Hong Kong Travel Guides

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong has a rich history that goes back centuries, with evidence of human habitation as early as the Stone Age. Hong Kong became a British colony in 1898, with a 99-year lease that ended when Great Britain transferred sovereignty back to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. China gave Hong Kong its current status as a special administrative region, and the city is renowned as a major finance center with the most skyscrapers in the world, the naturally formed Victoria Harbour and a highly developed public transportation system.

Where to Stay

Hotels in Hong Kong are plentiful and run the gamut in both style and affordability. The city is relatively compact with efficient public transportation, so you’ll be able to access its many landmarks no matter where you stay. For most travelers, the biggest issue is choosing between central Hong Kong, which has been compared to Manhattan’s fast-paced Financial District, and Kowloon, an urban area considered more authentically Chinese. If you don’t want to stay in central Hong Kong, you may consider Sheung Wan, which is about 15 minutes northwest of central and offers more hotels for the budget-minded. Kowloon is home to the Tsim Sha Tsui district, which is close to Victoria Harbour and has many well-known "name" hotels. Mong Kok is a good spot for private home rentals in a residential area, but it also has an exciting and colorful maze of street vendors and restaurants.

Airports

Located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, the two-terminal Hong Kong International Airport is considered the gateway to China. The airport has a shopping mall with a variety of stores and restaurants, and it offers secondary transportation, including buses to and from mainland China and a ferry transfer system that serves nine ports. For travelers requiring more specialized flights, there are multiple helicopter services available in Hong Kong, with heliports located atop many major hotels.

Top Things to Do

The Hong Kong skyline is a must-see for vacationers and business travelers alike, with bustling daytime views of outstanding architecture and glorious evening lights showcasing the numerous skyscrapers. Take a sunset cruise of Victoria Harbour, stroll the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and visit sacred sites such as the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and Wong Tai Sin Temple. If shopping is your thing, don’t miss out on the world-class IFC Mall. When it comes to good eats, there are dining choices aplenty with pub crawls, restaurant tours and an abundance of street food.

Weather/Seasonal Information

Hong Kong’s weather is temperate for about six months out of the year, with the best weather and most sunshine coming in November and December. Summers are hot, with average temperatures in the 80s, and the very wet rainy season runs from spring to fall, peaking in August.

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