Hong Kong Highlights: Reasons Why Asia’s World City Retains its Appeal
There are many reasons why Hong Kong is still considered one of the greatest destinations in the world. Although firmly and indisputably Chinese, the territory offers a beguiling mélange of old and new with vestiges of British colonialism thrown into the mix to create a unique travel experience.
HONG KONG HIGHLIGHTS:
REASONS WHY ASIA’S WORLD CITY RETAINS ITS APPEAL
There are many reasons why Hong Kong is still considered one of the greatest destinations in the world. Although firmly and indisputably Chinese, the territory offers a beguiling mélange of old and new with vestiges of British colonialism thrown into the mix to create a unique travel experience. Add in one of the world’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful settings, a diverse culinary culture, and swathes of green open space, and you see why Hong Kong retains its swagger.
QUINTESSENTIALLY HONG KONGTemple Street night market
Hong Kong deserves its reputation as a gastronomic paradise. There’s fantastic food everywhere with Michelin-approved fine dining venues rubbing shoulders with down-to-earth joints serving up some of the best Cantonese food you'll find anywhere. Sample dim sum at a classic tea house or fill up on delicious hawker fare at a dai pai dong, the bustling street food stalls found throughout all of Hong Kong's neighborhoods. Markets are another Hong Kong highlight. Popular places to browse include Temple Street night market, Hong Kong’s biggest, and Cat Street Antique Market, which showcases authentic antiques and curios. If you’ve ever wanted to pair a vintage snuff bottle with a copy of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book, then this is the place. Another string to Hong Kong’s bow is its nightlife, which offers a dizzying array of choices including numerous sophisticated venues with vantage points overlooking the iconic cityscape.
AWAY FROM THE CROWDSVictoria Harbor
It seems counter-intuitive to laud its nature given that Hong Kong has the highest population density on the planet. But the destination offers plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Hiking is a popular activity, and numerous trails offer stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. For those who prefer to take to the water, junk cruises are a must-do experience. These traditional Chinese boats take you on a leisurely journey around Victoria Harbor and out to Lamma, Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, and numerous other islands, where you can take in the iconic skyline from a different perspective. For another vantage point, consider taking a helicopter ride over the city. You'll soar above Hong Kong's skyscrapers and get a bird's-eye view of the city's iconic landmarks.
CAPITAL OF CULTUREHong Kong Palace Museum
Hong Kong’s east-meets-west identity has long made it a center for art and culture in the region. Key to retaining its position are initiatives such as the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), one of the world’s largest cultural infrastructure projects. WKCD covers 40 hectares of land along the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbor. It offers world-class integrated arts and cultural facilities, including M+, a global museum of modern and contemporary visual culture, and the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which presents over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum in Beijing.
PLACES TO STAYPeninsula Hong Kong
Hong Kong is not short on salubrious addresses. But Rosewood, Peninsula Hong Kong, and The Upper House are among the top choices. Rosewood is situated in the vibrant neighborhood of Tsim Sha Tsui and boasts panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. Peninsula Hong Kong, a classic among Hong Kong hotels, offers guests an elegant stay in the heart of Kowloon. The Upper House, located in the high-end Pacific Place mall, provides a modern and minimalist ambiance with stunning views of the city. All three hotels feature world-class dining, unparalleled service, and sophisticated design, making them ideal places from which to strike out.
THE PERFECT COMBINATIONEl Nido, Philippines
Hong Kong's central location and world-class airport make it an ideal hub for combining travel to other destinations in Asia. The Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand are just a short flight away and offer a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. Mongolia and Nepal are also easily accessible from Hong Kong and offer unique landscapes and cultural experiences, from trekking in the Himalayas to staying in traditional Mongolian yurts.
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