Hong Kong Travel

Hong Kong Travel Guide 2019

Hong Kong, located on China's south coast and surrounded by the South China Sea is an international metropolis. Known as the Oriental Pearl, this harbor city has the coexisting culture of east and west. From the grand architectures to the passion of horse racing, the British influence still lasting, even the famous Victoria Harbor was named after the Queen Victoria. On the other hand, hidden in the modern atmosphere, there are ancient temples, museums, villages, natural parks, making it more like a historical Chinese city.

To be honest, it’s hard to define Hong Kong for its complexity and variety. From the high-end shopping malls, dim sum restaurants, colorful recreation venues to the awesome transport system, it lures tourists with its vibrancy. Walking along the Victoria Harbor bank and climb to the Peak to overview the cityscape, it gives you a sense of tranquility. No matter when you travel Hong Kong during the day or night time, it leaves you both deeply satisfied and hungry for more.

Why visit Hong Kong

  • Convenient Transportation: linked by over 100 international airlines and running between over 40 mainland cities, Hong Kong is the best gateway for you to visit China.
  • Shopping Paradise: from the fancy shop to street boutiques, there spreads a colorful mix of markets to meet all your shopping desire. What’s more, without tariffs, the prices are normally attractive to tourists.
  • Food Heaven: under the mixed culture, Hong Kong has its typical HK styled cuisine to sever the locals and tourists. The HK seafood, wonton noodles, steamed dim sum, HK-Cantonese cuisine and various kinds of Western-style food are making you dazzled and mouthwatering.

Hong Kong SAR Visa Policy: Citizens of the specified 170 countries and people holding one of the appointed documents can entry and visit Hong Kong without visa and stay for from 7-180 days. Learn more about Hong Kong SAR Visa >>

Top Attractions

Tending to gravitate towards the modernization, Hong Kong shows its energy by the neon nightlife and boat-buzzed waterfront. While under the glistening steel-glass skyscrapers, the laneways, towering hills and incense-smoked temples like a reminder of this city to meet the old fashioned way. With more various attractions to show its combination of east culture and west life, check Top Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong and 15 Must-Visit Tourist Places to enjoy more.

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak

taking the old-line peak tram up to the highest peak to overlooking the Victoria Harbor and cityscape. You must be amazed by the unbelievable experience!

Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong Skyline, equipped with thickly dotted skyscrapers, is reputed as the Most Beautiful Skyline in the World. It resembles a colorful painting unfolding in Hong Kong

Main Altar
Wong Tai Sin Temple

Being famous for “what you request is what you get” by kau cim, the incense-filled Wong Tai Sin temple is ideal to experience Taoist Culture as well as local traditions.

Main Altar
Lantau Island

The largest island in Hong Kong and it features long winding coastline, harbor and bay as well as mountain and stream. Natural landscape and historical sites are both abundant to satisfy your eyes.

Avenue of the Stars

Avenue of the Stars

It is a shoreline promenade that mostly famed for the Bruce Lee's statue and the world-famous Hong Kong Skyline, also a great site to appreciate Symphony of Lights performance at 8pm every day.

Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden

In this elegant garden hidden in the towering buildings, you will meet with Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants, soul-soothing lotus ponds, vegetarian restaurant and teahouse.

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery

It is a Buddhist monastery in Lantau Island that most features the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), which is the second largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.

Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

This museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon is the best place to seek for the culture, history as well as ancient stories of Hong Kong. Leave yourself for about 1-2 hours there if you have time.

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai o in the southwest corner of Lantau Island is about 7km away from Po Lin Monastery. Known as “Venice of the Orient”, it is famous for its traditional stilted houses and the legend of “pink dolphin”.

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple is half the way up Victoria Peak in Sheung Wan of Central. Inside this small but elegant Taoist Temple, there are arrays of altars and god statues and dozens of giant incense coils.

Aberdeen Fishing Village

Aberdeen Fishing Village

Though called a fishing village, it is not far from the bustling heart of Hong Kong. This place is where old Hong Kong meets new one. Rows of old junks and sampans are docking under the towering buildings there.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland must be the best place in Hong Kong to create happy memories with your kids. Hey, look, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are waving their hands to you. It’s time for games!

Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Another great place to have fun with your kids and family. There are roller coaster rides, climbing wall, cable cars, shows, grand aquarium, koalas, dolphins, and also adorable pandas.

Sky 100 Hong Kong

Sky 100 Hong Kong

At 393 meters above sea level, Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the territory and its famous Victoria Harbour.

Top Activities

Aside from the attractions, are there any other activities you can enjoy in Hong Kong? The answer is obvious YES. Shopping, Horse Racing, Star Ferry Cruising, Global Cuisine Exploring… There are so many featured activities you can choose. You can check Activities in Hong Kong for more ideas.

Hong Kong Shopping

Shopping

Hong Kong has no sales tax so prices of goods there are generally attractive for visitors. No matter you are going to visit Hong Kong for several days or just a 2-4 hours short layover, leave yourself at least 2hours to do shopping! There are glitzy malls, vintage boutiques, and also makeshift street stalls you can choose.

Happy Valley Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Though we don't think gambling is a good idea. Cheer on the stirring horse racing at Happy Valley is also a unique experience. Every Wednesday, huge crowds of locals and visitors will gather at Happy Valley to enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and beat their midweek blues away. Spending your Happy Wednesday with them if you have time!

Star Ferry Cruising

Star Ferry Cruising

Hong Kong Star Ferry has a history of more than 120 years. By 1999, National Geographic Traveler listed the Star Ferry as an experience "of a lifetime." And now, enjoying a star ferry cruising is still a hot chosen experience in Hong Kong. There are several sailing routes, while the most recommended one is from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hong Kong Food

Savor Global Cuisine

As one of the world's top culinary capitals, Hong Kong, the global food paradise, has many kinds of cuisines to stimulate your taste buds. Cantonese, Sichuanese, Japanese, French, no matter what style of food you are looking for, Hong Kong will meet your desire. Treat yourself with freshly steamed dim sum is our best recommended.

Weather & When to Go

Hong Kong View

With the indistinct seasons of neither intense heat of summer nor the chill cold winter, the weather in Hong Kong is gentle and ranges not much. Normally, the average annual temperature is about 23°C, and the hottest months are the July, August and September, with the highest temperature of 34°C, and the lowest is no less than 10°C, spreading in the December and January

With a comfortable weather in Hong Kong, you can visit the city any time of year, especially from October to November. Besides, from December to next March, called the fold season, is the great time for shopping.

Learn more about Hong Kong Weather & Seasonal activities.

Transportation

Hong Kong International Airport Hong Kong Bus Hong Kong Star Ferry

Getting to Hong Kong

Hong Kong as an international city is easily to get to by flights for its advanced airline system. Also you can take high speed bullet trains to West Kowloon Station from mainland China directly with comfortable ride. Besides, Hung Hom Station located in Kowloon serves trains from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan and nearby cities of Guangdong province.

Flights to Hong Kong: about 34 km away from downtown, the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) connects 180 airlines, running through 48 mainland cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian ,Guilin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc. Also the international flights are frequent through over 1000 daily flights to London, New York, Sydney, Bangkok and so on.

Bullet Trains to Hong Kong: at present, about 44 cities in mainland China have linked with Hong Kong by the bullet trains, so visitors can take the speedy trains from Guangzhou, Guilin, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Wuhan, Changsha, etc. to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station at Tsim Sha Tsui area. Learn more about Hong Kong high speed trains.

Useful Links:

>> How to Get to Hong Kong | >> From Beijing to Hong Kong
>> From Guilin to Hong Kong | >> From Guangzhou to Hong Kong
>> From Hong Kong to Macau | >> From Shenzhen to Hong Kong

Travel Hong Kong around

The transportation in Hong Kong city is full-scale and becomes one of the tourist attractions here. Featuring a various kinds of transports, from the different MRT lines that cover almost attractions and shopping venues, the tram bus which brings you to appreciate the street scene slowly, the tourist bus (H1 & H2) that offers sightseeing the cultural landscape and the vibrant city in different ways, the two-layer bus extending throughout city to take you traveling every corn even at night, to the local cruise to enjoy the night view of Victoria Harbor and more ways, Hong Kong has them all. By choosing different transportations, you can feel the different part of its culture and history. Check more about How to Get around Hong Kong and Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge.

Accommodation

Hong Kong Hotel

From gleaming luxury five-star hotels to cheap budget hostels, Hong Kong has a bunch of hotels for you to stay in comfort. For the first timers, you can stay at TST (Tsim Sha Tsui), from where you can encounter with the most stunning skyline of Hong Kong in ease. If you are on budget and love street shopping and dining, you can choose a hotel in Yau Ma Tei & Mong Kok, then you will be close to the most famous and busy shopping streets in Hong Kong, like Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market, etc. Looking for hotels near the most upscale clubs? Head to Central and you will find what you want.

Useful Links:

>> Where to Stay in Hong Kong | >> Luxury Hong Kong Hotels
>> Comfort Hong Kong Hotels | >> Budget Hong Kong Hotels

Useful Hong Kong Maps

Before you travel to Hong Kong, we’d like to provide you some local maps of Hong Kong including Hong Kong Travel Map, Hong Kong tourist map, Hong Kong MTR Map,etc for you to have an intuitive and general feeling of this city. View more at Hong Kong Attraction Map | Hong Kong District Map | Hong Kong China Map | Hong Kong Asia Map | Hong Kong Macau Map | Hong Kong MTR Map | All Hong Kong Maps 2019

Other Destinations in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area

Shenzhen is one of the four key cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Since it provides very well connection to other places of the area with some attractive traveling destinations, such as Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau, Zhuhai, etc., you are highly recommended to travel extend to those top places to enjoy more highlights!

Other Destinations in China

Taking a side trip to the neighborhood of Guangzhou and Shenzhen from Hong Kong, you will experience quite different culture in such a near distance. As the harbor cities, both of them share the great convenience to transfer between each other and other mainland cities for your further depth china tour. You can also fly to Guilin to meet the incredible Karst Landscape. Shanghai is also an international worth visiting. Check all destinations in China.

Hong Kong Map

Chinese Name: 香港

Chinese Pinyin: xiāng gǎng

Population: 7,071,576

Language: Cantonese, English

Tel Code: +852

Zip Code: 999077

Time Zone: (UTC+8)

Currency: Hong Kong dollar ($/HKD)

Plan Your Hong Kong Tours

Featuring the vibrant cultural blend of East and West, the tourist spots in Hong Kong can be divided into cultural and modern. If you are interested in the cultural spots, making a Hong Kong day tour for one or two days is enough for you to visit the Victoria Peak, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Repulse Bay, Lantau Island and other essential sites. If you want to know more about the present of this city, there are various museums and recreation sites for you to spend more days.

Take a trip to Macau from Hong Kong are delighted to appreciate another fuse culture city with 16th century churches and historical site of Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, or visit Macau Casino to suck up the local life more.

>> Hong Kong Trip Plan 2019

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