48 hours in ... Hong Kong

The Asian metropolis effortlessly combines ancient culture with modern big-city life. C&IT suggests a two-day itinerary

DAY 1

8am: Gather the group over breakfast at the Kowloon Shangri La. The 688-room property is bang in the heart of the shopping and entertainment district, with panoramic views of the world-famous harbour. Alternatively, delegates could skip breakfast and get fitted by a Hong Kong tailor for a bespoke suit that will be ready to wear by the time they leave.

9am: Continue the day with some spiritual enlightenment by visiting the Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping 360. Catch the glass-bottomed cable cars for a stunning 360-degree view of the mountain plateau, which features the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze statue.

11am: Arriving at Ngong Ping village, which showcases Chinese culture, delegates enter the Walking with Buddha multimedia pavilion to follow the life of Siddhartha Gautama - the man who became Buddha - and his path to enlightenment.

12pm: After a morning of spiritual sustenance, move on to lunch at the Ngong Ping Garden Restaurant. The eatery can cater for up to 200 in a second floor event space complete with AV equipment and a stage. Before leaving, guests can browse the shopping village for their own Buddha figure, Chinese clothing, or wooden and jade carvings.

2pm: Take a short ferry ride to Lamma Island, the antithesis of Hong Kong's 24-hour culture. The sparsely populated island is car-free so the group can hire bikes or take a stroll to explore its leafy surroundings.

5pm: Head back to the city to hop aboard a more unusual mode of transport with a Hong Kong antique tram tour. The open-balcony vehicle rattles along from the old town in Sheung Wan, serving dim sum. P&MM Events and Communications sales director Susan Sexton says it is a reminder of the old Hong Kong: "In some ways, Hong Kong has got a bit too clean and pedestrianised. The trams offer a glimpse of the past."

7pm: After a wash and brush up, delegates head out for dinner at Hutong, the 28th floor contemporary Chinese restaurant in Tsim Tsa Tsui. Take in the glimmering city of lights while enjoying such signature dishes as braised beef rib in Chinese spices wrapped in lotus leaves, and crispy de-boned lamb.

DAY 2

8am: Delegates can align their chakras with early morning Tai Chi. "Guests can go to one of Hong Kong's public parks for a session," says Grass Roots planning specialist Simon Martin. "Not only is it a fun teambuilding exercise but also helps guests to relax and have a positive attitude for the remainder of the day."

9am: Head to North Lantau to see the world's pinkest dolphins. The Pearl River Delta, between Hong Kong and Macau, is home to around a thousand Indo-pacific humpback dolphins, just a few kilometres from the world's busiest shipping centre.

1pm: Have lunch in one of Sai Kung's seafood restaurants, where delegates can choose their meal straight from the tank. Incentive groups can also cook their own.

3pm: Chris Price, business development manager at Unmissable, suggests groups experience one of Hong Kong's most popular activities on the Horseracing Tour. "Spend an afternoon or evening at Happy Valley Racecourse in the plush comfort of the Jockey Club Member's Enclosure. Nothing sets Hong Kong abuzz quite like the thrill of horseracing."

6pm: Enjoy some retail therapy then catch the Funicular Railway to Victoria Peak. Aim to be there for 8pm to take in the nightly light show played out across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon's skyscrapers. Then head to the night market for dinner and to pick up some final souvenirs.

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