HONG KONG

If you want to experience the true vibrant spirit of modern Asia, look no further than Hong Kong. Simply thriving with life, from local tradition to high-end luxury, this twenty-first century city caters to all tastes and interests. I always love that first glimpse of Hong Kong Island's glittering skyline seen from across the harbour - so iconic! Have a look at my top picks for the perfect visit to Hong Kong, Asia's World City x

See the city from Peak Tower at Victoria Peak, accessed via historic tram ride from the Central district

Experience the hustle and bustle of Kowloon's thriving Temple Street Night Market, at its best from 8pm-10pm daily

Join pilgrims from all over Asia in climbing 268 steps to the majestic bronze Tian Tan Buddha

Sip a cocktail on Wooloomooloo's stunning rooftop terrace

Visit the fortune-tellers at Wong Tai Sin Temple, a temple incorporating Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian elements and one of the city's most popular spiritual attractions

Queue up for Hong Kong's famous dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, the world's most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant

Victoria Harbour's Symphony of Lights is breathtaking - equally good viewed either from Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade or while enjoying a serene harbour cruise

Culture vultures should head to Hong Kong Musuem of Art for six floors of artefacts and historic treasures

For a quick summary of Hong Kong's culinary scene, take the Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour - an empty stomach is advisable!

Mingle with the city's slick international crowd at Sugar, with French DJs and a global menu served in spectacular aerial surroundings

Feng Shui - the Chinese art of geomancy - is one of the key factors in city planning for Hong Kong. Architecture, business design and individuals' lifestyles all take this practice into account, and in the past the government has even had to offer residents financial compensation when their Feng Shui is disturbed by construction work! This consideration is made even more complex by Hong Kong's dense urban layout, which contains thousands of skyscrapers, among the most anywhere in the world.

SoHo
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Canton Road
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Hong Kong Park
An oasis in the heart of the Central district, Hong Kong Park offers visitors continue reading...

Tai O
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Kwun Yam Beach
Sandwiched between well-populated Tung Wan and secluded Pak Tso Wan continue reading...

An antidote to Hong Kong's commerce and modernity is the Chi Lin Nunnery, a tranquil complex which has stood in Diamond Hill for almost seventy years. Paired with Nan Lian Garden, the wooden architecture and meticulously designed landscape features showcase iconic Tang dynasty style.

Harbour Grand Hong Kong Island - this five star hotel prides itself on offering a supremely luxurious experience, with every room overlooking Victoria Harbour and an array of health and spa facilities. Catering to an international clientele, the Harbour Grand's restaurants cover a range of cuisines from Cantonese specialities to Western fine dining.

The Peninsula Hong Kong - the Peninsula famously keeps a fleet of 14 "Peninsula green" Rolls-Royce cars, and inside the hotel The Lobby still serves colonial-style afternoon teas. These elegant, traditional details say everything about this flagship hotel, which has stood in Tsim Sha Tsui since 1928: it proudly upholds its own heritage, and does so in style.

Hotel LKF - social butterflies need look no further than this urbane boutique hotel. All rooms overlook Hong Kong's party town, Lan Kwai Fong; within the hotel, clubbers will find further entertainment at Andre Fu's Azure bar and nightclub. Located in the heart of Central, you can easily spend days browsing through the district's excellent shops before heading out for night-time adventures.

The Upper House - this Admiralty hotel has offers a home-away-from-home service to every guest. The deluxe experience begins 730 sq ft "studio" rooms, carrying on through complimentary iPod touch room service to ultra-exclusive hidden garden The Lawn. The hotel is a stone's throw from wine & dining hub Starstreet and the immaculately manicured Hong Kong Park.

Auberge Discover Bay - This hotel on the tranquil island of Lantau is perfect for holiday-makers searching for pure relaxation. "Hong Kong's oasis" offers the convenience of being right next to the metropolis combined with the escapism of a tropical island retreat

SoHo

You haven't been to Hong Kong until you've spent an evening in SoHo. By day, this sophisticated district is home to tiny boutiques and tasteful art galleries, but it only really comes into its own after sundown. Get lost in the maze of narrow streets and discover the many chic restaurants and glamorous bars that SoHo is famous for.

Canton Road

This thoroughfare runs through Hong Kong's main shopping district, and its sheer scale means you're sure to find what you're looking for. Along the road's length you'll find incredible diversity, from Harbour City mall, through "Jade Street" for keen gem-hunters, to restaurants such as the award-winning Din Tai Fung.

Hong Kong Park

An oasis in the heart of the Central district, Hong Kong Park offers visitors beautifully landscaped greenery and much more besides. Balance your yin and yang in the dedicated tai-chi garden, admire the colonial 1840's architecture of Flagstaff House, and walk among 100 species of birds in the Edward Youde Aviary.

Tai O

This traditional fishing village is a great retreat from the big city. You can't miss the quirky houses built on stilts - a local tradition that goes back generations - and the handful of restaurants and shops are perfect to potter around and observe authentic Hong Kong life. Tai O harbour is also one of the only places in Hong Kong you can see pink dolphins!

Kwun Yam Beach

Sandwiched between well-populated Tung Wan and secluded Pak Tso Wan, Cheung Chau's sandy "Windsurf Beach" is the perfect middle ground: a fun, sociable strip with waters left open to one side for windsurfers to practice their art. Olympic gold medallist Lee Lai-Shan learned to windsurf on this very beach!

Hong Kong boasts several luxury malls - one of the most exclusive is The Landmark in Central. Here you can wander endlessly through the likes of Dior, Gucci, Versace, and of course Louis Vuitton's famous Asia flagship. The mall even houses Hong Kong's only Harvey Nichols - just right for Brits in need of home comforts!

If I'm searching for something unique, I love to stroll down Hollywood Road and browse its countless antique shops. You never know what you'll find: furniture, ceramics and porcelain, rugs and cute kitsch trinkets are all among the local wares. Take a detour through Cat Street Flea Market to pick up the perfect souvenir.