Hong Kong is a city split in two and perfectly suited for your next cruise adventure. Located off of the coast of the South China Sea, this densely populated city consists of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon separated by the harbor. Hong Kong Island is covered with skyscrapers. The population here is very urban and chic, the city has posh restaurants and designers clamor to have stores in the city’s shopping centers. Historically Hong Kong is both Eastern and Western. After the First Opium War in 1839 to 1842 Hong Kong became a territory of the British Empire, and it wasn’t until 1997 that the city was returned to the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China. You can still see the British influence in afternoon tea times, the high percentage of English speaking residents and the street names. Cruise to Hong Kong to experience this unique blend of East and West.
- Get as close to a bird’s-eye view of this incredible city and its surrounding mountains with a ride up Victoria Peak in the world’s steepest funicular.
- Go shopping at Shanghai Tang, a store that has a modern take on traditional Chinese clothing like cheongsams. In the Western District you will find shops selling more Chinese products like ginseng and preserved foods.
- Head to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade at night to catch the 8 pm light and sound show, where 40 buildings light up in the world’s largest permanent light and laser show.
- Get an understanding of this modern land from its most rural roots at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum where you’ll see antique glass and ceramic along with sequined opera costumes hundreds of years old.
- Do as the locals do and head to the Happy Valley Racecourse for a night betting on the horses.