Hong Kong is a special autonomous territory located on the eastern coast of China. Considered as a cosmopolitan city of Asia, Hong Kong’s culture is a combination of Chinese tradition and Western influence. This city used to be colonized by the British and not until 1997 was Hong Kong returned to the Chinese government. From a small farming and fishing village back in the 1800s, this city develops to be one of the busiest trading and financial centers of the world.

What to do in Hong Kong?

Not only is Hong Kong famous for being the shopping paradise in Asia, but this dynamic city will also delight you with colonial aspects and a fusion of various cultures.

Pay a visit to some islands

With the total area of more than 2500 kilometer square, Hong Kong’s area consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and a group of more than 200 offshore islands. Some highlights you can visit are:

  • Lantau Island: Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. It is considered as a getaway from bustling Hong Kong with recreational parks, nature reserves, and trekking sites. Ngong Ping Plateau, Tai O Fishing Village and Hong Kong Disneyland Park are also worth visiting.
  • Macau Island: An hour from Hong Kong, Macau is the most well-known center of high-end resorts and casinos in Asia.

Sightseeing to some magnificent man-made architecture and discover Hong Kong history

Victoria Peak

From majestic skyscrapers and shopping malls to colonial architecture, there are many attractions in this city for you to discover.

  • Victoria Peak: With the altitude of 552 meters, The Peak seems to never bore tourists with a stunning view of metropolitan Hong Kong.
  • Convention and Exhibition Centre: The most modern exhibition facility in Asia which attracts hundreds of business People every year.
  • Wong Tai Sin Temple: Located in the north of Kowloon, Wong Tai Sin Temple is a large Taoist complex with many solemn shrines, temples and beautiful gardens.
  • Hong Kong Heritage Museum: Hong Kong Heritage Museum displays thousands of antiques, paintings, and articles which offer you an insight into colorful history and culture of Hong Kong. Bruce Lee Exhibition is perhaps the most attractive part of this place.
  • Hong Kong’s International Commerce Center Tower (ICC Tower): It is the tallest building in Hong Kong where you can have a perfect view of this city’s light displays.

Enjoy a dim sum dinner and immerse in dynamic Hong Kong’s nightlife

Dim sum

Located in Cantonese region, one of the eight most famous culinary regions in China, Hong Kong is the heaven for various dining options. Dim sum, which means ‘touch the heart’ in English, is a must-try cuisine in this city. The local dim sum is elegantly and exquisitely prepared with several bite-sized dishes in small steamer baskets. A traditional dim sum meal usually contains dumplings, rolls, buns and egg tart for dessert.

Don’t miss pubs, bars, and nightclubs in Hong Kong at night. Lan Kwai Fong, Wan Chai, and Tsim Tsa Tsui are places where you can find exciting nightlife. You will discover the vibrant Hong Kong which has been portrayed in movies and dramas. If you want to enjoy the whole view of this city, spend your time at a rooftop bar.

Take your children to some kid-friendly places

Hong Kong Disneyland

It is no doubt that Hong Kong is the destination for family vacations with many recreational parks, exciting museums and nature reserves.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland: Let’s your children immerse in a fairytale world with Hong Kong Disneyland Park.
  • Ocean Park: Ocean Park is an animal theme park featuring marine species, rides, and shows. Not only is this park created for entertainment, it also has educational department and laboratories for research purposes.
  • Zoological and Botanical Garden: It contains a collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.
  • Hong Kong Maritime Museum: You can understand the history of maritime, ship technology and trade in Hong Kong here.
Best time to travel to Hong Kong

Located in a subtropical region, Hong Kong’s weather is mild and pleasant, which is suitable for you to visit every time a year. It is hot and humid in summers (June – August), yet cool and dry during winters (December – February). Spring (March – April) and pre-winter (October – the beginning of December) are the best times to visit Hong Kong. The city will be affected by typhoons from May to September, which is not suitable for a day trip to islands. This city is the coldest in the winter when the temperature may drop to 10 degrees Celsius. Also, note that many shops remain closed during Chinese Lunar New Year.

Hong Kong Travel Tips
  • Although Hong Kong now belongs to People’s Republic of China, the city has its own immigration controls. Nationals from 170 countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most of the countries in Europe are not required to have a visa to stay in Hong Kong for 90 days. UK nationals are entitled to a visa-free entry for 180 days. Check if your nationalities are eligible for a visa-free entry or not.
  • If you want to visit mainland China from Hong Kong or vice versa, you must get a visa before arrival.
  • Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is mainly used for financial transactions in this city. You can find exchange counters in many banks around the city. If you want to withdraw money, HSBC, Hang Seng, and Standard Chartered’s ATMs are easy to find.
  • Buy an Octopus Card at 7-Eleven stores and use it for MTR and Star Ferry. It will save a lot of money rather than travel by taxis.