Hong Kong

A vibrant world-class metropolis pulsating with culture, surrounded by nature

Following the 1841 Opium War, Hong Kong was handed over to British traders by a Chinese Emperor. After British colonial rule ended on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, operating under China’s ‘One country, Two systems’ constitutional principle. From humble fishing village origins, Hong Kong dazzles as one of the world’s greatest metropolises, an Asian financial powerhouse and leading tourist destination. This dynamic city is beloved by millions of visitors for its world-class shopping, nightlife, cuisine and fast-paced energy. Located on China’s south-eastern fringes, it also offers easy access to the Mainland and a fascinating introduction to Oriental culture.

Hong Kong SAR incorporates three key administrative areas. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are bounded by magnificent Victoria Harbour, the city’s beating heart and crucial element in the city’s fabled history. The respective northern and southern shores form Hong Kong’s main urban core and most densely populated districts, where many tourist attractions are concentrated. Beyond, the New Territories encompass mountainous hinterland and 260 outlying islands. The ultimate urban destination boasting the world’s largest tally of skyscrapers, three-quarters of the SAR’s territory however is countryside, presenting a dramatic contrast of vistas rarely matched within such a compact area.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

  • With an infectious dynamism, premium attractions and legendary shopping and cuisine, an exciting city experience that never fails to wow
  • An exceptional visitor-friendly destination, boasting one of the world’s smoothest infrastructure systems making it easy to get around
  • Fascinating contrasts encompass a rich blend of Chinese traditions and British colonial heritage with high-tech modernity and futuristic architecture
  • Around 40 percent of Hong Kong is reserved for nature conservation and recreation, including 24 country parks, providing a sprawling urban escape
Country Facts
Capital City Hong Kong
Time Zone UTC +8
International Dial Code + 852
Currency Hong Kong Dollar
Population 7.3 million (2017)
Religion Buddhism, Taoism
Within Easy Reach Of...
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island is the world's third-busiest passenger airport connecting over 220 destinations worldwide by over 120 airlines. HKIA is an important passenger hub and gateway for Mainland China (45 destinations) and elsewhere in Asia.
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Singapore 3hrs 50min
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When To Go

Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
Qing Ming Festival
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
Buddha's Birthday
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
Dragon Boat Racing Festival
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
Mid-Autumn Festival
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Festivals
National Day of the People's Republic of China
Chung Yeung Festival
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.
Weather Summary
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. Rainfall is most likely during the hot, humid summers (late May to mid-September) with temperatures ranging between 26℃ to 31℃. The wettest months are June, July and August, the low travel season. Winters (mid-December to late February) are relatively cool, dry and mild, where temperatures can drop below 10℃. The most popular times to visit are spring (March to mid-May) with warm, mild temperatures and occasional rain and autumn (late September to early December), which is generally dry and sunny.

Suggested Hong Kong Itineraries

Explore our Hong Kong sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.

Three Memorable Days in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula & Lantau Island)

On this non-stop four-day adventure, we introduce you to Hong Kong’s most enthralling highlights, from scenic mountains to pulsating urban landscapes, where ancient Chinese customs thrive beside the latest contemporary marvels.

Flavours of Hong Kong & Northern Thailand

Hong Kong – Chiang Mai

Delve into the mouth-watering flavours, distinctive traditions and authentic tastes of two of the planet’s hottest culinary epicentres, Hong Kong and Chiang Mai and be expertly guided by regional food authorities and local chefs.

Discovering the Art of Hong Kong & Hanoi

Hong Kong – Hanoi

Amid two of Asia’s leading artistic epicentres, gain insider knowledge of Hong Kong’s prolific art scene and northern Vietnam’s centuries-old arts and crafts heritage from skilled artisans and authoritative art experts.

Hong Kong Tailored Experiences

Select from our exciting range of handcrafted tailored experiences to include in your customised journey.

  • Romantic Dinner Cruise by Private Yacht

    Hong Kong Island

    For the ultimate in fine-dining and romance, while in Hong Kong, whisk your beloved away on a private three-hour dinner cruise. From the pier at Aberdeen, embark on your very own luxury yacht, booked exclusively for the two of you and cruise along Hong Kong’s southern shoreline. While a four-course dinner is being prepared by onboard chefs, relax together on the front deck with a glass of wine or Champagne in hand, enjoying magnificent views in complete privacy. Your private yacht will sail to either Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay or Stanley, whereupon an exquisite candle-lit dinner will be served out on deck. Moored close enough to Hong Kong’s glittering skyline, but removed  from the city bustle, savour the tranquility of the open sea and one of the most romantic nights imaginable.

    Duration: 4.5 hrs

  • Experience the Ancient Traditions of Chinese Medicine

    Hong Kong Island

    Boasting a rich legacy dating back to ancient China, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) evolved as a holistic form of alternative medicine. Nowadays, TCM is still widely practiced for general health and wellbeing. While in Hong Kong, don’t miss this opportunity to unravel the mysteries of TCM and experience an important element in Chinese culture. We visit an old-school TCM clinic, discovering complex medicinal herbs and powerful natural concoctions stored in the apothecary cabinets. Learn about the therapeutic properties and medicinal uses of various aromatic roots and herbs and the history behind TCM.  Afterwards, take a private consultation with Dr. Guo Yue Feng, a qualified TCM practitioner with over 30 years of experience.

    Duration: 1.5 hrs

  • Authentic Street Food Tour by Night

    Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Discover Hong Kong’s world-famous culinary scene at night, guided by a local foodie expert. Explore Kowloon’s vibrant streets of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei on foot. Steeped in old-school Chinese ambiance, both neighbourhoods present a distinctly local flavour and some of Hong Kong’s finest street food options. At five typically local-style eateries, sample four astounding courses. Our culinary guide will happily share the secrets behind each street food dish, besides the renowned local food culture. This night-time tour is a marvellous opportunity to experience two of Hong Kong’s oldest, most authentic, while eating “like the locals”. There’s ample time to visit nearby Temple Street Night Market, the largest and best-known of Hong Kong’s enthralling street markets.

    Duration: 5 hrs

  • Exclusive Soho Art Gallery Tour  

    Hong Kong Island

    Hong Kong boasts some of Asia’s finest independent and international galleries, besides a thriving local art scene. For an insider’s guide to Hong Kong’s prestigious art gallery world, head to stylish Soho, where art and business collide. This upscale neighbourhood is the address to some of the city’s premier galleries. Take an exclusive guided tour through the latest exhibitions of five contemporary art galleries in Soho, hand-selected for their diversity. Accompanied by art experts, admire the broad range of mediums and styles exhibited, from sculptures and traditional paintings to modern installations. These are mainly the works of artists from Hong Kong and the Greater China region. Beyond the art exhibits, delve into the stories behind the curators and the history and vision of these prolific galleries.  

    Duration: 3 hrs

Key Cities In Hong Kong

Learn more about the unique character and attractions of the cities that make up this diverse country.

Hotels We Recommend

Explore a selection of our hotel offerings to complete your customised journey. The number of hotels and resorts are extensive and varied. Please contact us for more accommodation options.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

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