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Top Festivals in Hong Kong

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Pretty much every district of Hong Kong offers something to visitors, from the sights and sounds of Victoria Bay to the hustle and bustle of Soho. There is always something going on within easy reach of your Hong Kong hotel. Travellers making for Hong Kong regularly cite Chinese New Year as being one of the main reasons for visiting, and the festival is a truly spectacular experience. The Chinese New Year festival takes the form of three days of celebrating and Hong Kong is illuminated by a huge firework show hosted in Victoria Harbour.

Second only in size to Chinese New Year is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a celebration of Chinese history and the major event of the overthrow of their Mongolian rulers. More fireworks about and dragon dances are sure to please, plus there are huge amounts of great food to indulge in. Be aware though that Hong Kong hotels are in greater demand around this festival so be sure to book ahead.

Hong Kong boasts some famous sporting events and festivals as well, and each year in late March the island welcomes visitors from around the world to the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament. The competition is arguably Hong Kong’s biggest sports festival and is a great way to experience sport in an unusual environment.

Staying in a Hong Kong hotel is the perfect way to relax and unwind following a long-haul flight, and some of the accommodation in the downtown Kowloon district is as fine as anywhere in the world. Another of the island’s popular celebrations is the Hong Kong Arts Festival, which lasts for a whole month from late February until the end of March each year. This event attracts famous performers from across the world of entertainment, and incorporates all styles of music, from orchestral to Cantonese opera, blues to jazz.

March in Hong Kong also means Hung Shing Water Festival at Mui Wo Beach where tourists can mingle with local fisherman and villagers as they launch candle lanterns onto the water and light paper lanterns which are released into the starry sky at night. Mui Wo Beach also offers travellers the chance to take part in many different local village cultural practices.

Springtime in Hong Kong sees a couple of festivals which are as popular with the locals as they are with visiting tourists. In April tourists and natives alike gather at cemeteries for the Ching Ming festival, a family-oriented event where people visit their ancestors’ graves and leave gifts and offerings for them. Typical things to leave include food and drink and most people leave some incense burning at the graveside in tribute.

On the back of the Ching Ming event is the Tin Hau Festival, a piece of Hong Kong folklore turned into a public celebration. Tin Hau is the saint said to protect fisherman and as such the harbours around Hong Kong hotels are filled with hundreds of colourful dows and boats which transport festival-goers around the various Tin Hau temples of the island to wish for good luck.

Hong Kong 3 Star Hotels

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Are you looking for accommodation in Hong Kong? When you are planning your trip to Hong Kong you should take into consideration where you will be staying. If you want to find a place with is luxurious without spending a lot of money, you should consider a middle ranged hotel. There are many fine 3 start hotels in Hong Kong. You can have that touch of luxury which you desire. You can also save yourself some money instead of going for the 5 star hotels. When you are looking for mid ranged hotels you should consider the Royal Plaza, the Island Pacific or the Metropark Causeway Bay.

Royal Plaza is located near the centre of Kowloon. It is only about 45 minutes from the international airport of Hong Kong. It is joined to the New Town Plaza. This is the largest and most upscale place to go for entertainment in Hong Kong. If you book your stay at this hotel you will be in a great location. You will have many recreational facilities near you. There are also many good business facilities for those of you who are on business trips.

The Royal Plaza contains 693 good sized rooms. They are all decorated in a tasteful way. There are facilities for body massages and delicious meals. There are some wonderful areas which you can enjoy the entertainment. There is a heated swimming pool and a health club. A stay for one night in this hotel will cost a starting price of $97USD.

You might want to visit the Island Pacific hotel in Hong Kong. This is situated on the western water front. This is one of the most popular 3 star hotels in all of Hong Kong. It has a very stylish exterior and luxurious interior. There are 29 separate floors with 343 rooms. 80% of the rooms in this hotel give a wonderful view of the Victoria harbor.

The rooms in the Island Pacific hotel have windows which go from the ceiling to the floor. Each hotel suit has its own television, telephone line and an internet connection. However, the internet connection will require a fee. If you are on a business trip you can use the business centre of the hotel. There is a gym and swimming pool available for use by the guests.

The Metropark Causeway Bay Hong Kong hotel is one of the most modern on the 3 star hotels in Hong Kong. It has 266 rooms which are all decorated with a touch of luxury. There are 33 floors in the hotel. They each have windows which go from the ceiling to the floor. The hotel rooms in this hotel range from $116USD upwards.

If you are looking for a great place to stay you should consider a 3 star hotel. They can provides you some of the luxury of a 5 star hotel without having to break your budget.