In partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board
With the recent lifting of travel restrictions*, Hong Kong is reopening its doors and welcoming visitors with open arms. The opportunity for us to (re)discover Hong Kong, a complete destination combining culture, art, gastronomy and nature… everything we love!
Hong Kong, a destination in its own right in Asia
Territory full of surprises, Hong Kong deserves that we linger there for at least a week. To get to the heart of the matter, we go to the top of Victoria Peak, aboard the Peak Tram, one of the oldest cogwheel trains in the world. Recently renovated, it features 6-car wagonsth generation, retro green as in the 40s to 80s and equipped with larger panoramic windows. The trip, like the view of the skyscrapers once you get up there, is an unforgettable experience.
Back downstairs, we’ll explore the different vibrant districts of Hong Kong, for a cultural, artistic and culinary getaway. Take a walk, for example, in Old Town Central, the old town, where century-old temples and typical tea houses coexist with concept stores and modern art galleries. Speaking of art, don’t miss the emerging West Kowloon Cultural District and its two major new museums: the M+ and the Hong Kong Palace Museum.
On the street food side, go to the Sham Shui Po district: we have the good typical noodle dishes! In Hong Kong, you can also enjoy delicious Dim Sum restaurants and Dai Pai Dongs, traditional restaurants. For tea, we go to a typical tea room called Cha Chaan Teng, where we can enjoy a pineapple bun (pineapple bun), a milk tea (Hong Kong Milk Tea) or a toast with butter peanuts (Sai Do Si). Obviously, there are also starred tables, there are 78 in 2023!
And if Hong Kong offers a most thrilling urban life, it remains a nature destination par excellence: behind the urban jungle hide large preserved spaces, between sea and mountains…
Natural parks, islands, beaches… Nature in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. And yet, paradoxically, parks and natural reserves represent 40% of its territory…
Here, architecture contrasts with nature. Behind the tall towers stretch wide open spaces – islands, beaches, mountains, forests… – to be explored in many ways. All this just a stone’s throw from the most hectic neighborhoods: there are many starting points for trails accessible by public transport!
The 24 natural parks are a delight for hikers with, across the territory, a hundred routes (from 1h30 to 6h). By bike, you can also set off on the cycle path extending from Yuen Long to Butterfly Beach. On the mountain side, The Peak is obviously one of the must-sees. On foot, we take the “Lugard road Lookout” in particular. It offers a magnificent view from Sheung Wan to Tsim Sha Tsui and across Victoria Bay. The sea is best explored by stand-up paddle: the surroundings of the rural villages of Yue Shue O and Sham Chung are home to an incredible mangrove…
Hong Kong is also a string of islands: 262 in total! Among our favorites, to explore by the day: that of Yim Tin Tsai. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has revived the customs, folklore and heritage of a community of Hakka migrants. A leap of 300 years back, far from the skyscrapers!
*There are no longer any travel restrictions: quarantine, vaccination, wearing a mask inside and outside and the antigen or PCR test before leaving France are no longer compulsory for foreign visitors wishing to travel to Hong Kong. As a reminder, with a European passport (valid for more than a month after returning from Hong Kong), visitors do not need a visa to stay up to 90 days on site as tourists.
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