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HONG KONG – A CITY WORTH MORE THAN JUST A STOPOVER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Stellar Travel - edited by Jessica Prince-mon­tague

The Kowloon side of Hong Kong is dot­ted with ho­tels that com­bine Eastern ser­vice with Western lux­ury – the most iconic be­ing The Penin­sula. Book a Rolls-royce to ferry you to Har­bour City shop­ping cen­tre. Then hop is­land-side to sam­ple mod­ern Chi­nese fare at Ho Lee Fook. There’s a rea­son Hong Kong is called the New York of Asia. Like Man­hat­tan, it rarely sleeps thanks to the bustling blend of com­merce, cul­ture and food. The city is highly con­cen­trated on ei­ther side of Vic­to­ria Har­bour, so tourist hotspots and hid­den gems can be in­ter­wo­ven into one en­er­getic itin­er­ary.

First-timers can get their bear­ings with half- or full-day tours that cover all the high­lights. Shop the fa­mous mar­ket stalls of Stanley (one of the old­est town­ships on Hong Kong is­land), be­fore ex­plor­ing the float­ing vil­lage of Aberdeen. Fi­nally, make your way up to Vic­to­ria Peak, the city’s high­est point, via tram.

Two of the city’s most pop­u­lar attractions are vir­tu­ally free. The Sym­phony of Lights dis­play, cost­ing noth­ing to watch, starts at 8pm each night and sees more than 40 build­ings il­lu­mi­nated in lights and laser beams. A close sec­ond is the fa­mous Star Ferry (ap­prox $17) that’s been faith­fully transporting peo­ple from the is­land side to Kowloon since 1888.

Watch the SYM­PHONY OF LIGHTS from ei­ther Tsim Sha Tsui or Wan Chai for match­ing live music and nar­ra­tion. HongHon Kong is a also the birth­place­birt of TIMT HO WAN,WAN the world world’s cheape cheap­est Miche­lin Miche­lin-starreds restau­rant in Mong Kok; tim

Try out your sea legs on a tra­di­tional junknk boat. An evening­ing har­bour cruisee with AQUA LUNA UNA is around $40; aqualuna.com.hk.

Vi­a­tor of­fers a four-hour PRI­VATE TOUR OF HONG KONG IS­LAND from $128 per per­son; vi­a­tor.com.

Build your own ban­quet at HO LEE FOOK, where the roast goose is a must; holeefook.com.hk.

THE LEG­ENDS OF LUX­URY PACK­AGE in­cludes limo trans­fer, a he­li­copter sight-see­ing tour, af­ter­noon tea and din­ner for two; hongkong. penin­sula.com.

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