Hong Kong is known for its incredible atmosphere – it is the Eastern city that never sleeps. It’s not just a metropolis with endless shopping and sensational food, but also a destination with fantastic hiking, pure sandy beaches, ancient temples, a vibrant arts scene, and a distinct cultural identity.

Combining Eastern and Western cultures across 263 islands – this exotic blend of marine culture, rural greenery, mountains and impressive skyscrapers have made Hong Kong the world’s most visited city this year.

Here are ten reasons why Hong Kong should be your next holiday destination.

1) Have a drink in the world’s highest bar

Ritz Carlton’s Ozone bar

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If you want to get lots of likes on Insta, then a selfie at the Ritz Carlton’s Ozone bar will do the trick. Situated on the 118th floor 1,608 ft above sea level you’ll get some truly breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline.

2) Visit Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

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The epic light show at Victoria harbour is one of the highlights of any trip to Hong Kong. The show takes place in front of one of a magnificent urban skyline, and the Symphony of Lights takes place at 8 p.m every day.

3) Go on a hiking trail

Lion Rock

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If you want a break from the skyscrapers, then take solace in nature and go for a hike at “the dragon’s back” or to “Lion rock”. Explore the beauty of the mountains while staying close to the sea.

4) Shop until you drop

Hong Kong Shopping

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Hong Kong offers an incredible shopping experience to visitors. From luxury boutiques to local Chinese product stores, from ultra-modern shopping centres to the traditional street markets, you can find everything from the latest fashion brands to budget-price items.

5) Eat dim sum for breakfast

Dim sum

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You can eat out in Hong Kong very cheaply, and there’s no better place to have dim sum. Try everything from pan-fried rice rolls, juicy dumplings and fluffy steamed buns stuffed with chicken, prawns and vegetables. You can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

6) Explore the Mongkok neighbourhood

Mongkok

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Exploring traditional flower markets and street food stalls is an excellent way to visit Hong Kong on a budget. You can buy whatever you want at rock bottom prices when you go to Mongkok.

7) Go on a junk cruise

Hong Kong Junk Cruise

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Board a red-sailed Chinese junk boat and go a memorable journey towards Victoria Harbour. The ‘Aqua Luna’ is a fantastic way to explore the city and one of the best places to take photos of the skyline. 

8) Visit the outer islands

Cheung Chau

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If you want to go on a cheap day trip, you have plenty of options in Hong Kong. Take a bike ride to Cheung Chau and stop off for seafood along the way. You can also go rock-climbing in Tung Lung or wakeboarding in Sai Kung.

9) Learn about its colonial history

Hong Kong Museum of History

With its rich colonial history dating back centuries, you can learn about the British and Japanese occupations, and more when you visit the Hong Kong Museum of History.

10) Check out the street art murals

Hong Kong Street Art

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One of the most recent trends in Hong Kong has been street art. All over the city, there are cutting edge murals and paintings that will match anything you see in New York or London. 

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