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HONG KONG – A CITY WORTH MORE THAN JUST A STOPOVER
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.