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Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, © Can Stock Photo / bedo

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China.  It has a population in excess of 7 million and is located where the Pearl River delta intersects the South China Sea.  The British took over Hong Kong during the First Opium War in the early 1940s and returned control back to China in 1997.  The British influence has produced a capitalistic society that is unique in China.


From May to September, Hong Kong has hot summers with heavy rainfall and typhoons.  The winter months are comfortably warm.  Rainfall is lowest from November to February, making this a good time to visit.


Visa Requirements:

Due to its British heritage, entry requirements are not the same as the rest of China and most visitors will not require a visa.    Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.


Your adventure in Hong Kong starts at by landing on the man-made island of Chek Lap Kok at the Hong Kong International Airport and taking the Airport Express train to the city.

Things to see and do on Hong Kong Island

  • Victoria Peak - the Peak is the number one attraction in Hong Kong.  Catch the Peak Tram funicular on Garden Road.  Enjoy views of the skylines of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the bay.  Watch the sunset and the nightly Symphony of Lights involving more than 40 Hong Kong skyscrapers.  Visit several tourist attractions at the Peak Tower as well.

  • Central - Mid-Level Escalators - the longest outdoor escalators in the world help pedestrians climb through the Central district of Hong Kong.  The Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo restaurant areas are located here.

  • IFC Mall - enjoy roof top views and dining.  Buy food and drink anywhere in the mall and take it to the roof top.  The complex includes "One ifc" and "Two ifc" towers as well as the Four Seasons Hotel and Four Seasons Place.  Catch the express to the airport too.

  • Cruise the harbour from Central Pier 9 or Kownloon Pier with Star Ferry or Watertours of Hong Kong.  Both offer a large variety of cruising options.  Cruise the islands on a Chinese junk, such as the Duk Ling or Aqua Luna which is owned by Aqua Restaurant Group - Hong Kong.

Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China

Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, © Can Stock Photo / leungchopan

  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - known simply as the HKCEC.  For political historians, this is the site of the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.  For movie buffs, it's a Jackie Chan film site.  The Golden Bauhinia sculpture located here is the symbol of Hong Kong.  Take a walk along the water on the Expo Promenade.

  • Tin Hau Temple - dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the sea.  At night consult a fortune teller outside the temple.

  • Happy Valley Racecourse - horse racing in downtown Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong Sevens - rugby at the Hong Kong Stadium.

  • Aberdeen Harbour - ride a sampan and eat fresh seafood.  Eat at multiple venues in Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurants.

  • Ocean Park - more popular than Hong Kong Disneyland.

  • Stanley Town and Stanley Market - this is a predominantly British area and the site where the British surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.

Mongkok, Hong Kong, China

Mongkok, © Can Stock Photo / kawing921

Things to see and do in downtown Kowloon:

  • Kowloon Pier - There are many attractions adjacent to each other beside the pier.  Catch a Star Ferry for a harbour tour or a quick crossing to Hong Kong Island.  Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the very popular Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum and Salisbury Garden.  Watch the Symphony of Lights - a light show involving many downtown buildings every night.  The light show is easily seen from the Avenue of Stars on Tsim Sh Tsui Promenade.  Just a couple blocks inland from the waterfront is Chungking Mansions, which is the heart of non financial trade and cultural diversity in Hong Kong.  Low cost guest housing, inexpensive restaurants, currency traders, computers and cell phone stores make Chungking Mansions an exotic adventure.

  • Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck - on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) with great views of Victoria Harbour and the Symphony of Lights.

  • Temple Street Night Market - anything and everything, in Kowloon.  Kowloon is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Fortune telling is very popular here at night.

  • Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street in the busy Mong Kok area.

  • Hong Kong Museum of History

Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong, China

Nan Lian Garden, © Can Stock Photo / rabbit75can

Things to see and do near Hong Kong:

  • Lantau Isalnd - The Tian Tan Buddha is a 34 metre high gigantic bronze Buddha with more than 250 steps to reach it.  Nearby, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path with carved wooden statues.  Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung near the airport to visit Ngong Ping 360 amusement park which includes Ngong Ping Village, Monkey's Tale Theatre, Walking with Buddha, a restaurant and a teahouse.  Ngong Ping 360 is beside the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.  Back at the water, take a boat excursion to look for pink dolphins near Lantau Island.  

  • Hong Kong Heritage Museum - just north of the central portion of Kowloon.

  • Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery

  • Hong Kong Wetland Park

  • Travel by Turbojet ferry an hour to Macau, the Monte Carlo of the Orient.  Casinos in Macau produce more revenue than Las Vegas.  Ferries run every few minutes, day and night.

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, © Can Stock Photo / rabbit75can

Savor the tastes of Hong Kong:

  • Dim sum - small portions of a variety of dishes such as dumplings and pork buns.  It's the specialty of Hong Kong. 

  • City Hall Maxim's Palace is likely the most popular dim sum location.

  • Lin Heung Tea House - dim sum served in an authentic and non-English speaking environment, on Hong Kong Island.

  • Tim Ho Wan, the dim sum specialist, with reasonable prices, in Kowloon.

  • Try a street vendor, known as Dai Pai Dong, for an inexpensive meal.

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Take That Vacation Recommendations for Hong Kong:

Hong Kong International Airport - (HKG) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.

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