Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Happy Valley Racecourse
Even if you have zero interest in horses or gambling, attending a race gives you unique insight into Hong Kong culture. The upper boxes at the racetracks are filled with local movers and shakers (whose bets are often higher than the average resident’s yearly salary); below, in the cheap seats, the masses alternately yell, cheer, and pray.
This vessel, used by commuters every day, connects Central Hong Kong to the Kowloon Peninsula. The ride provides glorious views of the city skyline—and costs about 30 cents.
The 1,800-foot-high mountain is the address for Hong Kong’s wealthiest residents. The funicular tram ride to the summit tops many travelers’ lists (go early to avoid lines), although it’s not for acrophobes: you’ll head for the peak at what seems like an impossibly steep angle.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.