Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Tropical North Queensland
Fun for every age is available in every nook and cranny of this incredible city and its outlying islands.
It’s the ‘happiest place on Earth’! Hong Kong Disneyland Park has world-famous rides, of course, but there are so many lesser-known activities for everyone to enjoy. Dine with your favourite Disney characters at Dragon Wind, World of Colour Restaurant, Enchanted Garden Restaurant or watch Chef Mickey at work. Or make your royal dreams come true by being a Prince or Princess for a day at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; kids can get dressed and pampered by your very own Fairy Godmother-in-Training at the Royal Princess Garden in the park.
The tradition of martial arts has been a part of Chinese culture of centuries. Kung fu includes a variety of styles, including wing chun, which was made popular by superstar and martial artist Bruce Lee. Visitors can channel his power by receiving a lesson at the Yip Man Martial Arts Association, which is run by Master Sam Lau. Afterwards, visit Bruce Lee’s statue at the Garden of Stars in Tsim Shan Tsui East.
Stay active on your Hong Kong holiday with a hike. On the easy Peak Circle Walk, you get the chance to take in the absolute best views of stunning Victoria Harbour as you wind your way to the highest point on Hong Kong Island. If you choose to do this walk towards the late afternoon with older children, you can descend upon what becomes millions of shimmering lights - the city lit up at night. Venture a little further to Lamma Island for the family trail. Along this more moderate walk through this fishing village-turned-multicultural community you’ll see the 150-year old Tin Hau Temple, Hung Shing Yeh Beach and the village of Yung Shue Wan. Finish with a fresh seafood lunch!
It’s an easy choice to break free from the city hubbub to visit the beach in Hong Kong. Cheung Sha Beach and Pui O Beach on Lantau Island have the longest stretch of sand and surf, while Hung Shing Yeh on Lamma Island is popular for beach barbeques. Closer to the city, on Hong Kong Island, you’ll find Repulse Bay Beach, which is home to the Hong Kong Life Saving Society clubhouse. This incredible structure is not your average lifesaving club; it’s decorated with dragons and was built in traditional Chinese style.
Hong Kong is full of incredible markets selling food and crafts, but some that stand out truly are the goldfish market and toy market. According to feng shui, goldfish bring good luck, so it is not surprising to find an entire market dedicated to these creatures. Over in Kowloon, Yuen Po Street is home to a Bird Garden designed like a traditional Chinese Garden that is filled with dozens of stalls of picture-worthy birdcages, exotic birds and other fun items. But the children might want to visit Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai first; it’s home to the toy market! While this street was once home to the best and brightest of classic holiday toys manufactured in China, it is still a mecca of knick-knacks and festive decorations.
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