A short flight from India, Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis and business hub. More importantly, it makes for a fantastic family destination. So, what are you waiting for? Read on and start planning your next vacation!
01 Take in Stunning Views
For incredible 360-degree views of the territory and the famed Victoria Harbor, head to the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, which – located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre – is the highest indoor observation deck in the city. A high-speed lift will whisk you up in just 60 seconds. You can also explore the observation deck’s state-of-the-art interactive exhibition with a fascinating multimedia tour of Hong Kong’s history and culture.
02 Explore Noah’s Ark
If you’re looking for an experience the kids will truly enjoy, visit Noah’s Ark, a theme park situated in Ma Wan Hong Kong. The world’s only full-size replica of the Biblical Ark, it overlooks the Rambler Channel and Tsing Ma Bridge and features fun activities and exhibits like life-size animal sculptures, a 4D theatre, an “adventureland,” as well as a resort.
03 Cruise Along
Hong Kong, situated in the heart of Asia, has long been celebrated as one of the world’s favorite ports. Sailing itineraries here range from short voyages for neophyte cruisers to epic year-long excursions that circle the globe. After gaining fans around the world through its iconic on-board experiences, Voyager of the Seas® returns to Hong Kong, with ground-breaking offerings like the FlowRider® surf simulator, an outdoor movie screen, and new specialty dining options.
04 Hop On a Tram
Hong Kong was once a British colony, and, despite its cosmopolitan nature, you can still find remnants of its colonial past peeking through. The biggest icon of this history would be its tramways, locally referred to as ‘Ding-dings.’ Trams have been running between the east and the west along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island for over a hundred years, since 1904. Today, Hong Kong Tramways has the world’s largest fleet of double-deck tramcars, and it continues to remain a major source of public transport, carrying an average of 200,000 passengers every day. Unlike other modes of public transport in Hong Kong, the fare charged is uniform – regardless of the distance travelled. For the best experience, board a unique 1920s-style tram revamped with an open-top upper deck and a vintage cabin to take you on an hour-long tour.
05 Shop till You Drop
Hong Kong’s malls offer a diverse range of shopping, food and entertainment options. Keep your wits about you when you enter Harbour City in Kowloon, because this mall is so huge you might never want to leave.
Hong Kong’s largest mall is actually three malls in one – Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre and Gateway Arcade – and contains over 450 shops, around 50 restaurants, three hotels and two cinemas. The kids’ section features 40 stores, which stock everything from toys to clothes. Also worth visiting is Times Square in Causeway Bay, which has 230 stores, a supermarket and over 20 restaurants dishing out top-grade Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western fare. Thousands of people gather here on New Year’s Eve and be a part of the countdown and festivities that follow.