Next time you come to add a new holiday destination to your travel bucket list, consider making it Hong Kong. This beautiful, exotic region of China is not only one of the most beautiful and vibrant places on the planet, but it is home to some of the most exciting, interesting and memorable experiences too.

Here are just a few of the reasons, why you NEED to visit Hong Kong at least once in your lifetime:

Have Some Dim Sum

If you love Chinese food, there’s no doubt you’ll be blown away by the flavoursome Cantonese food on offer in Hong Kong. Fresher and a bit more interesting than the Westernised Chinese food we’re used to here, the dishes are a real revelation, especially the dim sum, which is golden, juicy and very cheap! Washed down with a pot of authentic Chinese tea, it’s like your own little slice of heaven right here on earth.

Shop ‘Til You Drop in Causeway Bay

If shopping is your thing, you’ll have the time of your life in Causeway Bay, which is basically a microcosm of Hong Kong’s shopping scene in one place. You can literally find everything from haute couture on the fashion walk to authentic Chinese food, clothing and bric-brac at the bustling Jardine’s Crescent street market. Your senses will be assaulted, and there’s so much to see that you’ll probably want to base yourself right in the heart of the region. There are many hotels in Causeway Bay, which could easily be described as luxurious, so you’ll have a great time.Just remember to pack your credit card!

Ride the World’s Longest Elevator

For the quirky traveller who likes to do something unique, there is the Central-Mids-Level Escalator which is the longest escalator and walkways system on the planet. Thousands of people ride the feat of engineering each day, and it’s surrounded by lots of quaint cafes, bars and restaurants, which you can peruse at leisure. Fans of cinema might recognise the Central for its appearances in classic films like the much acclaimed Chungking Express and comic book adaptation the Dark Knight.

Enjoy a Drink at Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is the place to go when the sun sets in Hong Kong. Located a stone’s throw from Hong Kong’s Central Business District, the place is literally packed with clubs and bars where the party never ends, and all of Hong Kong’s coolest people go to hangout. Drink, dance and take in the glamorous location for a guaranteed good time.

Do Disneyland Differently

Flying out to Florida to live out your childhood Disney dreams is fine and all, but it’s a bit overdone. If you want to make your Disney dreams come true and do something a bit different, why not head to Hong Kong Disneyland? It has Mickey Mouse, it has the roller coasters, and it’s certainly recognisable as Disneyland, but it has a certain something about it, perhaps an oriental influence, that you won’t find in Florida.

As you can see, Hong Kong really does have something for everyone. It truly deserves a place on everyone’s bucket list.