THE HONG KONG territory comprises 262 islands, and is located on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the east, west and south.
Hong Kong, literally meaning “fragrant harbour”, primarily consists of Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. The Kowloon Peninsula is attached to the New Territories to the north, and the New Territories spans northwards eventually connecting with mainland China across the Sham Chun River (Shenzhen River).
The narrow body of water separating Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour, is one of the deepest natural maritime ports in the world. Places to cruise to in HK include: Double Haven in Mirs Bay – with scenery similar to a Scottish loch, Deep Water and Repulse Bays on the south side of HK island; beautiful and good anchorages and Port Shelter where there are several yacht clubs and marinas along with various bays in which to hide.
Hong Kong is a dazzling blend of East and West that comes together to create an international city of sophistication and romance. Yachting provides one of the best ways to experience bustling Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong where pleasure boats, junks and sampans all mingle together for an eclectic scenic view. Sights include Central District’s Queens Pier or Tsim Sha Tsui’s Kowloon Public Pier and the spectacular city skyscrapers, Tsing Ma Bridge, which is the world’s longest suspension bridge, and on to the outlying islands and country parks.
Cheung Chau Island is a quaint, thriving fishing community and Lantau Island features exhilarating mountain walks, wonderful beaches and a giant Buddha sitting high on a plateau. Lamma Island has great seafood restaurants in scenic surroundings and Sai Kung is known as Hong Kong’s back garden. Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world, and English is widely spoken, so communication is not a problem. It’s also a year-round yachting destination, with the cooler weather being from the middle of September to the end of February.
One of the City’s main sporting attractions, that of the Rugby Sevens, is played over the last weekend in March. Superyachts have been visiting Hong Kong for many years. It is arguably one of the main jewels of the Far East. It is an international and cosmopolitan city and the harbour certainly ranks in the top five best in the world from a ‘Wow Factor’ point of view; a feeling one has to experience in person to understand.
Superyachts that have visited Hong Kong recently are discovering an abundance of highly competent personnel in place offering professional services to look after visiting superyachts in the manner they are accustomed. As more facilities and companies are created in the superyacht sector, Hong Kong is becoming one of the most exotic ports in the world to visit aboard a superyacht.