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    Pearl of the Orient – A guide to Hong Kong

    Pearl of the Orient – A guide to Hong Kong

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    Colourful and buzzing with energy, Hong Kong offers excellent cultural and dining experiences.

    To help you unearth Hong Kong’s hidden gems, our personal travel managers have compiled a short guide to discovering the best of the city, known to the world as the Pearl of the Orient.

    Getting around

    Hong Kong boasts one of the world’s most efficient and frequent public transport systems, with buses, ferries, coaches, trams, railways and taxis. What’s more, an Octopus card can be used across all of these modes of transport as well as some retail outlets and leisure facilities.

    Wining and Dining

    Street food in Hong Kong is a unique experience. Stalls known as Dai Pai Dongs are set up along the footpaths offering skewers of meat, dim sum, stir fries, noodles and snacks. Make sure you venture down Mong Kok, a popular street food spot amongst locals and tourists alike.

    For fine dining, try the Michelin star accredited Mandarin Grill and Bar at Mandarin Oriental (5 Connaught Rd Central). If you’re on a budget, Ding Dim 1968 serves amazing dumplings at a great price (14D Elgin St, Central).

    Hong Kong also offers some tantalising fusion such as the Vietnamese grill house, Le Garçon Saigon (12-14 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai).

    For cocktails, get down to the Lobster Bar and Grill (Level 6, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Admiralty) and try the Martinez, the Rock and Rye or the Rosita.

    Fun

    Check out The Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong, whose views make it one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong, both by day and night.

    Nightlife is buzzing in the Pearl. We suggest heading to the Temple Street night markets located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon. Here you’ll find trinkets and hand made wares laid out amongst a buzzing scene of colour, food and festivity.

    Culture

    If you visit Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, you’ll be lucky enough to experience colourful energy, excitement and wonder as you squeeze in and out of buzzing streets and temples filled with those praying for good fortune for the year ahead.

    Another interesting cultural tradition is the Hungry Ghost Festival, held over a month in July/August, where worshipers burn incense and joss paper for their ancestors in public spaces across the city.

    To book your next Hong Kong adventure, contact your personal travel manager.

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