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If you've never visited Hong Kong before, you are in for a delightful "watery" surprise. The city is built amid a multi-island enclave, with inlets and bays and canals and channels everywhere. Add to that a mountain backdrop and you have one of the world's most beautiful harbour cities. Every kind of ship or boat you can imagine is plying its way in a waterway somewhere, and behind all this bustling activity is a city of spectacular skyscrapers and mountainside residences. Below all this is a seething cauldron of human activity...shopping, walking, eating or getting to or from work in cars, buses, trains or ferries. The city is easy to get around, most people speak English. There is no shortage of things to do or see. Our local representatives will be taking you on your selected excursions, but when you are on your own there is an easy underground railway to get around on, and there are buses to everywhere, never mind limitless taxis for hire. Hong Kong will draw you in, dazzle your senses and have you begging for more. It's fast, vibrant and cutting edge. Kowloon, which faces Hong Kong across the harbour at the tip of the peninsula, is one of the most densely-populated areas in the world. Check out the Harbour City Mall that has its southern entrance the Star Ferry terminal. Walking along Nathan Road is a must...perhaps take  tea at the historic Peninsula Hotel? (Oh yes, it's the done thing.) Cross the harbour on the Star Ferry (a must!) Go skyscraper spotting in the downtown areas called Central and Wanchai...that featured in the 1957 William Holden movie, "The World of Suzie Wong". Ride the tram...! There's plenty to see and do...enjoy!

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Symphony of Lights Cruise
Board the luxury Chinese junk "Oriental Dragon" and cruise around the Victoria Harbour, one of the world's most impressive natural harbours.  At night time, the spectacular Hong Kong's skyline on both side of the harbour will fire your imagination as the dazzling neon cityscape emerges.  The cruise climatises as the Symphony of Lights show brightens up the skyline with spectacular display of lazer beams bouncing off skyscrapers from both sides of the harbour every night from 20h00-20h20, named the "World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records. The synchronized 20 minutes display to music and commentary that depicts the growth of Hong Kong from a sleepy fishing village to dynamic world city it is today.

Seafood dinner (Lei Yue Mun villiage)
After the Symphony of Lights cruise, the Chinese junk will take those who have booked the Seafood dinner. cruising out to the fishing village of Lei Yue Mun on the northeastern tip of Victoria harbour.  After an escorted walk through the unspoilt village's fish market lanes, a set Chinese seafood dinner is served in one of the village's seafood restaurant.

Golden Bauhinia Square
The Expo Promenade (also known as Golden Bauhinia Square) outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront marks the most significant occasion in Hong Kong's history - the return of the former British colony to the People's Republic of China, and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The handover took place in the convention centre with President Jiang Zemin and other dignitaries representing China, and Prince Charles present to witness the relinquishment of what had often been described as "the richest jewel in the British Crown". The main ceremonies took place on the night of 30 June 1997. The "Forever Blooming Bauhinia" Sculpture (Golden Bauhinia) is a gift from the Central Government to mark the widespread joy of the people at the return of the territory to the Motherland after more than 150 years.

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is a mountain 552m high...offering commanding  views over central Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding islands. The tram to the top has been in operation for over one hundred years...and the trip takes just eight minutes. At the top is the Peak Tower in which there are several attractions, namely, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, and the Peak Explorer Motion Simulator.

Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is the most spectacular bay in the region. Its name comes from a 19th century battle in which the British army repulsed attacking pirates. Today, Repulse Bay is a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities. It is also remembered by some for scenes filmed here in 1955 for the William Holden tear-jerker, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing".

Aberdeen Fishing Village
A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without sharing the experiences of the 'boat people' at the Aberdeen Fishing Village. This is perhaps one of Hong Kong's oldest and most popular tourist attractions. Aberdeen used to be a little fishing village on Hong Kong Island but there are now as many yachts and sailboats as there are fishing trawlers and sampans. Nonetheless, the magic of this ancient fishing port remains and it continues to be a scenic highlight for any Hong Kong Island tour. The harbour home consists of 600-odd junks that house over 6,000 of the boat people in Hong Kong.

Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Nathan Road - is the main thoroughfare in Kowloon...leading in a south-north direction from Tsim Sha Tsui (pronounced loosely chim-cha-choy)  to Mong Kok. This busy neon-lit street was named Nathan Road in 1909, after Sir Matthew Nathan, the 13th Governor who served between 1904 and 1907. Nathan Road is lined with shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, and was known in the post-World War II years as the Golden Mile, a name that is now rarely used. It starts on the southern part of Kowloon at its junction with Salisbury Road, a few metres north of Victoria Harbour, and ends at its intersection with Boundary Street in the north. It's the ultimate street upon which to perambulate.

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