Hong Kong

Owing to its divided history, Hong Kong is a fascinating melting pot of oriental culture and western glamour, attracting worldwide travellers on mini breaks or South East Asia jaunts. From the soaring skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island to the traditional fishing villages on the outlying atolls, quaint rural life and buzzing urbanity go hand in hand in a curious blend of the traditional and the modern. Utilising its über-efficient transport system, you can explore Chinese temples by day, before sipping an aperitif by night in front of the ‘Symphony of Lights’ over Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kongese are a population with impeccable taste, and have it covered when it comes to shopping and eating: in keeping with the country’s diversity, designer boutiques stand side by side with market stalls, while top Michelin starred restaurants are interspersed with local eateries.

Macau

A short ferry hop from Hong Kong lies Macau, an intriguing blend of European and Chinese cultural influences. Known by many as a centre for gambling in its vast and numerous casinos, Macau has far more to offer than a glitzy night out. Take a walking tour through Macau’s historic centre, its churches and museums betraying the influence of European rule, and enjoy the similarly syncretic Macanese cuisine, which blends Portuguese favourites with traditional Chinese recipes. Macau’s cultural cross-pollination also means a calendar packed full of festivals, and a show is never hard to find.

The cultural curiosities of Hong Kong and Macau are best enjoyed when you’re staying in comfort and style, and that’s exactly what our selection of hotels offers – take a look, and be inspired to let us tailor-make a trip to this fascinating cultural crossroads.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF HONG KONG & MACAU

The views from Victoria Peak. Ride the funicular railway to the peak and watch the nightly Symphony of Lights dazzle Hong Kong.
 
It’s outlying islands. Unbeknown to most, Hong Kong is made up of 260 islands and is 70% rural. Charter a ‘junk’ (boat) and pack a picnic to explore the scattered fishing villages and authentic rural life.
 
Sampan rides along Aberdeen Harbour. Meander past floating islands and watch local fisherman selling their craft on a river cruise in a traditional Sampan boat.
 
Tian Tan Buddha. Governing Lantau Island from atop the Po Lin Monastery, this giant bronze Buddha watches over the lands from his Lotus throne some 268 steps high.
 
Temple Street Night Market. Kowloon’s bustling street bazaar comes alive after dark, where traders ply their goods, fortune tellers entertain and delicious food aromas waft the streets.
 
Happy Valley Racecourse. Encased by a border of towering skyscrapers, this prestigious race course is thought to house the richest Jockey Club in the world, and promises an evening of thrills at the races.

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