Vicky Ward, Events Project Manager, recently embarked upon an exciting journey to Hong Kong, looking at unique corporate event ideas for the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry. Staying three nights in the heart of the city's prime shopping district, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, she discovered many fascinating things along the way.
1. There’s so much to do in Hong Kong
With the help of hosts Rebecca from ‘Virgin Atlantic’ and Simon from ‘Avenue,’ Vicky had three fun-packed days in one of the busiest cities in the world. “Virgin Atlantic provided an amazing service from the minute we set off. At Heathrow Airport, we thoroughly enjoyed the lavish Virgin Atlantic Lounge before flying. There were drinks, food, TV, quiet chill-out areas and access to a Salon and Jacuzzi, so I felt nice and relaxed before our 12-hour flight ahead. When we boarded we were sat in Premium Economy bulk head seats, which provided extra leg room and comfort.”
“Upon arrival, a local hostess came to meet us named ‘Doris’, she was our tour guide and was fantastic.” Vicky and the group of seven stayed in the luxury five starred Langham Hotel for the duration of the trip. Chinese breakfast was served every day before her daily outings, including fish and beef - not your usual continental choice! On the Sunday she even had ‘Butler Breakfast in Bed’ in the comfort of her room. “I really enjoyed relaxing in my hotel room and having breakfast served to my door. The service was very good.”
By day two, Vicky and the other participants were having dinner in ‘China Club,’ a members-only restaurant, situated on the stunning Hong Kong Island. As the evening progressed they headed to the party District in Hong Kong Central called ‘Lan Kwai Fong.’ Vicky commented: “It’s a long slope full of buzzing bars and clubs where they play Cantopop, live music and karaoke. It was a great way to end a fantastic day.”
Other experiences Vicky and the group took part in included a picturesque cruise from Kowloon Pier to Lamma Island. They went to a traditional Chinese fishing village and ate a Seafood Lunch at Lamma Rainbow restaurant.
Vicky’s favourite part of the trip was when she and the group took the tram up ‘The Peak’ on Hong Kong Island. They dined in a restaurant at the top where Vicky indulged in traditional Dim Sum and admired the breath-taking views of the skyline. “The whole experience was the highlight of my trip and it was definitely a memorable one that I’d recommend.”
2. It isn’t just a jungle full of skyscrapers
There are roughly 1,223 skyscrapers, putting Hong Kong at the top of world rankings but when Vicky experienced an exhilarating 20 minute Helicopter ride of Hong Kong Island, she said: “I was amazed to see so many natural beaches, so it wasn’t just all built-up with skyscrapers. It was a surprise activity hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board, which was a nice touch to the trip. The view of Hong Kong Island was beautiful and the experience would be ideal as part of an incentive conference.”
The city has a rugged coastline with many beaches attracting swimmers as well as steep terrain with expansive views where tourists and hikers often gather. “I loved the weather too. It made the scenic parts of our trip more enjoyable. The temperature was very mild and humidity was quite low but the locals said that this February was the “coldest month so far!”
3. The Hong Kongese are commuting experts
Travelling around Hong Kong was easy for Vicky and the group. They took public transport including the local tram ride to ‘Sheung Wan’ Market. They also took the ferry from Kowloo Island to Hong Kong Island, which was cheap, quick (a five minute journey) and Vicky mentioned that it would even be ‘great for hosting group events.’ The group used a private car which was surprisingly easy to drive around the city in, due to improved traffic calming measures, new bridges and the extensive trail network. “Their MTR subway underground system is amazing! Everything is very walkable and easy to get to.”