With its flashing lights and towering skyscrapers, Hong Kong offers one of the world’s most recognisable skylines. Yet when visitors explore beneath the towers and the narrow streets they’ll find atmospheric local markets, restaurants, and temples. Travel a few minutes from the skyscrapers and Hong Kong transforms into a place of beaches, remote islands, and idyllic villages.
Hong Kong is famous for a series of islands lying just off the coast of China. However, a large part of the territory is connected to mainland China. This land culminates in Kowloon, the vibrant peninsula district that is amongst the most densely populated places in the world. While it can look chaotic and crowded at first glance, the vibrant atmosphere makes Kowloon an iconic part of the Hong Kong experience and one of the world’s most unique travel destinations.
Just across the water from Kowloon is Hong Kong Island, packed with huge skyscrapers and a famous waterfront. This is the famous Hong Kong skyline and the best views come from The Peak, a mountain rising above the cityscape. Every evening, a dazzling light and fireworks show fills 44 skyscrapers around Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, with the best views found on the Hong Kong Island promenade. Another side of Hong Kong is found on the Outlying Islands, where small beaches and quirky villages offer a relaxed atmosphere. The large Lantau island is filled with beaches and mountains, as well as being the home of Disneyland and Hong Kong International Airport. Express trains provide the quickest travel from the airport to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Most visitors get around using the MRT system, a network of underground and overground rail lines. These are complemented by traditional double-decker city trams and local buses. The most scenic way to connect the islands is by public ferry.
Formerly a British territory, Hong Kong is a specially administered region of China that has its own border and immigration. It has its own entry requirements and most visitors don’t need a visa, unlike when visiting mainland China. However, note that anyone visiting Hong Kong then returning to China will need a double or multiple entry Chinese visa.
Featuring views of the harbour, Hotel ICON is situated in Tsim Sha Tsui and offers a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a rooftop pool. Some of the premium facilities at this trendy 5-star hotel include a free shuttle service and complimentary wireless internet.
Guests of Icon Hong Kong can unwind with a range of relaxation amenities at Angsana Spa, which features a beauty centre. Staff are available 24/7 and can assist with booking tours and tickets. It also has a gym with a sun deck, a swimming pool and cardiovascular equipment.
Icon Hotel HK has air conditioned rooms with slippers, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV. They feature a desk, an in-room safe and ironing facilities.
Icon Hotel Hong Kong boasts convenient dining options, including European, Asian and international dishes at The Market and Chinese meals at Above and Beyond. Room service is provided 24 hours a day, and a large variety of restaurants and cafés can also be found nearby.
Hong Kong International Airport is around a 40-minute car trip from Icon Hotel in HK and Tsim Sha Tsui Station is within walking distance. Chungking Mansions and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are within walking a distance.