Nothing is done by halves in Hong Kong - Michelin star restaurants, big spending bars, labyrinthine shopping malls and award winning hotels run around-the-clock.
Visit Hong Kong to shop, dine and wine till you drop and then kick back in a tea house or swanky penthouse bar, with spectacular views of lushly forested mountains spilling down into a stunning jade harbour.
Most visitors will already know about The Peak Tram and catching the Star Ferry from Central, but there is a lot more to see and do:
- Enjoy a high tea at the Peninsula HotelOpens external site in a new window
- Take the 6X bus to the bustling Stanley MarketOpens external site in a new window, jumping off for a swim at Repulse BayOpens external site in a new window
- Watch A Symphony of LightsOpens external site in a new window, the world’s largest permanent light and sound show every night at 8pm along the Victoria Harbour foreshore
- With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ MarketOpens external site in a new window on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok is a great place to practice your haggling skills
- Visit Hong Kong DisneylandOpens external site in a new window with its seven themed lands. The Disney Paint the Night parade is a must
- Hike the Dragon’s BackOpens external site in a new window trail to Shek-O fishing village.
Bound by hills, harbour and mountains, visitors are likely to spend their time on the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula (on the northern shore of Victoria Harbour) or Hong Kong Island on the southern shore.
Hong Kong Island
The central business district and financial hub is on Hong Kong Island and is known simply as Central.
Central on the north shore of Hong Kong Island and only a short Star Ferry ride away from Tsim Sha TsuiOpens external site in a new window. There are some historical heritage buildings in among the skyscrapers and this is the access point for the Peak and Peak Tram, Hong Kong ParkOpens external site in a new window and Hong Kong Zoological Botanical GardensOpens external site in a new window.
To the east of Central, the suburb of Wan ChaiOpens external site in a new window is a mix of commercial and trendy residential with hotels, and a broad variety of shops and restaurants.
Just above Central and Wan Chai and just below The Peak – the Mid-levels is a popular area for young expat singles and couple to live because it’s close to the city centre and the bars and restaurants of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong.
The PeakOpens external site in a new window is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and the most affluent residential area, along with cool breezes there are beautiful views of the harbour, city skyline and hills.
The Kowloon Peninsula is the area north of Hong Kong Island at the tip of mainland China and just south of the New Territories.
Increasingly, expats are settling in the high-rises of West Kowloon or Kowloon Tong and commuting from there to Central. Nathan RoadOpens external site in a new window is the busy arterial that runs through Kowloon and walking its length from Mong Kok to Tsim Tsa Tsui is a great way to get the lay of the land and see all the shops.
North of Kowloon is the New Territories, where you can discover a little of traditional Hong Kong life. It's an enormous stretch of land making up 86.2% of Hong Kong's territory, spanning from the north of Kowloon to the south of mainland China and home to about half of Hong Kong's many residents. Go to a local market for yum cha or have a flutter on a horse at the Sha Tin Racecourse.
Lantau Island is the largest of Hong Kong's Islands. It's almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island and easily accessible by MTR, ferry, bus and taxi. It is also where the Airport is located so everyone will get here at some point or another.
Catch the MTR to Tung Chung Town Centre, it is here you will find the Citygate OutletsOpens external site in a new window, one of the biggest shopping malls in Hong Kong. It's also the start of the Ngong Ping 360Opens external site in a new window, a cable car that transports visitors 5.7km up to Ngong Ping village with panoramic views of the Tung Chung Valley and out to the China Sea. The village can also be accessed by bus or taxi.
Whilst in the Ngong Ping village see the Po Lin MonasteryOpens external site in a new window and the Big Buddha - a 34 metre tall bronze statue - that symbolises the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.
Lantau is also home to the Hong Kong Disneyland ResortOpens external site in a new window, which prides itself on offering a diverse and culturally distinctive Disney experience for guests of every age.
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Hong Kong has a generally tropical climate so it can be extremely hot and humid during the summer months (June to August). It remains warm well into autumn, so most visitors choose to visit from October to November when temperatures are warm but comfortable. In winter, temperatures can drop to 10-12°C
From the airport
Qantas flights to Hong Kong arrive and depart from Hong Kong International AirportOpens external site in a new window located 34km from the downtown area.
The easiest way to get from the airport is on the Airport ExpressOpens external site in a new window, operating every ten minutes, and taking as little as 24 minutes to Central.
Public buses also connect the airport with most of the city and taxis are also available.
In and around the city
Hong Kong has an excellent public transport system that is considered one of the best in the world. Depending on where you are going, you have a choice of MTROpens external site in a new window (subway), trains, buses, trams, ferries and taxis. These clean and efficient options cover extensive areas of Hong Kong and have signs and announcements in both English and Chinese.
If you are in Hong Kong for a few days, do purchase the OctopusOpens external site in a new window card. This is an extremely versatile stored-value electronic card that can be used for most public transport, as well as purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops, vending machines and more.
If you are travelling between Kowloon and Hong Kong, you can’t do better than jump on one of the iconic Star FerryOpens external site in a new window, carting passengers across the harbour since 1888. Ferries are also available to Hong Kong’s main outlying islands Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Lantau Island, including Discovery Bay.
Hong Kong car hire
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