You will have 3 nights in this dazzling city to experience the practice of Tai Chi, exciting Hong Kong Island food markets, a scenic trip from Repulse Bay to Aberdeen before boarding a sampan cruise through the local floating village, then proceed to Victoria Peak for breathtaking views and explore the city’s back streets for the real local life.
Day 1 – Arrive Hong Kong
This evening, arrive in Hong Kong and transfer to hotel.
Hong Kong is a beguiling place to visit – a place whose aggressive capitalist instinct is tempered by an Oriental concern with order and harmony. In a land where old meets new, construction workers build modern-day skyscrapers using bamboo, ocean-going freighters ride side-by-side with century-old sampans, and Armani suits walk alongside straw hats. Home to age-old traditions and leading-edge technology, Hong Kong is a magical place trapped somewhere between the past and the future. This tax-free, bustling port is now the world’s fourth largest financial centre, boasting a surging stock market, over 150 international banks and numerous venture capital firms. It ranks among the world’s ten wealthiest economies, and the world’s highest commercial and residential rents and prices.
Day 2 – Hong Kong
At dawn, have the opportunity to practice Tai Chi (Chinese shadow boxing) with a Tai Chi Master in the tranquil city gardens. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that keeps the balance and unity of the outer and inner parts, both the physical and mental parts of the body. Tai Chi emphasizes complete relaxation and is essentially ‘meditation in motion’. It is characterized by soft, slow, flowing movements that accentuate force and are executed precisely. The Tai Chi Master will introduce basic movements and techniques before engaging in a full-fledged practice session in the outdoors.
In the afternoon, take a tour around Hong Kong Island with a stop at the Dried Food and Herbal Medicine Market in the Western District and Man Mo Temple for an informative look at a typical Chinese temple. Take a scenic trip from Repulse Bay to Aberdeen. Board a traditional sampan for a short cruise through the local floating village.
For a breathtaking 360-degree view of the infamous harbour of Hong Kong, proceed to Victoria Peak. At 552 metres above sea level, the Peak, as it is affectionately known, boasts neon-lit magnificent views from every direction. Once you reach the Peak, you will be welcomed with a flamboyant display of Chinese tradition – a Lion Dance. This lively combination of art, history and kung fu is said to bring luck and happiness to festivities.
Day 3 – Hong Kong
Many of Hong Kong’s treasures are waiting to be discovered by the adventurous. A “Treasure Hunt” will allow you to explore the city’s back streets and get a real taste of local life in search of a prize. You may give your hunt a theme, such as feng shui and architecture, or Chinese culinary culture, to gain further insight into local lifestyles.
In an effort to find the treasure, you might visit historical buildings or monuments, or explore the city’s bird, fish and flower markets where you will learn the significance of plants and animals in Chinese life. Apart from the prize, your team will come away from the hunt having found the essence of Hong Kong, as expressed in its architecture, its streets, and its most cherished landmarks.
After a day full of activities, celebrate with your companion and enjoy a sumptuous Chinese dinner in one of the notable private restaurants in Hong Kong.
Day 4 – Depart Hong Kong
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Alternatively, if your travel schedule can be extended, we highly recommend a Full Day excursion to Macau to visit the Ruins of St. Paul church, Museum of Macau, Macau Tower, Temple of A-Ma and Casino. Macau offers the charm of the Chinese and Portuguese heritages embraced in arrays of modernized architecture
Phone one of our Asia Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your China Holiday now!