Our Top Ten Things to Do!
Hong Kong isn’t just a stopover city, this vibrant gem in the heart of Asia is one of our favourite layby holidays. And it’s not just because of the unbelievable annual sales or the dim sum!
1. SALE SALE SALE. Expect at least 50% off and more in Hong Kong’s world-famous sales. Malls, upmarket boutiques and designer stores offer huge discounts, bargain hunters won’t be disappointed!
2. NIGHT MARKETS. Temple Street These famous markets are buzzing all year round. From cheap designer handbags to kids’ toys, these markets are a maze of fun. Walking shoes only as these markets cover many city blocks!
3. OUTLET STORES. Horizon Plaza On the southern coast of Ap Lei Chau, lies a huge outlet with 100 shops over 25 storeys! Choose from fabrics, ribbons and furniture to discount Jimmy Choos! Warning this experience is not for the faint hearted. Take cash and be prepared to barter!
4. MAN MO TEMPLE THE PEAK. One of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and a declared monument, it was built in 1847 by wealthy Chinese merchants. Besides a place of worship, it was also a court for local disputes between Chinese and colonialists.
5. HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE. A visit to Hong Kong isn’t complete without an outing at the races! Famous for the Wednesday evening races, punters pack into the stands and track-side with beer, silly wigs and live music!
6. HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR EAST DAM. 14 million-year-old volcanic rocks make this one of Hong Kong's most breathtaking attractions. It’s the easiest place to access the Hong Kong Global Geopark and the only place where you can touch the hexagonal rock columns.
7. VICTORIA PEAK. Standing at 552m, this is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. With sweeping city views, beautiful rainforests and stunning walks it takes just 8 minutes to reach from Central. There is a restaurant for rest breaks once you get to the top!
8. THE PEAK TRAM. Since 1888 this funicula railway has been carrying passengers up the 396m ascent to the highest point of Hong Kong Island! It’s a famous and traditional experience the kids will love, and the views over Hong Kong are spectacular.
9. DIM SUM. Tim Ho Wan is a world famous 1 Michelen Star restaurant however it won’t break the budget. Traditional and delicious dim sum served up by the owner who was the head chef at The Four Seasons. Warning: do not eat beforehand if you want to walk and not roll out of the restaurant!
10. BARS, BEERS AND COCKTAILS. If you love a good beer Yau Tsim Mong is the place to be! Trawl the backstreets until you find The Madhouse, a modern and cosy bar offering awesome craft beers! If you prefer a Martini and love a little luxury head to the Blue Bar at the Four Seasons!
• Best time to visit is between October and early December. It’s sunny (not too hot), cool and not overly crowded.
• Hit the serious sales between July and August
• Layby Hong Kong for 2020 to reduce your instalment amount.