Callum has been particularly helpful and supportive over uncertainties (COVID) giving us different options and alternatives. Thank you so much!
Very helpful and professional in every way. Continued good luck.
I very much appreciated what Anton did for me as a couple of times my scheduled return journey was cancelled or rescheduled due to the corona virus outbreak which led Cathay Pacific to cut back flights as a result of less demand from travellers.
Very professional and friendly service!
Where would we be without Nicole and Aiden
Not enough time between flights in Dubai coming from Sydney to Glasgow
Excellent service from Barry and his team. The whole trip went very smoothly.
Ted is the best
I booked my daughter's flight and the Travel Manager, Charlie Miles, like his name did the extra miles to advise both me and my daughter separately with emails and by phone. Much appreciated!
My whole family and I have been really well looked after by Riley. We have used him to arrange 9 flights on 1 journey and a further 5 flights on separate times of the year booked by 2 other family members and myself. Exceptional service.
Everything went like clockwork, especially the airport assistance service.
William is the best. Always want to deal with him. I know it will all be brilliant.
A KLM deficiency: no place to register my meals option on KLM site when booking seat preferences
Thanks Isaac - the best service I have received from any telephone-based operation.
Excellent hotels, tour guides were great, really helpful service and excellent informed advice.
Great personalised service; friendly and unpressurised
Excellent trip with excellent company
The hotel recommendation was spot on -couldn't fault anything. Excellent service with friendly, helpful staff
Jade is my favourite travel manager. Her knowledge is outstanding.
All flights, connections and transfers went very smoothly. All hotels were excellent. Very impressed with tour company, drivers and guides.
Riley always responded quickly and positively to any issue that arose
Ross provided excellent service quickly finding us alternative flights when Virgin cancelled our flight at very short notice and saved our holiday. So glad I booked through DialAFlight.
Excellent service every time I book with DialAFlight. Would not go any where else.
Very helpful personnel - nothing seemed to be any trouble for them.
Glenn and Debbie have always been superb. This trip and experience was no different
Why book elsewhere?
Michael is a great guy to deal with and a live saver at times
Michael has again done a great job.
Great service from booking to flights will definitely come back to you again
The first time I saw the blazing lights and towers of Hong Kong island it seemed the most exotic place in the world. As a fiercely acquisitive 24-year-old, I hurled myself into bargain shopping like a child given a week of Christmases.
Today, the prospect of bargain shopping is long gone. Prices can be above even London's, and vanished too are the Union Flag and Governor's Rolls-Royce. Indeed, the former colony becomes undeniably ever more Chinese in character, coldly clasped in Beijing's embrace.
MY BEST TRIP YET
Yet in a week-long family visit, I had a better time as a Hong Kong tourist than in 20 previous trips. The weather was perfect. And I had forgotten that hiking is a local passion, with a surprising number of wild routes.
Climb or take a taxi to the Peak, then the tram down. Scale the steps to the Big Buddha on Lantau island. Take the ferry from Stanley to the traditional fishing village of Po Toi and eat at one of its seafood restaurants.
Stroll through the Bird and Flower Markets and, of course, take the Star Ferry back and forth between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
If you should visit between December and April, go strawberry picking at the Rainbow organic farm at Fan Ling in the New Territories.
Enjoy Stanley street market, though I'll eat my socks if you see any object a self-respecting British citizen would want in their own living-room.
If you seek an unusual hotel experience, stay in the old Tai O police station on Lantau island.
For the MTR underground railway, buy an Octopus card on arrival, then for a hairy shopping experience, ride to the end of the line towards Shenzhen, the vast new metropolis just over the border in mainland China.
Shenzhen is a global capital of fakes – Gucci bags, Valentino shoes and a cornucopia of other stuff including customised art copying. Some of it is rubbish, but some is nevertheless wonderfully seductive.
The peak of my culinary experience was dinner at Hutong, looking down from a 20th floor window on the night panorama of Hong Kong harbour amid the best Chinese food I have ever eaten. And don't expect such a meal to be a bargain either - although I suppose it could come into that category if you put a high value on such a memorable experience.
But we did drink hot rice wine, which I love, rather than French vintages at stratospheric prices.
It is possible to eat more cheaply, but if you have bought tickets across the world it seems silly to opt for bargain-basement dining.
MORE MUST SEES
I have a few more suggestions for quirky outings. Jason Wordie's guided historical walks are raved about by everyone who has signed up for one. And my daughter, who lives in Hong Kong, highly recommends the fabric and ribbon market in Sham Shui Po, and a stroll in the Botanical Gardens.
And, of course, no visit to Hong Kong would be the same without experiencing the Symphony of Lights- one of the world’s most spectacular light shows that has set the harbour ablaze every night since 2004.
Although there is so much to see, a first-timer to the city can do a great deal in a four-day visit, which can be a suitable duration for an introduction. And this is not particularly a child-friendly city.
Most Chinese today display no great sentimentality towards the British, the former colonial tenants, and why should they? Hong Kong's residents of all nationalities have had only one purpose for the past two centuries: to make money – and that continues today.
The old colony is utterly different from when I first saw it in 1970. But how could it not be, when empire is long gone? What's more, plenty has changed for the better and it is fascinating seeing this evolution take place.
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