Take the iconic Star Ferry to enjoy stunning views around the harbour, and donít miss the nightly A Symphony of Lights show featuring harbour-front buildings. This spectacular multimedia display, already named the "World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records, has been further expanded to include more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
The show creates an all-round vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
There are five main themes ó Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale, Celebration. The light show is best viewed on clear nights from the Kowloon Ferry terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui where there is a lovely waterfront promenade.
The Peak is Hong Kong's most dramatic and easily accessible site. Offering 360 degree views of the island and harbour as well as some of the most expensive and luxurious homes in Hong Kong. The display of city's night time neon from this vantage point is simply breathtaking. Access via the Peak Tram
For more information see: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/attractions/hk-peak.html
Right across from the conference hotel by the typhoon shelter filled with yachts and bobbing sampans is the Noon Day gun. It is fired by Jardine's every day at noon as a time signal and at midnight on New Year's Eve.
Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha (Lantau Island) - The Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island was established by three monks in 1905 and sits on top on the Ngong Ping Plateau. The Giant Buddha is Asia's largest seated outdoor Buddha measuring 34 metres high and made of 250 tons of bronz. Take the MTR to Tung Chung and then the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car over the mountains - not for those with vertigo! At busy times it is worth buying a priority boarding ticket as queues can be very long to get onto the cable car (they are just around the corner from the ticket hall, out of sight!).
How to get there: MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take Ngong Ping Cable Car.
Causeway Bay - Your shopping experience begins on your doorstep of the conference hotel. Jardine's Bazaar and Jardine's Crescent have streets of canvas covered stalls with a myriad of accessories and bargains. Times Square and the swish Lee Gardens shopping malls offer a grand parade of international luxury brand names.
Stanley Market - Go there to buy Chinese curios, silks, personalised Character stamps and 'seconds', cheap designer clothing particularly great bargains for kids clothes. Apart from being a fun market it is a pretty location on the south side of the island. The market is open from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
How to get there: MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit B, walk to Tang Lung Street then take green minibus 40. OR MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D and take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 at Exchange Square Bus Terminus
Jade Market (Kowloon) - Here you will find small trinkets and tiny figurines to fine pieces of significant value. Located on Kansu and Battery streets, the Jade Market is a collection of around 400 stalls selling a wide range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments. The market is open from 10am to 5pm. Nearby is Jade Street, located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road, where shops operate from every Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
How to get there: MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C, walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street. Walk along Kansu Street to Jade Market or continue along Kansu Street to Canton Road for 10 to 15 minutes.
Hollywood Road and Cat Street - Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row (also known as "Cat Street"), are must-see stops on every visitor's itinerary. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curio market, these quaint locales are ideal places for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. Everything from Ming dynasty furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and ancient snuff bottles is on sale here. Bargain hunters will also enjoy the stalls on Ladder Street, just a few metres downhill - and bargaining over price is all part of the game.
Nearby Man Mo Temple is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). The temple is located about halfway along the road and a stop in its quiet, incense-shrouded interior makes a pleasant break. You can see giant incense coils hanging overhead.
How to get there: Bus 26 outside Pacific Place at Admiralty to Hollywood Road and get off near Man Mo Temple OR MTR Central Station Exit D2 and turn right to Theatre Lane. Walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central - Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.