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Golden Week Excursions!

Take a break from the ordinary as we recommend a selection of excursions to tempting and idiosyncratic Hong Kong destinations that you may not know about.
 
Anyone from Mainland China deciding where to spend their October Golden Week holiday need look no further than Hong Kong. For one, as Asia’s top shopping destination, with a dizzying array of shopping choices on offer – from glitzy malls and tucked-away boutique shops, to bustling street markets selling everything from the latest fashions to eclectic souvenirs, our Mainland visitors can shop to their heart’s delight. But of course, there is so much more to see and do in Hong Kong, especially in October, blessed by comfortable weather and a busy events calendar. And the ideal way to explore is to walk, which is eminently feasible given our compact city and its excellent public transport. 
 
So why not join us on excursions that explore some of most enchanting and idiosyncratic aspects of Hong Kong, and take home with you some unexpected memories of our fabulous city!
 
Shopping Galore
Asia’s shopping paradise offers everything for everybody – only time, effort and perseverance and a sense of adventure is required. Make the effort to check out not just the largest shopping malls, but also some of the more interesting options:
 
Citygate Outlets
The best known and the largest outlet mall, in Tung Chung close by the airport, is home to over 80 international brands, offering deep discounts on branded products all year around. The upscale ambience and convenient location makes for perfect shopping before you board your flight home.
 
Grand Plaza / Gala Place
A trendy urban gathering place in the heart of bustling Mongkok, these two shopping centres offer trendy shopping and dining concepts including Hong Kong’s largest Starbucks Concept Store and H&M flagship outlet, plus more than 20 dining outlets with a wide selection of international cuisines.
 
Tuen Mun tmtplaza
This large regional mall, located in northwest New Territories, is home to a diverse retail clientele and F&B outlets with over 270 shops. It is a favourite shopping destination for visitors from Shenzhen, given its location. Check out its Tomica Camping promotion for October.
 
Fashion Walk
Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, Fashion Walk is a ultratrendy shopping concept space with the latest fashion stores featuring chic and cool local and international designers and lively bars and restaurants with alfresco seating, blending together to create the ultimate urban shopping experience.
 
The Great Outdoors
Mountains, islands and beaches – we have them all – perfect to get away from the hurly-burly of the city.
 
Dragon’s Back
Arguably the city’s best-known trail, the Dragon’s Back is a moderately easy two-hour walk that traverses a series of mountain ranges in southeastern Hong Kong Island, offering outstanding twin views of the South China Sea. Take Bus number 9 and get off at the Cape Collinson stop near Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institute and walk up a short distance to the connecting trail. You can choose to descend either to Big Wave Bay or to Shek O, where there is food and refreshment.
 
Cheung Chau
Take a ferry to Cheung Chau and enjoy its greenery, craggy hillsides, golden beaches and fascinating rock formations along the Mini Great Wall walk. Be sure be spend some time in the enchanting village and catch a seafood meal at one of the dai pai dong restaurants.
 
Peak Circle Walk
The walk winds around the highest mountain in Hong Kong Island without much variation in height, an easy stroll to catch stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline from different vantage points.
 
Lamma Island
This idyllic island not far from Aberdeen is known for quiet village life, pretty hills and great seafood restaurants, with nary a motor vehicle in sight. Take a ferry from Central to Yung Shue Wan, stroll through the village and then embark on an easy hike to Sok Kwu Wan at the other end of the island. Enjoy a seafood meal there before taking the ferry back to Central.
 
Hong Kong’s streets on foot
To know Hong Kong is to explore the city’s colourful streets, so put on your comfiest shoes and get up close and personal with the city and its inhabitants.
 
Mong Kok
 
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market and Goldfish market
Exactly what they say they are: stalls selling songbirds, an aromatic street filled with every kind of blossom you can think of, and goldfish swimming in plastic bags along Tung Choi Street.
 
Fa Yuen Street
Trendy fashion and casual wear at bargain prices.
 
Ladies Market
One of the city’s most famous night markets packed with souvenirs, knickknacks, footwear, clothing, electronic gizmos and more.
 
Jade Market and Jade Street
The revered green stone is the star of the show here.
 
Temple Street Night market
This famous night market come to life after dark with fortune tellers, hawkers and its famous dai pai dongs. Something for everyone and surprises for all.
 
Wan Chai
 
Lee Tung Avenue
Wan Chai’s hottest gathering place, this architectural landmark features a nouveau concept retail pedestrian retail boulevard 200 metres long lined with coffee houses, restaurants and chic retail shops. Check out its enchanting Mid-autumn festival decorations featuring “Museum of the Moon” – a detailed 7-metre replica of the moon’s surface by UK artist Luke Jerram – the perfect spot for a selfie.
 
Blue House
This heritage building, in its famous blue paint coat, located in Stone Nullah Lane off Queen’s Road East, is worth visiting as an architectural exemplar of Hong Kong’s old tenement buildings.
 
Comix Base
In a converted trade building is this quirky collection of Hong Kong’s once thriving cartoons, comics and animation artworks
 
Wan Chai street markets
Go bargain hunting for clothes, accessories, souvenirs and toys in Tai Yuen Street and nearby areas.
 
Tsukiji . Yamataka Seafood Market
Wan Chai’s latest attraction, located at the Wan Chai Ferry market, is a seafood lover’s paradise. It offers three different Japanese food concept areas plus a seafood market that is a miniature version of its famous namesake in Tokyo.
 
 
 
(Edited on 28 Sep 2017)

 

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