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Shimmering shorelines and staggering skyscrapers in this unique island city
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Discover Hong Kong
Hong Kong is famously the world’s most vertical city, and its neck-craning skyline is a sight to behold (particularly from the vantage point of Victoria Peak). But this neon-lit, hyper modernity is only one side of a vibrant city of contrasts. In Hong Kong, Michelin-starred restaurants and humble noodle shops attract equal fervour, Chinese and British heritage intermingle, and the concrete jungle is intercut by hiking trails through actual jungle.
Must do recommendations
Hong Kong street markets
From antiques to tropical flowers, Hong Kong’s diverse street markets sell almost everything under the sun.
The highest point on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak offers the city’s most jaw-dropping vistas.
Trawl the Victoria Harbour in a red-sailed junk — and get a glimpse into the city’s past.
Hong Kong hikes
Skyscrapers aside, close to 40% of Hong Kong’s landscape is protected by country parks that are perfect for hiking.
Tai Chi in Hong Kong
Connect with Hong Kong’s heritage and sign up for a beginners’ tai chi workshop during your trip.
Tai O Fishing Village
The city’s last remaining stilted fishing village, Tai O is full of historic, waterfront charm.
Food and drink
In Hong Kong, dim sum is a way of life, and well-worth skipping your hotel’s continental breakfast for. Follow locals to some of the city’s most in-demand dim sum spots – including Tim Ho Wan, which is famously one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants — where you can order pillowy pork buns (char siu bao), shrimp-stuffed dumplings (har gow), and other traditional treats.
On the road
Swap the city’s hustle and bustle for a cruise along the Li River, which is just a short flight from Hong Kong. Make sure you pack your camera for this one – there are some insanely photogenic sights as you wind past the jagged mountains and pretty fishing villages on this mini adventure.
Did you know?
Did you know?
1. The Hong Kong area comprises over 260 islands, as well as the Kowloon Peninsula. The largest island is Lantau (where you’ll find the Tian Tan “Big Buddha,” the Tai O Fishing Village, and Disneyland). The smallest islands are no more than uninhabited outcroppings of land.
2. The easiest way to reach the top of Victoria Peak? The Peak Tram, which was completed in May 1888, making it Asia’s first cable funicular. Prior to its construction, people either walked to the top or were ferried in sedan chairs.
3. Pottinger Street (also known as the Stone Slabs Street, thanks to its uneven, granite steps) was named after Sir Henry Pottinger, the first British governor of Hong Kong. Kennedy Road, Hennessy Road, and Des Voeux Road were also named after prominent former governors.
4. Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city on Earth – close to 8,000 of the city’s buildings are classed as high-rises, while 315 measure above 150 metres. By contrast, New York has approximately 6,000 high-rises, of which only 243 are classed as true skyscrapers.
5. The Mid-Levels Escalator in Central is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world; it stretches for half a mile.
In many ways, Hong Kong is the perfect muse: the city’s thumping pulse, vibrant colours, relentless energy and modern beauty were made to be immortalised. Little wonder, then, that innumerable film directors, authors, and musicians have taken the Pearl of the Orient as their subject. Before your trip, dip into a cultural survey of the city.
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- Dragon and Lion Dance Festival: Held on 1 January, the annual extravaganza features hundreds of colourful dragons, lions, acrobats and street performers.
- Chinese New Year: The Lunar New Year starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Festivities for the city’s biggest gathering include three days of parades, fireworks, horse racing and extended, discount-led shopping hours.
- Hong Kong Arts Festival: Spanning late February and early March, the festival showcases numerous artistic disciplines including theatre, ballet, Chinese opera, Western classical music, and contemporary sound and light installations.
- Hong Kong Sevens: Held in late March or early April, the three-day Hong Kong Sevens tournament is the highlight of the World Rugby Sevens Series and one of the global sporting calendar’s most popular rugby events.
- Cheng Chau Bun Festival: Held on the island of Cheng Chau, this seven-day Taoist festival features lion dances, drum beating, a parade of floats and the famous “bun scramble” up a gigantic bamboo tower adorned with replica buns.
- Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival: Held at Central Harbourfront, this exhilarating festival sees the world’s top dragon boat racers battle it out for the Hong Kong Trophy, alongside an ever-popular beer festival and oodles of traditional sticky rice dumplings, or Zongzi.
- Hong Kong International Arts Carnival: Aimed at children and families, this summer carnival includes music, dance, puppet shows, multimedia theatre and clown performances.
- The Hungry Ghost Festival: The festival is the highlight of “Ghost Month”; the seventh month of the Lunar calendar, when restless spirits are appeased with offerings of incense, food and Chinese paper money.
- Hong Kong International Jazz Festival: With a history stretching back to 1987, the festival is now a significant event on the global jazz calendar, featuring renowned musicians from the USA, Australia, Japan, Europe and beyond.
- National Day of the People’s Republic of China: 1 October is a public holiday in Hong Kong, with celebrations taking place across the territory, including a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.
- Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival: Held at Central Harbourfront towards the end of October, this popular event brings together world class chefs, tasting classes, and more than 400 booths offering food and wine samples.
- Hong Kong International Literary Festival: Held at a range of venues including The American Club, the festival showcases writing with an Asian connection, and features well-known and emerging authors from around the world.
- Hong Kong Winterfest: Usually kicking off in late November, Hong Kong Winterfest runs throughout December with shopping offers, seasonal menus, and prominent buildings decorated in glittering light displays.
Weather and local info
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Before you set off, take a look at our Hong Kong International Airport guide.
The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).
For local transport information including taxis, buses, ferries, trams and the subway, visit the Hong Kong Tourism website.
The voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts. Most hotels use the British 3 pronged plug.