When booking flights to Hong Kong, think of it as two distinct areas – Hong Kong Island, which lots of people compare with Manhattan, and Kowloon. Hong Kong Island is generally the more popular destination with tourists, so that’s where you’ll find the movers and shakers of the city’s dining and nightlife scene, as well as its most luxurious hotels.
Having said that, Kowloon is a cool, up-and-coming destination with lounges and restaurants, vibrant shopping areas and, best of all, cheaper luxury hotels. Whichever you decide to make your base, it’s quite easy to travel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the iconic Hong Kong Harbour, either by hopping on the Star Ferry or via the underground metro system.
Hong Kong makes for a wonderfully family-friendly holiday too. Children of all ages will be thrilled by the panda pens at Ocean Park theme park (as will their parents), and everyone will enjoy trying to spot Hong Kong’s indigenous pink dolphins during a ferry ride to Lantau Island.
Wherever you go in Hong Kong, go with an appetite – this is a city that’s all about consumption, whether you’re talking about dining, culture or shopping. There are over 11,000 restaurants in the city – from Michelin-starred destinations and celebrity chef-helmed spots to street food cafes. When it comes to retail therapy, Causeway Bay and Temple Street Night Market will entice you to spend your Hong Kong dollars.
Of course, it’s not just skyscrapers and shopping malls – boat trips across the harbour, island hopping, and hiking up Victoria Peak will remind you that Hong Kong’s natural beauty more than matches its man-made charms.