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Wednesday 14 April 2010

A wild weekend in Hong Kong

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By Blair Bauer - 16th December 2009


Christmas is just around the corner and for many of us this will either be a time of joy and happiness surrounded by friends and family. Then there are the rest of us - we just want to escape, get on a plane and go somewhere completely different.

Whatever the reasoning, Hong Kong can provide the perfect distraction.

Set on the South China Sea, with the beautiful Victoria Harbour as your back drop, you can't beat it for a few days of chaotic shopping, partying and playing. First of all think about where you want to stay, in Hong Kong it is all about the view! The Intercontinental Hong Kong offers modern, spacious rooms and a location that can't be beat. For a touch of colonial charm try The Peninsula Hotel just across the road, known as the Grand Dame of the Far East, opened in 1928 she is the ultimate in old world glamour & class. If the budget won't quite stretch that far then at the very least, make believe you are Shanghai Lil for an afternoon of High Tea in the opulent lobby.

Shopping! That is all you need to know about Hong Kong. Bring a BIG suitcase but pack light. Every budget is catered for in Hong Kong from the high end labels around TST or any one of the gigantic, multi-level Meccas to fashion that dot the mainland and Hong Kong Island. For the DIVA in us all head to Mong Kok for the ordered chaos of the Ladies Markets on Tung Choi St for that special Gucci handbag at a fraction of the price, but be prepared to haggle your assets off! Once you have recovered from the sensory overload head to the Temple St Night Market in Yau Ma Tei for an evening of sidewalk opera as you sample the local seafood at the many food stalls that dot the market.

If that is not enough for you then for the kid in us all there is Disneyland Hong Kong, Ocean World (pandas anyone?), the Ding Ding trolley on Hong Kong Island or take the tram up to The Peak for view across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon and out to Lantau Island and the giant Buddha.

Bars, Bars, Bars… Wan Chai, Central, Causeway Bay… take your pick… head to D'Agular St in Central, a steep winding street lined with bars and clubs offering a friendly mixed crowd that will have you dancing until the sun comes up… Head to Hennessy Road in Wanchai, on the rooftop above Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is a bar with breathtaking views across Victoria Harbour, Happy Valley and Wan Chai.

A few days in Hong Kong will continue to excite and exhilarate.

Information about Hong Kong's gay scene can be found here and here.

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Blair Bauer - 16th December 2009