Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading cities in banking, finance and trade. It’s also a cultural hotspot that attracts many foreign visitors due to the fact that the majority of its citizens speak Cantonese and English. A former British colony, it returned to China in 1997.
Tours and activities in Hong Kong
There’s no other city quite like Hong Kong and if you want to see the best of it, you’re going to need some help. Taking organised tour packages is a great idea if you want to get the best of what the city has to offer. Whether you need to book bargain tickets for Disneyland or want to take a guided tour of the city, our tour packages can help.
Local guides can give you some ideas for places that other tourists might not be aware of, letting you get more of a flavour for local culture. With outstanding English skills and low priced rates, you can maximise your time in Hong Kong, and your experience.
Best time to visit
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. Springtime is warm and humid, summer is hot and wet, autumn is cool and bright and winter is cool and dry. As the climate is fairly mild all-year-round, you can really visit any time of the year. However, be aware that between May and November there are chances of tropical cyclones and squally thunderstorms, but these are relatively rare.
Top Attractions in Hong Kong
Getting here and getting around
Hong Kong is an excellent location for travel from all parts of the world, and also to the rest of China. Hong Kong International Airport is the fourth busiest international airport in the world, with international and domestic flights leaving regularly every day.
If you’re travelling by train, you can easily get to and from Beijing, Shanghai and other cities. Intercity prices here are cheaper than air travel, making rail the choice of most travellers.
As a modern, thriving city, getting around Hong Kong is easy. Whether you’re on foot, taking the subway or riding the bus, signs are clearly marked in English making it more accessible to visitors than many Chinese cities. The city has a modern Mass Transit Railway (MTR) that is fast and the best way to get around.
The MTR network includes an express line to the airport, a light railway system, 10 subway lines and a tourist cable car system.
Public buses run across the city and are often air conditioned and cheap, however it’s advisable to carry a route map if you don’t know the area well. There are also trams. You can easily flag down taxis too.
Eating and drinking
As a free port, the world is your oyster as far as dining in Hong Kong goes. With influences from all over China and Asia, as well as plentiful Western outlets, there’s really something for every taste here. From street food to gourmet dining, you can sample both local and international cuisine, whatever your budget.
Some specialities to try include seafood, Tsinghai porridge, spicy fish balls and Hong Kong-style soup. Due to the wealth of choice on offer, the local Tourism Board is a good bet – they provide recommendations for travellers.
A good bet for seafood is to try Jumbo Kingdom, which has a famous Jumbo Floating restaurant, or Lei Yue Mun, which is situated between Junk Bay and Victoria Harbour.
Getting a good night's sleep
It can’t be said enough that Hong Kong is truly packed with variety and that includes accommodation, with somewhere for every taste. However, for 5-star luxury, you can’t beat The Upper House. This fantastic hotel has panoramic views across the city and has exquisite rooms, a fitness centre and free yoga classes at the weekend. The building is also wonderfully unique.
The Coming Inn is a mid-priced hotel that scores higher than any 5-star spot in the city. Conveniently-located for popular tourist sites, this scores highly on comfort, value for money and the friendliness of its staff.
If you’re travelling on a budget, take a look at J’s Inn. Not only is it superbly priced, it also scores incredibly highly from independent travellers. Rooms are well-equipped and the hotel is located bang in the middle of a prestigious shopping area.