Hotels in Hong Kong
Hong Kong hotels are located in two areas of the city - the less-westernized district of Kowloon Bay and by the smart shops and restaurants in glitzy Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island. Hotels on Hong Kong Island are close to the best view of the city - Victoria's Peak, Hong Kong's most notable landmark, and upscale neighbourhood. Not for the faint-hearted, to see the top you'll have to take a Peak Tram up the steep hillside, but you'll be rewarded by sprawling views of the city, reaching from the exotic island of Macau to the jostle of Junk and Sampan boats at Aberdeen Harbour.
Those staying in hotels in Hong Kong close to Kowloon Bay are in for a cultural treat with a host of excellent museums. The Hong Kong Museum of Art has a large collection of Chinese antiquities and calligraphy, The Museum of History details the fascinating history of the island's inhabitants and their culture, and the futuristic Space Museum is great for kids, with the best planetarium in Asia.
Hong Kong is ideal for some serious retail therapy, and you're bound to pick up a stylish souvenir in the designer emporiums Harvey Nichols and the Prada Warehouse, or seek out designer threads with an Asian flavour at Shanghai Tang. For those with less expensive tastes, the city's markets are 24-hour shopping destinations, hawking their wares day and night.
Retreat to the hotels in Hong Kong after a hectic day of shopping, unload your bags and head straight to the spa for an Ancient Chinese massage, or unwind at The Acupressure and Massage Centre if there isn't a spa in your Hong Kong hotel. For a taste of Eastern traditions, soak up the serene aura of the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, adorned with 12,000 Buddha statues, or take free tai chi lessons in Kowloon Bay.
Hong Kong Travel Notes
GMT: +8 hours
Language: Cantonese and English.
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar.
Tourist/Visa/health information: British passport holders are not required a visa to enter Hong Kong for tourist stays up to 28 days only. Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisation are recommended for protection against disease. Please contact the Hong Kong Tourist Office on 020 7533 7100 for up to date information.
Flight information: A fantastic choice of flight options to reach Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific offer up to 4 daily direct services to Chek Lap Kok airport. Other direct carriers include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas with average journey times of just under 12hrs. Emirates offers 6 UK departure points via Dubai and KLM operate via Amsterdam allowing you to start your holiday from your local airport.