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Travel Holiday Ideas 2020: 5 Chinese New Year Getaways Within 5 Hours Of Hong Kong

Holiday Ideas 2020: 5 Chinese New Year Getaways Within 5 Hours Of Hong Kong

Gwangalli Beach in Busan, South Korea. Aerial view
Gwangalli Beach in Busan, South Korea. (Photo: Getty Images)
By Pearl Yan
January 09, 2020
With Chinese New Year just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to the four-day long weekend. If you’re thinking about booking a last-minute getaway, there are plenty of places within a five-hour direct flight that will allow you to make the most of your holiday. From seaside cities to island escapes, here are five destinations that are just a hop, skip and jump away from Hong Kong

Okinawa, Japan—3 hours

Coral sand cay and clear blue tropical water from above, Yayeama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
Yayeama Islands, Okinawa, Japan (Photo: Getty Images)

Home to white-sand beaches and unspoilt dive spots, Okinawa is a tropical paradise that makes for an ideal jumping-off point to explore the neighbouring islands. Ishigaki and Miyako islands boasts pristine coral sites, as well as local delicacies made from home-grown ingredients like purple sweet potato, sea grapes and sake.

Read more: 7 Best Luxury Beach Resorts In Okinawa

See also: Aman To Open Its Fourth Resort In Niseko

Hoi An, Vietnam—2 hours

This is a picture of the town of Hoi An located in central Vietnam. An old trading port, it has largely escaped destruction from wars and due to its  preserved architecture and many monuments has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to its beauty it is a very touristic destination.
Hoi An town (Photo: Getty Images)

Just a 90-minute flight from Hong Kong, the former port city of Vietnam has everything you need for a stress-free long weekend getaway: sensational food, beaches, temples and ancient sites—not to mention pleasant weather year-round and friendly locals abound. 

Read more: A Food Lover's Guide To Hoi An

Taipei, Taiwan—2 hours

Taipei 101, Landmark of Taiwan in the evening.
Taipei 101, Landmark of Taiwan in the evening (Photo: Getty Images)

Hong Kong travellers are no strangers to the capital city of Taiwan, best known for its night markets and attractions such as the natural hot spring in Beitou and the Shifen waterfall. Whether you’re a first-time or regular visitor, there’s always something new to discover in Taipei. 

Read more: 7 New Hotspots In Taipei

Busan, South Korea—4 hours

Haedongyonggungsa is the Buddhist temple which is located in Busan, South Korea. Most temples in Korea usually located in the mountain. But, this temple is located just by the sea.
Haedong Yonggungsa Buddhist temple in Busan, South Korea (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s possible to take a two and a half-hour train ride from Seoul to Busan, but if your idea of a holiday consists of beaches, mountains, hot springs and fresh seafood, then skip the capital city and hop on a four-hour direct flight to this laid-back town of South Korea. While you’re here, just take a scenic walk along the coast, soak up the local culture at the Gamcheon Culture Village and watch the sunrise from the Haedong Yonggungsa temple.

Read more: 48 Hours In Busan

Siargao, the Philippines —7 hours

Lagoons found in Bucas Grande Island, Siargao Philippines
Sugba Lagoon, Siargao, the Philippines (Photo: Getty Images)

Technically, traveling to Siargao from Hong Kong takes seven hours—but why not kill two birds with one stone with a stopover in Cebu? One of the best-kept secrets of the Philippines, Siargao offers some of the best waves in Asia for surfing enthusiasts and turquoise water for all kinds of water activities, from snorkeling in the lagoons to paddle boarding through ancient mangroves.

Read more: Tatler's Guide To Siargao Island

See also: 5 Chinese New Year 2020 Staycation Packages In Hong Kong


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