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Stopover Hong Kong: how best to spend your time on a quick visit

This city of soaring towers offers a diverse range of experiences that make for a tantalising stopover: from having your fortune told to betting at the races.
The view from the Peak

Peak and Sheung Wan

THE PEAK 1

Rising above the financial heart of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak (552m) offers superlative views of the teeming city below. Ride the hair-raising 126-year-old Peak Tram to cooler climes at the top. Rewarding walks include the gardens up steep Mt Austin Rd, and the two-mile loop of Harlech Rd and Lugard Rd (thepeak.com.hk; tram runs 7am–midnight; return £3.50).

MAN MO TEMPLE 2

Forever wreathed in sandalwood smoke from slow-burning incense coils, this atmospheric 19th-century temple is dedicated to Man and Mo, the Chinese gods of literature and war. It was formerly a cultural and political focal point for the Chinese community, but now the dimly lit space sees the public come to perform age-old rites and have their fortunes told (124–126 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan; 8am–6pm; free entry).

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