The enchanting city of Hong Kong has long been recognised as a melting pot of eastern and western tradition, and travellers in search of a particularly memorable Christmas and New Year should consider attending Hong Kong WinterFest as part of their China tour.
The annual event takes place between November 25th and New Year’s Day 2012, and promises visitors a unique blend of the old-fashioned western Christmas celebration and eastern passion for festivals.
Those who enjoy the finer things in life can expect to be spoilt for choice, as the world famous Victoria Harbour is adorned with a glorious Tiffany & Co. Christmas tree on one side and a luxury ice-skating experience known as the Ice Wonderland on the other.
What’s more, the entire city has been transformed into one big festive fantasy for WinterFest, complete with dazzling Christmas illuminations, colourful carnivals and plenty to explore. And with temperatures currently at around 15 degrees Celsius, you can probably afford to leave the gloves and scarf at home.
Shopaholics and foodies will also find plenty to indulge in across what has been described as Asia’s world city, with seasonal delicacies to sample and a large variety of winter sales to entice them into some retail therapy.
Stick around for New Year’s Eve and you can even dance the night away along Hong Kong’s amazing harbour front as the city state throws an enormous party to mark the start of 2012.
Since Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997 its reputation as a culturally-unique melange of eastern and western influences has only become stronger.
A global flashpoint for business and entertainment, the city is also one of the most densely populated areas on earth, boasting the most skyscrapers and a captivating view of the skyline at night along Victoria Harbour.
With flights to Hong Kong available on multiple airlines from both London Gatwick, Heathrow and most other UK airports, this winter is an ideal time to add it to the itinerary for your visit to China.