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DISCOVER THE REAL HONG KONG

from £2245
Experience Hong Kong from a new perspective. Unspoilt hill country and outlying islands, far away from the crowds.
  • Product Code 42800
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Discover Hong Kong

Experience Hong Kong from a new perspective with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Unspoilt hill country and outlying islands, where you walk through lush open countryside and along deserted coastal paths, far away from the crowds.

Hong Kong is a beguiling place to visit; a teeming metropolis with a harbour surrounded by skyscrapers but with the attraction of walking in the backdrop of the relatively remote and unspoiled New Territories. The Chinese metropolis is full of colour: markets, shopping precincts, streets flashing with illuminated signs and shops filled with strange goods and foods from mainland China. The harbour scenes are a myriad of ferries, sampans, junks and floating restaurants. A walk to the lofty heights of Victoria Peak overlooking all of this is a must!

Beyond the maze of streets and skyscrapers lies another world of unspoilt hill country and countless islands little changed for centuries. Numerous ferries ply these outlying islands, havens of peace far from the crowds. We’ll wander across Lantau Island to find Tai O, a little village which seems to come out of the Middle Ages, and walk on car free Lamma Island. North of Kowloon towards the border with mainland China we come to the New Territories, protected by National Country Park status and crossed by the Maclehose Trail. The colonial Kowloon-Canton Railway gives easy access to mainland China – ideal for a ‘free day’ adventure (a visa is required if you decide to do this).

Hong Kong is a superb holiday destination and delivers far more than you might have imagined or believed possible.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic walking in open countryside and along coastal paths.
  • Gaze at the Hong Kong skyline and harbour.
  • Capture the stunning view from Victoria Peak.
  • Ride on the Star Ferry across the harbour.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Four-star accommodation
      Breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Dinners taken at the hotel or local restaurants (except on two evenings)
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Heathrow to Hong Kong.

  2. Day 2

    Having landed at a Norman Foster designed airport on Lantau Island we travel for about forty minutes to our hotel – situated right in the centre of a district called Mong Kok in the province of Kowloon. This must be amongst the most intriguing areas that any of us will have visited. With its street markets, numerous food sellers, shops that seem to sell every possible requirement to the hustle and bustle of one of the most densely populated areas in the world. So on our first night we absorb the local atmosphere and make a visit to the ‘Ladies Market’.

  3. Day 3 to 13

    For the following 11 days we will enjoy a varied programme of walks and sightseeing, including at least one free day for you to explore independently.

     

    Here is an example of some of the walks that we hope to include in our programme during our time in Hong Kong:

     

    The following days may not necessarily take place in accordance with the order of this itinerary. This itinerary is intended to give you an idea about the areas and activities that we hope to include in this holiday. The order in which they will take place will be dependent on local conditions and may vary with each departure date.


    Kowloon Park, Coastal Walk along the Avenue of Stars & the 1881 Heritage Building
    Not a park as we might expect – but a visit to Kowloon Park where there are flamingos, modern statues, indigenous plants, Chinese garden and probably Tai chi dancers.  Then on to Nathan Road where there are skilled tailors ready to make overnight made to measure dresses, suits or shirts.  We head to the coast to walk along the Avenue of Stars and to watch the busy shipping lanes across Victoria Harbour.  Next to the Ocean Terminal where food courts supply meals from numerous  nationalities and where the locals eat.  The “1881” Heritage building is a must to visit – built nearly 140 years ago for the Marine Police Headquarters – it retains a Greenwich Meantime ball tower, records of Japanese occupation and history of Hong Kong.  Nearby there are the Space and Art museums.  On the way back to our hotel the flower and bird markets are visited. Come evening we return to Victoria Harbour to view, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the finest illuminated waterfront in the world – with a laser show timed to music.

    Star Ferry, Hong Kong Park & Tram to The Peak
    A must for any visitor is a trip across Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.  We walk past some of the finest high rise buildings to visit the colonial era, of 1847, St John’s Cathedral (once the tallest building on Hong Kong and now like a model!). Near the Cathedral is Hong Kong Park with an intriguing tea museum housed in a British Army Officers’ building.  An aviary so large that numerous birds can fly within its protective cover is a must to visit before taking the vernacular tram to The Peak.  At The Peak there are iconic views across Hong Kong island.  We take in the views before returning to central Hong Kong for a tram ride to the Western Central Market (a traditional British food market) followed by viewing  Chinese medicine and dried fish markets. After dinner a visit to a night market in Temple Street completes the day’s activities.

    Sai Kung Country Park & Kung Shek
    A day of coastal, woodland and paddy field trails.  We walk in the National Sai Kung Country Park for a beach walk with some fine coastal views.  Then into woods before reaching areas previously used as rice paddy fields.  A ferry boat then whisks us to Wong Shek before making a tour of the fishing town of Sai Kung.  This evening dinner is at a local restaurant. 
    This walk is 6.5 miles, 10 kms. - along concrete paths, coastal sandy beaches, woodland, disused paddy fields, sections of steps and a steady hill trail.  Descents and ascents: 150m.

    Tai Tam & the Dragon’s Back Trail
    Victorian engineering splendour is reflected in the area of Tai Tam, Hong Kong Island’s largest ‘green lung’, where a pleasant walk takes a route past a major water catchment area of dams, bridges, pump houses and reservoirs.  Followed then by a tourist “essential” visit to Stanley Market.  A second trail along the Dragon’s Back (said to be the finest urban hike in Asia) allows for island and City views. 
    Tai Tam Victorian water catchment area - we walk for 2.5 miles, 4 kms down a roadway system for a descent of 150m. Dragon's Back - we walk for 3 miles, 5 kms with hill climb and descent of 180m.

    Aberdeen Harbour & Lamma Island Coastal Walk
    No visit to Hong Kong can be complete without taking a sampan out on Aberdeen Harbour.  Following Aberdeen we take a ferry boat to Lamma Island for a coastal walk with a chance to swim in the South China Sea.  After dinner on the island a night ferry trip takes us back to Hong Kong. 
    Todays walk is 6.5 miles,10 kms with ascents and descents of 100m.

    Bride’s Pool Walk, Hakka Village & Plover Cove Country Park
    Bride’s Pool walk – about which your tour leader will explain the mythology, passes rocky trails, streams and pools before taking a wooded route and then on to our first view of China as we overlook the City of Shenzhen.  Next comes a Hakka (refugees from China) village – now mainly abandoned with ghostly dwellings. This area within the Plover Cove Country Park offers some of the finest country scenery of the tour. 
    Bride's Pool: Walk is 10 miles, 16 kms along trails that include steep paths, wooded areas, open countryside and stone steps.  Ascent and descent of 300m.

    Po Lin Monastery, Asia’s Largest Buddha & Tai O Trail
    A cable car trip to Hong Kong’s second highest (934m) peak for a visit to Po Lin monastery – where monks are likely to be heard chanting.   Time to take a vegetarian lunch at the monastery and wander up to the largest Buddha in Asia. Next we take a hilly trail that leads to Tai O – amongst the last of traditional stilted fishing villages remaining and a photographers paradise!  Then across the island for dinner before returning to our hotel. 
    This walk is 9 miles,  14 kms.  The trail is taken partly on roads and for most of the route by footpaths - covering three hills of about 50m climb each over a height of about 400m with descent to sea level.

    Central Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple & Cheng Chau Island
    A second opportunity to visit the central area of Hong Kong where we start at Possession Street where the British navy first landed.  Followed by a walk along the original ‘Hollywood’ Road to visit  a traditional Chinese temple: the Man Mo Temple.   Once a place of intrigue as the British listened into conversations by Chinese seeking to cause insurrection.  The route then goes along Gough Street where there are many shops selling old and new ‘antiques’.  The longest escalator in the world is then followed down to the ferry piers for a boat to Cheung Chau Island for a coastal walk, swim opportunity and dinner on the island.

    Ping Shan Heritage Trail, Yuen Long & the Wetland Park
    Having seen modern Hong Kong, buildings of the colonial era and much of the countryside we now have an opportunity to visit traditional Chinese buildings and to appreciate their culture and education.  We follow a heritage trail at Ping Shan – pass the largest Pagoda in Hong Kong then visit the town of Yuen Long.  For the afternoon a visit to the Wetland Park where there are board walks and hides to view migratory birds together with butterflies.  

     

  4. Day 14

    We have a free day before our evening transfer to the airport for an overnight flight to London Heathrow.

  5. Day 15

    Arrive at Heathrow in the early morning.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • A visa is required to visit mainland China.

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Hotel Metropark

The four star Metropark Hotel Kowloon, is excellently located in the centre of Kowloon, and is only a 15 minute walk to the famous Lady Market and Kowloon shopping areas, which help form the unique culture and street life of Hong Kong. Rooms are clean and spacious and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TVs and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a small rooftop pool, where you can take a dip and sunbathe. A fitness room offers a range of gym equipment for your use as well. To help you get around town the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service, which rides to the Mongkok shopping area and the Tsimshatsui waterfront.


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