Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Melting Pot Fusing East and West ; FIVE PAGES OF FABULOUS HOLIDAY IDEAS START HEREDESTINATIONREPORT: HONG KONG

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Melting Pot Fusing East and West ; FIVE PAGES OF FABULOUS HOLIDAY IDEAS START HEREDESTINATIONREPORT: HONG KONG

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KNOWN as the Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong is a vibrant fusion of east and west. Shop for a bargain, admire the skyline or hike through the surrounding rainforests.

Must sees for free: With more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world, it would be a crime not to admire the skyline during a stay in Hong Kong. Almost as stunning as the views are the buildings - the fabulously jagged Bank of China Tower and the even taller 2 International Finance Centre.

Turn your attention away from the city and head for Lantau Island.

On the western side of the beautiful island sits the Tian Tan Buddha, the world's largest seated bronze Buddha statue.

Nicknamed Big Buddha by the locals, the immense statue stands more than 100ft tall, weighs 250 tons and can be visited from 10am to 5.30pm daily.

Top sees for a fee: Fans of amusements parks are in luck in Hong Kong, as it is home to Hong Kong Disneyland. A one-day adult ticket costs HK$539 (about Pounds 50). Or head to Ocean Park, Hong Kong's less famous but more successful theme park. Covering almost a million square metres, Ocean Park has 44 rides, many of which are marine life-themed. Adult tickets from HK$385.

Take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of the entire city. The Victorian trams carry more than 10,000 people a day, so book tickets in advance. Return fares HK$40 for adults, HK$18 for children aged three to 11 or over-65s.

Getting around: Hong Kong boasts a highly developed transport network, with more than 90 per cent of all daily journeys done on public transport. Buses, trains and the subway covers all major districts in the territory and can all be paid for with Octopus cards, the area's versatile electronic cards.

Eating out: A visit to Hong Kong isn't complete without trying the local dim sum. These tiny, traditional dishes could be described as China's answer to tapas, and a top place to try them is DIMDIMSUM Dim Sum Speciality Store, in Mong Kok. For another great Chinese restaurant, head for Above and Beyond, found on the 28th floor of Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road. …

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