With more than 7,000 skyscrapers punctuating the skyline, it’s hard not to get excited when you first catch a glimpse of Hong Kong from the air. And we reckon you’ll love it even more when you hit the ground too. This Chinese-British fusion city boasts lofty peaks, great food and plenty to do in a short space of time, making it a fun, convenient stopover en route to Australia with Cathay Pacific.
Gaze across the city from The Peak
Ride the tram to the highest point on Hong Kong island: The Peak. From here you can look through the city haze and across to a plethora of sparkling skyscrapers, backed by emerald hills and – if you time it right – bathed in the orange, crimson and purple glow of the sunset.
Eat as much food as you can cram in
Dim sum, egg tarts and noodles in every variation: Hong Kong is a foodie paradise. And if you’re going to try just one thing, make it char siu baos. These pork-filled, barbecue-style steamed buns will have you salivating from the moment you clap eyes on them. A perfect grab and go snack, while also being ideal for enjoying as part of a larger sit-down meal, you can’t go wrong with these little dim sum treats.
See Hong Kong from the water
After gorging yourself on dim sum, try a feast for the eyes. Set sail in a traditional Chinese vessel and you’ll get uninterrupted views of the city’s harbours, the Tsing Ma Bridge and the famous architecture of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and the HSBC Main Building – to name just two. Cruise by the Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter and Lei Yue Mun Village for a dose of culture.
Feel dwarfed by the Big Buddha
Towering 34 metres above the landmark Po Lin Monastery, the Tian Tan Buddha statue – otherwise known as the ‘Big Buddha’ – is said to bestow blessings on all those who embark on a pilgrimage there. Take on 268 steps to get closer to the bronze icon, and soak up panoramic views of the mountains, city and sea.
Hit the shops
Hong Kong’s abundant retail outlets boast rich Chinese antiques, designer labels and the best electronic brands – perfect if your spending budget is solely focused on shopping. If you’re trying to bag a bargain, head for the outlets at Horizon Plaza, or try haggling in the markets.
Shake off the jet lag in the spa
Hong Kong is home to one of Asia’s largest spa scenes, so treat yourself to a bit of downtime before embarking on your onward journey. All the top hotels – the Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Mira, for example – have on-site offerings, while you can also find dozens of independent spas throughout the city. If you’ve had a busy day of exploring, there are few better ways to reward yourself.
To start planning your next trip to Australia via Hong Kong, take a look at our Hong Kong holidays.