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When it comes to luxury and high-end experiences, Chinese travellers – at least the nation’s middle-class citizens – have often hot-footed it over to Europe or the USA to pick up exclusive products, eat at the best restaurants, or snuggle down at the end of the day under expensive duvets in some of the world’s best 5-star hotels. However, China itself has plenty to offer for visitors and citizens who want to, and are able to, splash out on extensive shopping or dining sprees. Even those who just want to window shop or snap themselves selfie-style at some of China’s most eye-popping landmarks – be it the awesome Rem Koolhaus-designed CCTV Tower in Beijing, or Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge, can do so in style.
For seriously breathtaking, panoramic views, what better place to take in the vista of the city and harbour than from the rooftop of the Wooloomooloo restaurant. Here, you can sip cocktails or savour the top quality, sizzling steaks on offer from an international à la carte menu that also features fresh seafood. Live music from global DJs is also part of the rooftop experience.
Of course, if extravagant views are really your thing you should definitely take time to visit the heart-stopping sight of Victoria Peak. Situated in the western part of Hong Kong, this mountain is also known as Mount Austin, although most locals call it The Peak. A very major tourist attraction, it offers scintillating views over Hong Kong’s Central Business District, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island, where human settlements can be traced back to around 4000-3000 BC. Getting to The Peak is a great experience in itself as a Peak tram operated from the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) from Central. It’s the best and quickest way to catch all the exquisitely scenic highlights on the way to the mountain, although the ultimate prize is your arrival at the Sky Terrace viewing platform, which stands at 428 metres above sea level. This is unquestioningly the best spot to take in the 360 degree panoramic views of the region.
Most high-end shopping takes place in the malls and Hong Kong has plenty to choose from. It’s the super-wealthy who tend to frequent The Landmark, which is in the lower level of the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Mark Jacobs, Burberry and Valentino are just a tip of the high-rolling iceberg of brands that can be found in the 150 or so stores in this particular retail venue.
Sister-mall, Lee Gardens has now been pushed to the status of second most expensive shopping outlet since the new Landmark took pride of place. It has the same quality of global brands – Bulgari, Hermes, Chanel and the like – although it has far more in the way of Asian-oriented fashion from Japan, Korea and Taiwan, than its younger sibling venue.
Finally, if you’re looking for a swanky place to stay, Hong Kong's luxury Intercontinental Hotel with its 500 plus rooms, is built directly over the Kowloon waterfront, and is just a ten-minute stroll from the Star Ferry. From here you could sail over to Hong Kong Island, or opt for an overnight casino cruise on the aptly-named Rex Fortune, if you're looking to improve your luck with a classic round of Blackjack, or any of the other floating games on offer.