Capital City: Hong Kong
Official Language: Cantonese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
Welcome to the city that never sleeps!
Steaming with energy, there’s good reason behind the notion that Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most loved cities. The sheer magnitude of city life with the skyscrapers and entertainment complexes seamlessly blends in with the breathtaking natural surroundings with its towering hills and indigenous fauna and flora. From the crowded waterfront and the dim sum restaurants to the incense-smoked temples and the renowned tea houses, the streets markets to the old-world hotels and the showdown of splendorous natural landscapes, Hong Kong is a destination as unique as its sights. Situated just off China’s southwest coast, Hong Kong is where the East truly meets up with the West, with tangible traces of British influence found in everything from architecture to the horse racing sport. The heartbeat of the city is undoubtedly Honk Kong Island, renowned for its malls and towering buildings, but beyond that, there are also the wet markets and the traditional Chinese lifestyle to explore. Hong Kong is not just all about the city. On offer here are exploration opportunities in abundance at sites such as mountain ranges, volcanic landscapes, woodlands, small islands, marine parks and pristine beaches all waiting to be uncovered.
Must see places in Hong Kong
To get a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong, head out to Victoria Peak. Start your journey from the Peak Tram at Garden Road to ensure the most scenic route there. The Peak has the renowned 7 story Peak Tower at the top that makes for one of the best lookout points.
Kowloon Walled City Park
Developed in the site of an old fort, the park was built by the Chinese after the British invaded Hong Kong, but the fort did not surrender when Kowloon became British territory. The fort remained semi-autonomous until the Japanese tore down the walls during WWII. Today you can visit the museum here and look at photos of what the fort used to look like in its glory days.
For a truly breathtaking view, stroll down the Dragon’s Back on the south of the island. The trail will take about 2 hours and really isn’t hard to do. Once you’re done make sure to stop by Shek O Village for tantalizing food offerings.
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo is one of Hong Kong’s oldest Chinese temples and was built to honor the gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo). It’s filled with the smell of incense and the bric-a-brac shops and street markets on the outside of the temple walls.
A short trip out to the outlying island of Honk Kong allows travelers to explore the quaint pathways and the amazing seafood dishes on offer at Sok Kwu Wan. The waters of the beaches really aren’t ideal for swimming because the ocean is polluted.
This is one of the world’s most densely populated urban areas, which means this is a destination you’ll head to if you’re a lover of crowds. The Goldfish Market is well known for its exotic fish and amphibians up for sale and the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is where locals head to purchase bamboo birdcages and songbirds. Mong Kok is ideal for delving into the daily cultural lifestyles of the locals.
For a great day out relaxing on the beach, head over to Hong Kong’s most popular beach. If you don’t want to mingle with the weekend crowds, you can head out to Middle Bay and South Bay. Nearby you can also find the Tin Hau Temple overlooking Repulse Bay.
St John’s Cathedral
Known as the oldest Christian church in the Far East, St John’s Cathedral offers visitors a glimpse into Hong Kong’s colonial past.
Chin Lin Nursery
This modern complex is renowned for its Tang Dynasty style architecture and is also within walking distance of the Nan Lian Gardens. Nearby you’ll also find Hong Kong’s only historic pagoda, the Tsui Shing Lau Pagoda, which lies in the Yuen Lang district and was built in 1486.
Things to do in Hong Kong
Explore the Wong Tai Sin Temple
With ornate decorations, the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon combines Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist traditions. The stunning red pillars, golden ceiling and latticework décor come together to make for one spectacular sight that attracts nearly 3 million visitors per year.
Have a fun day out at Disneyland Hong Kong
Located on Lantau Island, Disneyland Hong Kong is a great destination for families and the young at heart. Explore the park by the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad and get your thrill on with the Jungle River Cruise of Adventureland or the rollercoasters in Tomorrowland.
Discover the Sai Kung Country Parks
The New Territories with their Sai Kung parks in the East and West is where you can see the macaque monkeys, wild boar, civet cats, barking deer and the Chinese pangolin in their natural habitat. Once you’re done trailing through the parks, you can head over to Sai Kung Town to taste the divine seafood on offer.
Dive into Ocean Park
For the opportunity to see the stunning marine and other animal life, head on over to Ocean Park for a day of exploring. Some of the top attractions include the Grand Aquarium and the Ocean Theatre. Then there are also the Giant Panda Adventures and the Panda Village to be discovered. The park is loaded with rides, shops, attractions and restaurants that make it one great destination for families.
Climb aboard the Ngong Ping 360
Take a trip on the Ngng Ping 360, a 5.7 km long cable car ride, found on Lantau Island. From here you’ll get the best view over North Lantau Country Park, Tung Ching Bay and the Tian Tan giant Buddha statue. Nearby there’s also a small theme park, Ngong Ping Village, that offers the Walking with Buddha tour, the Monkey’s Tale Theatre, the Ngong Ping Tea House and restaurants to satisfy the young and old.
Relax at Hong Kong Park
For a break from the busy city life, the Hong Kong Park offers a great escape with its green spaces, the aviary, the fountains, a restaurants and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Center.
Best time to visit Hong Kong
Tourists visit Hong Kong in Spring and Autumn
With 4 seasons and a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s weather is influenced by the two monsoons: the North-Northeast monsoon from October to March and the South-Southwest monsoon from April to September. The South-Southwest monsoon sees hotter and more humid temperatures and it’s also the wettest time of the year. The best time to visit would be the periods between the monsoons, so the months of March and April and the months of October and November. These times see the lowest humidity levels, clearer skies and mild temperatures.
Did you know?
Best known for being the world’s most vertical city with the most light shows, Hong Kong is the true Easterly Western destination.
- Cha Siu Bao is barbequed pork bun
- Har gau are steamed shrimp dumplings
- Shiu Mai is a savory snack consisting of steamed and minced pork with shrimp
- Pecking Duck
- Barbequed meat
- Zhian Jing is rice wine that is served hot
- Make sure you have the address of where you’re staying written down in Chinese too and not just in English so you can get to your destination with ease and speed
- Speaking loudly and laughing in public is considered rude here, public displays of affection is also frowned upon in Hong Kong