A destination not lacking in sights and sounds, Hong Kong is one of those destinations that offers something for everyone. Although there's a lack of space for expansion across its hilly terrain, the highly populated city offers those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle plenty of green space and quiet parks.
How To Get there
Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas and Air New Zealand all fly direct from the UK. For more information see www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/trip-planner/airlines.html
How to Get Around
Hong Kong has an excellent public transport system, with most transportation air-conditioned. Depending on where you are going, you have a choice of MTR, trains, buses, trams, ferries and taxis. The clean and efficient options cover extensive areas of Hong Kong, and have signs in English and Chinese.
Where to Stay
Hong Kong is very compact, so visitors are never too far from shopping areas and major attractions. Getting around is simple, with relatively cheap public transport easily accessible wherever you stay. Most hotels are located close to the harbour in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and North Point on Hong Kong Island and in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom in Kowloon, plus the busy areas of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.
There are also a growing number of resort-style hotels in the New Territories that offer relaxing alternatives.
Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, tiny Hong Kong offers more than 11,000 restaurants, many of them clustered in defined food districts. Apart from enjoying the best Cantonese and regional Chinese food, visitors can sample a full choice of authentic Asian cuisines and Western fare. Local must-try dishes are dim sum and fresh seafood, with some of the top examples found in Best of the Best award-winning restaurants. Dim sum is a wide range of delightful Chinese snacks (dumplings) served in bamboo baskets accompanied by Chinese tea. Having dim sum in Hong Kong is a unique experience you shouldn't miss.
For sheer variety of products and brands in all price ranges, Hong Kong is a unique shopping experience. From glitzy malls to funky street markets, and trendy boutiques to traditional Chinese product stores and themed shopping districts, you can find everything from the latest designer fashions and electronic gadgets to best-value antiques and collectibles.
Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area, with The Peak, Victoria Harbour and the Giant Buddha among the most awe-inspiring. Visitors will be surprised by the diverse contrasts and close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites and extensive green countryside.
Don't miss the fun at Hong Kong's trendy night districts such as Lan Kwai Fong, Knutsford Terrace, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. You'll find the place that fits your mood: happening bars, neighbourhood pubs, funky nightclubs, sophisticated wine bars, and many places where you can wine and dine. The buzz starts happening with happy hour, usually 6pm – 9pm and sometimes until midnight, with two-for-one or reduced-priced drinks. Ask for the specials before ordering, after 10:30pm, look for the bars and nightclubs that have live bands, or go to a club with great house music and get into the groove. Many bars & clubs are open 24 hours, so you can party all night if you want. If that isn't your scene, check out the bars with live sports broadcasts.
Known by many as the Events Capital of Asia, Hong Kong offers a a multitude of exciting events ranging from colourful local festivals to world-class arts and sports events, such as Hong Kong 7s, International Group 1 Horseracing. Concerts, theatre and dance performances by famous international artists and local Canto-pop singers also offer some of the most dynamic experiences. The city's various consumer fairs showcase a wide variety of latest products ranging from books to computer games to flowers. For upcoming events take a look ar: http://discoverhongkong.com/uk/events/event-calendar.html
Location: Hong Kong and its 260 territorial islands and peninsulas are located in the South China Sea, at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta. The geography of Hong Kong primarily consists of three main territories: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories. The geography of Hong Kong is varied and is home to various physical geographical features.
Weather: Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. It enjoys a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, while the weather from May to mid-September can be hot and humid. About 80% of Hong Kong's rainfall occurs between May and September, with August usually the wettest month.
Time: GMT +8 hours
Language: English and Cantonese. English is widely spoken, particularly in places frequented by visitors.
Area: land area of 1,054 km2 (407sq.m).
Population: (2008 est.) 7,018,636 (growth rate: 0.5%)
Religion: There is a large variety of religious groups in Hong Kong, including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50HZ. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but otherwise you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-type plug.
Telephone code: + 852
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (Rate October 2009 - £1.00 = HK$ 12.30)
Passport/visa requirements: Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Passport must have a minimum validity of six months to enter Hong Kong.
Flight time: Between 12 and 13 hours
Tipping: Most restaurants will levy a 10% service charge but waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10% tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers are happy to accept loose change.
Public holidays: Visit the Hong Kong Government Website at www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/holiday/
Internet Access: Free Gov WiFi service is available in Hong Kong International Airport and government premises including some public libraries. Terminals with free Internet access are also available at many coffee shops, large shopping malls, major MTR stations and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Business InfoCentre. Most hotels have Broadband Internet access.
For more information contact: Hong Kong Tourism Board, 6 Grafton street, London W1S 4EQ, UK Tel: 020-7533 7136, Fax: 020-7533 7111, Website: www.discoverhongkong.com Email: email@example.com