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Hong Kong tours and excursions

Hong Kong tours

Boat tours

Hong Kong Watertours provides a variety of harbour and island tours of the city. They have pick-up points throughout Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, although they set sail from Pier 9 in Central on Hong Kong side or the Kowloon Public Pier on Kowloon Side. For a nostalgic sailing on a converted junk boat, the Aqua Luna offers a semblance of Hong Kong past.

Tel: +852 2926 3868; +852 2116 8821.
Website: http://www.aqualuna.com.hk

Bus tours

Big Bus Tours operate open-top sightseeing bus tours of Hong Kong with a multilingual audio system. Each ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows you to hop on and off at your leisure, day or night.

Tel: +852 2167 8995.
Website: http://eng.bigbustours.com/hongkong/home.html

Helicopter tours

Sky Shuttle offers a taste of the high life with daily helicopter trips from Hong Kong to Macau or vice versa. Naturally, tours offer some of the finest views of the city's skyline as the choppers whirl over towering skyscrapers, islands and beaches for a fantastic aerial outlook.

Tel: +852 2108 9898.
Website: http://www.skyshuttlehk.com

Hong Kong excursions

Lantau Island

Home to Chek Lap Kok Airport, Ngong Ping 360 and Disneyland Hong Kong, Lantau Island is situated 45km (28 miles) from Central Hong Kong and more than half of its territory is designated country parkland. Walking tours and hikes are popular here, although the principal attractions are the Po Lin Big Buddha, claimed to be the world's largest seated outdoor Buddha effigy, at 26.4m (87ft) tall, and the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery, Hong Kong's largest. There is a tea garden nearby and the beaches and waterside restaurants along the southern shore are also idyllic. To get to Lantau Island, visitors should take either the MTR Airport Railway link to Tung Chung, followed by bus 23 to Po Lin, or the ferry to Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo) from Central, followed by bus 2.

Macau

Situated on the southeastern coast of China, about one hour from Hong Kong by ferry, Macau is changing at a furious pace. Long recognised for its relaxed blending of Mediterranean and Cantonese rhythms of life and spicy cuisine, the ante has been upped several gears in recent years. Though much of its fine colonial architecture has been carefully restored and repainted, several new tourism attractions have been added, including several mega-casinos and luxury hotels, the gigantic Fisherman's Wharf theme park and a harbour side dining/drinking district. Macau can be reached by jetfoil or jet boat from Macau ferry terminal, near Shun Tak Centre, Central or from China Hong Kong City terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Tel: +853 2831 5566.
Website: http://en.macautourism.gov.mo

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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 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.

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 This 4.5 star hotel is situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, offering a unique window on Hong Kong and the most vibrant and genuine experience of city life. It provides delicious local and international cuisine, cocktails on the club floor, a stylish pool and also spa floor.

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Meaning 'home' in Mandarin, JIA is the first boutique hotel in Asia designed by Philippe Starck. This Hong Kong hotel has 32 studios and 24 suites including two luxurious duplex penthouses, all of which include fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and home theatre systems. Guests are also entitled to exclusive perks such as entry to slick private members clubs, complementary champagne in selected bars, and a free harbour cruise.