Hong Kong is a compact city of great contrasts. Boasting two distinct personalities – Cantonese Chinese and contemporary ex-British influenced – the Special Administrative Region witnesses the East meet the West with confident cohesion.
Centuries-old alleys house the world’s biggest fashion and culinary names; shiny new high-rises cast reflections over tranquil Buddhist temples; while neon signs blink brightly above humble noodles canteens.
A series of islands located in the expanses of the South China Sea, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most important financial hubs, and an aggressor of change and progression.
Hong Kong Information
Population: Approx. 7,500,000
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
Currency Exchange: Purchase your HKD and travellers’ cheques before you leave Australia.
Hong Kong Climate
Hong Kong has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, which falls just short of tropical. Winter temperatures generally sit between 15°C and 20°C, dipping below 10°C with monsoonal cold fronts. Summer is hot, humid and unpredictable. Temperatures usually exceed 30°C during the day and average a minimum of 26°C at night. Autumn is considered the city-state’s most pleasant season, with temperatures of 20°C to 27°C, lower humidity, and more sunshine.
Hong Kong Airport
Name: Hong Kong International Airport
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Buses: Hong Kong International Airport is served by public bus routes, taking passengers to and from most parts of Hong Kong.
Train: The Airport Express takes passengers to Central in under 30 minutes – departing every 10 minutes from 5:54am to 11:28pm.
Taxi: A taxi can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxis are colour-coded according to their operating areas. Urban taxis are red, New Territories taxis are Green, and Lantau taxis are blue.
5 Star Property
Boasting 5-star luxury, in the “heart of the city” (Hong Kong Island’s Wanchai district) Grand Hyatt Hong Kong offers stunning views of the famous Victoria Harbour, just a short drive away from Central and Causeway Bay.
5 Star Property
The extravagant and luxurious Kowloon Shangri-La sits in the famous shopping and entertainment district of Tsim Sha Tsui East, and enjoys spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
4.5 Star Property
Lanson Place Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel situated in Causeway Bay. Exuding elegance and style, the hotel is within a kilometre from major attractions like Hong Kong Stadium and Happy Valley Horse Racing Track.
4 Star Property
Set in the heart of Kowloon's entertainment and business district on Chatham Road, Park Hotel within easy reach to local attractions such as Reunification Monument, International Commerce Centre Hong Kong and Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture.
3.5 Star Property
Mingle On The Wing Hotel is located on Wing Lok Street, a famous seafood street of old Hong Kong, and is in close proximity to the Clock Tower and Reunification Monument, famous tourist spots of the city.
A cosmopolitan city at the forefront of innovation, Hong Kong hosts a vibrant and exciting dining scene. Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, the Special Administrative Region boasts more than 11,000 restaurants, representing influences from all over the globe.
Adhering to the general rule of thumb when dining in Asia, visitors should never judge a book by its cover – some of Hong Kong’s most unassuming eateries often serve up its most impressive dishes.
Abuzz with activity, Hong Kong Island offers a multi-faceted dining ambience. Preeminent shopping district Causeway Bay is known for local snack foods; areas like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo attract the young and trendy with a generous mix of award-winning restaurants and popular bars; while the charming picturesque village of Stanley fosters romantic dining settings with stunning ocean views.
A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without crossing Victoria Harbor to Kowloon – a great vantage point from which to watch the city-state’s nightly light show. Attached to maintain China, Kowloon (in particular Kowloon City) is a great locale to sample affordable and authentic Asian dishes. Home to culinary innovation Kowloon’s most dynamic district, Tsim Sha Tsui hosts some of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed restaurants (and hotels) set against the backdrop of the harbour.
Located on the Kowloon side of the narrow eastern entrance to Hong Kong Harbour, the small fishing village of Lei Yue Mun is Hong Kong’s most famous seafood haunt. The village’s busy street bustle with seafood aficionados, looking to satisfy their appetites with dishes like steamed shrimp, clams with black bean sauce and deep-fried squid.
While Hong Kong’s dining scene embraces dishes and culinary tradition from all over the world, the city-state is renowned as the world's epicentre for dim sum. Steaming bamboo baskets of dumplings, buns, and pastries, dim sum can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner as served by countless eateries throughout the city-state.
Teeming, progressive and a global financial player, Hong Kong is touted to be one of the world’s best shopping destinations. The compact and vertical city-state offers endless opportunities to indulge in retail therapy, covering everything from the conventional to the unique.
Exuding distinct charm and drawcards, Hong Kong’s street markets are a great place to experience local cultures and lifestyles. The Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street in Kowloon is a go-to for women's bags, accessories and clothing. On the other hand, men’s fashions can be found in abundance at Temple Street Night Market – also in Kowloon.
Spilling with Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and bric-a-brac vendors, Stanley Market is a one-stop shopping spot for tourists. Jardine's Crescent is Causeway Bay’s most popular market; selling almost everything under the sun. While markets at Li Yuen Street east and west are must-visits for those looking for textiles and made-to-order garments.
Where markets highlight China’s influence on Hong Kong, over-the-top shopping malls clearly announce sway from the west. Causeway Bay is the city-state’s most renowned shopping area; attracting young and trendy shoppers with malls like Fashion Walk, Island Beverley, The Lee Gardens, Lee Theatre Plaza, Times Square and World Trade Centre. Nearby the Central district houses a plethora of skyscrapers and shopping atriums – namely LANDMARK, The Galleria and the International Finance Centre (ifc mall) – which display international designer names and luxury brands.
Across the harbour on Kowloon, department stores and shopping centres vie with the factory outlets along Granville Road; Harbour City stands as the city’s largest and most famous entertainment complex; and Canton Road showcases the best in local and international designers.
Shopping in Hong Kong can be an overwhelming experience... Making it easy for visitors to find trusted shops and services, The Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme recognises merchants who meet specified standards and criteria. Approved merchants display a gold and black QTS sign in their shop windows.