The pearl of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong transformed from a sleepy village into a 21st century world-class city and international hub of finance and commerce. Its rich culture, colonial heritage, tumultuous history, and unwavering spirit are captured in this four day Classic Hong Kong journey. Marvel at its spectacular skyline, take a sampan around a fishing village, experience dim sum culture, shop the hectic markets of Mongkok, and much more.
Arrive in one of Asia's most notable and exciting business capitals, Hong Kong, and check in to your luxury hotel. Once settled in, begin your survey of Hong Kong from the top of Victoria Peak where you can take in views of the cityscape and waterfront. Then, take in lesser visited sights of Hong Kong island away from the skyscrapers: from Repulse Bay, one of the most expensive residential areas in the world, to the humble fishing village of Aberdeen. Get on a private sampan and cruise in the harbor for a closer look at where people still live and work on boats. For a unique experience, opt for a seafood meal on a floating restaurant. Wrap up the day at Stanley market, a popular local favorite which offers a relaxed outdoor shopping and dining scene along a promenade.
Embark on a tour around Central, seeking both the historical and the modern in the frenetic business and retail heart crammed with skyscrapers, art galleries, trendy restaurants, and boutiques. Take a ride on the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, the Mid-Levels escalator. For lunch, we suggest a quintessential Hong Kong dim sum meal at one of the many famous shops. The baskets of delicate dumplings and bite-sized snacks enjoyed with fragrant tea is the great pastime of locals. If you wish, take a lesson and try your hand at making dim sum. Stop at a traditional medicine shop where you can learn about herbal remedies still used to treat ailments and balance one's chi. In the evening, don't miss the Symphony of Lights, the world's largest permanent light and sound show broadcast nightly. If you wish, join a shared cruise or charter a private vessel to enjoy the show from the harbor for the best vantage point.
Today, cross Victoria Harbor on the classic Star Ferry to explore Kowloon. Arrive at Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). The immediate waterfront's promenade is also known as Avenue of Stars which honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Then, head over to Mongkok district, a bustling scene of street food, buildings studded with neon signboards, and markets galore. Take your pick from bargain markets, flower market, even bird and goldfish markets. Make a visit at Chi Lin Nunnery, one of the most impressive monastery complexes in Hong Kong, before taking a trip to Lantau island. Roughly twice the size of Hong Kong Island with only 1/10th of the population, Lantau offers a quiet and natural setting for locals to get away for hiking and biking. Here, visit the Tian Tan Buddha, a large bronze statue that crowns the island, as well as the Po Lin monastery next to it. If you wish, we suggest having dinner at one of the restaurants at Tai O Village, known for its vast variety of fresh seafood.
Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying more of Hong Kong's shops and restaurants before your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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