Hong Kong calls itself ‘Asia’s World City’ and there’s a lot of truth in that. It certainly is a vibrant, pulsating and cosmopolitan place, full of enterprise and activity, attraction and entertainment.
For authentic Chinese antiquities, try the Chine Gallery along the Hollywood Road. Look out for a custom-made cheongsam dress or handmade suits and shirts.
The Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula is a very romantic way to travel, and the upper deck views are definitely worth the small extra charge.
The best way to ascend from the central business district to Victoria Peak is to take the 120-year-old Peak tram, one of the world’s steepest funicular railways. The best views are on the right hand side, by the way.
Another must-see is the horse racing under floodlights at the famed Happy Valley course, Hong Kong’s most popular pastime.
There’s art to be seen too: the Ooi Botos Gallery, Zee Stone Gallery, and Plum Blossoms, are the places to go.
Take ‘English’ tea at 3’o clock, or enjoy the 2000-year-old Chinese tea tradition. In a Chinese cup, there are never more than three sips at any one time.
Watch the pink flamingos in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, and admire the locals practice the graceful moves of Tai Chi.
Serious hikers head off to do the two-hour trek along the Dragon’s Back, to the seaside village of Shek O at the eastern tip of the Island.
Drink and dine at night on one of the last Chinese junks to be built the traditional way, the Aqua Luna. A great place to watch the Symphony of Light, the free daily 8pm sound and light display that brings the skyline to life.
Families love attractions like Madam Tussuad’s, as well as the fun and frolics of Hong Kong Disneyland.
In the know
Excelsior Hotel offers a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for the hotel:
Harbour views are certainly worth the extra price.
The higher the room, the better the view.
Rooms at the end of the corridors are quieter. Also, those away from the lifts.
The hotel is on the Airport Express free shuttle H2 route.
If you require a non-smoking room, request one in good time.
Loyal guests might well get a better room as a reward.
Rooms ending in 10 are on the corner of the corridors with a different shape.