Located on what used to be one of world’s most difficult-to-land airport runways,is now one of the world’s foremost cruise facilities. The three-storey building features light-filled passenger and service areas, jaw-dropping views of Victoria Harbour, an impressive slew of amenities and efficient movement between spaces. The terminal also has both bus and ferry links to the city for passengers to get out and discover Hong Kong during their time in port. To help you make the most of this, here are some of our favourite nearby attractions.
In need of some time away from the buzz of the crowds? Head to the sublimely elegant. At the former you’ll find a Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) style wooden temple complex and soul-soothing lotus ponds, while at the latter you can wander through a scenic Tang dynasty style garden with permanent exhibitions of Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants. Take a break to sip tea in the Nan Lian Garden teahouse, or sit down and savour some vegetarian Chinese food as you look out to the gardens from behind a waterfall.
Hong Kong has diverse ethnic communities that have brought a range of cuisines to the city with plenty of authentic dishes to try. Kowloon City is known as ‘Little Thailand’ and here you’ll not only be spoiled for restaurant choices, but can also shop for tasty snacks in the numerous Thai grocery stores. Although Thai food dominates here, don’t overlook the other Southeast Asian, Chiu Chow and Cantonese food available, as well as local desserts. If you’d like to walk off all that food, take a stroll to Kowloon Walled City Park and learn about this area’s fascinating, and rather colourful, history.
The famedseafood bazaar is a great spot for alfresco seafood dining and offers a unique experience. Browse the market-stall tanks until you spot the fish you want. Once purchased, take it to one of the nearby restaurants and they’ll prepare it for you, for a fee. Whilst in the neighbourhood, learn more about its culture and history at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Lei Yue Mun Plus, an abandoned school converted into an educational, heritage and arts centre.
Before you set sail, make sure to spend some time in the largest rooftop garden in Hong Kong. Covering an area of 23,000 square metres, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park features a central lawn, a water garden, a fountain plaza and a viewing platform from which to take in the incredible views of both Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The perfect opportunity for some final Insta-worthy shots.
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