One of the world’s most extraordinary cities, where rippling mountains, a kaleidoscopic waterfront and futuristic architecture merge with fabulous food, sizzling nightlife and top shopping.
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Hong Kong Disneyland
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Opened in 2005 on Lantau Island, this is the smallest park in Disneyland’s global empire. However, all the usual favourites are present on the 55-acre site, from Space Mountain to the Jungle River Cruise.
The park is incredibly popular with visiting mainland tourists, who revel at the chance to wander down Main Street USA and shake hands with the likes of Mickey Mouse. If you can stay late, the evening fireworks extravaganza is suitably spectacular.
Getting there & doing it
A dedicated MTR line runs to the park, which is about 40 minutes from Central. Tickets can be bought online to save queuing at the park entrance. Tickets can be bought at the park entrance, but you can avoid the queues by buying online and picking up tickets on the way through.
It’s the usual fast-food fare once you’re in the park, all at ‘magical’ Disney prices. Half a day is more than enough to see all the rides and attractions, then get back to town for the much better (and cheaper) dining options.
When to do it
Disneyland is open all year round, seven days a week. Weekdays are best to avoid the weekend crush when locals and mainland Chinese tourists visit.
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