Hong Kong Travel PlanThere is a lot to see in Hong Kong, and your travel plan depends on how much time you have. Even if you are on your way to another destination, and have only a few hours (or overnight), you can see a lot and enjoy this special place.
Honk Kong is a perfect stopover city!
This travel information will help you plan your trip to Hong Kong, whether you have a few hours or a few days to spend.
On this page you will find general description and travel tips. For detailed information about the different parts of Hong Kong, places of interest, where to go and what to see, check the other travel destination pages using the menu on the left.
Hong Kong is geographically divided into two main areas -
1. On a peninsula of Chinese mainland: Kowloon and the New Territories.
2. Hong Kong Island and the Outlying Islands.
- Kowloon - Kowloon is the southern tip of the peninsula that faces HK island. It is very popular among tourists as well as the local residents, and has many shops, bars and hotels. Besides the shopping centers, there are also a few temples and museums.
- Hong Kong Island - This busy commercial and financial centre in Hong Kong Island includes beautiful skyscrapers, headquarters of many Asian and Western companies, as well as shops, bars and a few museums, sights and beaches.
- Lantau Island -
The biggest of the Outlying Islands (the 235 islands around HK).
In Lantau island you will find many tourist attractions like the giant Buddha, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tai O (a characteristic fishing village built on stilts).
Hong Kong International Airport is located on the north west part of the island.
- New Territories -
This is the northern part of HK, and part of the mainland.
Usually travellers just pass the New Territories on the way to China, but if you have time you can spend here a few days and explore some interesting small villages.
- Macau -
Macau is a former colony of Portugal, known as "Las Vegas of the Far East". Many tourists that
want to spend some time (and money) at a Casino, take a one-hour ride to Macau.
Macau is also special for the interesting combination of Latin and Chinese cultures.
Getting to Hong KongYou will probably arrive to HK by air. The other option is to cross the Chinese border and travel south via the New Territories.
AirportHong Kong International Airport (HKG) is one of the biggest and best airports in the world.
Be sure to be there on time, the airport is big and it may take you up to 25 minutes to get from the check in area to your gate!
Getting from Hong Kong airport to KowloonThe fastest and easiest way is to take the Airport express service, which is part of the great Hong Kong subway system. It costs 160 HK$ round trip (cheaper than two one-way tickets, 90 HK$ each) and takes 25 minutes from the airport to Kowloon.
Hotels in Hong KongYou can find here all kinds of hotels, from cheap and simple rooms to expensive hotels.
In the travel destination pages you will find Hong Kong hotel reviews.
I advise to book the hotel in advance, but if for some reason you don't have a place to sleep, stop at the tourist stand at the airport, where they have a lot of useful imformation for tourisrs, and can help with hotel reservations.
Hong Kong Travel TipsFor travel tips, where to go and what to see in each area, check the travel destination pages.
General travel tips follows.
VisaCitizens of most countries don't need a visa when traveling to HK (up to 14/30/90 days, depending on the country).
If you intend to continue to China then you will most likely need a visa, which can be obtained in HK or Macau. Most of the travel agencies in HK provide this service for a small fee.
Check this government immigration website for more information about Hong Kong visa, to be sure if you need a tourist visa for your travel.
TransportationThe great HK public transport system includes subways, ferries, buses and taxis:
- Ferry - The Star Ferry connects Kowloon to HK island and a few other islands.
- Subway/metro - Called in short MTR (Mass Transit Railway), is a fast, efficient and comfortable way to get around Hong Kong island, Kowloon and Lantau. There are also lines that go all the way up to the New Territories. Check the Hong Kong MTR map for more details on routes, timetables and prices.
CostAll values in this travel guide are in HK Dollars, where HK$1 = US$0.6 or HK$100 = US$12.8 (January 2008)
FoodHong Kong is a culinary heaven for sea food. You can find here any imaginable sea food, whether it is in one of the many restaurants or at a market.
My advise is not to eat on the street, especially if you are not used to this kind of food.
WeatherThe weather here can be simply described as hot and humid. If you are lucky, it will not rain. Check this website for updated Hong Kong weather Forecast
Air PollutionIt addition to the humidity, the air is not so clean, and visibility is usually not good.
If your pictures don't come out perfect, you can always blame it on the poor visibility..
Travel InsuranceBe prepared with a good travel insurance is always a good practice, and Hong Kong is no exception.
Personal SafetyHong Kong is a safe place to travel, but like in any other place in the world, use your common sense, don't walk alone at night in dark isolated places.
I felt comfortable enough to walk around anywhere at any hour of the day.