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Hong Kong. Is it a city? A state? A nation? One thing’s for sure, it’s an awesome place for a holiday. Steel and glass skyscrapers shoot, well, sky-high, from bustling streets. Around every corner there’s something happening. From slurping up wonton noodles and dim sum in Asia’s culinary capital to applauding your first Cantonese opera to visiting a Sikh temple, there’s always another adventure to be had.
Outside the city centre, Hong Kong is a maze of mangroves, rainforests and bays just waiting to be explored. Green areas actually outsize the city and suburbs in square kilometres, so you can totally get your nature on—and then head back to cocktails, double-decker tram cars and that pair of kitchen knives you were eyeballing at the bazaar. They’d be perfect for feeding your new addiction to tofu.
Let’s be real. With your full holiday itinerary and last-minute schedule, you probably won’t spend a third of your time sleeping like you do at home. When you do pause the sightseeing and exploring for a little R&R, the comfort and quality of your Hong Kong hotel is extra important.
Your holiday begins the moment your feet hit Hong Kong soil. Catch a horse race from the comfort of a beer garden—your favourite tinny in hand. Whether your horse comes in first or last, you win. A little tipsy? Then the paintings at the 3D Museum will be even more fun. Where else can you touch, climb on and become completely disoriented by art in a museum?
Check out the theme parks in this city, eh? There’s a Disney Resort (those things are everywhere!) and the Buddhist-themed Ngong Ping 360. Book Ocean Park Hong Kong Admission right here on lastminute.com.au and you could spend the day swimming with the dolphins, riding rollercoasters and hanging out with philosophical genius Spongebob Squarepants. Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets.
How about all that nature you’ve been hearing about? Check out the traditional fishing villages on Lantau Island and reel one in for yourself. That, or admire the endangered pink—that’s right, pink—dolphins just off Tung Chung. Head inland and hike or bike around Plover Cove, Pat Sin Leng or Tai Mo Shan County Parks.
Hong Kong’s bustling parts are mostly contained to a couple of large islands and the mainland coast near Kowloon Bay—where many of our hotels in Hong Kong are located. Everything else is green parks and quiet suburbs. Climb aboard the MTR Red or Blue Lines (Disney Resort has its own line, of course) to speed around town in underground tunnels…or slow things down and catch a bus to see more of the city.
Hong Kong has one of the world’s best transportation systems, so take notes and write your city planner when you get home. Bikes aren’t allowed on many roads and tunnels here, but take them out into the countryside and they’re the sweetest ride around.
Quick, what are you doing on 30 July? Well, nix whatever it is and book one of our Hong Kong holidays. The Lan Kwai Fong Music and Beer Fest 2016 is way more important. More than 70 booths of street eats, beer and games. Oh, and music, too. But think of the beer!
If you just can’t swing a getaway until August, that’s cool, we guess. Let’s hope that doesn’t come back to haunt you at the Chinese Ghost Festival on the 16th. If you miss Granny or poor Rover, you might meet them again in Hong Kong. Locals believe that the dead walk the earth on this day, so make your offerings accordingly.
Want to meet the Monkey King? You know, that clever jokester who shows up in tons of cartoons, video games and movies? Well, apparently he’s got Buddha’s approval (or at least his prayer). Help him celebrate at the Monkey King Festival in September.
No matter when you visit Hong Kong there’s a party happening somewhere. In this multicultural city, there’s always dinner happening somewhere, too. Even at breakfast. Life here is lived around the table, and even the locals agree the best food in Hong Kong is at a restaurant. Cobwebs and old crumbs are all that’s in many of their kitchens, too. Sample Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, American and even high tea (thank you, Britain).
Order a Hong Kong milk tea, and it’ll be strong enough to keep you going late into the night. Good thing, because the night is always young in Hong Kong. The indie music scene is huge here, so bring your skinny jeans and perfect your hipster hair flip. Inspired? Sing the night away with your fellow travellers and expats at karaoke in Lan Kwai Fong.
Only have one day in Hong Kong? Start by getting the lay of the land from Victoria Peak. You can get some pretty sweet views from the Peak Tower—you know, that giant wok-shaped building. Now that you’re oriented (and hungry), beeline it to the nearest bazaar, where you can sample curry fish balls, egg waffles or fried squid on a stick. Now’s the perfect time to get your haggle on, too. Handicrafts, goldfish and designer knock-offs galore.
Stuffed? Head out to the New Territories and follow the Ping Shan Heritage Trail to see what this place was like in ancient times. Hong Kong: still hoppin’ 2000 years later. If you have one night in Hong Kong, too, take in a Cantonese opera and maybe sprinkle in a little tango or karaoke in Wan Chai. We have plenty of nearby places to stay in Hong Kong, so you can stay out as late as you want.
OK traveller, it’s time to get that getaway started. At lastminute.com.au, we can’t wait to share the sweet travel deals we find every single day. Score Hong Kong hotels and the flights to get there, all while saving your holiday dollarydoos for sampling all the flavours and new experiences that you won’t find at home…unless you can cook. Nah.