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Feel the sand between your toes

If white sandy beaches are your jam, get a ferry (www.lantauonline.com/lantau-ferries) to Lantau Island and kick back at Cheung Sha. Lantau is also the location of the vast Shek Pik Reservoir Dam, with its mind-boggling 24 million cubic meters of water.

Hike the Maclehose Trail

Head across the New Territories on Hong Kong's longest hike, the 100km-long (62-mile) MacLehose Trail. If the full stretch sounds a little daunting - which it is - the route has been split into 10 sections, each taking from 90 minutes to five hours. Information on the route can be found on the official Enjoy Hiking website (http://hiking.gov.hk).

Ogle the pretty goldfish

How you feel about the aptly named Goldfish Market (www.goldfish-market.hk) will largely depend on your opinion on fish in captivity. Thousands of plastic bags containing goldfish of every hue line the walls of these shops in Mong Kok, and are destined for bowls and aquariums across the city.

Tuck into Hello Kitty

The Hello Kitty image of image is famous the world over, but in Hong Kong Kitty’s so popular there’s a restaurant (tel: +852 8202 8203; www.hellokittychinesecuisine.com.hk) that’s been fully licensed by the owners of the brand. A must stop-off for any foodie, their Kitty-decorated dim sum are the ultimate banker for Instagram likes.

Walk amongst the flotsam at Chunking Mansions

Chunking Mansions (tel: +852 9316 8547; www.chungking-mansions.hk) achieved cult fame when it was featured and name-checked in Wong Kar-wai's 1994 film Chunking Express. This 17-floor building was ground zero for vice in Hong Kong for quite some time, but since a facelift in 2004 it's no longer quite the den of iniquity it once was. The three vast shopping malls that have taken their place are still worth walking around, though.

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Mandarin Oriental, which overlooks Victoria Harbour from its perch right in the middle of Central, is a Hong Kong institution. The 501 rooms are known for their elegance, and its tearooms and buffets also enjoy a loyal following. The lobby has style to spare with a somewhat recherché art deco flavour.

W Hong Kong

This design-led Hong Kong hotel offers incredible skyline views from all 393 rooms. The interior draws on inspiration from the environment with tree-like columns in the main entrance, and the rooftop swimming pool on the 76th floor is one of the highest in the world. Its plush lounge, the Living Room, is great too.

The Upper House

Andre Fu, one of Asia’s most heralded designers, is the man behind this hip hotel, which has won awards and garnered much press in recent years. Rooms are located from the 38th floor upwards, with staggering views and decor to match (think: bamboo walls and limestone bathrooms). Facilities are first rate, with a lounge and gym, plus a garden for lolling in.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

This 399-room uber-luxury hotel is one of the finest hotels in Hong Kong. Magnificent harbour views, exquisite service, complimentary standard Wi-Fi, a suite of fine restaurants and bars, and a spacious spa with 17 treatment rooms are combined with a superb location on the Hong Kong waterfront, with easy access to the Star Ferry terminal, the Central bar and restaurant districts and the IFC Shopping mall.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

 The five star hotel offers magnificent city or harbor views from all 312 guest rooms. It is an elevated luxury experience to stay in one of the most distinctive five star hotels in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. A contemporary and exclusive haven of East meets West modern décor, highlighted by local artwork.

Espace Elastique B&B

Finding a cheap homey B&B is more challenging in Hong Kong than most major Asian cities. Thankfully Espace Elastique fits the bill. Situated on Lantau Island in the village of Tai O it only has two rooms which can be found round the back of the charming little restaurant run by the hotel's owner. There's even a rooftop with loungers.