Hotels @ Hong Kong
The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong is an autonomous metropolis in south-eastern China, known for its vast skyline, incredible food, thriving financial sector and great shopping. Whether looking out over the water at Victoria Harbour or over the city from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong offers visitors absolutely breathtaking views.
Kowloon is the cheaper part of Hong Kong, where you’ll find plenty of budget two and three star hotels, with plenty of complementary extras, such as free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Tsim Sha Tsui is a popular area, especially with shoppers wanting to explore its vast malls. The hotel choice around TST varies greatly, with everything from business hotels to family hotels of all ratings.
Mongkok holds the record of being the busiest district in the world. With its bright neon lights flashing throughout the night, the area is choc-a-bloc with shops, bars and restaurants, both flashy and traditional. If you pick a hotel around Mongkok you can expect something a little more luxurious; four star hotels with a pool, restaurant and airport shuttle aren’t uncommon.
Hotels in Hong Kong Island
Hop on the Star Ferry and cross the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. This was the original territory taken by the British during colonial era and there are still many telltale signs of British rule in the architecture. You’ll find such 19th and early 20th Century buildings as the Legislative Council Building nestled between the great glass skyscrapers that dominate the Hong Kong skyline.
Two popular districts to stay in on Hong Kong Island include Wan Chai and Central. Wan Chai has its very own Times Square, which is just as grand as its New York counterpart, with a huge mall. It’s where the island celebrates Christmas and New Year with extravagant light shows. Central is the business district of the city and, as the name suggests, it sits right in the centre of Hong Kong. It’s a great middle-ground for those wanting to be close to everything, from the shopping boulevards to the major museums and the Financial District, which are all within walking distance. The highlight is Victoria Peak; this mountain of 552 meters is one of the highest points on the island and gives awesome views over the city.
New Territories Hotels
The New Territories mainly count the mainland north of Kowloon, but also include islands like Lantau Island. Lantau Island is a beautiful part of Hong Kong where can leave the hectic life of the city far behind. Major attractions include Hong Kong Disneyland and Po Lin Monastery with its 26 meter high bronze Buddha statue. There are many other temples on the island too, the highlight being the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, which is definitely worth a look.
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