Hong Kong remains one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit. It is hardly surprising that it continues to draw travellers from all around the world to it. A former British colony, Hong Kong retains much of its colonial past. Technically belonging to China, Hong Kong is still very much its own place – offering a vibrant and remarkable mix of cultures and traditions – that has morphed into one of the most densely populated and exciting cities in the world. Breathtaking, historic architecture in the form of monasteries and other religious sites mixes with colonial architecture, as well as dazzling ultra-modern skyscrapers and shopping malls.
The mainland of China provides a vast, diverse contrast to Hong Kong’s distilled vibrancy. China is one of the most populous countries in the world, with over 1.3 billion residents, and is also one of its largest by area. China covers 9.6 million square miles of territory, home to many cultures, several languages and great historical sites of all kinds. The country also features some of the world’s most astonishing modern achievements in architecture and engineering. Shanghai is a city of glass and steel, ultra-modern and moving at a truly breathless pace. Beijing offers many stunning and historically important sites to visit, while not far from the city is the Yangtze river, an essential part of a visit to China. By taking a cruise on the Yangtze, the world’s third-largest river, one can immerse oneself in both centuries-old culture and in stunningly beautiful scenery. Other notable sights in China include those found in the silk route city of Suzhou and in the ancient city of Xi’an. In Xi’an, the world-famous Terracotta Army is the main attraction, but grand old buildings abound and the cultural diversity within China is on clear display. Chengdu, with its Giant Pandas, is another attraction.
Chinese food is found all around the world, but it goes without saying that it is more authentic in China than anywhere else in the world. Chinese food is massively varied and offers, in different regions, virtually all the fresh ingredients and flavour combinations one can imagine. Chinese cuisine has developed over millennia, absorbing influences through the Silk Route for example.
Newmarket Holidays offers travellers the opportunity to see and experience both Hong Kong and essential sites in mainland China. The escorted holidays offered by this company cover many of the highlights mentioned above.