With the year-end holidays and festive season just around the corner, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) invites Malaysians to head over to Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur consumer event at Suria KLCC, held from 7 – 12 November 2017; to see what Hong Kong has to offer in order to discover Hong Kong just like a local! Held at the Concourse level, Malaysians can find out more about key Hong Kong attractions and grab irresistible and amazing deals to plan the next holiday adventure with family and friends.
The opening ceremony was officiated today by Mr. Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, alongside Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board. HKTB shared its plans for the Malaysian market, which also includes a focus on Muslim-friendly tourism initiatives.
“Malaysia is one of our key source markets in the Southeast Asia region, which is why we are here today to showcase the very best of Hong Kong with diverse areas of appeal and relevant content to Malaysia’s multicultural society,” said Mr Anthony Lau.
MUSLIM-FRIENDLY HONG KONG
Hong Kong is listed as the 5th best non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) country for Muslim travellers . The city offers plenty of Halal-certified dining options, easy access to prayer spaces, and accommodation options with Halal-certified kitchens.
In line with the burgeoning Muslim travel sector and Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur, HKTB launched its Muslim guidebook, Warna-Warni Destinasi Hong Kong featuring the latest happenings, festivals, must-visit attractions, restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities in Hong Kong. There is also a dedicated page on DiscoverHongKong.com highlighting Muslim offerings
Mr. Lau added, “HKTB recognises that there is a need to create a hospitable environment for our Muslim travellers, and providing them with facilities and guidance so that they too can enjoy the delights of Hong Kong without worries.”
Celebrity power couple Awal Ashaari and Scha Alyahya as well as their daughter Lara Alana had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong recently, and shared their experience at the opening ceremony.
“Our experience in Hong Kong was just incredible; there were so many things to explore – whether you are travelling alone or with family. It is pretty easy to find Halal-certified restaurants and other Muslim-friendly places to eat in Hong Kong. We even got to try some of the best dim sum and local cuisine. As Hong Kong is a child-friendly destination, we also took Lara to Disneyland and Ocean Park which she really enjoyed. She was transformed into a princess and also learnt about the different animals and sea creatures from across the globe,” said Awal.
“I literally went wild shopping, especially for sneakers in Hong Kong! There were so many creative local designers and unique shops, and activities that you can do to up your style game. Some of the more memorable activities we did were when Awal and I handmade our own silver couple rings at PMQ in Old Town Central, and shopped for fabrics for my next collection in Sham Shui Po. We got to see Hong Kong from different angles by using public transport such as the MTR and the Ding Ding tram. We also rode the cable car in Ngong Ping which has a glass floor, giving us an amazing 360 view of the mountains and ocean,” said Scha reminiscing.
Also making an appearance and sharing her love of Hong Kong was popular social media influencer Ann Qi, who took her followers along with her via social media.
“Hong Kong is vibrant and alive with its own unique culture and vibe. There was just so much to do! And eat! In the day I explored Old Town Central which is packed with unique antique and hipster shops, heritage buildings and cool graffiti for Instagram OOTDs! You can get amazing food at streetside cha chaan tengs, or what we know here as kopitiams, all around the city. I would also recommend café hopping in Hong Kong. I visited the world’s first-ever Starbucks to incorporate a Bing Sutt corner, which is a traditional coffee house setting with a nostalgic retro style at the Duddell Street outlet. At night, the entire city lights up and the view of the skyline is just breathtaking,” said Ann Qi.
Visitors to Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur will discover the best attractions and amazing destinations Hong Kong has to offer, including the Big Bus Tours Hong Kong, Dukling, Hong Kong Disneyland, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Peak Tramways and sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. For those who are planning a holiday or are interested to travel to Hong Kong, there will be exclusive packages offered during this period. View Hong Kong attractions in 3D with the interactive augmented reality LED screen framed by a unique floral display. Selfie aficionados and families can also take photos with the adorable giant LT Duck.
HONG KONG LIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR: ONSITE ACTIVITIES
• Muslim Traveller Corner
Muslim travellers can learn more about exploring Hong Kong with no worries by grabbing a copy of the Warna-Warni Destinasi Hong Kong Muslim travel guidebook. You can also download an e-version of this guidebook at:
Those who enter their email addresses to download the e-guidebook onsite will receive a limited edition Muslim Travel Kit. While stocks last.
• Big Bus Tours Hong Kong
If you’re going to Hong Kong for the first time, this is the one of the best ways to see the city’s charms and gems while learning more about it through the fun and entertaining onboard commentary. It is also a convenient way to explore Hong Kong as you will zoom by famous landmarks, view the high-rise skyline of Central, and pass through Nathan Road to the world-famous Stanley markets. Big Bus Tours Hong Kong offers the advantage of a hop-on hop-off service, so you can plan your itinerary based on your interests. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours.
Board an authentic Chinese junk and set sail into Hong Kong’s scenic harbour for a 360-degree view of the city’s impressive skyline. Originally owned and manned by Chinese fishermen, the Dukling is typical of the junks which used to crisscross Hong Kong waterways. After sailing the waters and deep sea channels for more than 60 years, the vessel was lovingly restored in 2015. Be sure to catch a ride at Suria KLCC for some Instagram-worthy selfies.
• Hong Kong Disneyland
Experience various activities and rides with your kids’ favourite Disney characters at Hong Kong Disneyland! Try the new Iron Man Experience, Disney Parks’ first Marvel-themed ride. For Star Wars fans, make sure to visit Star WarsTM Tomorrowland Takeover to join a Jedi Training session, or ride the super fast roller coaster at Hyperspace Mountain. Join the fun at Flights of Fantasy parade at noon, as well as the Disney Paint the Night parade in the evening where Disney characters come to life in a magical, electric display of LED lights. The enchantment continues with the Disney in The Stars fireworks show that combines advanced-technology lighting effects and video projection accompanied with music from Disney films.
• Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
With over 100 incredibly life-like wax figures, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong delivers a fun and interactive celebrity experience in which everyone can meet their favourite celebrity. Visit Malaysian global wavemaker Michelle Yeoh in her Hong Kong home, become the next top model or billboard star at the new Fashion Zone, or have the K-pop encounter of your dreams at the K-wave zone. Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur brings a piece of Madame Tussauds to you! Don’t forget to take a selfie at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong corner with “the queen of polka dots”, renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama!
• Ngong Ping 360
Take in Hong Kong’s lush natural beauty when you hop onto a Ngong Ping 360 cable car! One of the top tourist attractions on Lantau Island, soar above the deep blue sea and vibrant green mountainsides while you take the most amazing selfies! The 25-minute ride will also give you a bird’s eye view of the giant Tian Tan Buddha, with the sunlight glinting off its bronze exterior. Also discover Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful cultural experience!
• Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. Hop on Ocean Park Hong Kong’s signature rollercoaster set for perfect selfies complete with their cute mascots and panda ambassadors at Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur!
• Peak Tramways
The Peak is often dubbed Hong Kong’s most spectacular destination, but even just getting to it can be almost as spellbinding. The Peak Tram opened in 1888 for the exclusive use of the British governor and The Peak’s residents, but today it can be enjoyed by everyone as the steepest funicular railway in the world. The journey takes only seven minutes and is a visual experience to remember, as skyscrapers glide past at what appear to be impossible angles while the tram makes its ascent.
• sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Located in Hong Kong’s tallest building, sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is the only indoor observation deck in town, and one of Hong Kong’s top landmarks. sky100 also features a new 360 VR Experience which will immerse guests in a hair-raising sky-high journey at 393m high! Choose from a blue-sky day view to a sky high night fireworks and light show experience. Visit their experience corner to take a selfie against the breathtaking view of the Hong Kong skyline!
• AR LED Screen with Flower Display and LT Duck.
Immerse yourself in our interactive playground at Suria KLCC, with augmented reality experiences by our exhibitors on a large LED screen, surrounded by a wonderful array of flowers arranged by reknowned Hong Kong floral designer, Dr. Solomon Leong; who is inspired by the English garden style and European flower arranging ethos. This eye-catching display will be the perfect backdrop to your Instagram photos. Not to be forgotten is the giant iconic LT duck which was created in 1948 by toy tycoon, LT Lam after surviving the Japanese occupation. Take selfies with the giant LT Duck and stand a chance to bring a miniature LT Duck home with you!
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