One of the most densely populated places on the planet, Hong Kong combines Chinese culture with a distinctly Anglo-Saxon approach to commerce. But whether you’re there for business or pleasure, there’s plenty to like on a holiday to Hong Kong from Glasgow Airport.
There’s no shortage of places to eat in Hong Kong and you can get your hands on British food should you so desire, but you’d be missing out. In Tim Ho Wan (Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street), the city boasts the world’s smallest Michelin-starred restaurant, while the chic Red Almond (Shop 1402, 14F, Hysan Place) does spicy Sichuan food that’s the equal of anything found at home. Also worth a try are local delicacies such as bird’s nest pudding: it might not sound appetising but the reality is surprisingly delicious.
Whether you’re after flowers, fashion or even a new pet, Hong Kong won’t disappoint. One of the most fascinating markets – or horrifying depending on your point of view – is the Bird Market (Yuen Po Street), which specialises in all things avian. It’s close to the flower market on Prince Edward Road West, where you’ll find everything from blooms to books and traditional jade jewellery. For clothes, head to Jardine's Crescent Street Market in Causeway Bay, with its crammed thoroughfares and quirky little boutiques selling wonderful pieces by local designers.
Towering above the city, the lofty heights of the Peak offer are perfect for getting a bird’s-eye view of Hong Kong below. Take the Victorian tram up – it’s a 554m climb – and wander around the old colonial buildings before heading to the viewing platform. There’s also a little market in the tram station, which sells an interesting mishmash of tatty souvenirs and lovely silk embroidered slippers.