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Hong Kong

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

What to see and do
Victoria Peak
1. Victoria Peak
Landmarks and icons

For a grand bird’s-eye view of the city that is especially enjoyable at night, a good way to start your visit is with a trip to Victoria Peak. Sitting high above the harbour and the city itself, the Peak is accessible by trolley in only eight minutes.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
2. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Landmarks and icons

Once at the top, there’s plenty to do – Madame Tussauds Hong Kong contains over 100 celebrity waxworks, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a museum to bizarre exhibits from around the world.

Museum of Coastal Defence
3. Museum of Coastal Defence
Museums, galleries and exhibitions

One of the largest museums in Hong Kong is the Museum of Coastal Defence. It covers a period of history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), with a series of fantastic themed historical exhibitions. You can follow the historical trail that takes in former battlefields, as well as see military installations and an ammunition depot.

Ocean Park
4. Ocean Park
Nature, parks and outdoors

Ocean Park is one of Hong Kong’s biggest attractions and is one of the largest sea parks in the world. It has marine themed areas with a Grand Aquarium that is three storeys tall, with over 5,000 fish inside.

Every night, the fountain show Symbio dazzles audiences as clowns, acrobats and jugglers perform for the crowds. The park is huge, taking in all kinds of wildlife, and the jewel in the crown is Ocean Theatre, an open-air theatre where you can watch sea lions and dolphins perform in a massive pool.

5. Disneyland
Things to do with kids

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids enthralled while in Hong Kong, you can’t pass up the opportunity to visit the world’s newest Disneyland. As with other global examples of this famous resort, Disneyland does a surprisingly good job of mixing the familiar cartoon characters and legends with local culture.

Free port city
6. Free port city
Leisure and shopping

If there’s one thing that’s plentiful in Hong Kong, it’s shopping. The city’s status as a free port means that there are products for sale from all over the world. There are numerous malls across the city which often have a more relaxing air than you might be accustomed to, with cafes and restaurants for some well-earned chill out time.

Designer labels and technology are popular here – and tariff-free. However, you can also pick up items that are native to China, including antiques and seafood. Bargaining is recommended, but be careful to shop around and ensure that you check warranties on high-priced items like electricals.

The Dragon Boat Festival
7. The Dragon Boat Festival
Regular festivals and celebrations

Hong Kong has more festivals than you could keep track of, which means that no matter what time of year you visit, there’s likely to be some kind of celebration to experience.

The Dragon Boat Festival takes place in May or June (depending on the year) and have colourful dragon boat races accompanied by drummers, as well as a host of other activities.

The Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern
8. The Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern
Regular festivals and celebrations

The Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern carnivals usually take place around September or October and are a wonderful experience, similar to American Thanksgiving. Beautiful coloured lanterns are lit and performers, dancers, singers and Kung Fu masters put on incredible shows. All of these activities are free, too.

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.