Luxury Long Weekend in Hong Kong

by Hannah Bashford
   
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Thanks to its blend of Chinese and British culture, as well as its variety of landscapes and local attractions, Hong Kong is a unique holiday destination and the perfect location for a city break.

Many tourists come to Hong Kong for the urban landscape and the skyscraper skyline, but the region is also home to many stunning rural areas that are worth a visit. Often viewed as a stop-over destination en route to countries such as Australia, New Zealand or Japan, short breaks in the region are common place, so here is our three day guide to the best weekend break in Hong Kong:

Day 1 – Hong Kong Island

Start your first day in Hong Kong with a trip on the Star Ferry across the harbour to Central on Hong Kong Island and be sure to sit on the top deck for the best views of the island’s famous skyline. Once in Central, an area renowned for its colonial past, visit Hong Kong Park for a relaxing patch of green amid the urban landscape, before heading into the hustle and bustle of the centre.

A day on Hong Kong Island would not be complete without a trip to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island. The best way to venture up The Peak and seek out hidden gems in this historic area is the free outdoor escalator, the longest in the world. Once at the top, make your way to the observation platform for the most spectacular views over the harbour and you will understand why the houses in this area are some of the most expensive in the world. Take the Peak Circle Walk for an impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the city and the beautiful mountains beyond.

If you’re not one for heights, make your way back down to sea level and spend your afternoon on the south side of the island for some Hong Kong’s best beaches. A familiar spot for tourists is the crescent-shaped sandy beach of Repulse Bay, overlooking the South China Sea and considered one of the most beautiful in Hong Kong. Whilst on this side of the island, take a sampan trip across Aberdeen harbour to see the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant and meander round the harbour to marvel at the traditional house boats for a leading cultural break in Hong Kong.

For a relaxing night’s sleep, stay at the Charterhouse Causeway Bay hotel situated on Hong Kong Island. Only a short drive away from the region’s prime tourist attractions, this wonderful hotel is the ideal place to stay during your romantic luxury holiday in Hong Kong.

Day 2 – Kowloon

The peninsula to the north of the island known as Kowloon is a primary tourist destination due to its assortment of places to shop, eat and sleep. Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the peninsula, is incredibly popular along with the district of Mong Kok, thanks to their range of shops and markets. If you’re looking for a bargain during your special luxury break in Hong Kong, Nathan Road is perfect for shopping, along with Temple Street Market with its mix of stalls selling clothing and gadgets. If you’re after some jewellery a visit to the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei is a must, where the famous gem of Hong Kong (Jade) is sold as pendants, bracelets and ornaments on over 400 stalls.

For a delicious lavish snack try afternoon tea at the Peninsula, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic hotels and an emblem of the region’s dining heritage. But as soon as evening arrives, head for the Avenue of the Stars promenade, as it is the best location to view the incredible nightly laser show, ‘A Symphony of Lights’, across Victoria Harbour. This spectacular light show, synchronised to music and incorporating more than 40 buildings, is staged every night at 8pm and according to the Guinness World Records is the world's ‘Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’.

Day 3 – The New Territories and Lantau

For a day trip away from the hubbub of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, visit the outlying rural areas which are home to beautiful countryside, secluded beaches, traditional fishing villages and monasteries. If you want to get off the beaten track, head to the New Territories for a traditional heritage trip in Hong Kong and follow the Ping Shan Heritage Trail which passes by some of the best ancient sights. Here you can visit the walled Hakka village of Tsang Tai, as well as a number of temples, including the renowned Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

The largest of the outlying islands is Lantau, where you can find scenic beaches and major tourist attractions. The greatest site on the island is the majestic Giant Tian Tan Buddha, the largest seated bronze Buddha in the world, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Situated in the magnificent Pin Lo monastery, on the Ngong Ping plateau, the construction of this huge Buddha has transformed this area from a remote, tranquil monastery for monks into a must-visit tourist destination for leading cultural weekends in Hong Kong.

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