As roughly a sixth of the world’s population gets ready to celebrate the onset of the Year of The Dog on 16 February, why not make this the year you take the lead and get a taste of Chinese culture exploring the vibrant city of Hong Kong on an urban walking holiday.

Hong Kong MarketRamblers Walking Holidays Hong Kong and the Islands 15-day trip cleverly mixes quiet countryside meanders with buzzing city street and market walks to offer a colourful encounter with one of China’s most interesting metropoles.

Known for its skyscraper rimmed harbour and enthralling maze of shop filled streets, the city is contrastingly surrounded by pockets of unspoilt hill country and countless islands – little changed for centuries. With inner city walks getting to the real heart of the city, hikes to Victoria Peak and on nearby islands offer a more reflective view of Hong Kong.

Staying in a four-star hotel in Kowloon, the itinerary also includes the opportunity to explore the New Territories with a hike along the Maclehose Trail, a ride on the Kowloon-Canton railway to mainland China and ample free time to sightsee and shop.

Ramblers Holidays (01707 331 133)  Discover Hong Kong starts from £2,475, including flights, 4-star, B&B accommodation, most dinners, airport transfers and local transport. Departs 6 November, 20 December 2018.