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Introduction to Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a well-earned reputation as a shopper’s paradise. But while the sleek shopping malls and bustling markets are a definite draw, Hong Kong holidays offer much more than just some serious retail therapy. The city itself is a vibrant and dynamic kaleidoscope of cultures.

This fusion is perhaps best reflected in the cuisine, which draws on influences and ingredients as diverse as its culture. It is also worth considering Hong Kong packages that coincide with one of the many incredible festivals that take place throughout the year. If the thought of dancing dragons, authentic food and fizzing fireworks widen your eyes, make sure to search for festivals taking place during holidays to Hong Kong.

Best Places to Visit

The world-famous Victoria Harbour has to be a highlight on any holiday in Hong Kong. Widely hailed for having one of the world’s best skylines, it is spectacular by day. But wait until the sun goes down and it really comes into its own. Each night, at 8pm, the Harbour and its neighbouring skyline are illuminated by lasers and lights. Travel to Tsim Sha Tsui and you can expect spectacular panoramic views of the nightly lightshow.

If you are in search of Hong Kong’s greenery, be sure to explore the nearby hiking trails. Walking along the Dragon’s Back and stopping at Lion’s Rock will give you an eagle-eye view of the soaring skyscrapers and bustling streets.

Top Landmarks

Although the city’s skyline would appear to be composed entirely of towering buildings, they serve to hide some of its hidden gems. You cannot take a holiday in Hong Kong and ignore its temples, which confront visitors at every turn. The Wong Tai Sin Temple, in Chuk Yuen village, is a particularly fine Taoist shrine that attracts both religious disciples and holidaymakers alike. The latter, in particular, head to the temple in their droves to have their fortunes told through the ancient custom of Kau Cim.

To get a truly spectacular view of Hong Kong Island, you can take the world-renowned funicular railway up to the peak of Mount Austin. Known locally as The Peak, this mountain stands at a whopping 522 metres above sea level and is pretty hard to miss!

Entertainment in Hong Kong

Package holidays to Hong Kong will introduce you to some of the best nightlife in the world. The bars and clubs of Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui offer cool cocktails, rooftop parties and live music. Don’t overlook the Ozone Bar, which is 118 floors up! Hong Kong deals for families could see you taking a trip to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, or bagging some bargains at Stanley Market. For outdoor adventures, the aptly-named Big Buddha, at Lantau Island, is a highlight on Hong Kong package holidays.

Nearby, you will find the statue-lined Path of Wisdom, which offers superb photo opportunities. Also hidden amongst the skyscrapers are eight stunning geoparks, mainly composed of weird and wonderful rock formations, volcanic pillars and naturally-occurring arches. Easy to navigate, any one of the geoparks makes a superb and fascinating family day out. With something for everyone, Hong Kong breaks can be as exciting or as relaxing as you want them to be.

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Need to know

Language

Chinese and English are the two official languages of Hong Kong. Many locals speak either Cantonese or Mandarin, so it’s worthwhile packing a phrasebook on your Hong Kong holidays.

Depending on where you visit in Hong Kong, you will find other dialects spoken, such as Hakka and Teochew. However, many people understand basic English, so communicating shouldn’t be too problematic.

Currency

The Hong Kong dollar is the country’s official currency. For the best exchange rates, be sure to cash up your sterling before flying to Hong Kong.

ATMs are scattered throughout Hong Kong. However, many ATMs charge a fee for withdrawal, and these fees can vary between banks. Banks will also change up cash for you, but, again, there are usually surcharges. Either of these options are more cost-effective than changing cash at a hotel, where the fees and commission charges can be very expensive.

Visas

If you are flying to Hong Kong from the UK, and you’re a British National, you don’t need a visa. British Nationals can visit Hong Kong for up to six months without holding a visa. However, if you’re going to the country and intend to work there, you will need to apply for one.

Climate

If you are taking a holiday in Hong Kong with a view to topping up your tan, then you will be in for a pleasant trip. Hong Kong’s climate is consistently warm, with average temperatures of 28°C during the summer months. From July to August, in particular, the mercury can climb even higher. However, the humidity that comes with this weather often means thunderstorms and even the occasional typhoon. Winters are temperate and dry, making Hong Kong an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.

Main Airports

Hong Kong International Airport is the country’s main airport and one of the busiest in the world.

Also known as Chep Lak Kok Airport, Hong Kong International Airport is home to one of the largest passenger terminal buildings in the world.

The airport boasts an extensive range of restaurants, serving everything from authentic Chinese cuisine to fast food. In addition to a huge variety of duty-free shops, the airport also has its own entertainment facilities, located in Terminal 2. Here, you will find an aviation centre, golf simulations, an education centre, and even an IMAX cinema; perfect while you’re waiting to return home from your Hong Kong holiday.

Flight Options

A flight from London to Hong Kong will typically take around eleven and a half hours. From the airport, you can get connecting flights to smaller, regional airports.

Other Advice

Although Hong Kong International Airport is located on Chep Lap Kok Island, it only takes around 25 minutes to drive to the centre of Hong Kong.

There are plenty of taxis on hand at the airport but, if you’d rather make your own way, there are car hire companies offering great deals for travellers.

Hong Kong International Airport recommends that you check-in at least three hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. If you’re in any doubt, check with your chosen airline before you are due to fly.

Bus

The buses on Hong Kong Island serve an abundance of bus routes and boast even more vehicles. The buses themselves are clean and comfortable and offer a cost-effective method for seeing the sights. In addition to the routes on Hong Kong Island, there are a further 34 routes which will take you across the harbour.

Taxi

You will find taxis at every turn in Hong Kong. With more than 18,000 taxis serving the streets, there is no real need to book in advance; you can simply hail one from the roadside. While fares are usually reasonable, it is worth agreeing a price before you travel.

For convenience, Hong Kong taxis are colour-coded:

Blue taxis will take you to Lantau.

Red taxis with silver roofs will take you anywhere, except Lantau.

Green taxis with white roofs will take you to the New Territories.

Trams

Trams in Hong Kong provide the most cost-effective, convenient and eco-friendly way of travelling around the territory. You will find that Hong Kong operates some double-decker trams m too – which are the only ones in the world.

<div class="xml-data-title">Rail Services</div><p>China is home to one of the biggest rail systems on the planet, offering rail links to almost every town and city. The trains are clean and comfortable and provide a cost-effective way of seeing the sights at your leisure. </p><p>At Hong Kong Airport you will find the Automated People Mover (APM): an electric train that runs on a loop, connecting the East and West Halls. </p>

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FACTS

  1. Approximately 75 per cent of Hong Kong is rural.
  2. Hong Kong Disneyland is China’s first major theme park.
  3. Hong Kong has over 8,000 skyscrapers – more than anywhere else in the world.

FACTS

  1. Approximately 75 per cent of Hong Kong is rural.
  2. Hong Kong Disneyland is China’s first major theme park.
  3. Hong Kong has over 8,000 skyscrapers – more than anywhere else in the world.

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