Luxury Cruise Holidays to Hong Kong, China
Luxury Cruise Holidays to Hong Kong, China
Many cruise destinations are cities where the contemporary meets the historic and where old buildings can be enjoyed along with more modern skyscrapers. Hong Kong is different, as a contemporary and vibrant city that’s luxurious, bright and looking to the future. Many of the city’s older buildings have been torn down in favour of sleek new skyscrapers, and a high density population has led to the creation of a vertical city where buildings stretch up towards the sky. Yet, despite all of this, Hong Kong offers a high quality of life and a calmness that’s brought about by the prioritisation of feng shui and the flow of energy.
Your cruise ship will dock at the Ocean Terminal in Victoria Harbour, or at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in East Kowloon, with both giving you easy access to the ever-changing city centre.
Sightseeing in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s culture fuses Chinese and British ideologies. The city’s museums give you an insight into its history, including its time as a British colony, even if the buildings around you bear no resemblance to those that were there in the past. Hong Kong is a top destination for business travellers as well as tourists, and you’ll find that the city is a busy and bustling place where people never stop. Yet, on the outskirts there are beautiful beaches and parks that offer a very different experience. Hong Kong’s size ensures that it’s got something for everyone, with too many attractions to visit on one shore excursion:
By far Hong Kong’s most famous attraction, the Disneyland theme park is a favourite with visitors of all ages. Children and adults alike enjoy meeting their favourite Disney characters, eating in themed restaurants and experiencing dozens of rides.
For the ultimate view of the city and some would argue, its incredible skyline, take a trip up to the top of Mount Victoria by way of the city’s legendary funicular railway. It's certainly worth the trip and the views are ssimply stunning, day and night.
Ngong Ping 360
This 5.7km cable car ride takes you up to the Ngong Ping village. There, learn more about the Buddha or dine in one of various restaurants serving authentic local dishes. One of the most impressive sights is the Tian Tian Buddha, which is the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue.
Shopping in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a great place to find a wide range of items at very reasonable prices. Watches, jewellery and bags are amongst the products that most take back to their cruise ships, whilst Chinese antiques and beautiful jade carvings are more costly, traditional and authentic. You might choose to select from high quality Chinese tea, which you can sample in Hong Kong Park’s Tea Museum, or to buy cheap consumer electronics including computers, games consoles and cameras.
The city’s markets are great if you’re looking for bargains and don’t mind working your way through counterfeit goods and fake branded items, but the best deals take a little more searching. Many shops are located in high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, with independent shopkeepers taking the rooms on higher floors where the rent is cheapest. This means that you should be prepared to climb a few steps, or ride the elevators, to get the best possible prices on more unusual items.
Eating out in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, local cuisine includes regional variations. International dishes are often adapted to suit local tastes, and even options on the McDonalds menu include pasta and fish for breakfast. For an authentic experience, consider buying dim sum, Peking duck, roasted crispy pork or curry fish balls. Vegetarian cruisers will be treated to flavourful dishes including noodle meals and traditional rice porridge, whilst adventurous meat-eaters can test their taste buds with snake meat, chicken feet, pig’s noses, duck’s heads or the intestines of various animals. Many UK residents wouldn’t even consider some of the foods served in the city, but in Hong Kong they’re delicacies and are served at many restaurants.
You can eat on the go, buying food from any of the numerous stalls and stands dotted around the city, or can find a luxury restaurant for a romantic dinner or a high-quality meal with friends. To meet with locals, you might instead choose to buy raw meat from a local market, which can be cooked in one of the city’s many communal BBQ fire pits, located on beaches and in parks. Don’t forget to stop for an authentic Chinese tea before returning to your cruise ship.