May 6th, 2019 | Updated on May 8th, 2019
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. It is a place with multiple personalities as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and having been under British colonization. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent mainland population.
It is an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.
1. Tian Tan Buddha
This sightseeing tour includes pickup from select hotels in the Central and East areas of Hong Kong Island and transfers to Lantau Island. Take a cable car tour to visit the Tian Tan Big Buddha Statue at the PO Lin Monastery and take a boat ride to explore Tai O, a quaint fishing village where the houses are on stilts. A vegetarian lunch is also included with the tour.
2. Lantau Island
See the Po Lin Monastery, the Tian Tan Buddha, take a cable car ride (if option selected), visit the Tai O Fishing Village, Ngong Pin Village, and have a vegetarian lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
While the skyscrapers and modern architecture of Hong Kong would definitely mesmerize you, you might want to take a break from the concrete jungle after a while. In this case, Rayna Tours gives you the perfect opportunity with the Lantau Island day tour. Architecture, adventure, beaches and a beautiful landscape are a few of the things that await visitors at Lantau Island. Our tour package includes a visit to the Po Lin Monastery where you get to see the Giant Buddha Exhibition Hall.
3. Victoria Peak
Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is also one of the most visited spots by tourists, and it’s not hard to see why. Sweeping views of the metropolis, verdant woods, easy but spectacular walks – all reachable in just eight minutes from Central by Hong Kong’s 125-year-old, gravity-defying Peak Tram. Predictably, it’s become a money-making circus with restaurants and two shopping malls, but there’s still magic up here if you can get past that.
4. Ngong Ping
Bringing the masses in ever greater numbers to Po Lin Monastery is the 5.7km Ngong Ping 360, a cable car linking Ngong Ping with the centre of Tung Chung downhill. The ride is well worth taking, offering spectacular views over the airport as it transports you from the high-rise apartments of Tung Chung to the more rural landscapes of Lantau.
5. Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is a theme park located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and it is owned and managed by Hong Kong International Theme Parks. It is the largest theme park in Hong Kong, followed by Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Visit: Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong KongRarely would you find a child who does not want to go to Disneyland. Apart from children, it is a place that attracts adults too. So, if you and your kid are Disneyland enthusiasts, you get a chance to visit this enchanting place during your trip to Hong Kong.
6. Happy Valley Racecourse
An outing at the races is one of the quintessential Hong Kong things to do, especially if you’re around during the weekly Wednesday-evening races. Punters pack into the stands and trackside, with branded beer stalls, silly wigs and live music setting up an electric party atmosphere.
7. Hong Kong Museum of History
Prepare to be whisked through millennia of Hong Kong history at this extraordinary museum, starting with prehistory (don’t linger, the best is yet to come) and ending with the territory’s return to China in 1997. Highlights of the ‘Hong Kong Story’ include a re-creation of an entire arcaded street in Central from 1881, a full-sized fishing junk, lots of informative video theatre exhibits (including an even-handed stab at the Opium Wars) – and so much more.
8. Dragon’s Back
The city’s most famous trail begins in a forest, soars to a mountain ridge evoking a dragon’s spine, before dipping to fine sands and surf. Though Hong Kong has no shortage of visually and culturally superior trails, 8.5km Dragon’s Back is relatively easy to access. And it is impressive. On days when the golf greens, the sea and the luxury homes are all gleaming in the sun, dotted with cloud shadow, it’s downright surreal.
9. Chi Lin Nunnery
One of Hong Kong’s most arresting and tranquil escapes, this Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood (and not a single nail) in the style of the Tang dynasty in 1998. Amid lotus ponds, immaculate bonsai tea plants and bougainvillea, silent nuns deliver offerings of fruit and rice to Buddha and arhats (Buddhist disciples freed from the cycle of birth and death) or chant behind intricately carved screens.
10. Ocean Park
Despite the crowd-pulling powers of Disneyland on Lantau, Ocean Park remains the most popular theme park in Hong Kong. Constant expansion, new rides and thrills, and the presence of four giant pandas and two rare red pandas ensure the park remains a huge draw for families. Be aware that in part of the park, Marine World, cetaceans are kept in captivity and performances involving dolphins and orcas are a feature, which scientific studies suggest is harmful to these animals. Ocean Park is undergoing a mega expansion that will see the launch of the 3716-sq-metre Tai Shue Wan Water World in 2019/20.
Top Hotels In Hong Kong
1. Royal View Hotel
The Luxe Manor is a stylishly surrealism-inspired boutique hotel located in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui with colourful and splendid European architecture offering personalised service and excellent facilities to impress discerning leisure and business travellers. Nestled in the heart of commercial and entertainment district, guests can truly appreciate the convenient access to all corners of the metropolitan.
The Luxe Manor boasts 153 stylish, yet quirky, guest rooms, 6 one-of-its-kind themed suites taking the guests into unimaginable pleasures. Located within the luxury boutique hotels are two unconventional restaurants and bars: Finds, the first authentic Nordic restaurant in Hong Kong featuring Nordic cuisine by Finnish celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa, and Dada Bar + Lounge, a Dadaism-inspired lounge with various entertainments and live music performances on weekends.
2. Royal Plaza Hotel
Located in Mong Kok, the bustling heart of vibrant Kowloon, Royal Plaza Hotel sits atop the MTR Mong Kok East Station with a connecting point to China on a 45-minute train ride and is easy access to public transportation. The Hotel is connected to a seven storey shopping complex and numerous traditional markets with its abundance of stalls and shops for fashion and electronic appliances are within a 10-minute walk from the hotel’s doorstep.
Awarded as “Travel Choice – Family Hotel 2014” by Tripadvisor, the newly renovated rooms with a choice of two queen-sized beds in a superior space, which is designed to more than comfortably accommodate families and groups comprised of 4 guests. The hotel features free Wi-Fi in all guestrooms, a 40-metre swimming pool, a well-equipped gymnasium and three restaurants and a bar.
3. Butterfly On Prat
Butterfly on Prat is situated in the heart of pulsating Tsim Sha Tsui. Step outside of the hip and chic comforts of the hotel & jump into the mega shopping maze of Harbour City. Go catch up with arts, culture & past of the ex-colony, wine & dine Michelin-grade gourmets & drink in the uninterrupted views of some of the world’s finest skylines.
The hotel offers “4G Pocket Wi-Fi Device” to keep your life in sync! Mobile hotspot with unlimited local data instantly connects your devices. 158 stylish rooms, offer branded amenities, device-friendly docking stations mix with free Wi-Fi. Our 24-hour front desk and dedicated ‘ Local Ambassadors’ are on stand-by where you can truly synchronize your life’s demands with your souls.
Cordis, Hong Kong is an upscale 5-star hotel located in the vibrant Mongkok district of Kowloon. This 665 room modern hotel is directly linked to the Langham Place shopping mall and Mongkok MTR station. All rooms and suites are equipped with high-speed wifi, a free-to-use smartphone, LED TVs.
Our wellness facilities include a fully equipped fitness center, two fitness studios and an outdoor heated pool, along with the Chuan Spa, which features over 60 unique treatments. Dining options include the Michelin starred contemporary Cantonese restaurant, Ming Court, the trendy European restaurant and bar, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, and The Garage Bar, the new outdoor food truck destination bar, as well as The Place, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant.
The hotel also features some of Hong Kong’s best meeting and event facilities including Kowloon’s highest ballroom, The Star Room, and the 600 seater Ballroom, which includes a 7m x 4m built in an LED wall.
5. Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong
6. Burlington Hotel
Burlington Hotel is a brand new business hotel conveniently located at the heart of Wanchai. The hotel is just steps away from one of the busiest shopping, nightlife entertainment and business hubs in Hong Kong; less than 10 minutes’ walk to Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and a 2-minute walk from Wanchai MTR Station providing easy access to all our city’s captivating destinations.
7. Hotel VIC On The Harbour
Located in the newly-fashionable district of North Point on Hong Kong Island, Hotel VIC boasts panoramic views of the harbour and is steps away from an MTR station, ferry pier, and other public transport. The hotel features 665 affordable luxury guestrooms and suites with complimentary lightning-fast WiFi, and a tailor-made smartphone app for a seamless accommodation experience.
Dining options include an all-day outlet, a sophisticated rooftop bar and restaurant, and a deli shop cum coffee bar, complemented by diverse eateries and shopping experiences in the hotel’s podium floors, as well as in an adjacent mall and the vibrant surrounding area.
8. Shamrock Hotel
Shamrock Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Kowloon on Nathan Road, which consider as the backbone of Hong Kong that is always brimming over with the glamour of urban life and fabulous shopping selections, just a step away from the Jordan Station (Mass Transit Railway),giving easy access to most parts of the city.
9. Butterfly On Morrison
Combining contemporary comfort with a classy dose of European pizzazz, Butterfly on Morrison is 5-min away from the heart of shopper’s Hong Kong (Times Square, Sogo & Hysan Place); 5-min from the high-octane actions of the Happy Valley racetrack & the Hong Kong stadium; 10-min from the nightlife & heritage cool of Wan Chai & the chic and quirks of Star Street Precinct.
The hotel offers “4G Pocket Wi-Fi Device” to keep your life in sync! Mobile hotspot with unlimited local data instantly connects your devices. Free Wi-Fi together with multimedia docking station and branded amenities are available in all 98 guest rooms. Our 24-hour front desk and dedicated ‘ Local Ambassadors’ are on stand-by where you can truly synchronize your life’s demands with your souls.
10. Royal Park Hotel
Located in the center of Shatin district and adjacent to New Town Plaza, the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong. Five minutes walk from MTR station. Easy access to Central and TST by means of public transport. Hotel runs regular comlimentary shuttle bus service to and from TST to hotel. Regular public bus A41 run between Hong Kong International Airport and hotel. The journey takes around 45 minutes.