Another excellent way to explore Hong Kong’s native charms is by the Star Ferry boats which have been ferrying passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon since 1888. National Geographic has rated the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime’. Up-close and personal selfies with one of the world’s most photographed harbours is an unmissable experience. The ferry service across Victoria Harbour, founded by a Parsi businessman Darabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, with his steamboat, the Morning Star, came to be known as the Kowloon Ferry Company when it was bought over by Sir Catchick Paul Chater and named the Star Ferry Co.
Cruises: Pampered Pleasures. Enjoying a leisurely cruise with family and friends out of one of the world’s most legendary port cities is really something to write home about. Sailing itineraries vary from short voyages for neophyte cruisers, to epic year-long, round-the-world excursions. Check out the allurements such as the FlowRider surf simulator, an outdoor movie screen, and new speciality dining options on offer by the Voyager of the Seas which will be homeporting in Hong Kong again this summer of 2016.
Hong Kong’s astonishing architectural marvels are still a talking point amongst the cognoscenti. Head for the International Commerce Centre, step into the high-speed lift which will whisk you up 100 floors in just 60 seconds and walk on to Sky 100 – the Hong Kong Observation Deck, to catch those stunning 360-degree views of Victoria Harbour.
Family-friendly shopping experiences are rated very highly in Hong Kong. There are goodies galore in the spanking malls as well as the local markets. Hot spots to explore: Harbour City in Kowloon side – Hong Kong’s largest and most thrilling shopping and entertainment destination; Times Square at Causeway Bay has the most happening mall filled with over 230 world renowned brands across 16 floors. Times Square also plays host to art exhibitions, cultural programmes, movie promotions and the annual Times Square New Year Countdown.