Known as “The Fragrant Harbour,” Hong Kong is waiting for a good sniff—and you should probably include your other senses, too. Located just south of China’s mainland province Guangdong, Hong Kong is like a good date—interesting, fun and smart, with an air of mystery. It’s easy on the eyes, too. Just look at the colourful skyline and delicious bay views! If you’re taking a quick getaway to this city-state in the South China Sea, get ready to hike, browse, shop, sunbathe and eat as much dim sum as you can get your hands on.
Hong Kong is made up of a mainland bordering China, a central island and several smaller islands and islets. So, if you want to book waterfront accommodation in Hong Kong, you’re in luck. There’s plenty. You’ll also be able to find nice digs further inland, and you can make this holiday a whirlwind tour and book hotels in China, too.
Things to Do in Hong Kong
If you want to start with an overview of the city, take a hike, mate—up to Victoria Peak. Sure, it involves a bit of exercise, but sometimes you have to work for it. And, gosh, it’s pretty. In the nearby Mid-Levels neighbourhood, you can take a break from the urban jungle and get to know your inner flower child at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. For a closer look at the country’s heritage, visit Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. If one enormous Buddha won’t do, see how high you can count at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery near the banks of the Shing Mun River. Finish out the arvo with a trip to Hong Kong Museum of History, located east of Kowloon Park, and tuck in with a high tea service. When night falls, you could turn in early and get a good night’s sleep in one of the top hotels in Hong Kong. Or you could stop by your room for a quick change and head to the north side of the harbour to get your shopping on at the Temple Street Market. Night bazaars are a great place to stuff your face with local treats and to make new friends for going dancing later. Win-win, right?
Getting To & Around Hong Kong
Touch down at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), north of Lantau Island. Public transportation in Hong Kong is top-notch and it’s busy, so get ready to get around town underground, street-side or floating across the bay by ferry. If you’re in holiday mode and can’t be bothered to make transit connections, hail a taxi for easy access to nearby Hong Kong hotels.
Best Times to Visit Hong Kong
Temperatures vary throughout the year, but they are never extreme, so you can still hike, shop, sample and explore year-round. October through May offer very mild weather, and play host to events like Hong Kong WinterFest, Chinese New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival. We’re into that.
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