Hong Kong

Located on the edge of mainland China, Hong Kong is one of the most unique cultural and geographical destinations in the world. Hong Kong boasts an eclectic mix of British and Chinese cultures comprised of ancient history and powerful business districts. Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world, with 8,000. Hong Kong is known as one of the best shopping destinations in the world filled with crowded markets and shopping centers. Jade jewellery, cloisonné and lacquer ware, silk robes and custom-tailored suits are readily available in the Hong Kong markets. Both fascinating and frenetic, Hong Kong's blend of ancient culture and modern sensibilities make for an unforgettable holiday.

City life in Hong Kong is a melting pot of traditions evident in the diverse restaurants and nightlife pulsing beneath the neon lights. The Outlying Islands and New Territories are a sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, offering travelers serene landscapes of mountains and meadows dotted with hidden temples and traditional villages.

Hong Kong’s Climate

January and February are usually cold and rainy months while June to September temperatures average 86°F (30ºC) with 95% humidity. The best time to travel to Hong Kong is between the autumn months of October and November when the temperatures are milder. Warm clothing is a good idea to pack even in the summer due to the ultra air-conditioned buildings, shops and offices. Pack comfortable closed shoes, as the streets of Hong Kong are often wet and dirty. White sneakers are the mark of a tourist, so dark shoes are preferable.

Activities in Hong Kong

Getting around is relatively easy. Tourists are advised to pick up an Octopus Card, which stores credit to be used on any form of transport. Hong Kong is a city where east meets west. The architecture is either a curious mix of western building with oriental trimmings or temple structure that stand opposite a lofty skyscraper. 

The Hong Kong Arts Festival presents a fabulous assortment of music, theatre, dance and a wide range of creative visual arts by top international and local performers. 

The Hong Kong Sevens is one of the biggest sporting events in the city and one of the most exciting rugby events on the calendar. Top teams compete in this famed event while enthusiastic spectators particularly in the legendary South Stand party. Music blares and the beer flows among the outrageously dressed fans intent on enjoying the rugby as well as having a good time.

The Dragon Boat festival commemorates the death of a national hero, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in protest against the corrupt rulers of the 3rd century. The elaborately carved, brightly painted dragon boats are the highlight of the festivities, combining heritage, sport and spectacle. 

Sightseeing in Hong Kong

See enormous towers of iced buns at the spring Cheung Chau Bun Festival. Parades and fireworks are the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

Hong Kong offers numerous underrated natural charms. The Dragon's Back Ridge just behind the city offers exciting vistas of the over 200 Hong Kong islands.

Things to see in Hong Kong include the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery or the secluded monasteries on Lantau Island, the beaches in Stanley and horse racing in Sha Tin.

Things to do in Hong Kong include taking the funicular to the top of Victoria Peak, spending a day at Hong Kong Disneyland, shopping in the Western Market or walking in the gardens of the Wong Tai Sin Temple. 

The four districts of Hong Kong are a boiling hotpot of activity.

Hong Kong cuisine

Dim sum is a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum is also well known for the unique way it is served, wherein fully cooked and ready-to-serve dim sum dishes are carted around the restaurant for customers to choose their orders while seated at their tables. Drink Hong Kong-style milk tea or Chrysanthemum tea.

Travel to Hong Kong/Passports Requirements

There are plenty of direct flights to Hong Kong from London, and connecting service from other British cities. Direct flights to Hong Kong from the US are long, but are available primarily from the west coast and from major cities like New York and Chicago. You must hold a valid passport to enter Hong Kong. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure.


 

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