Hong Kong is just one of those places that you have got to do! Its perfect for families, honeymooners, couples and backpackers. It offers the most luxurious hotels to the cheapest basic hostels to lay your head for the night. It can be enjoyed as a one center destination or use it as an excellent stopover en route to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and even Thailand.
There is so much to do on holiday in Hong Kong that its hard to tell you where to start and how to plan your holiday. It is a shoppers paradise, a family’s dream for entertainment and a couples choice for sophisticated dining and evening entertainment. At go easy travel we can offer you a tailor-made itinerary for Hong Kong as a twin center or a single center holiday, complete our Honeymoon Holiday Planner for your personalised travel guide.
Hong Kong was until 1997 under British rule and the colonial feel can still be found in some areas, although now under Chinas rule. It is situated south of China and consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories and over 260 offshore islands, one of which is Lantau Island the home of Disney Land Hong Kong and the International Airport.
The official language is Chinese and English and has a population of over 7 million.
City Break Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a subtropical destination with hot, humid summers with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Typhoons can are common in the summer months. The best time to visit Hong Kong is in the spring and autumn time in the months of November to March. Winters can be sunny but often have cloudy skies by the end of the day.
Things to do in Hong Kong
The airport itself is a hive of activity and entertainment with a 4D movie There is even a 9 hole golf course beside the airport that you can rent some clubs and play a round of golf. How cool is that for a stopover en-route to Australia.
Visit one of the only solid gold bathrooms at the 3 D gold jewelers in Kowloon. The bathroom is made out of 24-carat gold but you would not really want to use it due to the number of other visitors taking pictures!
Hopewell center is worth a visit to ride up in the glass elevator 40 floors to the top where the Chinese restaurant provides amazing views of the city. For other views take a trip up to Victoria Peak or the Big Buddha on the hillside of Lantau Island.
If clothes are your thing then you need to visit one of the many tailors to have a suit made in 24 hours. Try one of the very famous Hong Kong tailors such as Sam Tailor in Kowloon in the Burlington Arcade just off Nathan Road.
If you are down the harbour at Kowloon then make sure you are there at around 8pm of an evening and enjoy the symphony of lights on the waterfront. Take a stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and stop of at Aqua Spirit for cocktails and excellent food with a Japanese and Italian fusion.
If you are looking for a lively night with cheaper beer and food then head down to Knutsford terrace or Ashley Road for Pizza, Chinese, Indian and Steak houses. For girlie bars and more budget restaurants and Irish pubs head out to wanchais lockhart road.
For a day trip out of the city head out to Stanley Main Beach for a day sunbathing and enjoy the local market and a pub lunch on the waterfront.
Honeymoons Hong Kong
If you fancy a different type of honeymoon from the normal beach option then Hong Kong is an excellent destination to consider. Whatever time of year there is something to do and see as well as many restaurants and bars to stop off and relax, enjoy a sundowner watching the sunset over the harbour at Kowloon.
The shopping is excellent with a choice of discounted electrical goods to the latest copies of designer handbags and clothes. If theme parks are your choice then Disneyland Hong Kong is worth a visit as well as Ocean Theme park. Twin Hong Kong with Thailand and add a beach stay on at the end to put your feet up and relax after all that shopping and partying.
How to get to Hong Kong
Flights fly daily from London offering flights with several airlines direct and indirect. Flying time from London is just over 12 hours and no visas are required for UK visitors. On arrival at the airport, there are several means of transport available including taxis from 300HK dollars or the airport express train for $100 dollars each way. Once in the city make use of the trams, MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and the star Ferry to cross from Hong Kong island to Kowloon at a cost of $2.50 dollars.
Whats New in Hong Kong?
2013 sees the arrival of a new cruise terminal in Kowloon where the old Kai Tak airport used to be situated.
Essential Facts on Hong Kong
Capital City Hong Kong
Currency Hong Kong Dollar
Flight Time Average from London 12 hours
Time Difference GMT +8 hours
For more information browse the official website for the Hong Kong Tourist Board
Visa requirements No visa required for UK passport holders