Hong Kong & Macau

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city of contrasts where East meets West. Here you can dine at great restaurants, enjoy a vibrant nightlife and indulge in some shopping in the glitzy malls and bustling markets. But look a bit deeper and you will discover a more traditional way of life and some beautiful landscapes; or cross the Pearl River and visit charming Macau.

Hong Kong Island

For a spectacular view over Hong Kong visit Victoria Peak, the highest mountain on the island. From the summit, look down on the skyscrapers of the business district and across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon. This is one of the most famous cityscapes in the world.

Visit Aberdeen on the opposite side of the island where you can ride on a sampan and explore the busy harbour. Also stop off at the famous Stanley Market to hunt for a bargain.

New Territories

The New Territories lie between the populous district of Kowloon and the border with mainland China. There is a surprising amount of natural beauty in this part of Hong Kong with rolling green hills and woodlands dominating the landscape. Learn about Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist beliefs at the Yuen Yuen Institute, one of Hong Kong’s most impressive monasteries, and visit Fanling Walled Village which is the ancestral home of a family clan. Also visit a bird sanctuary known for its pond herons and explore a traditional fishing village.

Hiking Hong Kong

For a surprising contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, take a hike on the Dragon’s Back Trail. On this moderate trek of about 3 miles you will explore beautiful countryside as you walk past bamboo groves, through woodland and on to open hills. As you hike along the ridge you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the coastline and distant islands. You could almost forget that you are in one of the worlds' major cities!

Lantau Island

Lantau can be reached by a ferry ride across Victoria Harbour. Visit the unique Tai O fishing village, where many homes are built on stilts, before heading up the winding road to Ngong Ping Plateau to the Giant Buddha. Here you can visit the exhibition hall and the Po Lin Monastery, where a traditional vegetarian meal is served. End your day with a spectacular ride aboard the Ngong Ping cable car offering stunning views of the island.


Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, is the oldest European settlement in the Far East and is most easily reached by hydrofoil across the Pearl River estuary. While in this UNESCO World Heritage City discover the historical sights of the ruins of the St. Paul Church and the A-Ma Temple. Also visit the Macau Museum and one of the casinos for which the city is famous. Macau can be visited on a day tour from Hong Kong or you can stay longer for further exploration.

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