Cruise Destinations: Hong Kong

There’s something magical about this place and as soon as your cruise ship sails in, the magic will grip you. As you sail in between the many volcanic islands that together form this fascinating blend of East and West, you just can’t help admiring all that natural beauty that co-exists so easily with the tall, modern skyscraper culture.

Hong Kong might be the gateway to China but its history has been a little different because of its British connection. Till 1997, it was British territory and there’s still a lot of Hong Kong that has retained the stiff upper lip culture of its old rulers.

There’s a lot to do in Hong Kong – from shopping at the best designer stores to the little Chinese knick knacks sold off the pavements in fascinating crowded alleys. Don’t miss out on the shopping at Jade Market, Stanley Market and the quaint Ladder Street. The food here of course, is to die for. You can choose from practically any cuisine in the world. Take a walk along the Food Street in Causeway Bay and follow your nose to whichever restaurant tempts your senses. Don’t miss out on all the Chinese delicacies on offer – step into the many dim sum places that dot the city. Spend an evening at Ned Kelly’s at Tsim Sha Tsui where there’s live jazz till the early hours of the morning. Get caught up in the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland. Don’t forget to take the train all the way up to Victoria Peak and gaze down at the city spread out beneath your feet. It’s a great sight during the day and maybe even better at night.

There’s more. For the ones who prefer nature, there are islands around that you can go and explore. There’s trekking, bird watching and a plethora of water sports. Don’t miss the bird park on the island. With an abundance of reef fish and coral, snorkeling and diving have their own special joys.

That’s the great thing about Hong Kong – there’s something here for everyone. For the child, the adult, the young at heart, the honeymooners, the senior citizens.

Whether it’s the peninsula of Kowloon or the island of Hong Kong, it’s a city that’s so alive. From its busy business areas to its scintillating night life. From its parks and smaller islands to its shopping and entertainment. It’s a city that casts a spell on you.

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