With no visa requirements for European passport holders, enough English spoken to be accessible, and a good public transport system, Hong Kong is a great alternative to visiting China, according to the Telegraph.
Good food and terrific shopping along with a blossoming cultural scene starting in May makes the city a fantastic choice for a spring holiday when Art Basel Hong Kong is officially launched.
The safe and vibrant city boasts Michelin-starred cuisine including Alain Ducasse's Spoon, Caprice at the Four Seasons, Causeway Bay's Din Tai Fung and Tsim Sha Tsui. For great organic food in a heritage house try Yin Yang.
To enjoy the skyline illuminated by the Symphony of Lights laser show take the eight-minute Star Ferry crossing the harbour at about 8pm, it costs just HK$2.50 (roughly 25p).
Moving in to the summer months visitors can expect hot and humid temperatures along with lots of special deals at city hotels, whereas the autumn months are normally the coolest and driest.
For a peek in to Hong Kong life take a look at Gweilo by Martin Booth or Jan Morris's Hong Kong which both convey the city's intoxicating energy.
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