KNOWN for its buzzing nightlife and incredible city-scape, Hong Kong continues to make travel itineraries across the globe as people seek new and exciting cultural experiences.
And when you can fly direct from Gold Coast Airport with Hong Kong Airlines getting there is a breeze.
Among the bright lights and atmosphere, are a myriad of adventures you never knew existed in Asia's World City.
Here are six things you probably didn't know you could do in Hong Kong:
1. Escape the hustle and bustle: Yes, Hong Kong is known for its skyscrapers and city lights, but it's not all as urban as you think. When you get away from the city, there are coastal paradises and mountain wonders. Lo So Shing Beach is a not-so-well-known escape off Lamma Island where you can hike, fish, swim and relax. Or take your surfboard and head to Big Wave Bay Beach near Shek O Beach which is surrounded by some of Hong Kong's best hiking trails.
2. Watch a cannon get fired at noon every day: A part of Hong Kong daily life, a former naval artillery piece, the Noon Day Gun, is fired from Causeway Bay as a one-shot salute every day at noon. It is believed the tradition started when multinational company Jardine fired the cannon to welcome its tai-pan's arrival by sea in the 1860s. A senior British naval officer became annoyed by this practice as it was reserved for government officials or senior officers of the armed services. As a result, Jardine was ordered to fire the gun every day at noon and it became a tourist attraction.
3. Travel 100 floors in 60 seconds: Developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong. At 393m above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in the city offering 360-degree views of the territory and its famous Victoria Harbour. Connected to major transportation networks and a world-class shopping mall, it has been acclaimed as the must-visit first stop for tourists to Hong Kong. It also features exceptional swift double-deck high-speed elevators, which reach the 100th floor in just 60 seconds.
4. See horse racing at its best: With two race courses, you can choose to head to Sha Tin and do an organised tour and spend the afternoon viewing the racing from the enclosure at the Hong Kong Jockey Club or enjoy a mid-week visit to Happy Valley featuring night racing and live bands on Wednesday evenings.
5. Be part of a Guinness World Record: The Macau Tower bungy jump holds the world record for the highest commercial bungy jump, and at 233m it's not for the faint hearted. To make the jump possible, a specially designed cord, cables and equipment had to be developed to cope with the extremities of the jump. Macau is easily accessible from Hong Kong, only an hour away in a fast ferry. Don't forget your passport as you'll need to go through customs to enter Macau.
6. Attend Beertopia: Hong Kong's biggest beer festival, Beertopia features 500+ craft brews from all corners of the globe, plus live music, restaurants, DJs, games and more. Attracting more than 13,000 attendees each year, the festival was born in 2012 and has been a raging success ever since.
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