Hong Kong Travel Guide

Hong Kong Travel Guide

As a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong is a holiday destination where east meets west, providing a wide array of attractions and activities for travellers from all walks of life. As well as offering a window into Chinese culture, the city is also at the cutting edge of business and technology, serving up a modern slant on an ancient civilisation.

Location

On the south-eastern coast of China.

Climate

From mid-September to February, Hong Kong enjoys a mild, sunny climate ideal for those visiting the city on a holiday. From May to September it can get hot and humid, as well as experiencing a high level of rainfall due to the annual monsoon season.

Currency

Hong Kong dollars

Time Difference

GMT +8

Transfer Time

Chek Lap Kok is home to Hong Kong International Airport. Taxi journeys from the airport can be quite expensive, but there is also an Airport Express train that takes passengers from the hub to Central in about 23 minutes.

Hotels

Hong Kong is brimming with luxurious hotels, but these might not be to everyone's taste or budget. Luckily, the number of mid-priced hotels and guesthouses has started to rise in recent years, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a room at a decent cost.

Attractions

There are probably more attractions in Hong Kong than you'll be able to pack into a short break, but just a few of the highlights include the Hong Kong Museum of History, Victoria Peak for fantastic city and harbour views, Man Mo Temple, Temple Street Market and the Hong Kong Science Museum. There are also a number of beautiful parks and gardens, including the Kowloon Walled City Park - perfect for a picnic in the middle of a busy day of sightseeing.

Shopping

As well as the Temple Street Market - which is at its most interesting at dusk - Hong Kong has a famous flower market which should not be missed, while a host of malls, designer boutiques and department stores in Central and Admiralty provide a wide variety of goods from around the world.

Excursions

Take a tour of Hong Kong's numerous islands, or journey around the Pearl River Delta. You could also take an outdoor adventure expedition, or even make the short hop to China if you want to delve more deeply into its fascinating culture.

Family

Ocean Park is one of the biggest theme parks in south-east Asia and is therefore a key destination if you've brought the kids along on holiday. There is also a Disneyland resort to enjoy, while the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant is sure to intrigue both young and older holidaymakers during special meals.

Getting Around

There are a number of options available if you want to take advantage of Hong Kong's public transportation system, including the Mass Transit Railway, the bus network, trams, trains, taxis and ferries. Most of these require the exact change for a ticket, but the city's tourist board recommends that holidaymakers get an Octopus card, which you can pay money onto and use in buses, minibuses, trains, ferries, the Peak Tram and certain taxis.