Hong Kong Island Itinerary
Hong Kong's English name comes from two Chinese characters, heung and gong, which translate as 'fragrant harbour'. Originally this was the name of a small settlement near Aberdeen, the main fishing and commercial port on pre-colonial Hong Kong Island. Many historians suggest that Hong Kong's Chinese name was inspired by its export of incense.
This is a must-do daytime trip that provides a convenient way for cruise passengers to visit Hong Kong Island's most famous sights.
This itinerary begins at The Peak, the city's iconic tourist attraction that rises high above Hong Kong Island. It gives spectacular sweeping views across the densely packed urban area of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon peninsula, and bustling Victoria Harbour.
A visit to Aberdeen Harbour is an opportunity to have a first-hand look at a centuries-old lifestyle, the floating community of fisherfolk still living in the typhoon shelter. Cruise passengers can take an optional sampan tour through this stretch of harbour.
Glimpse another side of life in Hong Kong as the journey gets past the homes of the rich and famous in Repulse Bay, also the location of Hong Kong's most popular beach, and the nearby Deep Water Bay. A winding coastal road leads to the seaside village of Stanley and its famous market of bargain-priced goods. Stanley also has a fabulous waterfront esplanade with cafes and the 19th-century Murray House, originally a barracks for the British army.
Duration: About 4 hours


New Territories Itinerary
Most people think Hong Kong is just a bustling cosmopolitan city filled with high rises and skyscrapers. But there is another side to this fantastic city - the rural land between urban Kowloon and Mainland China, known as the New Territories.
It's a rich tapestry of scenic contrasts: hilly, rolling woodlands and new towns with high-rise residential blocks; wildlife reserves; sandy bays and ornate temples; colourful markets and isolated hamlets; ancient mountain paths and dramatic modern highways.
This itinerary visits the Yuen Yuen Institute, a tranquil complex of temples devoted to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Here, guests will gain an insight into religions practiced in Hong Kong.
A scenic panoramic view of Western Kowloon and the approaches to Victoria Harbour can be seen from Tai Mo Shan (958 metres or 3,143 feet), Hong Kong's highest mountain.
Guests will then visit Fanling Walled Village and go to see a Hakka compound complete with walls featuring defensive gun holes, and a beautifully enclosed Chinese garden. Then, guests will head for the frontier area along Luk Keng Road (a closed road which requires a special permit), running parallel with the nearby coastline of Mainland China.
There is also a photo-taking opportunity at an adjacent internationally renowned bird sanctuary, a site of significant scientific interest. The last stop is at a fish-farming zone at Sam Mun Tsai where local fishermen breed fish in submerged cages in the sheltered bay.
Duration: About 5 hours
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