Celebrating Chinese New Year like no other
Hong Kong is not only the most spectacular place to celebrate the Lunar New Year with its iconic skyline but it is also a fascinating year-round destination with its 14,000 restaurants and endless sightseeing and cultural experiences,” Theresa Szejwallo, Managing Director of Trafalgar.
The award-winning global leader in guided holidays, Trafalgar Tours is excited to help South African travellers commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year. This years celebration is Year of the Dog and started on 16th Feb, ending on March 2nd.
In Chinese folklore, the Stone Dog was worshipped by the people and a dog’s bark is believed to bring prosperous wealth. People born in the year of the dog are thought to be loyal and conservative with the wish to live quietly with their family. But, not to worry, the traditional characteristics of the Dog are not mirrored in the festivities that take place across the region. Travellers can journey on the fascinating Hong Kong and Macau Experience to see the thrilling, dramatic and vibrant revelry in the best place to celebrate Chinese New Year.
“South Africans love this amazing city and it is the perfect starting point to explore the rest of China and the continent with Trafalgar’s 22-hand crafted Asia guided holidays.” says Theresa.
- 3 Nights / 4 Days / Day 1
A warm welcome to Hong Kong. On arrival transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Kowloon's shopping, dining and commercial district. This evening perhaps take part in an Optional Experience.
- Hotel: Regal Kowloon
- DAY 2
This morning's City Tour starts with an exciting funicular railway ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Reach the 373 metre summit by the iconic Peak Tram, which has been in operation since 1888. Next stop is Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride and a close view of the fishermen who live and work on their boats, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Dim Sum Regional Meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. After lunch take a short drive to the famous Stanley Market - one of Hong Kong's oldest settlements. Stanley is a picturesque fishing village on the southeast of Hong Kong Island. Shopping in the bustling narrow lanes is always fun and there are many bargains to be found. This evening is at leisure for you to enjoy the wide choice of local restaurants and bars near your hotel.
- City and Harbour Night Cruise
- The Markets of Hong Kong - A Walking Tour
- DAY 3 / HONG KONG – MACAU – HONG KONG
This morning take the high-speed ferry to Macau and on arrival meet a Local Specialist who will accompany you throughout the day. Macau is well known for its casinos and because it was colonised by the Portuguese for 400 years before reverting to Chinese rule in 1999, it has a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere and charm.
- Day 4
- Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your onward flight.
Have no fear, it is possible to have a truly meaningful and fulfilling travel experience in just a few days. On Trafalgar’s Hong Kong and Macau Experience, guests spend four days in two cities and will come away with enough memories to last a lifetime. They arrive in Hong Kong in the heart of Kowloon’s shopping, dining and commercial district, with enough attractions to keep busy for the entire day. The next day begins awash in the sights of Hong Kong with an exciting funicular railway ride to the top of Victoria Peak, a 373-metre summit, by way of the iconic Peak Tram, in operation since 1888.
The day’s Cultural Insight takes guests to the Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride and a look at the life of fishermen before enjoying a dim sum regional meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a spot that has been featured in several movies and has hosted dignitaries around the world. From there, guests will take the high-speed ferry to Macau to meet a Local Specialist who will lead them throughout the day. A journey through the A-Ma Temple and its ornate prayer rooms, altars, and rock gardens will be a sight to behold as the structures have been standing for up to 600 years.
Guests will have a moment of awe atop the Observation Deck of the Macau Tower, the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world before exploring the ruins of St Paul’s, a 17th century cathedral rendered into an intricate stone façade. Along the journey, multiple optional experiences are available to guests who might want even more activities each day. They include a pre-dinner cruise around Victoria Harbour, and a guided walk through the famed markets of Hong Kong.
Celebrating Chinese New Year & Hong Kong trip details:
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