Discover Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city of captivating contrasts, from traditional fishing villages and street-food markets to sky-high nightlife and harbour light shows.

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Hong Kong's a melting pot of eastern heritage, global glamour and delectable cuisine. Its ancient history and natural beauty are as enthralling as the vibrant lights that paint the sky each night.

A quick guide to Hong Kong attractions and sightseeing

The activities list for Hong Kong is as big as the city. And when you settle on something, you'll quickly learn that getting there is part of the fun. Cable cars, trams, iconic junk boats, a world-class metro and the planet's longest outdoor escalator system - there's every sort of ride for you.

Hong Kong is much more than an eastern metropolis. Around 70% of the region is made up of parks, islands and mountain ranges, sprinkled with charming villages and historic sites. Venture to one of its many islands and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views and total tranquillity.

As for cuisine, tasting your way around a city has never been more enjoyable. From tongue-tantalising Michelin star restaurants to night markets packed with local street eats, the food is legendary.

Hong Kong's eclectic attractions make it an ideal escape for adventurers, indulgers, partiers and families. You'll often feel like you've seen multiple countries in a day, because there are so many layers of culture and scenery to explore.

Apps for navigation and communication

Phone apps make it easy to navigate around Hong Kong by providing walking routes and up-to-date information on public transportation options. Some of the most popular apps include Citymapper, Google Maps and the MTR Mobile app.

English is widely spoken, because Hong Kong was a British colony for over 150 years until it was returned to China in 1997. Today, English is still one of Hong Kong's official languages. If you ever find yourself in a position that requires translation, use a phone app to understand and communicate. Google Translate, SayHi and Papago are recommended for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong sightseeing tours and transport

Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the backbone of the public transport system, with an extensive network of train lines that covers most areas of Hong Kong. As well as the MTR, there are buses, trams, ferries and taxis. Uber is also available in Hong Kong.

For those who prefer a guided experience, there are many options available - from walking tours to bus trips that cover the main attractions. Guided tours can provide valuable insights into the city's history and culture.

Hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses are another option for getting around. These buses offer a flexible and convenient way to see the city's top attractions at your own pace. The buses operate on a loop, and you can get on and off as often as you want within a specified period.

Best places to eat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is famous for its vibrant cuisine scene, making it a holiday paradise for foodies. From humble street-side stalls to upscale Michelin-starred restaurants, there's something for every taste and budget.

One of the best places to experience Hong Kong's culinary delights are the dai pai dong (open-air food stalls) in Central and Sheung Wan. These street-side eateries offer a variety of local dishes cooked in front of you in a sizzling wok. Tai Po Market in the New Territories is another great spot to sample local food at affordable prices.

Foodies will love exploring the city's many wet markets, like the famous Tsim Sha Tsui Market, where vendors sell everything from exotic fruits to live seafood. And if you're in search of something truly unique, head to Temple Street Night Market to try egg puffs, curry fish balls on skewers, crispy chicken, dumplings, steamed crab and cheung fun (chewy rice noodles).

If you're looking for something more upscale, Hong Kong has an abundance of world-class restaurants serving up haute cuisine from around the world. Check out Whisk, for French-Japanese; Hexa, for contemporary Chinese; Yè Shanghai, for a 1930s retro Shanghai vibe; and Paper Moon, for waters-edge Italian.

For a taste of Hong Kong's fusion cuisine, try Yardbird in Sheung Wan, where you'll find delicious Japanese-inspired grilled skewers; or Little Bao in Central, which serves up Asian-inspired burgers and steamed buns. Other popular hospitality spots include the iconic Peninsula Hotel, known for its traditional afternoon tea; and the trendy Lan Kwai Fong district, which is filled with bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Discovering Hong Kong's history and culture

Discovering Hong Kong's history and culture is an immersive experience. Hong Kong has a rich and diverse history that has been influenced by various cultures and events over the centuries. From traditional temples and wet markets to the old streets of Central and, every urban landscape tells a story.

One of the best ways to explore Hong Kong's history and culture is by visiting one of the city's museums. The Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum are good choices for insight into the city's development and cultural traditions.

Exploring Hong Kong's neighbourhoods is another way to discover the city's culture. From the lively markets of Mong Kok to the hipster cafes of Sheung Wan, each district has unique character and charm. To experience Hong Kong's culture first hand, you can take part in traditional activities, such as dim sum making or Chinese calligraphy lessons.

Hong Kong's epic shopping

Whether you're in the market for luxury fashion, electronics or homewares, Hong Kong has it all. It's wise to arrive with some space in your suitcase.

For luxury brands and high fashion, head to the upmarket malls of Causeway Bay. If your goal is bargains, try the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok for souvenirs, clothing and accessories. And for electronics, you can't go past Sham Shui Po's Golden Computer Arcade.

Nature-based things to do in Hong Kong

While Hong Kong is famous for its towering skyscrapers, exotic flavours and bustling city life, it also offers a wealth of nature-based activities. You can take a hike in a country park, such as Dragon's Back or Tai Mo Shan. Or hire a kayak to explore the UNESCO-listed Hong Kong Global Geopark, which has stunning geological formations and coastal scenery. Another option is to catch a ferry to an island – Lamma, Cheung Chau or Peng Chau - where you can hike trails, discover temples and enjoy seaside dining.

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Essential information

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Best time to go

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are mild and summers are tropically hot. Spring and autumn are known for comfortable temperatures and less rainfall. The changing seasons bring a variety of outdoor activities, festivals and food, making Hong Kong a great place to explore year-round.

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How much will it cost?

Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about USD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.

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