Hong Kong: Suggested Itinerary

The Pearl of the Orient

Day 1: Start with The Big Buddha on Lantau Island. Take the ferry from Central to Mui Wo to get there. The vegetarian food at the nearby Po Lin Monastery (which has been around for years) is rather nice and is well worth a munch for the authentic cuisine seeker in you.

Day 2: For a fun day out in numerous casinos, take the CotaiJet Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. Head to Hac Sa Beach in a taxi and start with some lunch. Then it's on to the Venetian to check out St. Marks Square and the canals. Then over to MGM, Wynn and Grand Lisboa, where you shall find many photo opportunities and many UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 3: Get your shopping done today by visiting The Ladies Market in Mong Kok. The surrounding streets are no less busy with names such as Sneaker Street (selling shoes) and every other consumer desirable you never knew you needed. Give yourself two hours at least; and yes, it has more than just items for the ladies.

Day 4: Spend the day in Shenzhen, just north of the Chinese border. Twenty years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village of 5000 people. Today, it is home to 10 million people and is one of China's most modern cities. Visitors usually head here for the cheap knock-offs to be found in the Lo Wu Shopping Centre. There are numerous opportunities to pick up some nice clothes, but be careful – anything illegal you buy could be a reason for your arrest when returning. Dafen Art Village is definitely worth a look too.

Day 5: The Dragon's Back on the south-eastern corner of Hong Kong Island is an up-and-down hike that follows a mountain ridge all the way, hence its name. The track itself is well marked, but it can be a mission trying to find the start point. Take the MTR to Chai Wan at the end of the island line and then jump in a taxi to the Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institute on Shek O Road. Chances are you will see other hikers nearby, but otherwise just make your way up the hill following the signs. The two-hour hike has everything — postcard views, fresh air and cold beer and snacks, which you'll find at the finish line in Big Wave Bay.

Day 6: Say your goodbyes and make haste for the airport to fly home.