There is so much more to Hong Kong than an iconic skyline. You'll find a buzzing city right outside your hotel door in Hong Kong while stunning natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife is never far away. Dip into museums such as the Hong Kong Museum of History or soak up the spiritual atmosphere of the city's temples. There are shrines, pavilions and fortune tellers at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple while the Tin Hau Temple features intricate stone carvings. All visitors should take the funicular Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong's highest hill - it gives you a real sense of how city and countryside sit side by side. If shopping is your passion, find hotel deals in the Central District with its chic boutiques and glitzy shopping centres as well as markets and bazaars for practising your bargaining skills. In the evening, dine out in one of the culinary capitals of the world. It's a place to enjoy Cantonese, Japanese, French and Sichuanese dishes. After dinner, immerse yourself in local culture by listening to a Chinese opera in a traditional bamboo theatre.
Spend some time in the Man Ho Temple, one of the oldest in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to both the god of war and the god of literature and has a vivid crimson interior seeped in the aroma of burning incense. Uncover more of the city's cultural life, both past and present, at the Hong Kong Museum of History. Its geological exhibits go back hundreds of millions of years. If your plan for the day is to take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria's Peak, leave yourself an hour to walk the circular Peak Trail. Take an early tram to avoid the crowds and enjoy seeing the city emerge from the mist. Another tranquil outdoor space is Kowloon Walled City Park with its pavilions and pathways. Based on the traditional gardens from the Qing Dynasty, this park has a fascinating history. No trip to Hong Kong is complete without boarding an iconic green and white Star Ferry Boat for a ride across Victoria Harbour. The boat travels between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
When you arrive in Hong Kong, you'll discover that it is much more than just a busy city on an island. It is actually a series of islands with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, made up of water, mountains and forests. The three main inhabited areas are Hong Kong Island, the New Territories and the Kowloon Peninsula. Wherever you choose to book a hotel in Hong Kong, you'll find good transport links between the three areas. Book a hotel in the New Territories and you have both cultural and natural attractions right on your doorstep. Sha Tau Kok and Fanling are ancient walled villages while at Yuen Long there are wetlands teeming with birdlife. The attractions of Sai Kung in the New Territories include hiking trails and beaches as well as the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. On the Kowloon Peninsula, you have Tsim Sha Tsui with its museums and harbour while New Kowloon is another good place to search out cheap hotels. In this spiritual place, you can visit a Taoist temple and a Buddhist nunnery. If these neighbourhoods sound fascinating, then use eDreams' easy-to-navigate filters to book a hotel in Hong Kong.