Late last year I was privileged to spend five days in one of the most exciting cities of the world – Hong Kong. One of the things I love most about this city is how accessible it is for all ages and all budgets. If you are wealthy, you might be transported from the airport by Rolls Royce as a guest of the Peninsula Hotel, dine at Michelin star restaurants and buy luxury goods from all the top labels.
But this is only one facet of this dynamic city and there is much to see and do for the rest of us on more constrained budgets.
Catching the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour costs HK$2.50 – about 30 cents in our money. Whether you cross by day or night (preferably both), this is one of the most memorable trips in the world. Similarly the double decker ‘Ding Ding’ tramcars, which run for 13-kilometres across Hong Kong Island, are a sightseeing steal at HK$2.30 (even less for seniors). One great aspect of doing a tram trip is the ability to hop on and off. A highly recommended stop is the historic Wan Chai district where you can sample delicious egg tarts and dim sum delicacies, and meeting local traditional medicine stallholders.
A visit to the Peak is another must. Walking around the Peak at dusk is both free and an invitation to experience the most exciting spectacle in the world – the city of lights from Central to Kowloon. It may be a little late to celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, but it’s a great time to plan a visit for 2014. The Hong Kong Tourism Board’s ‘Discover Hong Kong’ website is a brilliant starting point to plan your trip and to ensure you make the most of your time and money!