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Budget Hong Kong

A metropolis rammed with cheap thrills, Hong Kong’s classic experiences are not expensive shops, but pokey cafés, lively street markets and incense-laced temples.
The Peak Tram climbs above the skyscrapers of Central



A floating piece of Hong Kong heritage, the legendary Star Ferry was founded in 1880 and plies the waters of Victoria Harbour, with backdrop views of skyscrapers marching up jungle-clad hills. The 15-minute ride to Kowloon, or vice versa, must be one of the world’s best-value cruises. Catch it from either Central or Wan Chai (; 6.30am– 11.30pm; single ticket from 20p).


Rising above the financial heart of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak offers superlative views of the city. Ride the hair-raising Peak Tram, Asia’s first cable funicular (running since 1888), to the cooler climes at the top. Once you’re up top, there are excellent gardens and a free viewing deck at Peak Galleria. Expect long queues for the tram on clear days (; Lower Terminus, 33 Garden Rd; 7am–midnight; £4.70 return).

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