Hong Kong Travel Guide


Visit Hong Kong

The modern, gleaming edifice that is Hong Kong – home to seven million people – is a mecca for tourists and business travelers alike. Its 400-plus square miles are a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China and visitors will delight at seeing Chinese traditions in a space age economic environment.

The coastal city teems with outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking to sailing, plus it has rightly been called “shopper heaven”; the city also styles itself as an entertainment hub, borne out by all those Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies, while its sophisticated and lively nightlife scene is second to none.

Flights to Hong Kong

Flying to Hong Kong is easy, and it goes without saying that finding relatively cheap flights to Hong Kong is not difficult either.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): This facility, which routinely makes the “world’s best airport” lists, is a hub for award winning Cathay Pacific Airlines and is also served by United, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and many other carriers. Airport amenities include movies, a golf course and even a cockpit simulator visitors can try.

Attractions in Hong Kong

There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong that we can’t begin to show all the highlights so take the list below as a sampling, and see the links that follow for more.

The Peak – First, a thrilling tram ride that climbs 1,200 feet – then, “The Peak” featuring gorgeous visitas of Victoria Harbor, a forest of skyscrapers and arresting hillsides. Take a nature walk above Hong Kong then dine atop the Peak Tower. Don’t forget your camera.

The Jade Market – Take home a piece of Chinese tradition from this storied jade marketplace featuring 400 stalls filled with the lustrous green stone. Choose from bracelets, earrings, necklaces, figurines and more.

Symphony of Lights – 40 buildings take part in this spectacular light show that features music, color, and lively narration; watch from a cruise or see it from the waterfront, every night of the week.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail – Walk along this ancient trail to explore Hong Kong as it was hundreds of years ago; a highlight of the tour is a 15th century pagoda, the oldest in the region.

Shopping and Restaurants in Hong Kong

Dining: This cosmopolitan city features cuisine from every corner of the globe; discover Hong Kong’s SoHo (South of Hollywood Road) where you’ll find everything from New Orleans-style cooking to Nepalese and Mexican specialties, and do not miss the dim sum.

Shopping: Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise featuring silks, pearls, and international designers; try the famous Stanley Market where you can haggle over goods from name brand clothing to amusing souvenirs.

Smart Tip

See the U.S. State Department’s “country specific information” section for Hong Kong, where you’ll find embassy contacts and visa/passport requirements, plus information on traffic, and other practical concerns. The comprehensive guide is available at Travel.State.Gov.

More Information on Hong Kong

Get all the details on tourists’ Hong Kong favorites as well as a look at more obscure gems on these websites, which also include handy tips for travelers.

Discover Hong Kong: This official site of the Hong Kong Tourism Board offers an extensive list of attractions, places to dine, events and festivals and it also allows you to book recommended accommodations right from the site. It also offers the latest on WiFi hot spots, weather and transportation options.

Visit Hong Kong – Excellent visitor information on upcoming events, plus great tips for travelers on what to wear and how to get around.

Hong Kong Tourism Commission – Learn about sightseeing favorites like the Giant Buddha, maritime museums and Hong Kong Disneyland.



Author:

Published: August 27, 2010