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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Softer Side of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to gorgeous natural landscapes, luxurious spas and idyllic island retreats beyond its sea of gleaming glass towers.

Surprisingly, few people realize that more than 70% of Hong Kong's land mass is rural. It has beautiful natural landscape such as stunning mountains, bamboo forests, wetlands and beaches. To get to know Hong Kong's greener side,, consider hiking one of the numerous trails that crisscross the island.

There's the Peak Circle Walk on Victoria Peak accessible via the famous Peak Tram which is funicular and features unparalleled views of Victoria Harbour and the coastal areas on both sides - Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

Spas here feature an amazing array of treatments and therapies due to the city's unique combination of Eastern wisdom and Western-style luxury. From acupressure and reflexology to Chinese herbal body wraps and European-style massages, there's treatment for every taste and need.

Hong Kong is also a home of more than 260 outlying islands making it ideal for island hopping, a perfect way for spending an idyllic day away from the city. Visit Lantau, the Hong Kong's largest island and home to the renowned Giant Buddha and Ngong Ping cable car ride; while Cheung Chau is a car-free island that's known for its thriving fishing community. Lamma island features quaint villages, scenic trails and great seafood.

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