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Hong Kong

Tales of iconic skyline, gastronomic delights, vivid culture and shopping extravaganza 

About Destination

Hong Kong is a thrilling 21st century cosmopolitan metropolis - a bustling coastal city full of impressive high rises, and a fusion of eastern and western cultures. It proudly proclaims itself to be 'Asia's World City' and remains a key gateway to China. Taoist temples and Edwardian edifices nestle between skyscrapers, people trade on international markets and light incense to bodhisattvas, vestiges of Chinese clan heritage and European colonial history sit side by side — discover the cultural contrasts that have shaped Hong Kong.

Hong Kong city is one of the world's leading financial, banking and trading centers. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. The prosperous island is the center of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping with its southern part noted for sea shores and bays. Kowloon is another flourishing part where Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most popular destinations. Hong Kong is a fusion of East and West - there is no better place to experience both eastern and western cultures, and experience traditional and modern life.

Hong Kong is also a perfect destination for family tours. It offers a wide array of kid-friendly attractions like interactive museums and incredible themed-parks, nature reserves, etc. Children will have fun meeting cartoon characters in Disneyland, taking a boat ride at a fishing village, and riding the tram all way up to the Victoria Peak. From modern skylines at Victoria Harbor to traditional fishing village of Tai'O and bustling markets at Stanley, Hong Kong is a wonderful mixture of many cultures and offers countless things to do and see. See the essential sites of Hong Kong with our well-designed Hong Kong City Tours. From several-day family holiday to 8-hour stopover gap, we are happy to customize the tour for you.


Destination : Hong Kong Capital : Hong Kong
Capital's calling code : +852 Currency : Hong Kong Dollar
Time Zone : GMT + 8 hours Minimum Stay : 4 to 6 Days
Languages : Mandarin, Cantonese and English
What to see : Beaches, Disneyland, Marine Park, Cruise, Museums, Hiking & Camping, International Cuisine, Culture, Street Markets, Party Hot spots, Skyscrapers, Nightlife, Old Town Heritage, Monastery
Suited for : Family Holidays, Adventure Seekers, Honeymoon Couple, Senior Citizens, Shopoholics, Solo Travellers, Boys Gang, Girls Gang
Best Time to Visit : October to early December
Selfie Spots : Lantau Island, Global Geopark, Victoria Peak, Madam Tussauds, Lion Rock (Kowloon), Neon Lights at Commercial Areas, Golden Pagoda at Chin Lin Nunnery (Kowloon), Clock Tower, Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, Big Buddha, Repulse Bay
What to Pack : Sunglasses, Flipflops, Raincoat & Jacket, sunscreen, Walking Shoes, Light comfortable clothing, extra bags


Explore

As the highest peak on Hong Kong Island, this is the best spot for a bird's-eye view over Victoria Harbor. Take the century-old tram up to Victoria Peak, and survey the towering city skyline from above.

This is a magical kingdom filled with beauty, excitement, and Disney characters. It is a good place for family tours to meet favourite Disney characters, watch live shows and parades, and shop and dine at all themed areas of the Hong Kong Disneyland park! Enjoy all rides and attractions at the park's five themed areas with the one or two day passes. Book e-tickets to skip the lines at the ticket counter!

This is home to the world's most beautiful skyline. The Symphony of Lights is amazing. Ride the Star Ferry to immerse yourself in the beautiful views of Victoria Harbor. Take the 1.5-hour evening cruise around the Victoria Harbor. The highlight of the cruise will be the 20-minute Symphony of Lights show featuring more than 40 skyscrapers in a dazzling multimedia extravaganza.

This is a sparsely populated island, mainly comprised of theme parks, tourist sites, parks, and areas of natural beauty. Fly over Lantau Island with a ticket for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. When you reach the top after the 25-minute ride, you can explore the attractions at your leisure. Visit Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village, the Wisdom Path, and Tian Tan Buddha, a.k.a. Big Buddha. When booking, select either a one-way or round-trip ride with the option to upgrade to a Crystal Cabin, which features a glass bottom.

Travel by ferry from Hong Kong for a full-day tour of Macau. See some important sites like the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, A-Ma Temple, Senado Square and Fortaleza do Monte (Monte Fortress) in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Macau. Learn about Portugal’s history in the region and see part of the old city wall. Enjoy a visit to one of Macua’s glitzy casinos and browse the local shops before returning to Hong Kong.


Experiences

Hiking is the best kept secret in Hong Kong, it is a great way to appreciate Hong Kong's beautiful landscapes that include mountains, beaches and breathtaking cityscapes. The starting points for many hiking trails are accessible by bus or taxi. Hiking is highly recommended for active travellers who want to escape the modern urban world.

After a busy day of traveling, it is highly recommended to appreciate the colorful nightlife. Leisurely sightseeing activities such as watching a Symphony of Lights and roaming around the Avenue of Stars, or heading for pubs or nightclubs at Lan Kwai Fong, or eating local snacks at night markets will enrich your trip.

See Hong Kong in a whole new way with the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which scores you a ride on one of the world's most iconic funiculars as well as a visit to the city's Sky Terrace. Set out via tram along a steeply rising incline, traveling above the harbor while enjoying incredible panoramic views. Savor more stunning sights from atop the 1,404-foot-tall (428-meter) Sky Terrace, boasting 360-degree views―the highest in Hong Kong. You can also peruse the works of local artists at the terrace's Sky Gallery.

Experience the glitz of Hong Kong Harbor’s neon lights at night during this one-of-a-kind Symphony of Lights laser show. Spend the evening cruising Victoria Harbour on a traditional junk boat. Take in the incredible views as you soak up all the wonder of this memorable night on the water. And while the entire evening is sure to be memorable, the 20-minute Symphony of Lights Show promises to excite. You’ll see laser light beams bounce off city skyscrapers to the beat of popular music all across the harbor waters. You’ll learn how Hong Kong evolved from a fishing village to a world-class city as the show evolves.

See Hong Kong in a whole new way with the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which scores you a ride on one of the world's most iconic funiculars as well as a visit to the city's Sky Terrace. Set out via tram along a steeply rising incline, traveling above the harbor while enjoying incredible panoramic views. Savor more stunning sights from atop the 1,404-foot-tall (428-meter) Sky Terrace, boasting 360-degree views―the highest in Hong Kong. You can also peruse the works of local artists at the terrace's Sky Gallery.


Get to know About

Hong Kong, often referred to as “Pearl of the Orient”, is a vibrant city with a unique fusion of Eastern and Western heritage and a city of contrasts which combines the vitality of a pulsating modern cosmopolitan city with traditional historical richness and culture shaped by centuries of Chinese history combined with over 150 years of colonialism. Elements of traditional Cantonese culture combined with British influences have shaped Hong Kong in every facet of the city, spanning from law, politics, education, languages, cuisines, and the way of thinking. It is for this reason that many Hongkongese are proud of their culture (such as the Cantonese language, which has a 1000-year-long history and a rich heritage of traditional songs and poems.

Since Hong Kong culture was born in a sophisticated fusion of East and West, it not only kept many Chinese traditions, but also experienced a baptism of western culture, which led to the diversity of its culture and the people there became open-minded to accept variety. The population of Hong Kong is formed by Cantonese, Shanghainese, British, Indians and Jews mainly. Cantonese is the majority and Cantonese culture is the mainstream there. Thus, many Chinese concepts like 'family solidarity', 'family glory', 'saving face' and 'modesty' carry significant weight in Hong Kong's culture. On the other hand, many locals adopted western ways of life.

An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, it is a place where various cultures blend harmoniously and has atmosphere unlike any other city in the world, making it a rewarding destination for visitors from all around the globe.

Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas and New Year, with a spectacular New Year's Countdown and Easter are celebrated festivals and bank holidays. Western celebrations such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day are very popular and large crowds are also attracted to traditional Chinese festivals such as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival and Lunar New Year Flower Fairs. The arts and entertainment scene has something for everyone, ranging from Western Opera , Chinese Opera and ballet to rock concerts, Cantopop, modern dance and contemporary art exhibitions. 

Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, but is cooled in winter by sea breezes. Summer (June to September) is long, humid and hot with temperatures often exceeding 32°C (90°F) and with night time temperatures that do not drop below 25°C (77°F). Typhoons usually occur between June and September and can bring a halt to local business activities for a day or less (see natural disaster section).

Winters are generally very mild, with daytime temperatures of 18-22°C (64–72°F) but with nights dipping into 10°C (50°F) and below sometimes, especially in the countryside. Christmas in Hong Kong is considered warm compared with many other Northern Hemisphere countries. Chinese New Year is notorious for cold (10°C/50°F), wet weather; this is because winter in Hong Kong tends to start out mild and dry and then turn a bit cool and wet later, though the cool weather is brief.

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November/December) have average temperature between 21-24°C (70-5°F). Autumn is probably a more comfortable season as spring tends to be more humid and rainy. Although most buildings in Hong Kong have air-conditioning to cope with the summer weather, winter heating is something of a novelty. During the coldest days, most locals simply wear more layers even indoors. In a restaurant for example, it is not unusual to see customers eating with their jackets and scarves on.

As a culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts various delicacies in the local or from overseas. The city is influenced by western countries and some of the foods there combine the flavors of Chinese cuisine and western cuisine. From luxury restaurants to Dai Pai Dong (street side food-stalls), from Yum Cha (tea and dim sum) to formal feast, the local food will definitely seize your appetite. There are many special foods and drinks in Hong Kong. Hong Kong-style Cantonese pastries are made by most bakeries in Hong Kong, like egg tarts, pineapple buns, wife cake, jin deui and cream bun. Even pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg tart, is being sold in KFC, the fast-food chain restaurant.

From dim sum, hot pot (da been lo), fast food, to the rarest delicacies, Hong Kong carries the reputable label of "Gourmet Paradise" and "World's Fair of Food". Hong Kong cuisine, which is influenced by both western (mainly British) and eastern (mainly Cantonese) cultures, is very diverse. Despite these, it is not simply a collection of cuisine from other regions of the world, but also has its own style: an example would be Dai pai dong, casual outdoor dining restaurant, primarily providing Cantonese foods. Cha chaan teng (Traditional Chiense: literally "tea restaurant") came from bing sutt ("ice chamber"). In these "tea restaurants", various set meals are served throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, providing eastern (mostly Cantonese) cuisines, British foods such as egg tarts, and Hongkongese foods, such as Hong Kong-style French toast, Hong Kong drinks, yuanyang, and lemon iced tea.

Hong Kong is a shopping paradise, bringing all the world famous- brands together. Shopping malls, department stores, boutiques, and street markets are clustered around the island. The Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai on the Island as well as Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on Kowloon Peninsula are the most popular shopping areas. Hong Kong offers perhaps the widest and most exclusive range of products, from international luxury goods to local souvenirs. Most goods from all over the world, except for wine and cigarettes, are tax free, and the prices are relatively low. Top Items to buy : Designer clothes and handbags, Cosmetics and perfume, Electronics and computers, Jewellry, Watches. Recommended Shopping Areas are :

Central, Hong Kong Island : Hong Kong's business and economic center with top boutiques and large shopping malls

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island : a microcosm of the entire Hong Kong shopping scene, with high-end malls, medium-priced boutiques, affordable department stores, and bargain street markets

Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon : a flourishing luxury shopping and recreational area, with many high-end shops and restaurants

Mong Kok, Kowloon : a shopping area that preserves Hong Kong's traditional characteristics with an array of markets, small shops, and food stalls

Sham Shui Po, Kowloon : a heaven for market lovers, famous for its vast amount of gadgets, electronic appliances, and computer products at competitive prices

Recommended Street Markets :

Adventurous travelers should pay a visit to the street markets in Hong Kong, where you can experience the real local lifestyle and enjoy the happiness brought by various local products (including clothes, unique souvenirs, electronic products, and seafood) and the surprises of grabbing a bargain.

Ladies' Market, Kowloon : Ladies' Market in Tung Choi Street is a great destination for the fashion conscious and those with an eye for bargain-priced sport shoes, watches, clothing, stationery, and cosmetics.

Temple Street Night Market, Kowloon : It is a wonderful place to shop and to eat. It has an astonishing variety of clothing, CDs, hardware, pens, trinkets, watches, and luggage.

Stanley Market, Hong Kong Island : It is the perfect place to buy something special for friends or relatives: Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, and curios, as well as larger-sized clothing.

Jardine's Crescent, Hong Kong Island : It is a long roadside market that is great for inexpensive clothing, accessories, and domestic goods.

Li Yuen Street East and West, Hong Kong Island : The market deals with everything from inexpensive souvenirs, clothing, and costume jewelry to luggage and shoes

By Air : One of the world's great travel hubs, Hong Kong International Airport also known as Chek Lap Kok  is a major hub airport in the region, as there are many direct flights to Hong Kong from every continent in the world. It is the hub for Hong Kong-based carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and Dragonair. The airport also serves as a stopover point for many national and international airlines such as China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air India, etc. It is connected to most of the major cities of the world such as London, New York, Delhi, Beijing, Paris, Sydney, Bangkok, etc. via regular flights.  Hong Kong International Airport is situated on Chek Lap Kok Island and it lies 31.5 km away from the main city.  Highways, bridges (including the 2.2km-long Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges) and a fast train link the airport with Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

 

By Sea : You can reach Hong Kong by sea. Many cruise lines and ferries operate from Mainland China to Hongkong. You may opt for a hydrofoil or a jet foil from Macau.

 

By Land : Hong Kong can even be reached through neighbouring places by travelling through road either in cars or buses.