Hong Kong, China
Most people have heard of Hong Kong, and many would agree that it is a great city to ease into travelling through Asia. The city is located just 30 minutes from the Hong Kong International Airport on Hong Kong Island. The Island is largely mountainous and combined with a population of over 7.188 million the city’s skyline is made of 1269 skyscrapers- twice the number in New York!
Get a breathtaking view of the city from Victoria Peak. Catch the 125 year old Tram up the mountain and look down to the city- don’t forget the camera on this trip, the view from Victoria Peak lookout is a must for your photobook. Another great daytrip is the catch the cable car across to Lantau Island. You can get a 360 Sky-Land-Sea day pass that lets you travel around the islands many sights. Here you won’t want to miss the Tian Tan Buddha. This seated representation of Lord Guatama is 23m high and weighs a whopping 202 tonnes! Inside Big Buddha is a bell which rings 108 times a day to symbolise escape from the 108 troubles of mankind. Our tip for this day tour is to wear sensible shoes; to get to the Buddha you’ll need to climb 260 steps! While you’re on Lantau Island you might be interested in catching the bus to Tai O fishing village where you’ll find unique house built on stiles atop the water.
Hong Kong has a large variety of hotels to stay in. If your budget allows, treat yourself to 5 star luxury at Mira Moon, The Upper House or Kowloon Shangri La. There are also a large number of affordable options that are still offer good value accommodation, such as Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel and Hotel Madera Hong Kong. Many of these hotels are in the Kowloon district. Buses operate from the airport to this area every 15 mins and take about an hour.
Hong Kong is often a fantastic stop over destination as well. The airports close proximity to tourist attractions means you can see the key tourist spots without having to travel very far. So whether you have 8 hours to spare, or a whole week, Hong Kong is a destination for everyone.
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