Cathay pacific flies to over 200 destinations around the world and helps passengers discover new destinations. Established in Hong Kong in 1946, the airline flies to 35 countries in Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Africa. Here are some exciting cities that Cathay Pacific can take you on your quest for adventure.
Enriched by culture, history and art, surrounded by sky piercing buildings, Hong Kong offers the best of both worlds. If you want the combo pack of adventure and luxury, then a summer trip to Hong Kong should be on top of your list. The weather is moderately hot and humid during this time with monsoon magic every now and then. Jump into the shopping scene of this mega city and end the day bar hopping as Hong Kong’s urban pleasures are world class. Take a half day tour to visit Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and the traditional fishing village of Aberdeen. Stroll through bustling neighborhoods and try out the wild varieties of food such as Dim Sum, Lo Mai Gai, Char Siu or Pineapple bun; indulge in the nightlife with vivid lightings and heart-pounding music. Enjoy the spectacle of Victoria Harbour; take a trip on the Star Ferry or go hiking, cycling or surfing, the choice is yours. Explore North Lantau and see the Giant Buddha and ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car on the return journey from the guided tour. A visit to Old Town Central, Sham Shui Po, Lantau Island and Ocean Park is rewarding if not enlightening. Take advantage of Hong Kong’s excellent transport system and embark on a journey to the beaches, mountains and outlying islands. Hong Kong is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
The Sydney Opera House is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Australia. With sun-kissed beaches, wildly colorful parks and heart-stopping waterfalls – Sydney is one of the most preferred travel destinations for a good reason! The summer here is mild and moderate. After an introductory sightseeing tour of the city, take a coach tour of Bondi Beach, then stroll down Hyde Park and go for the 2 - hour fun filled Sydney Harbour seafood buffet lunch cruise. Follow up with a whole day trip to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site Blue Mountain National Park, including Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park with its koalas, kangaroos and wombats, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Katoomaba and Leura and wind up the day with a Parramatta River Cruise. Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House should be on top of your list. You can even climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge accompanied by a guide to get great views from a height of 134m. You could literally stay busy 24/7 for a week going to new places every day. Or, you can take a back seat and enjoy sunbathing on the beach and go skinny dipping in the pristine waters. While the city showcases modern structural beauty, the shores speak of the wonders of nature.
Take a guided tour to Mt Fuji, ride a boat in Lake Ashi and go up Mt. Komagatake on a tram to enjoy fabulous views of this sacred mountain. Then take the bullet train back to Tokyo towards evening after a full day of visiting some of Tokyo’s iconic sites; treat yourself to the finest BBQ while enjoying the beat of traditional taiko drums and the mesmerizing rhythm of the dance – the memories made in Tokyo are imperishable. Summer can be rather hot and humid in Tokyo, but you can make the most out of your time and experience all the local wonders. Tokyo’s must see landmarks can be visited during a full-day tour which includes a cruise along the Tokyo Bay and a visit to the Imperial Palace East Garden. Explore the Asakusa and visit the Senso-ji Temple and the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world. The wide array of traditional festivals in the summer coupled with the extravagant nightlife takes you on a dream-like experience. The fireworks, the street art, the wild beaches, the sky-touching rooftops, the unique restaurants, the breathtaking library, and historically rich museum – Tokyo can keep you busy! Spend some peaceful time in parks: Hamurashi Suijo Park, Odaiba Seaside Park, Chichijima Island, Toshimaen Amusement Park and Tokyo Disney Resort – take your pick from the best parks in the world. You can also take a day trip to the Nikko National Park to see the beautiful countryside, sacred shrines and striking temples. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls.
Toronto offers diversity and culture and you’ll be taken on a wild ride from the Bohemian Kensington Market to the high fashion of Yorkville. The city puts on its festive look only during the summer when the sky is clear and the mild sun hugs your skin. If you don’t mind streets filled with people, then summer is the best time to visit Toronto. The biggest events in Canada like North by Northeast Festival, Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Toronto Pride, Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival and Caribana all take place in summer. Visit the Casa Loma, a Gothic style home, festive Chinatown, the tall CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Roger’s Centre & Art Gallery of Ontario to arouse your senses. For a bit of adventure, take a day trip to spectacular Niagara Falls, visit the Toronto Zoo, High Park, Toronto Islands, the list goes on. Enjoy city vibes at the Eaton Center, City Hall & Nathan Philips Square and one of the oldest markets, the St. Lawrence Market. Take an exciting tour of Toronto’s 14 islands and the Inner Harbour. You will never run out of places to see when you are in the wonderful world of Toronto.
While the city itself offers great attractions like Shanghai World Financial Center, Mandarin City Pool, Pujiang River, The Shanghai Zoo, Changfeng Park, Shanghai Happy Valley, M50 Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai’s Disneyland park, Yu Garden and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower from where great views of the city can be had, a day trip just outside the city can be equally enjoyable. Do a half day bicycle tour of Shanghai considered China’s most beautiful city, Summer’s just the right time for an exciting island visit. Take your pick from Changxing Island, Chongming Island, Shengsi Island, Putuo Island & Tantou Island which can be as close as 5 km or as far as 150 km from the heart of Shanghai. But, if you are more adventurous, head for Moganshan, Anji Mountain, the Yellow Mountains or Jiuhua Mountain for a satisfying excursion. Get yourself a comfortable boat to go out to the pristine waters of Hangzhou West Lake, Xixi Wetlands and Thousand Islets Lake. Visit the famous Bund, the waterside walkway in the city or go shopping in wonderful Nanjing Road. Visit the Old French concession and the Jade Buddha Temple. You can do also opt for a river cruise or go on a shopping tour. Shanghai promises to be fun.
Start your tour at one of the modern world’s iconic structures by taking a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. Just across you can see the location of many a Hollywood blockbuster – the Alcatraz Prison. But one of the best walks is along the Fisherman’s Wharf from where you can head to the beach. Then drive down to beautiful Sausalito where famous personalities from the art world reside. Visit the San Francisco Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, the Museum of 3D Illusions, the Cartoon Art Museum, Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum, and the historic Boudin Bakery. Explore neighborhoods around the Oracle Park, North Beach and colorful Chinatown with its street art and see the harmony of subcultures existing side by side. Try Chinatown’s amazing Dim Sum, then take a ride on Frisco’s famous tramcar and drive down the zig zag Lombard Street with eight hairpin turns. When evening comes, head for the oldest bar in town, the 150 year-year-old ‘Saloon’ from the time of the Wild West to enjoy some hard core blues. Work out your schedule to enjoy festivals like Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, Outside Lands, the North Beach Festival and countless others. Just take a back seat and let the wonders of San Francisco wash over your soul and fill you with magic.
In summer, Washington becomes a theme park of sorts where festivals are on one after another. See America putting on its festive mask with events like Capital Pride, By the People Festival, DC Jazz Festival, AFI Docs, Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival, 17th Street Festival, the list goes on! Having a great time in Washington often comes with no cost. Indulge in free activities like witnessing an unbelievable holiday fireworks display and wandering around the monuments and memorials; visit the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and of course see the White House. Visit the free museums on National Mall and check out the National Gallery of Arts. Listen to a world-class military band in the momentous Barracks Row, visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, cooling off in the Kogod Courtyard and Journey back in time at the National Museum of Natural History's Hall of Fossils. You can take biking tours around the city, or enjoy waterfront activities like boat tours, kayaking or a river cruise. The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront was opened in 2017 with an array of stylish restaurants, state-of-the-art hotels, two fantastic music venues, the Pearl Street Warehouse and a free jitney will take you to the East Potomac Park.
Seattle is the dream summer destination for someone who loves the great outdoors, nature and perfect weather. The city is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests with the added attraction of thousands of acres of parkland. Ditch the road for a day and go out to paddle on a boat around the water bodies of Puget Sound to Lake Washington to Elliott Bay to Green Lake. Or, take it up a notch and head out to open waters for a wonderful day of whale watching around the San Juan Islands. Hop on a ferry boat in Seattle on a sunny day to experience one of the iconic Seattle experiences, and if you are lucky enough you’ll get a great view of Mt. Rainier. But, there’s plenty for indoor activity lovers as well. Visit the futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World Fair legacy, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Central Public Library, Seattle Aquarium and Museum of Flight, with the Boeing Company’s original plant, all extremely interesting and informative. If you are tired of eating in restaurants then take small tours on Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room or Woodinville Wine Country for a mouth watering experience.