HONG KONG

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ES­SEN­TIALS GET­TING THERE AND AROUND

Bri­tish Air­ways, Cathay Pa­cific and Vir­gin At­lantic fly di­rect to Hong Kong from Lon­don Heathrow (from £410; britishair­ways.com). Hong Kong’s MTR metro is easy to nav­i­gate and pay for. You can tap in with your Oc­to­pus card, Hong Kong’s equiv­a­lent to Lon­don’s Oys­ter, which also works on the Star Ferry (fares range from 20p to £3.50; oc­to­pus.com.hk/en).

WHO CAN HELP

Hong Kong’s tourist board web­site has in­for­ma­tion on at­trac­tions, events and ac­com­mo­da­tion (dis­cov­er­hongkong. com). Klook of­fers Hong Kong itinerary ideas, in­clud­ing the Street Art Tour and the Ink-Brush Paint­ing Les­son fea­tured here (klook.com).

FUR­THER READ­ING

For more in­for­ma­tion, our Hong Kong guide (£14.99) has de­tailed ma­te­rial on the whole re­gion, in­clud­ing Ma­cau. Al­ter­na­tively, in­di­vid­ual chap­ters on ar­eas such as Cen­tral, Wan Chai and Kowloon can be down­loaded at lone­ly­planet.com (£2.99 each).

WHERE TO STAY

On a bud­get Chungk­ing Man­sions (36–44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) is a large build­ing made up of var­i­ous shops and busi­nesses. Its guest­houses are widely re­garded as of­fer­ing the cheap­est ac­com­mo­da­tion in Hong Kong. Among the largest and best value is Cos­mic Guest House, which is clean and quiet, with in­ter­net ac­cess in ev­ery room (from £25; cos­micguest­house.com).

Mid-range Lit­tle Tai Hang (98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang) is a bou­tique tower-block ho­tel in the quiet Tai Hang neigh­bour­hood. Rooms are de­cently sized, have mod­ern fur­ni­ture and some have bal­conies with har­bour views (from £135; lit­tle­tai­hang.com).

High-end W Hong Kong (Austin Road West, West Kowloon) is stylishly de­signed with an ‘ur­ban jun­gle’ theme, which be­gins with the con­crete branches that are sus­pended out­side the lift. The en­tire ho­tel main­tains a high stan­dard of dé­cor, while the bed­rooms and even the en suite bath­rooms have big TVs. The true show­stop­per, how­ever, is the view over the city, par­tic­u­larly from the rooftop pool (from £210; w-hongkong.com).

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