Tips for Returning to Business Travel
Selective Travel Management’s tips for returning to travel post-covid...
At number eight in our top cities for bleisure travel in 2019 is Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a major financial and logistics hub located in Southeast China. Maintaining its status as the world’s ‘freest economy’ for the 24th year in a row, this cosmopolitan city has plenty to offer tourist and business travellers alike. With tourism as one of its 4 key GDP drivers, Hong Kong provides a truly authentic cultural experience like no other. So if you’re travelling to Hong Kong on business in 2019, and have some time on the side for a bit of leisure, let Selective Travel Management guide you on Asia’s World City…
Top 10 Things to See and Do
1. Big Buddha
The Tian Tian Buddha (often referred to as the Big Buddha) is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world and is located on Lantau Island. Visitors can climb the 268 steps to marvel at the statue or ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car whilst taking in the magnificent views of the island.
2. Views of the City
If views are what you are looking for, then Victoria Peak (known locally as The Peak) might just be the place for you. Sitting at 1,300 feet above sea level, it is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The best way to get there is via The Peak Tram which gives passengers stunning views as the city fades below the mountain. Once at the top of the mountain, visitors can explore one of the many attractions including The Peak Tower, the Sky Terrace 428, the Sky Tour and Madame Tussauds. For more spectacular views of the city, why not visit the Sky100 Observation Tower for 360° viewing or hike up the Dragon’s Back at Shek O Peak.
3. Victoria Harbour
Another popular tourist area, Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. Jump on board the Star Ferry for cheap transportation between the two land masses and take in the breathtaking views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline. Located along the Harbour is the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade which has a number of shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. Make sure to visit the Harbour at night for a lights show – an opportunity not to be missed!
4. Visit one of the Islands
Hong Kong is made up of 263 islands, the largest of which is Lantau Island followed by Hong Kong Island. Others include Lamma Island which can be accessed by ferry and has a number of hiking trails, beaches and fish restaurants. Sai Kung can be reached via bus and is a relaxing detour away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With so many different islands to choose from, it’s best to do your research first to find the one most suitable for you.
5. Visit an Amusement Park
For something a bit more thrilling, why not visit one of Hong Kong’s top amusement parks. Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in the country with seven themed areas from Tomorrowland to Toy Story Land. Located just outside the city, Ocean Park is more than just an amusement park with birds, mammals, marine animals, shows and water rides.
6. Hong Kong Tramways
The Hong Kong Tramways (fondly nicknamed Ding Ding after their ringing bells) are a great and affordable way to get around the city. Opened in 1904, these are a must-see for those wanting an authentic and historical experience of old Hong Kong.
7. Experience Tranquility
If you would like an escape from the city, then one of the many temples or monasteries might just be for you. Popular choices include the Chin Lun Nunnery which features the Nan Lian Garden and the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery which houses around 13,000 statues. Other notable landmarks include the Po Lin Monastery (located near the Big Buddha statue) and the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.
8. Hong Kong Museum of History
The Hong Kong Museum of History preserves Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. Collections include natural history, archaeology, ethnography, and local history. Even better – it’s free!
Mong Kok is one of the busiest areas in Hong Kong and if you like a bargain buy, this is the place to shop. With everything from high fashion and street brands to classic souvenirs and designer knock offs, there is sure to be something for everyone. It also features two malls: the Argyle Centre and Langham Place.
10. Local Cuisine
No trip to Asia is complete without a taste of the local cuisine. Popular dishes include roast goose, sweet and sour pork, clay pot rice and egg tarts. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, why not sample the local delicacy - chicken feet. Trying local street food in Hong Kong is a must with plenty scattered in and around the Mong Kok area.