WELCOME TO HONG KONG
Hong Kong is a city of wonderful contradictions and surprising sensory experiences. Home to some seven million Honkies (as they are affectionately known) the city is a bustling hub of commerce, shopping and culinary delights. Renowned as a business powerhouse, the underbelly of Hong Kong is as rich and diverse in ancient culture as it is in modern technology. A shopping mecca for many, Hong Kong will equally delight those travellers looking for a more natural experience, with almost 70% of Hong Kong classified as rural, the mountain hikes and secluded beaches dotting the island will more than satisfy anyone looking for an off the beaten track experience. Referred to some as the “New York of Asia” this wonderful city stands its own ground with arguably the world’s most dramatic jaw dropping skyline with a magnificent harbour and mountains to boot!
THE LAY OF THE LAND
Measuring a tiny 1,100 square kilometres, Hong Kong comprises of the mighty Kowloon Peninsula (sometimes referred to as ‘the dark side’ by Hong Kong Island residents but more correctly referred to as the ‘real’ side by Kowloon residents), and 236 Islands, the largest being Lantau Island (where you will find the airport) and the second largest being Hong Kong Island (where you will find most of the suits).
AROUND THE EATON NEIGHBORHOOD
Eaton, Hong Kong is located in the ‘heart’ of the real Hong Kong. Just minutes away from both the harbour side and market precincts, the hotel sits proudly amidst the authentic centre of Hong Kong. With a miriad of shopping experiences at your door and an MTR station that can whisk you to all parts of the city, there is no better place to stay while exploring all Hong Kong has to offer.
A short stroll from the hotel you will find the Temple Street Markets, where stalls selling everything from communist propaganda to hand held electric fans sit side by side. If you feel like unveiling your future the tarot readers and clairvoyants will eagerly (and accurately we have been told!) give you a glimpse. For those keen on value and quality the famous Wing On Chinese Department store is located across the road. You may not recognise the brand names, but we have it on very good authority that most items come out of the same factories as many big label brands!
A short 15 minute amble up the very famous Nathan Rd (Golden Mile) you will find the famous Mongkok Wet Market – home to live fish, open-air butchers and mountains of fresh fruit. Whilst in Mongkok you’ll also find Ladies Market with copious fake handbags, watches, clothing and the occasional unusual piece of ‘lingerie’. Tung Choi Street (also known as The Goldfish Market ) is also close by and where you will see undeniably pretty tropical fish, jellyfish, tortoises and even sea horses.
Heading towards the harbour along Nathan Road you will find a garden oasis in the form of Kowloon Park. Take the time to wander through and escape the sometimes chaotic pace of Hong Kong streets. It’s even home to a McDonalds Ice cream stand if the urge takes you!
TAILOR MADE TOURS AVAILABLE VIA OUR ‘CAN DO’ CONCIERGE
Hong Kong Island Orientation – This is super popular and takes you through the sprawling urban jungle that is Hong Kong Island. You get to see The Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village (make sure you splash out with a little extra cash and jump on a sampan while you’re there), Repulse Bay and Stanley Markets. This is a good all round ‘Hello Hong Kong’ introduction.
Kowloon and New Territories – If you’re a bit of a history buff this tour is definitely worthwhile and a bit of a surprise for people who think Hong Kong is all skyscrapers. You’ll discover Hong Kong’s unspoiled forests and walled villages built hundreds of years ago. You’ll also discover a Buddhist monastery which is worth bringing the camera for.
Tsing Ma: Lantau and Monastery – A highlight of this tour is the trip to Tai O Village, again you’ll get quite a different view of the city. Tai O is pretty chilled out complete with fishing junks, wooden stilt houses, teensy little shops, shrines, temples…I’m sure you get the idea. You also get to take a visit to Po Lin monastery and ride on the Ngong Ping cable car up to the Big Buddha (which just so happens to be the world's largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue).
There are a heap of other tours our ’Can Do’ concierge can arrange for you. Some to think about include: Helicopter rides, junk boat trips, horse racing (a bit of a Hong Kong tradition – which accounts for 12% of the entire city’s taxes!) or the Symphony of Lights cruise.