Don’t you just love the infinite possibilities of big cities? Then book a flight to Hong Kong and discover a metropolis that is rich in contrasts. Visit the classic fishing village of Tai O, take a trip on the Star Ferry and after dark, enjoy the brilliant laser show illuminating the Hong Kong skyline.
Shop ‘til you drop
Hong Kong is a true shoppers’ paradise and the metro will take you anywhere you want. Harbour City is Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall, but visit the Kowloon shopping streets to get your bargains. At sundown, travel to the Temple Street Night Market. Its food stalls, shops, opera singers and music will prove an experience for all your senses. And once you’re done shopping, go to The Peak for a magical view over the city. Hong Kong is the ideal destination for a city trip or as the starting point for a longer vacation in China. Treat yourself: book a flight to Hong Kong now!
The Asian temples of Hong Kong
Hong Kong has numerous temples. Make sure to at least visit the Taoist Wong Tai Sin Temple and the Man Mo Temple, the latter of which is special to Buddhists and Taoists alike. At Man Mo Temple, you’ll find many soothsayers carrying a piece of bamboo containing little numbered sticks. They say the first stick to fall out of that piece of bamboo will tell what the future will hold for you.
Flights to Hong Kong for a unique city trip
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You can see them on menus in all kinds of shapes and flavours, and they are served in steamer baskets or on side plates: delicious dim sum. Originally, these steamed parcels were a favourite breakfast item but nowadays they have become just as popular for lunch. Because each restaurant fills its menu with its own creations, more than 2,000 varieties of dim sum now exist.
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Glistening skyscrapers and imposing shopping malls dominate the skyline of Hong Kong. It’s hard to imagine that this metropolis was nothing more than a fishing village 150 years ago. Fishermen lived here in stilt houses, supported above the water by poles, and fished to provide a meal for their families. You can still see this lifestyle today in Tai O fishing village.
China is the birthplace of tea. Naturally, this sophisticated beverage is a crowd pleaser in Hong Kong too. Whether with a breakfast of steamed snacks, at a business meeting or an elaborate dinner, tea accompanies most occasions. Teahouses are the quintessential places where a broad range of tea types, ceremonies and people come together.
The latest laptops and perfumes are easy to find in Hong Kong but with the wide choice of shops it means you can also buy the most original souvenirs. Looking for a Chinese evening gown or antique folding screen? No problem! It’s easy to fall in love with the beautifully made local goods. But be warned, shopping on this scale has already turned the people of Hong Kong into shopaholics.
Apart from eating, the other national sport of Hong Kong is shopping. It’s hard to choose between the 100-plus shopping malls. The metropolis seems to be a maze of shopping paradises, busy promenades and craft shops. Fortunately, each neighbourhood has its own products and prices. With a little preparation you’ll know exactly where to go.
You’re just as likely to come across songbirds and goldfish on Hong Kong’s street markets as antique watches and Chinese dresses. Street markets are always exciting and full of life, in contrast with the often stuffy shopping malls. And in Hong Kong you can find a market at any time of the day... Or night.
Referring to Ocean Park as an amusement park hardly does it justice. Founded in 1977, Hong Kong’s oldest amusement park offers so much more than just a few rides and roller coasters. Ocean Park encompasses a zoo, oceanarium, amusement park and research centre all in one. Animal welfare is one of the park’s top priorities and the various laboratories carry out important research.
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In the heart of Hong Kong’s hectic financial district lies a peaceful oasis - the Man Mo Temple. This temple is dedicated to 2 very different gods: Man Cheong (God of Literature) and Mo (God of War). The temple was built around 1847 by wealthy Chinese merchants during the early years of British colonial rule in Hong Kong.
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Long before the steamboat was invented, people crossed the harbour between the island of Hong Kong and Kowloon by sampan. A time-consuming and arduous trip. However, once the Star Ferry came into operation, the journey was reduced to only 8 minutes. The Star Ferry now offers 12 boats and the crossing offers great views of the impressive Hong Kong skyline.
If you only have time to visit one Hong Kong attraction, go to The Peak. And if you have a lot of time, then still visit The Peak. Seven million visitors a year find their way to the top of this mountain. The view from here is breathtaking. There is also a gigantic shopping mall that will make the heart of every shopaholic skip a beat.
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