The former British colony and major financial centre has witnessed a series of protests in recent months but Hong Kong nevertheless remains China's most liberal destination and a beacon of capitalism.
The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong (www.ritzcarlton.com) in Kowloon offers stupendous views, plush interiors and fine dining at its 118th floor restaurant, Ozone. In the heart of the central business district is the traditional and luxurious Mandarin Oriental (www.mandarinoriental.com), home to three impressive Michelinstarred restaurants.
Amber (www.amberhongkong.com) took home the title of The S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in China last year. In fact, nine of the top 50 Asian restaurants were in Hong Kong. Based in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Amber's indulgent seafood has earned it two Michelin stars. The awards' 'one to watch' accolade went to Tenku RyuGin (www.ryugin.com.hk) which recreates the classic Tokyo ‘Kaiseki’ experience – Japan's haute cuisine. No reservations are necessary at the izakaya and yakitori specialist, Yardbird (www.yardbirdrestaurant.com).
The Lan Kwai Fong district is Hong Kong's hottest night spot, with popular bars including the Irish-themed Whiskey Preist (www.whiskey-priest.com) and Hong Kong Brew House (www.elgrande.com.hk), which has its own microbrewery. In Central, Blck Brd (www.theblckbrd.com) presents a modern take on a colonial-style club, with exposed brick walls, concrete floors and plump leather sofas. For drinks with a view head to The Eye (www.elite-concepts.com) in Tsim Sha Tsui, a lofty space with double-height windows looking over the bank of neon skyscrapers.
Cathay Pacific operates five flights a day from London Heathrow to Hong Kong, plus a new four-timesweekly service from Manchester. British Airways operates twicedaily and Virgin Atlantic once daily to Hong Kong
The Airport Express train connects the airport to the CBD in 24 minutes.
Hong Kong is GMT +8hrs. The currency is the Hong Kong dollar: £1=HK$0.82. See www.discoverhongkong.com
For a premier view of Hong Kong, it's worth making the journey up to Victoria Peak. Another spectacle is the laser show over the city which is best seen from Kowloon. The classic Star Ferry is still the best way to travel between the island and Kowloon, offering a great vantage spot of the hustle and bustle of the harbour. Shoppers will love the curio markets and antique boutiques of Hollywood Road, the bargains of Ladies Street Market and haggling for precious stones at the Jade Market.
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