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HongKong overview

Hong Kong is the quintessential Asian city: full of contrasts, colour and excitement. No matter how well you think you know this global metropolis, there’s always something new to discover.

First time visitors should take in their surroundings by venturing up The Peak for a breath-taking view of the city, or get up-close and personal with local culture at the vibrant Temple Street Night Market. And if you’re a frequent visitor, you’ll always find a new restaurant or pop-up store along the Kowloon waterfront. One thing’s for sure, there’s no danger of running out of activities in this truly global city.

Central and western

The central business district of Hong Kong is a hubbub of exciting activity, where the city folk truly live up to the ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra.

The sprawling IFC building dominates the area, with offices, bars and restaurants spilling from its concrete sides. You’ll find every shop imaginable within. Stock up on luxury goods inside or head to nearby Cat Street to pick up an antique bargain. Hungry shoppers looking for a quick bite should visit Mak’s Noodle, a traditional wonton restaurant that still evokes old Hong Kong. It’s been a local fixture for years, long before the skyscrapers started to spring up in the Wellington area. If you’re after fine dining head to Soho, Elgin street, where you’ll find a mixture of cuisines cooked to exceptional standards.

Party-goers should visit the infamous Lan Kwai Fong district, where you can drink ’til dawn and mingle with expats and locals alike. For more sedate bars and boutique coffee shops, head along the coast until you find Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town.

No trip to the Central district is complete without travelling on the Central Mid-Levels escalator. It’s the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, taking commuters from the station all the way up to the Mid-Levels area and beyond.

Kowloon

 Take a trip off-island and escape the expats, where just under half of the city’s population are squeezed into a tiny 18 sq miles. It’s worth exploring: you’ll find the most authentic street food and interesting stores in this populous area.

The traditional tourist haunts are all here and more. Travel from Wan Chai on the Star Ferry and walk the Avenue of Stars, featuring the famous Bruce Lee statue, standing strong over a spectacular view of the harbour. Learn more about Hong Kong’s history too in the nearby museums, all crowded into the retail hotspot iSquare.

Nathan Road is the link between touristed Tsim Sha Tsui and electronics hub Sham Shui Po. Thronged with tourists, eager tailors and towering shopping centres, it’s easy to see why it was given the post-war nickname ‘The Golden Mile’. You can fill an entire day of sightseeing with the variety of things to do here and food is no exception: the road houses a vast mixture of multicultural diners and even several restaurants with a Michelin star.

Further into the mainland you can find Kowloon City, where Hong Kong’s Thai population is mostly concentrated, amongst pockets of Korean, Japanese and Indian residents in nearby Hung Hom. This multicultural hotpot is most easily expressed in food; you’ll find a diverse amount of delicious cuisine in the old walled city.  Call 00843 825 2684 to be AVAIGO consultation.

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