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Hong Kong is a place with many personalities - officially a part of China but maintaining a status as a Special Administrative Region. Its British colonial history, and vast array of other influences, has given it a unique atmosphere that’s hard not to love.
The best time to visit Hong Kong is usually between October and December when the temperature is more comfortable and accommodation more affordable.
In the first few months of the year the tourism season really gets going, with hotel prices going up and bigger crowds at the major attractions.
Spring time is also a good time to visit, as the weather begins to warm up but falls well short of the stifling summer heat.
When booking you should also take into account major Chinese festivals and large conventions, as prices can go up significantly at these times. However, with cheap tickets to Hong Kong available all year round at Expedia, there’s not really a bad time to visit.
When searching for flights to Hong Kong on Expedia, there are a few things you can do to boost your chances of getting a great deal.
Firstly, if you are able to travel from a choice of airports around the UK this will really open up your options for cheap tickets to Hong Kong.
Secondly, if you can be a little flexible about the exact day of travel, you can also make savings. Click the ‘Show flexible dates’ button to see the lowest prices for travel around your ideal dates. With multiple flights to Hong Kong from UK destinations, you could pay a lot less than you first thought.
There are numerous departures to Hong Kong from UK cities, running throughout the year.
Hong Kong International is the main airport, located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, which is how the airport is often known locally. It’s a major international hub for travel, acting as a connection point for numerous onward destinations.
The airport is connected to inner Hong Kong by the North Lantau highway and there are numerous bus, ferry and rail services. The fast-moving Airport Express is a dedicated high-speed rail link and probably the easiest way of getting to downtown from the airport.
Indirect and direct flights to Hong Kong are available from a number of different carriers.
The city’s Octopus card is a prepaid contactless debit card that you can use to pay for all forms of public transport. You can even use it to pay in some shops and restaurants. It’s a very convenient way of getting around and seeing more of the city.
The Mass Transit Railway is the fastest way to cover the ground. There are five underground lines and three suburban rail lines. In the city there is also a good tram service, with a flat fare of $2.30. Riding the tram is a great way to see more of the city with elevated views on some stretches. There is also a comprehensive bus and ferry service helping you get around.
If you’re staying in the city, renting a car is probably unnecessary, but it’s a good way to get out and see more of wider Hong Kong.
For the very best view of the city head up to Victoria Peak and the unusually shaped Peak Tower. This is an exclusive neighbourhood but with views this good, it’s easy to see why.
The 3D Museum hosts a magnificent collection of 3D art and comes complete with a stunning observation deck offering views of the harbour.
Between September and July the horse racing season offers twice weekly race meets. If you take your passport you’ll get into the grounds for just $1 on a tourist rate.
There’s also plenty of heritage and tradition all around, including the Fu Shin Street bazaar and Che Kung Temple.
British nationals can visit and stay in Hong Kong for up to six months without a visa. Although now part of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong remains a Special Autonomous Region with its own controls on immigration. Your passport should be valid for at least one month after your date of departure.
If you plan to visit mainland China as part of your visit, then you must obtain a Chinese visa before you arrive at the border.