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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


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 (; tram runs 7am–midnight; return £3.50).


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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