A vintage double-decker ride or a romantic dusk at The Peak's surreal cityscapes, Hong Kong leaves an indelible mark. Come and discover Asia's world city; a heady mélange of tastes and cultures. Package holidays to Hong Kong are the best way to experience the city. One of China's Special Administrative Region's (SAR) along with Macao, Hong Kong fascinates with its British legacies and Cantonese associations. A former British colony for 150 years before its transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997, the city thrills culture seekers. With a flight and hotel in Hong Kong you can explore leafy neighbourhoods and outlying islands, and get snapped against the glittering Hong Kong skyline.
British nationals do not require a visa and can stay for up to six months. Time bound travellers should consider package holidays to Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the official currency in use, and ATMs are located across the city. Hong Kong is eight hours ahead of United Kingdom. The spoken official languages are Cantonese and English, and English is spoken at most local attractions.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Hong Kong?
With a subtropical climate, Hong Kong is a year-round destination. While summers are humid and hot, winters are pleasant. The best time to visit is March-April during spring when evenings are cool, and October-November for cool breezes and sunshine.
The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, takes place in January/February, and is Hong Kong's biggest celebration where no effort is spared. The Lantern Festival in February-March features parades with colourful paper lanterns hoisted on bamboos. Summer is a never-ending extravaganza of concerts, shows and festivals.
What To Do In Hong Kong?
While in Hong Kong you can shop till you drop, party at the hippest nightclubs in town, ride the ferry across to Kowloon and most importantly, don't forget your camera.
With your flight to and hotel in Hong Kong booked, the East Asian shopping mecca beckons with its endless night markets, gadget bazaars and glitzy malls. Go on, pick up those Chinese silken robes or the latest iPhone.
Culture trippers will love this city rooted in its Chinese culture and colonial trappings. Partake in tai chi at dawn, Chinese opera in a rustic theatre or chill out with the beat poets.
Hong Kong's dizzying nightlife goes well beyond the high-octane nightclubs, rooftop bars and clubs at Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo. Think after-dark shopping and midnight haggling, Chinese tunes by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and intriguing ballet by the city's very own dance company.
No visitor misses the Star Ferry which transports travellers between Hong Kong Island and mysterious Kowloon. Make sure to snap pics of the fabulous Victoria Harbour where the Symphony at Lights Show takes place every night at 8pm.
Enjoy unhurried tram rides or ferry cruises between the ethereal outlying islands where secluded beaches, ancient monasteries and fishing villages await, far from the dazzling lights of Kowloon.
What Places To Visit In Hong Kong
Kick off your city breaks to Hong Kong with a visit to the fascinating Hong Kong Museum of History. Colonial-era street replicas are in plenty. Next comes everyone's favourite weekend Hong Kong destination, Disneyland Resort on Lantau Island. Couple this visit with one to the Buddhist-themed Ngong Ping 360 park that brims over with imperial Chinese architecture and shows. Here, you can enjoy a cable car ride during your weekend in Hong Kong!
Unmissable is a ride up to Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram. Once at the top of the wok-shaped observation deck, gear up for spellbinding vistas of Hong Kong's skyline. Nearby is the Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong where 3D paintings magically appear through optical illusions. Tradition and heritage await at the ancient Ping Shan Heritage Trail, the walled Hakka village of Tsang Tai Uk and Lantau's Tian Tan Buddha Statue. Hong Kong is not all glass and skyscrapers as you'll see – hop on board a ferry and discover another world out there.
During city breaks in Hong Kong you'll discover locals who haven't cooked food in ages as eating out and socialising is very popular. One of the world's leading culinary capitals, Hong Kong pleases the Western traveller in search of comfort food. For the rest, there's fiery Sichuanese, Cantonese, Japanese and world cuisine to tuck into.
Do try the legendary wanton noodles, fresh steamed dim sum, barbecued pork buns and tofu preparations. Or how about Siu Mei, a barbecue-flavoured roast pork belly dish? Tea time is important to locals as you'll see when office goers queue up to buy egg tarts to go with their tea. For international fare, look no further than Soho.
What To Bring From Hong Kong?
For high street shopping and genuine luxury product goods, swing by the malls at Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay. Ladies Market meanwhile, is a must for its cheap knock-offs and fake labels – don't forget your 'I LOVE HK t-shirt'. Popular gift choices include bespoke clothing items, Chinese antiques, herbs and Chinese medicines.
Go camera and electronic shopping at Mong Kok – a general rule of thumb is to avoid flashy neon-lit shops on Nathan Road, and to go where locals go. The Oriental Shopping Centre at Wan Chai Road is your best bet for gaming hardware (think PlayStation and Nintendo). Outdoorsy types can avail chunky discounts on camping and sport gear at Fa Yue Street. A world of oriental culture, cuisine and charm awaits. Consider your flight to Hong Kong for that next holiday.
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