Hong Kong is one of those places that never ceases to impress.
Visiting for the first time or the tenth time, the vibrance of Victoria Harbour, the towering skyscrapers set against the beautiful backdrop of Victoria Peak and the bustling streets are always captivating.
While it’s obviously one of the great city-based destinations in its own right, Hong Kong is also a major gateway hub and popular connection point and not just for air travellers.
With one of the world’s busiest ports, Hong Kong is a highly popular cruise destination with itineraries venturing to and from all major global ports. And naturally, being located centrally in Asia, this is where the bulk of cruise ship activity is focused.
There’s also a significant number of cruises from Hong Kong that head to Australia and the Pacific Islands making it the perfect place to start or end a trip combining a world city experience with the joys of ocean cruising.
Hong Kong has two state-of-the-art cruise terminals and they’re both situated near the heart of the city.
The impressive Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is located on the former runway of the old Kai Tak Airport. Offering gorgeous Victoria Harbour views and the largest rooftop garden in all of Hong Kong, this terminal gets the pulse racing in readiness for any global adventure.
Ocean Terminal is located in the centre of the city in the cosmopolitan shopping and dining district known as Tsim Sha Tsui.
Along with 450 retail shops, 50 restaurants, cinemas and hotels, visitors will also find the Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art nearby.
Whether your cruise stops, starts, or is just passing through Hong Kong, this colourful destination has an endless array of shore excursions that will keep you entertained for days.
There’s no better place than Hong Kong for some serious retail therapy. From Nathan Road and Harbour City on Kowloon, to the upmarket shops and boutiques in Central Hong Kong, or in Ocean Terminal itself, your holiday spending money will be tempted wherever you go.
If you are travelling as a family, make sure to plan a visit to none other than Disneyland Resort which is one of Asia’s top theme parks, while Ocean Park offers even more rides and attractions.
For a ride of a different speed, don’t miss the historic Victoria Peak tram ride. This vintage tram car carries sightseers to the summit where some of the best parks, hiking trails and of course, incredible city views can be found.
And finally, there’s also the renowned cuisine to look for during your stopover.
The Dim Sum and Sweet and Sour Pork ‘capital of the world’, Hong Kong dining is legendary and ranges from authentic street stall eateries serving simple, freshly-cooked signature dishes to an abundance of world class restaurants to choose from.
TIP: Wherever you choose to dine, make sure you try the regional speciality at least once – crispy Cantonese-style Roast Goose is absolutely delicious!
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa when travelling for holiday. Entry to mainland China has different requirements.
Details for mainland China travel can be found at your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. Be sure to check before you depart, on specific visa requirements for your country.
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