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2 Days Hong Kong Best Food & Cultural Must-Sees Tour

Fabulous Exploration of Authentic Hong Kong Flavors

Hong Kong food never fails to give big surprises and tasting feast for its visitors from the whole world! Want to try them in person this time? This 2 days Hong Kong best food & cultural essence tour is specially designed for all those wanting to discover the famous and mouth-watering Cantonese cuisines, dim sum, a rich array of street snacks and drinks in the top recommended restaurants and food stores, meanwhile your nice strolling, our professional local Hong Kong guide will let you know the characteristic food culture, including Cantonese Yum Cha, Cha Chaan Teng, and so forth of this world top prosperous megacity from its ordinary market streets and night fairs, such as Temple Street, Sham Shui Po, Apliu Street, etc. Far more than the great treat of gourmet, you are going to have a fantastic visual feast and visit the best Victoria Peak, tranquil temples and gardens, meaningful historic museum, pleasant fishing village, etc. to get real close to the modernity, spirit, history and life of charming Hong Kong!

We have rich experience about most popular food in Hong Kong and will prepare some characteristic local food in reputed brand restaurants during your trip. However, if you have any special food want to try or any eating habits, please directly tell us when booking the tour!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HKFT-02
  • Price : from request
  • Trip Length : 2D/1N
  • Theme : Food / Walking / Culture

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Get top on the Victoria peak, the best observation deck, to catch the superb instagrammable birds-eye view of whole Hong Kong and its terrific urban forest of skyscrapers.
  • Have an exciting culinary enjoyment of top classic and popular Hong Kong food and snacks in locally reputed restaurants and learn about the authentic Hong Kong food culture.
  • Walk into the best local markets, fleas, and themed streets for an interesting trinkets search and savor the characteristic ordinary life style of prosperous Hong Kong metropolis.
  • Discover the serene religion atmosphere of co-existing Taoism, Buddhist, Christian, etc. and the sincere hope of everyone living there in bustling international Hong Kong.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Hong Kong (B, L)

Wong Tai Sin Temple - Nan Lian Garden - Hong Kong Museum of History - Shum Shui Po or Temple Street - Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade & Victoria Harbor

Ni Hao! Today, our local guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel or assigned place (like airport, railway station or metro station). Your amazing Hong Kong food tour starts with two options.

Option A (about 09:00-17:00; 8 hours): Wong Tai Sin Sik Sik Yuen - Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery - Cantonese Dim Sum Lunch - Hong Kong Museum of History - Shum Shui Po - Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade & Victoria Harbor (specialized with: a nice chance to explore the lower-class Hong Kong, local market with fruit and vegetables, famous themed streets including electronic products, top Michelin recommended restaurants for authentic food tasting, etc. Travel with normal time schedule)

Option B (about 12:00-20:00; 8 hours): Hong Kong Museum of History - Cantonese Dim Sum Lunch - Wong Tai Sin Sik Sik Yuen - Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery -Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade & Victoria Harbor - Temple Street (specialized with: a night enjoyment of Hong Kong most famous night market with countless interesting souvenirs and trinkets and glittering signboards, a close-up to local culture of nightclubs and karaoke bars, a delightful savory of popular and authentic street snacks, etc. Travel after a lazy sleep.)

Wong Tai Sin Temple Sik Sik Yuen. This Taoist temple is dedicated to a deified healer named Wong Tai Sin and it is said that when he was 15 an immortal taught Wong how to make a herbal potion that could cure all illness. This temple is famed for the many prayers answered “What you request is what you get” via a practice called kau chim. Enjoy the sincere atmosphere of praying and kau chim for good fortune.

Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery: An elegant Tang-style garden featuring a golden pagoda, a koi pond and a collection of bizarre rocks sourced from all over China. Enjoy your time in the beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery located close to the garden. Built in the style of Tang Dynasty, this Buddhist complex is a serene place with lotus ponds, bonsai tea plants, bougainvillea and silent nuns delivering offerings fruit and rice to Buddha or chanting behind intricately carved screens.

Hong Kong Museum of History: The main attraction of this extraordinary museum is a permanent display called the Hong Kong Story. Walk through eight galleries complete with striking life-size replicas and dozens of multimedia displays and the exhibit takes you on a fascinating journey through the history that has shaped the city and its culture as well as the history of development of the territory from its earliest days to British rule and the reunification with China in 1997.

Cantonese Dim Sum: The No.1 must eat food in Hong Kong and represents and breakfast culture of Cantonese people with over 1,000 thousand choices of sweet and salty flavors. Enjoy the top classic and popular bites of pastries and meats, such as Shrimp Dumplings, Siu Mai, steamed BBQ pork bun, etc. Choose at will according to your likes, and our guide will help you with experience!

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Victoria Harbor: Where offers resplendent views of all skyscrapers and LED lights across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. If time allows, catch the chance to watch “A Symphony of Lights” that is held every night at 20:00.

Shum Shui Po: The top best down-to-earth place to seek Hong Kong life style deeper and for an interesting food & walking experience. Stroll along the local market to see local people haggle among the stores selling fruits, vegetables, meat, etc. While walking along the famous Aplius Street with diverse electronic products and other themed streets with beads, leather, cloths, buttons, etc., you will treat your taste buds with some popular street snacks like pudding cake, tofu pudding, noodles, dumplings, etc.

Temple Street: The livest night market in Hong Kong. Whether you’re a fan of shopping or not, Temple Street is one place you’ll find everything from souvenirs to tiny trinkets and from clothes to footwear, bags and more. While browsing different kinds of commodities, make some stops in front of some food stores or sit and enjoy some delicious Hong Kong styled snacks, including egg waffle (Gai Daan Jai), desserts, drinks, etc.

After today’s exploration, you will be sent to your hotel. Have a good sleep!

  • Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple Wong Tai Sin Temple
  • Hong Kong Museum of History Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery - Hall of Heavenly Kings
  • Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market
  • Hong Kong Sham Shui Po Hong Kong Sham Shui Po
  • Hong Kong Food Hong Kong Cantonese Dim Sum

Day 2 Hong Kong & Hong Kong Departure (B, L)

Victoria Peak - Repulse Bay - Aberdeen Fishing Village - Sheung Wan & Central - Departure

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Firstly, you’ll experience the quickest and most scenic way to reach up the highest point on Hong Kong Island (552 meters) - Victoria Peak by the legendary Peak Tram which has been operating for more than 130 years as one of the world’s oldest funicular railways. Ascend the Sky Terrace 428 observation deck to enjoy 360-degree spectacular panoramic views of the vibrant city - from the stunning skyline and Victoria Harbor to the tranquility of greenery landscape. If you like, enjoy a walk around and shoot some gorgeous photos. (Optional Hiking Experience on Victoria Peak: Enjoy 1.5-hour Peak Circle Walk starting from Sky Terrace 428 through Lugard Road and then Harlech Road. On the way, you’ll immerse in verdant lush plantation while enjoy vast sea view and amazing Hong Kong skyline.)

Later, be driven far away from the bustling and hustling downtown area to “Hawaii of the Orient” - Repulse Bay. This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is Hong Kong’s most famous beach with long coastline, soft sand, clean water and appropriate temperature and it is also home to some of its richest residents. Appreciate beautiful sea view and visit the Tin Hau Temple situated facing the sea. Continue your visit to Aberdeen Fishing Village where you will get an impressive insight of an old traditional fishing village to view the rows of old junks, sampans and private yachts. (Optional experience: if you like, try the sampan tour sailing on the peaceful harbor which would be a fun way to see parts of the floating village and their way of living.)

After lunch, enjoy your culinary and walking hours in the modern and historic Sheung Wan and Central area. Immerse yourself into the flavorous Dry Seafood Street with neighboring shops, get close to the century old Graham Street Market with fruits and vegetables to see the ordinary life hidden in the rich business pitch in Hong Kong, meander along the back alleys and paths and admire the cool graffiti culture exhibited on the old walls, and you will not miss and get on the Ding Ding Tram left from the 19th century and pass the streets with lining historical buildings next to glitzy hotels and office buildings from Sheung Wan to Central. During your strolling, stop at some reputed food stores and stalls to please your food expectation with free selections of egg tarts, egg waffles, sugarcane juice… and enter a famous Hong Kong styled café to learn some culture of Cha Chaan Teng and taste the classic orderings such as milk tea, pineapple bun, toast, etc.

After the tour, you’ll be driven back to your hotel in downtown area. (Note: If your time is tight and have no time to stay in Hong Kong, we can escort you to the airport, train station or port for leave. Feel free to tell us your plan.)

  • Victoria Peak Panoramic View Victoria Peak Panoramic View
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Repulse Bay - A Wonderful Resort Repulse Bay - A Wonderful Resort in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Dry Seafood Street in Sheung Wan Hong Kong Dry Seafood Street in Sheung Wan
  • Hong Kong Graham Street Market Hong Kong Graham Street Market
  • Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng Food Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng Food
  • Hong Kong Egg Waffles Hong Kong Egg Waffles

Recommended Add-on Options

+3 more days to explore all Guilin Highlights (Li River, Yangshuo and Longji)

Guilin, the darling of tourists!

Guilin is famous for having the best landscape under Heaven which can be seen in three most popular places - Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng. Only 3 days are needed to get them all in a single trip. You will visit the essential sites in the city, enjoy a relaxing cruise along Li River, and have a pleasant time of countryside exploration in Yangshuo Town. Another highlight is the unique trip to Longji Terrace which is an ideal place for experiencing ethnic culture, hiking and photography.

Panoramic View of Yangshuo Town
+3 more days to explore the imperial city of China - Beijing

Beijing, the 'forbidden' city, now is open to the world!

As the capital city of China for more than eight-hundred years, Beijing possesses rich cultural deposits of China. You will need at least 3 days to explore its best highlights. Here is the plan - Day 1 is for you to visit the imperial historical sites, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace; Day 2 is to hike the magnificent Great Wall while Day 3 is for you to have a half-day visiting of the Temple of Heaven,local Hutongs, and depart from the city.

the Forbidden City Overall View

The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Jack,

My trip with China discovery was outstanding! It was the first time I have ever used a travel agency and I would definitely use them again. Very easy to organise the trip with lots of flexibility.  Everything that they promised to do was done. The tour guides were excellent - very knowledgeable and again willing to adapt based on personal interests. I went to Guilin and Zhangjiajie - both destinations were stunning - lots of variety packed into the both parts of the trip. I had an amazing trip and would recommend to anyone who likes the outdoors!

EM - 2020.09.16‚ UK, September 16, 2020

Dear Wonder,

How are you? Hope you are well. You organised a very nice trip for me to Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou way back in 2014. 

You requested a review from me but I loaded to the wrong website. I came across the review today unexpectedly in my computer system and I would like to send it to you, to be used by your website. This is because I was very pleased by the trip that you organised for me. I was a lone female traveler but I still remember the lovely tour guides you found for me, especially the one at Chengdu.

I truly had a wonderful holiday and great memories.

I am now back in the UK. I certainly will use your tour service again if I ever travel to China the next time.

Take care in the pandemic.

 

Best wishes

Siang

( Dr Yih Siang CHEN)

 

6 Days/ 5 nights Chengdu/ Jiuzhai Valley Tour

I went on a 6 days / 5 nights private tour to Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou in October 2014.I spent 2 days in Chengdu and the rest in Jiuzhaigou valley.

Since it was my first trip to China and I was a single female traveller, understandably, I was initially apprehensive before the tour. However, all my initial reservations disappeared once my tour began. I have decided to go on a private tour because I could not find a group tour which can come up with the itinery that I wanted.

From the onset, it was a pleasure to deal with Wonder. He made me a detailed itinery, specific to my wishes , down to the hotels that I preferred. I must say that he has honoured and stuck to our contract throughout my tour. He also phoned my tour guides on a daily basis just to make sure the itinery went on as planned and to make sure that I was ok.He was contactable at all times and any problems were sorted out very quickly and efficiently. He was also very accommodating and was willing to make changes in my itinery at very short notice whenever possible.I have found him to be reliable and trustworthy.

The tour guides were all very professional and knowledgeable. I was very happy with them.They spoke fluent English and were very knowledgeable about the places that we visited. They took care of everything, from meeting me at the airport, check- in into hotels, arranging for meals, transport, tickets for shows and checking in for my return flights. I was impressed that they would go out of their way to make my tour comfortable, hassle free and really tried to give me a memorable hoilday. They were prepared to work till late evenings. As a matter of fact, they would wait for me while I watched some shows in the evenings and one of them was even so kind to buy me an adaptor which I had lost in a hotel.

In Chengdu, I visited the Panda Research Centre, Jinli Street,Sichuan Museum and a silk factory at my request. i was not obliged to visit any factories throughout my tour.

Then, I flew on to Jiuzhai Valley and had another 3 days of private tours; 1 day in Huanglong Park and 2 full days in Jiuzhai National Park.I was glad that I flew return to the valley because the roads up there are really winding and being prone to travel sickness , it would have been a disaster for me to be sick.

I was met by another tour guide there. I am really glad that I took a private tour because I had my personal tour guide who walked with me at my pace throughout the Jiuzhai National park. She knew all the scenic spots and pathways by heart and made sure that I did not miss any important spots.Because she knew all the places so well, we could cover most of the scenic spots on foot in detail.She would walk with me and explain every lake, waterfall and other spots. She explained in detail all about the history, myths, customs and religion of the tribes there. It was an eye opener for me.I am sure I would not be getting all these explanation if I had gone in a group tour.Most group tours tend to be rushed but I was not rushed at all. I had ample time to take all the photos that I wanted , time to have meals and some shopping for souveniers and even short rests at beautiful spots where I could linger and just soak up the magnificent natural beauty.

Jiuzhai Valley is an extraordinary , beautiful park. It is my personal opinion that 2 full days are required to do the park justice. It is difficult to rush through the scenic spots in a day especially when there are massive crowds and queues everywhere.It was worth it to pay the hefty entrance fee for 2 days. Because I had 2 full days, I could do a hike with my guide who accompanied me throughout the trails to the 3 major valleys. I came away feeling satisfied and had lots of marvellous photos to show.

I was especially pleased that on one occasion, my tour guide took me through a small path , away from the tourist crowds. We walked at our pace and saw some smaller lovely waterfalls and lakes. I did not have to jostle with the typical crowds and could take my time to take some truly picturesque photos and videos. I am convinced that if I had joined a group tour , I would not have been able to see and explore the national park as much as I did.

My advice to travellers is to go on some fitness training before the tour. You have to be prepared to do a lot of walking for this is the best way to see the best views. Taking the bus to just the best scenic spots would be cheating and would not do the park justice.The only downside of the trip was the crowds. Be prepared for massive crowds, they can get unruly at times, especially when it rains, so do bring a raincoat or umbrella.Also be prepared for the less than ideal toilet facilities. Bring lots of tissues as handwash and tissues are not provided.

Due to my excellent and friendly tour guides and Wonder's meticulous planning, I had a fabulous holiday and a great time in China. I would highly recommend Wonder Wang and his tour agency to all my friends and family. If I return to China, I would certainly go through Wonder and his agency again. So, a big thank you to Wonder and all my lovely tour guides for making my holiday a truly memorable one!

Dr YS CHEN-PELFRENE
London, UK

CHEN - 2020.09.14‚ Malaysia, September 14, 2020

Hello Wonder!

Thank you so much for reaching out again!  And I was just about to write . As of yesterday afternoon, Mark and I finally received final confirmation that we will be allowed to take our leave, so now we can finally book our trip from 17 - 24 October!!  As soon as I send this email, I will look into the flights.  I will let you know if/when they are booked. 

Also, we were wondering: would it be possible to pay via our American Credit Card this time?  I know we normally do we-chat, but due to the amount this time (bigger/longer trip), it is easier for us to use credit-card.  We understand that there is a credit card fee. . .could you provide us with the final amount (including the fee)?  

Also, I think Mark and I would really enjoy the boutique hotels you chose for us.  Could we verify that those hotels are still available for our trip?  

And of course: I have really enjoyed working with you.  You provide excellent customer service and we believe the quality of the trips are wonderful.  My colleagues loved the trip to Zhangjiajie and I have told many of my colleagues about you/your company. 

Last question: would you recommend anywhere over the Christmas holiday to New Years (01 January)? 

Thank you, Wonder!

 

Look forward to hearing from you, 

Keena

Keena - 2020.09.10‚ USA, September 10, 2020

Hi Jack,

We really enjoyed our trip. Thanks!

Fresh air, beautiful mountains….

We were very out of breath in Shangrila, though, so next time, we will get the oxygen.

Our tour guides were very good.

Leeway struggled a little with his English, but we did fine.

Alice had excellent English, and so did Peter.

We are probably tough people to tour around, since we have already been to a lot of temples, so we already have heard a lot of the things that they want to tell us.

So, we tried to ask questions about other things.

We are not standard travelers, but much more experienced. 

I think that because we can speak some Mandarin, we are a little bit more independent than other people that they have had to help.

We loved the Indigo Hotel on Lake Erhai.

Opening the curtains in our room every morning and being able to look out at the lake was fabulous!

They also had a very good breakfast.

And, we enjoyed walking by the lake, down to the bridge and hiking up the mountain behind the hotel.

We had no air conditioning in the Songstam Hotel in LiJiang, and at the Shangrila Hotel, and so our rooms were very hot!

So, we had some trouble sleeping.

I think if you are there in the Winter time, it is probably fine, but the weather for us was warm outside, so we struggled with the temperature in the room.

We might ask for some help to get a fan for our rooms next time.

All of the Ancient Cities.

We probably would have like a little more time to explore those.

The BaXi and NiXi Ancient towns were beautiful, and it was wonderful to walk the streets there, and the learn about the 3000 year old pottery in NiXi.

We also loved seeing traditional Tibetan houses and trying the butter tea and cakes.

Our driver, Mr. Gu, was very nice and funny.

Thanks for a lovely vacation.

 

Kind regards,

Robin

Robin - 2020.09.10‚ USA, September 10, 2020

Hi Tracy,

The Upper Yubeng village hotel was a little rough. Beds were hard as a rock. Maybe provide options at different cost points for that next time. Otherwise no other considerations. Was great.

Dan - 2020.09.09‚ USA, September 9, 2020
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After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

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Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. By in-depth discovery and explanation, they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and style.

Our guides are passionate about what they do, and it shows all the way!

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Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

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In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.

Have good sleep in our well-selected hotels in all the destinations of China.

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We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View Victoria Harbor Amazing Night View
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple Wong Tai Sin Temple
  • Hong Kong Museum of History Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
  • Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market
  • Hong Kong Sham Shui Po Hong Kong Sham Shui Po
  • Hong Kong Food Hong Kong Food
  • Victoria Peak Panoramic View Victoria Peak Panoramic View
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Repulse Bay - A Wonderful Resort Repulse Bay - A Wonderful Resort
  • Hong Kong Dry Seafood Street in Sheung Wan Hong Kong Dry Seafood Street in Sheung Wan
  • Hong Kong Graham Street Market Hong Kong Graham Street Market
  • Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng Food Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng Food
  • Hong Kong Egg Waffles Hong Kong Egg Waffles

Most Important Hong Kong Travel Notes

1. Do I Need a Visa to Visit Hong Kong?

Visa policy of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is different from that of Mainland China. Hong Kong provides visa exemption to certain certificate owners for any purpose of visiting, and visa/entry permit to citizens (ordinary passport holders) of 170 countries. Otherwise, you need to apply for and get a visa to go to Hong Kong as required. Note: A Chinese Visa is not valid for visiting Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, which are considered as third regions from mainland China. Check Hong Kong Visa Free Countries List & Visa-free Period >>

2. How to Get to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong boasting the top busiest international airport among the world serves about 170 routes to overseas cities and regions in other continents, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, etc. Every day, more than 1,000 flights take off at Hong Kong International Airport and need within 5 hours to reach half of the world’s population.

Besides, Hong Kong is very well connected with many cities in Mainland China. Travelers can board a flight to reach Hong Kong from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and other nearly 50 cities. Also, Hong Kong West Kowloon Station creates new way to get there by high speed trains directly from other 44 cities in the Mainland, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Changsha, etc.

(a)Guangzhou to Hong Kong: Guangzhou launches more than 30 daily G trains every day from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Hong Kong, with a whole riding for only about 1 hour. (b) Shenzhen to Hong Kong: there are about 80 high speed trains depart from Shenzhen North Station and Shenzhen Futian Station there very frequently, which takes only 15-20 minutes to get to Hong Kong Kowloon downtown.

3. Travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen & How to Choose a Checkpoint to Enter

Several best ways are provided to travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, including high speed train, metro, coach/bus or private car.

● By high speed train: The most convenient and fastest way to go between. Travelers can take high speed train from Shenzhen Futian Railway Station to Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station or vice versa. Travelers need to be checked your valid documents at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station no matter you leave or enter Hong Kong. The high speed train journey takes only 14 minutes.

● By metro: Travelers can take Hong Kong MTR East Rail Line to arrive at Luo Wu Station. Then, go through the immigration at Luohu Port (06:30-24:00) to enter Shenzhen. It is suitable for independent travelers.

● By coach/bus: There are some cross-border buses serving from Huanggang Port to many stations in Hong Kong, including Wan Chai, Prince Edward, Kam Sheung Road, and Hong Kong International Airport. However, crossing this Huanggang Port by cross-border buses, you need to get off the bus when arrive at the port and go through the clearance procedure with all your luggage and belongings. After your customs clearance, come out from the customs building and get on the bus to Hong Kong. 

● By private car: If you go with China Discovery, we’ll normally use Huanggang Port or Shenzhen Bay Port to go through the immigration.

4. Group Tour or Private Tour?

Both group tour and private tour are available in Hong Kong. You can choose your way to explore Hong Kong based on your time, interests and budget.

● Group tour: If you take a group tour, it means you’ll be picked up at an assigned place, hop on a big bus, enjoy sightseeing with other travelers and then be sent back at an assigned place. It is fixed with some routes, taking either half day or one full day. It is money-saving!

● Private tour: Going with China Discovery in private way, it means you’ll have your personal drivers and cars and be picked up at your hotel and visit the customizable sites/attractions and be sent back to your hotel. It is very flexible! Compared with group tour, it costs much higher.

If you want to explore Hong Kong with full enjoyment at a budget price, it is a good idea to combine group tour and private tour into “one”. You can choose half day group tour to see the classic sites on Hong Kong Island, or one day group tour to Lantau Island, local featured group to explore Kowloon, and the other time and sites to explore in private way. And if you like, you can see it on your own. For more itineraries design info, please contact our professional travel consultants.

5. Useful Travel Tips & What to Prepare

Money & Currency: Hong Kong has its own official currency, called Hong Kong dollar. There are banknotes of HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, HK$1000, and coins of 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, HK$1, HK$2, HK$5, and HK$10. Usually, the exchange rate is HK$1=USD0.128, HK$1=CNY0.88, HK$1=0.1027GBP. For convenience and better rate, it is suggested to exchange some Hong Kong dollars before you go.

Electricity, Voltage & Sockets: The standard in Hong Kong is 220v, 50Hz. And most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100v. Most outlets in Hong Kong are for three-pronged UK-style plugs. A power adapter is suggested to prepare for charging your mobile phones, cameras, tablets, etc. And that can be provided in some hotels or found in some supermarkets.

Languages: Chinese and English are both the official language of Hong Kong. Cantonese, Mandarin and English are all frequently used there. Nearly 90% people there speak Cantonese. However, as some people can speak English, especially many young people. Chinese and English are used for signs and notes (Cantonese, Mandarin and English for voice broadcasting on all MTR and most public buses), it is easy to travel in Hong Kong for a foreign visitor.

6. Tips for Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Hong Kong houses an extremely large quantity of accommodation in downtown and suburb areas. Kowloon and Hong Kong Islands offer more options and are largely more chosen by travelers and business visitors. From world top luxury 5-6 star hotels, to average comfortable hotels to budget homestay and cheap hostels and even berths can be found galore, especially at Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Central, Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, etc.

For most first-timers to Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui is a top choice, where fabulous view of the Victoria Harbor, many shopping centers and museums are within short distances. Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are good to savor Hong Kong local culture with famous Ladies Market, Temple Market and a good portion of budget hotels. Causeway Bay offer many reputable accommodations and is favored for shopping and family visitors. To seek the night life and left historical feature from the colonial era, Central should be at the top of your list.

7. Do Side Trips from Hong Kong to Macau

Many travelers choose to do one day tour from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry. Macau is a popular tourist destination, where a cluster of eye-pleasing heritage building relics, rich types of flavoring food and snacks, strong atmosphere of traditional China and Western world, etc. can be savored handy. Usually, visitors take a fast ferry from Central or Tsim Sha Tsui to Taipa or Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal to start the one-day exploration to the Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral, Senado Square, Section of Old City Wall, A Ma Temple, and Border of Gate and try some tasting Portuguese and Macao food, such as the Portuguese egg tarts, etc. And then, you can take a ferry back to Hong Kong or fly to your next destination very easily. 

8. If you want to travel in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area...

China’s Greater Bay Area covers Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong Province (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing). Among all the cities and routes, Hong Kong - Macau - Shenzhen - Guangzhou is the most popular way to see all the highlights in the bay area, taking about 8 days.

9. To Customize your Hong Kong Tour

Different people come to Hong Kong for different reasons. No matter you are businesspersons, family with kids, foodies, layover transiting, Hong Kong has something to offer. To travel beyond Hong Kong, you can head to Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Xian, Beijing and other destinations in China. Please feel free to tell us any idea you are thinking about, and our professional travel expert from China Discovery will help you plan your Hong Kong China trip with sincerity and rich experience and knowledge!

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