 27-hole golf course and explore the museum, while business guests can make use of the fully-equipped convention center. For added convenience the hotel’s helicopter is on hand for trips around the region.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental
With just 113 guestrooms, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a chic boutique retreat in the heart of Hong Kong’s business and fashion districts. Famed for its stunning contemporary design, peaceful ambience and impeccable service, it offers guests a highly exclusive experience that exudes style and serenity. With a striking contemporary décor, its rooms and suites are among the largest in Hong Kong and feature the latest in-room technology. Amber Restaurant offers contemporary French fine dining, while MO Bar has superb cocktails and fine dining. The hotel’s Spa is one of the finest in Asia.
The iconic Mandarin Oriental has been the standard-bearer for hotels in Hong Kong since it opened its doors in 1963. Just 40 minutes from Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG), the Mandarin Oriental sits in the heart of Central, Hong Kongs financial district, and has 502 rooms and suites decorated with modern Asian touches, such as Chinois day bed loungers that easily convert into sofa beds, and views of the city and/or Victoria Harbor. The Mandarin Spa offers a full suite of spa and beauty services based on traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing therapies, and has eight private treatment rooms including two couples' suites, each with private steam shower and tub. There are 10 distinct restaurants and bars, including Man Wah, the hotels exquisite Cantonese restaurant on the 25th floor, the elegant Krug Room, which serves special tasting menus paired with Krug champagnes, and The Mandarin Cake Shop, which displays its myriad of freshly baked treats like jewelry in gorgeous glass cases. Other facilities and amenities include a fitness center, indoor heated pool on the top floor, wi-fi access everywhere, and IT butlers to assist you with any technological queries you may have.
Opened in 2009, Hong Kong’s hip and luxurious Upper House is the sister hotel of Beijing’s Opposite House. Occupying floors 38 to 49 of the Pacific Place tower in Admiralty, Upper House was designed by architect Andre Fu, dubbed by Conde Nast Traveler as an “Asian design sensation.” His meticulous design is intended to evoke the intimacy and tranquility of a private home high above the hectic city. Each of the hotel’s 117 rooms, including 21 suites and two penthouses, has a dramatic harbour view or city view. Amenities in every room include an iPod Touch with custom music playlists, hotel and area information; 42-inch LCD TVs with surround sound, video-on-demand and PC, camcorder and MP3 connectivity; and choice of broadband or wireless Internet. On the property’s 49th floor, Café Gray Deluxe is helmed by chef Gray Kunz, featuring a 46-foot-long open kitchen and bar of the same length, as well as a private dining room for up to 12. Upper House’s atrium presents a 10-storey sculpture by Hiroshiwata Sawada, and each room’s decor includes a unique sandstone sculpture by Marvin Mintofang. There is also a gym with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Upper House is approximately 40 minutes from Chek Lap Kok International Airport.