Asia’s World City
Build a modern city on an ancient civilization, put it at an intersection of cultures, and you get a place that is truly worth exploring. Dive into a festival, hike a mountain trail, catch a show, visit a temple, explore a walled village…
About Hong Kong:
A fusion of two worlds
With a remarkable history that moves through Chinese immigration, colonization by the British and subsequent handover into a Special Administrative Region of China, it should come as no surprise that Hong Kong is such a melting pot of Eastern and Western characteristics.
Culture & Heritage
Taoist temples and Edwardian edifices nestle between skyscrapers, people trade on international markets and light incense to bodhisattvas, vestiges of Chinese clan heritage and European colonial history sit side by side — discover the people and places that shaped Hong Kong. Watch Claire’s video on culture here.
Constantly looking to the future while always honouring its past, Hong Kong breathes under the duality of a modern city enhanced by the richness of an ancient society. Visitors to Asia’s world city are invited to experience age-old rituals and time-tested wisdom of the East. Watch Claire’s video on the Hong Kong experience here.
When faced with the challenge of a lack of available land, Hong Kong decided to look up. Today, Asia’s world city has more than 7,600 skyscrapers, high-rises and other iconic buildings that make it a living showcase of the best in international contemporary architecture.
Eastern Han dynasty (25 – 220) tombs, splendid 13th century ancestral halls, walled villages, elegant Victorian architecture and WWII relics tell the story of Hong Kong’s journey from a far flung outpost of Imperial China to the culturally diverse crossroads of a shrinking world.
Citylife and cityscapes – Asia’s world city is the ultimate urban destination. But contrast is never far away. Nor are the outlying islands, quaint villages, sandy beaches and undulating mountain paths. Take a break from the hustle and dazzle to explore the real wild side of Hong Kong!
Arts & Performance
Centuries of Chinese influence, 150 years of colonial rule and decades as a crossroads of the world have given Hong Kong a flourishing arts scene in which jazz ensembles, orchestras, film festivals and street market operas are all part of the show.
Events & Festivals
Chinese New Year celebrations, Halloween bashes, arts and film festivals and sports tournaments – from the officially supported Mega Events Fund and “M” Mark Events, to ancient and quirky local festivities, Hong Kong’s year-round calendar of happenings blends East and West, tradition and modernity.
For the Kids
Did you know there is a Hong Kong Disneyland? Well now you do! Explore 7 lands—Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A.—filled with beauty, excitement and Disney Characters. Celebrate Halloween, Christmas or Chinese New Year at the Park!
- Roundtrip airfare to Hong Kong aboard Cathay Pacific
- 5 nights accommodation in your choice below
- Airport transfer details listed below
- Roundtrip airfare aboard Cathay Pacific
- 5 nights in Hong Kong at 4-star Regal Oriental or similar
- 7 nights in Bali at 3-star Wina Holiday Villa or similar
- 7 Breakfast in Bali
- 2 full day tours & 1 half tour in Bali (The Beauty of Kintamani (8hrs), The Eastern
Bali Mystic (8hrs), Oleh-Oleh Shopping Tour-Ubud (5hrs). Tours arranged locally on days of your choice)
- Airport transfers
Claire’s Hong Kong Guide:
I just got back from a quick but amazing trip to Hong Kong. During my trip I got to experience the best of modern Hong Kong, visiting quirky boutiques, cafés & bars while also getting an insight into local culture & traditions… And I knew about Hong Kong’s nightlife and gastronomy, but I was really surprised that Asia’s world city has some impressive wildlife, some gorgeous beaches, marine parks and nature reserves.
Here are a few behind the scenes photos from my trip:
Things to know before visiting Hong Kong :
Taxis don’t take credit cards so make sure you have some HKG dollars on hand
Now, once you land at the airport I recommend that you take the Airport Express Train – the AEL – which connects the airport & HKG — 25 mins and only HK$100 about $16 CAD per person. You can even buy the tickets on-line ahead of time – just do a google search for MTR HKG and you will find the site to book them.
The current exchange is 1 CAD = approx 6.14 HKD — and I noticed a better exchange rate in Hong Kong so change most your money once you get there
Buy an Octopus Card – its a multi usage smart card that you can use for the public transportation in Hong Kong — so it gets you onto buses & the MTR which is their subway system. For more info go to www.octopus.com.hk
And don’t miss dim sum at a traditional tea house — there are a lot to choose from and the tea & food is delicious & affordable
And before you go you should download the My Hong Kong Guide app to your phone – it allows you to create a virtual guide with your friends, access and update it via your PC or mobile device, choose from 1,800 activities and attractions, get trip ideas from other travellers, share your experiences on social media, and so much more.
Even though my trip was only for a few nights, it was totally worth it, I loved every second of it! But if you are thinking of going I would aim for a little longer!