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Hong Kong Highlights is the perfect choice for either a quick stopover or a base camp for your extended journey through China. We include private airport transportation, your choice of LGBT-friendly hotel, a taste of the local gay nightlife, and an orientation tour with private guide. Add extra nights to explore Hong Kong's neon-encrusted streets on your own, or maybe even hop over to Macau for a day.
Where We Shine:
One of Life's Must-See Places
A glittering monument to unbridled capitalism, a sentimentalized trophy wife of the Communist mainland, an oh-so-properly managed former trinket of the British crown, a fashion-hungry, trend-setting teen idol factory, a Technicolor kung-fu gangster musical -- Hong Kong is all this and more. See some of our Hong Kong Highlights and then try and describe it to your friends in 1,000 words or less! You do not have to be gay to enjoy this package. Our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay company.Day One: Ride the Star Ferry
Private transportation from the airport to Kowloon or Central Hong Kong by ultra high speed train (tickets and instructions included). If you arrive early in the day, take a stroll in any direction and encounter a cross-section of Hong Kong's colorful history, from colonial-era facades and sky scraping architectural fantasies, to neon-splashed canyons of commerce and housing developments. Our local guide is available to join you for dinner and introduce you to the local gay scene tonight or on another night during your stay (Friday or Saturday nights are busiest). One of favorite Hong Kong highlights will be the fabled Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island over to the Kowloon side of the harbor to ogle the electric fantasia of Hong Kong Island's skyline. Gay nightlife on Hong Kong Island orbits the outrageous Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district where you can hop onto the world's longest escalator for a ride up to the gay bar area in Central or the international restaurant district of Soho.
Day Two: Your Personalized Itinerary With Our Private Guide
Instead of breakfast at the hotel, why not sample fresh steamed dumplings or noodle soup at a local fresh market or restaurant? From 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 your guide will show you the sights and will suggest an itinerary to match your personal interests. We recommend that first-time visitors see some of the following places....
Many first-timers will want to head up to the top of Victoria Peak, via the vertiginous Peak Tram, to the highest spot on the island for incredible views of the city and harbor. Antique aficionados will love to poke around Hollywood Road in Central. A thrilling double-decker bus ride down the winding road to the other side of the island will take you to idyllic Repulse Bay and the fishing village ambience of Stanley Market, with notable colonial-period buildings sprinkled here and there. Hong Kong is a visual feast for fans of modern architecture. And nearly every visitor's favorite activity, shopping, may be enjoyed almost anywhere you go, from the trendy boutiques and galleries of Soho and Central to old-fashioned mercantile bazaars.
Hong Kongers love to have yum cha for lunch -- dim sum du jour with pots and pots of tea. Your guide can suggest some places to try local flavors depending on the area of the city you are exploring or try one of the gigantic floating seafood restaurants docked in Repulse Bay.
On the Kowloon side, don't miss the superb Hong Kong Museum of History where you can walk through life-sized displays from various eras, including traditional homes, urban shops and village festivals. Wong Tai Sin Taoist temple is always lively, often with hundreds of people making simultaneous offerings of fruit, incense and other spirit-foods heaped on newspapers spread on the grounds. Locals also come here for sage advice from a wide variety of fortune tellers who have set up shop in an arcade at the front of the temple. Afternoon tea at The Peninsula is another popular day-end activity.
If you have visited Hong Kong before, another option is to travel by ferry to one of the nearby islands. On these automobile-free islets you can see a slower, quieter side of daily life in South China and sample some of the best seafood around.
Day Three: Stay Longer or Find Another Adventure?
Extend your stay another day to visit the fabulous old Portuguese enclave of Macau. Otherwise, explore Vanishing Hong Kong in the morning or enjoy the free time until your departure for the airport for flights onward. A quick taxi ride takes you to the train station in either Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. Your airport check-in desk is fewer than fifteen paces from the curb. Collect your boarding pass on the spot. Leave your luggage with the airline check-in desk and you will not have to touch it again until you arrive at your destination. There are only two stops between Kowloon and the airport, the scenery along the way is great, and you arrive in the center of the main terminal. It's the perfect ending to a fun visit to Hong Kong.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer five different hotels in Hong Kong, ranging from three to five stars. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year. If you have a specific hotel in mind please let us know since we may be able to accommodate you.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Includes: private airport transportation on arrival, LGBT-friendly hotel accommodation with tax and service, personal guide 10am-6pm. Not included: airfare, transportation, airport taxi or train, admissions, meals or beverages, gratuities, features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, or items of a purely personal nature. Please pay lunch and admissions for your day guides and soft drinks for your night guide at clubs you visit.
Members can take an instant discount when you combine two or more Purple Dragon China packages. More details are on the Club Sanook website. Just click on the "Join the Club"
Have extra time to spend in Hong Kong? You may add one of our optional side trips, which include a personal English-speaking guide.