Get Hong Kong on your travel bucket list! By Lauren Anderson
Student Flights Lauren Anderson travels to Hong Kong and visits Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak. Lauren enjoys the luxurious hotels, the shopping, nightlife and the food in Hong Kong. Lauren, tells us about your trip.
Hong Kong wasn't really a destination that was on the top of my bucket list, until my parents did a stopover on the way back from an Italian holiday and raved about it!
I was lucky enough to fly Business Class to Hong Kong in March this year. I had a week full of food, shopping, sightseeing and a lot of fun! Hong Kong is the type of place that you will either love or hate. It has the best of both Asian and Western influences. It is definitely a destination which has something for everyone. I stayed at the Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees in Kowloon which is a great 5 star hotel. It is close to the new cruise terminal which is being built. Everything in this hotel has an element of an 8 degree angle, from the check-in counter to the glasses in the restaurant. It all relates back to the Cantonese belief that 8 is a lucky number. Kowloon has everything from crazy night markets on Temple Street to high-end label shopping on Nathan Road.
Hong Kong Island is a ferry ride away and is a definite must see. I stayed at the Harbour Plaza Grand, which is located right on Victoria Harbour and is another gorgeous 5 star hotel. Every room has a view of the harbour, and there is an amazing cocktail lounge on the 41st floor which is perfect for having a drink and watching the Symphony of Lights which is on every night. It's an amazing light show on all of the buildings on each side of the harbour which is synchronized to music and is another definite must see!
The shopping is fantastic and the nightlife is a lot of fun. There are a lot of sightseeing opportunities. We were visiting Hong Kong in a month which is typically well known for crazy weather. So, when we ventured up to Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram, the weather wasn't kind enough to let us see out clearly over the Harbour. On a clear day, this is the best spot to take some amazing photos of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, and then relax and enjoy a beautiful lunch and wine at one of the restaurants.
I was lucky enough to visit Hong Kong Disneyland and have breakfast with Mickey Mouse. It was a lot of fun for the young and young at heart! We were also treated to a fabulous seafood dinner at Aberdeen where I fell in love with scallops and soft shell crab! Hong Kong is an amazing place to visit for a bit of everything - shopping, eating, partying and culture.
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