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A helicopter tour of Beijing’s Great Wall and a yacht cruise around Hong Kong’s Victoria Bay – with canapés and bubbly – are just some of the luxury highlights you can enjoy on a train ride between Hong Kong and Beijing.
The Beijing-Hong Kong High Speed Rail, which was launched in September 2018, connects Hong Kong to China’s capital – via Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shijiazhuang – on the nine-hour journey. And there are plenty of sights and attractions to check out (and grand luxury hotels to check in to) along the way.
Here are our recommendations for four of the cities on the route – Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing.
Sail around Victoria Harbour in style with The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong has a memorable Symphony of Lights cruise.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is arguably the city’s best-known hospitality landmark, and is famous for its lobby afternoon tea and luxuriously furnished suites with enviable views of Victoria Bay. Go on its Symphony of Lights yacht cruise, which sails around the harbour at dusk for about an hour before pausing for the city’s nightly laser show.
Tuck into three Michelin-star Cantonese cuisine at The Langham’s T’ang Court
The Langham’s T’ang Court in Kowloon.
Sample refined Cantonese fare at The Langham Hotel’s T’ang Court, a three Michelin-star establishment since 2009 that is patronised by major gourmands. Signatures are the double-boiled fish maw soup, smoked sliced cod fish with honey syrup and braised noodles with whole fresh abalone.
Soak up city views from the Island Shangri-La
Located in Admiralty, The Island Shangri-La is a grand five-star property known for its chandeliers and murals. The suites on the 40th floor and above come with incredible views of Kowloon and the Central district. The hotel has a Chinese restaurant, a boisterous Lobster Bar and Grill with live musicians at night, and a Horizon Club lounge where you can take in the twinkling cityscape with a drink.
This article first appeared on www.scmp.com
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