With one of the most iconic skylines on Earth, competition is fierce for Hong Kong's most sweeping vistas; but our favourite viewpoint is Victoria Peak, looking down on clusters of shooting skyscrapers towering over the harbour. We love the spine-tingling view of the city at night, when soaring black silhouettes glitter with lights, and the water's edge glows a warm gold. Restlessly romantic, this is the image of Hong Kong we have burned on our minds.
Great prices, endless choice and bargaining power are what Hong Kong shopping is all about. Whether you are staying on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, you're never far from a chance to splash some cash. Head to Stanley Market to pick up local handicrafts and paintings, visit Nathan Road for everything from touristy souvenirs to high end goods, try Chungking Mansions for the best bargains, and don't miss Temple Street Night Market for the lively experience.
With an eye-popping 11,000 restaurants, holidays in Hong Kong are guaranteed to loosen your belt a notch or two. Whether you choose a steamy noodle shop, a tempting buffet restaurant or a five-star dining room, you don't have to spend a lot of money to eat really, really well. From Cantonese to Sichuan, every region of Chinese cuisine is here, as well as Italian, Indian, French, American, Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, vegetarian, and East-meets-West fusion cuisine.
Far more than just a way of getting from a to b, the ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island is a tourist attraction in itself. These green and white boats have been around since the 1920s, offering sweeping panoramas of both islands' waterfronts and skylines from their decks. It only takes five minutes, but this trip through one of the world's busiest harbours is one you will never forget.
This must-see Hong Kong attraction used to host statues of British royalty, now it is home to a dazzling cluster of soaring buildings. Gaze up at the Norman Foster-designed HSBC headquarters, featured on Hong Kong Dollar notes; the Bank of China Tower, where you can take in the view from the 43rd of its 72 floors; colonial leftover St John's Cathedral, dwarfed in comparison; the Legislative Council Building, which houses Hong Kong's assembly; and the 88-storey International Finance Centre, with its Four Seasons hotel, shopping mall, cinema, restaurants, and bars.
Making himself comfortable at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, this is the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. Symbolising the relationship between man and nature, people and religion, it is well worth climbing the 268 steps to reach this 34-metre-high cross-legged giant. Reached by boat or cable car, the trip to the island is just as breathtaking, with gorgeous views of high peaks and sparkling water.
There are a number of carriers flying from the UK to Hong Kong.
Direct Carriers: Cathay Pacific offers up to 4 direct flights a day to Chek Lap Kok Airport. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Quantas also offer direct flights. The average flight time is just under 12 hours.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Hong Kong via Dubai from 6 UK airports, while KLM operate via Amsterdam.
None for British citizens
The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the legal tender and is pegged to the US Dollar.
June - August
Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended
We recommend you check the weather before you go and pack accordingly. Make sure you leave room for new purchases, especially bargains found in the many markets. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city are an absolute must and possibly a small umbrella for the odd surprise shower in the spring and summer. If you're visiting people, then you might want to pack some small gifts which will be well-received as gift giving is part of Hong Kong culture.
When it comes to etiquette, try to keep the following in mind: