As expats living here, we’re often left behind during the week while working partners swan off to Hong Kong and other interesting cities for business. Rather than hear the same, “it’s not as glamorous as it sounds” (when it sounds like heaven to you!), take the weekend into your own hands and take advantage of the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong with kids on a weekend business trip extension.
It’s easy to extend your partner’s business trip for a visit to Hong Kong. Since your partner’s flights are already on the company’s dime, just grab a cheap flight for yourself and the kids and tag a couple of days on to his already existing business trip.
There are heaps of things to do with children in Hong Kong. If you don’t want to explore much farther beyond the hotel, you can stay somewhere like the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai – they have a fantastic pool and playground area, and for when you feel like exploring, it’s a perfect launch pad for your Hong Kong adventures.
We all know that food is a very important element of any getaway, so getting tucked in to a full buffet breakfast at Grand Hyatt’s amazing morning spread will keep you satisfied for most of the day.
When she’s in Hong Kong for business, Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Bisset often stays at the Grand Hyatt and loves the harbour view room for it’s night view, but the garden view is equally good. She’s also a huge fan of their buffets!
Once you’re ready to head out to explore, here are five top things to do with the children in Hong Kong:
– Take your brood to the famous Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery at Pai Tau Village, Shatin. Encounter over 13,000 buddha statues displayed over hillsides, temple halls, and ascending stairs. Keep watch for the cheeky monkeys who will snatch snacks out of playful little hands.
– Visit Hong Kong Disneyland, arguably the happiest place on earth. There’s even a dedicated Disney MTR car from Sunny Bay station. Hong Kong Disneyland is both large enough to keep the kids entertained, yet small enough to tackle within a day.
– Play at the “world’s seventh most popular amusement park”, Ocean Park, which houses a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park, and an amusement park built in. Our favourite is the jelly fish tank for wide-eyed wonderment.
Of course, if they’re not behaving, you can always just leave them at home!