For most Thai families, Hong Kong is a choice destination during the festive season, because of the city's unique ability to transform itself into one big holiday paradise. For friends, it is the perfect place to unwind and end the year together. For couples yearning for a romantic holiday break, the Hong Kong WinterFest, held throughout the city until 1 January 2013, offers wonderful possibilities that can open the gates for friendship, passion and love. With its variety of scenery, culinary delights, hidden treasures, and perfect cuddle weather, Hong Kong is the top choice for Thai couples who want to spend special moments together.
Heights, sights and lights
For a great start, kick off the romantic Hong Kong WinterFest with a visit to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, where you and your loved one can gaze at the breathtaking 360 degree views. From the 100th floor of the ICC Tower, the world's 4th tallest building, you can take in the glorious sights of the harbor, the financial hub, the islands, and other stunning vistas. To add more to this panorama, watch the sunset together and admire the colours draping the skyline.
An amorous holiday would not be complete without a visit to The Peak which rises to 428 meters above sea level. The ride on The Peak Tram is spectacular and the views from Hong Kong's highest point are simply breathtaking. Don't forget to check out the "Love Christmas at The Peak" promotions that can bring more pleasure to your day.
Many couples dream of spending a "theme park day" without the kids to bring back youthful memories or see each other from a fresh perspective. All-time favourite Hong Kong Disneyland with the "Sparkling Christmas" theme will be a center of festivities, caroling and illuminations. Ocean Park features a "Christmas Sensation;" Ngong Ping 360 presents the "Ngong Ping 360 Musical Winter Wonderland;" and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong promises a "Glistening Christmas" with the world's hottest celebrities from all eras - great venues to take photos that will impress family and friends back home.
You can also make a special joint wish at the "Bridge of True Love", part of the Brilliant Tiffany Holiday at Statue Square, in the heart of Hong Kong Island. This area, converted into a lovely Christmas town, features the spectacular 18-metre Tiffany Christmas tree and a fairytale-inspired carousel! And walking around Harbour City New Town Plaza and 1881 Heritage will bring out the romantic Christmas magic, as you walk through dazzling illuminations, sparkling snowflakes and the most fascinating garlands, ornaments and trimmings on display.
Sailing, Sunset and Seafood
Another suggestion to bring out the sparks in your special relationship is a ride on a luxurious catamaran to Lamma Island, home to the fisherfolks' village. The cruise is timed so you can enjoy the spectacular burst of colour as day turns to dusk, and the skyscrapers get smaller and smaller as you sail away from the city. The waterfront seafood feast that awaits you includes award-winning dishes from the Best of the Best Culinary Awards.
Next on the list is Hong Kong's fabled night spot - the Lan Kwai Fong area near the central business district. A superb mix of locals, expats and tourists unwind in these hip restaurants, clubs, bars or lounges for fantastic dining, creative drinks, marvelous music and entertainment. Perfect way for fun-loving lovebirds to wrap up the day!
Respect and Reflect
For many Thai couples, Hong Kong is also a destination to seek spiritual fulfillment. Noted pilgrimages include visits to religious spots such as Man Mo Temple, where dispute resolution and vow taking are among the rituals. At the Tin Hau Temple, adjacent to Repulse Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong, visitors ask for blessings and long life. And it is interesting to note that many couples come for a specific reason - to ask for help in conceiving a baby.
The third temple, Wong Tai Sin, is renowned for fortune telling, and drawing joss sticks to seek answers to any question. Home to Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, this sacred temple claims to make every wish come true!
And for a memorable welcome to 2013, the New Year Countdown Celebrations in Hong Kong will not disappoint, since it has become a major stylish party featured annually on CNN! The party atmosphere of "New Year. New World" will invade the city, as everyone awaits the beautiful eight-minute display of fireworks with the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center as the focal point. A visit to www.DiscoverHongKong.com will make planning your countdown activities and choosing your strategic viewpoints much easier.
Airlines, hotels and travel agencies have put together reasonably-priced Hong Kong Winterfest packages that combine love, discovery and celebration. The festive array of programmes will dazzle all your senses. In Hong Kong this winter, romance will be in the air, and with joy so contagious and merriment so genuine, your love will sparkle even more!