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Hong Kong Hotels and Flights

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The city where East meets West

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. 

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Things to do in Hong Kong

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Highlights of Hong Kong

Retail Therapy

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.  


Dining Out

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.

Star Ferry

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.  

Statue Square

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.

Big Buddha

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.

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Flight Information

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.

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None for British citizens


The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the legal tender and is pegged to the US Dollar. 

How to get your currency

Currency can be exchanged for Hong Kong Dollars at any authorised money exchanger. Currency exchange counters are open from early until late at Hong Kong International Airport and many located in the city stay open into the evening. ATMs operate 24 hours and can are widespread.  


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It isn't essential to tip everywhere in Hong Kong.   You can round the fare up for taxi drivers or give them an extra couple of dollars. For hotel staff tip around HK$10-20. Most hotels and many restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. 



Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended

What to pack

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.  

A camera for snapping all those incredible sights;


jumpers and jackets in winter;

A waterproof jacket;


lightweight clothing in summer;

Comfortable walking shoes for exploring;

An electrical adapter (the power supply in China is 220 volts at 50 hertz).

Hong Kong Specialities

A country as huge as China doesn’t have one national cuisine. Instead, styles vary by region with Cantonese (Guangdong) cooking most familiar to us in the UK. Northern cuisine, like Peking duck in Beijing, is filling and hearty. Southern, including Cantonese, is the most exotic, with varied dishes like dim sum and the use of unusual meats like dog, snake, and turtle. Eastern cuisine, including the food in Shanghai, is rich, sweet, and sour, with a lot of seafood. And western cuisine, including Sichuan, tends to be bold and spicy, with classic dishes like kung po chicken.

Peking Duck
Beijing’s most famous dish is glazed with syrup and slow roasted until it turns a glossy red-brown colour. The crispy skin is so good that authentic eateries dish up more skin than meat, sliced in front of you by the cook. Wrap your duck in a thin pancake, smother it with hoisin or sweet plum sauce and add cucumbers or onions.

Dim Sum
A religion in Hong Kong, dim sum consists of bite-sized portions, usually steamed, served in bamboo baskets and shared. There are thousands of dim sum delicacies available, including pork buns, spring rolls and shrimp dumplings. Going for dim sum is known as yum cha, translated as ‘to drink tea’, which is traditionally served with the meal (or vice versa).

Mongolian Hotpot
Like a Chinese version of fondue, Mongolian hotpot is a communal meal centred on a large pot of simmering broth, into which a variety of uncooked meats and vegetables are dipped, cooking them on the spot. Eaten for over a thousand years, it is believed to have all kinds of restorative effects on the body.    

Street Food

Street food might be a little less common than it used to be, but we still think the route to experiencing the real China is through your stomach. Follow your nose to back alleys and markets, letting your taste buds discover slippery dumplings, pan-fried noodles, stuffed rice balls, grilled kebabs, warm wonton soup, and tea eggs, hard-boiled in green tea and soy sauce. In Beijing, Wangfujing night market has all these delights, not to mention some more unusual and acquired tastes, like skewered scorpions. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh, and cooked right in front of you.

Follow clouds of steam to find these much-loved stuffed buns, crammed with an endless choice of different fillings. The steamed dough might be filled with beef with ginger, mushrooms and diced tofu, carrot and coriander, pork, or chicken. Buy a selection and tuck in before they get cold.

Jianbing Guozi
Found throughout China, watch street vendors make this crispy pancake by cooking the batter on a hot skillet, cracking an egg on top, scattering it with spring onion, and rolling it up crepe style for a tasty portable snack.

Shengjian Mantou
Known as Shengjianbao in the rest of the country, these more-ish fried buns are a Shanghai classic. Filled with pork and gelatine that forms a salty liquid inside the bun, they really do melt in your mouth. Garnished with spring onion and toasted sesame, they taste best just out of the pan, just be careful not to burn your tongue.   

Average Prices

Tourist hotspots like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong can be expensive but, as ever, it depends where you stay, where you eat and what you do.

On average, a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant could set you back 120 Yuan Renminbi, with a domestic beer about eight Yuan Renminbi. In the shops, a 1.5 litre bottle of water might cost around five Yuan Renminbi. And in Hong Kong, a three-course meal will cost you in the region of 300HKD



National Dress

People are style-conscious and dress well but modestly.Their taste in clothes comes from Japan more than the UK or USA and they tend to dress up for going out in the evenings.  


Customs & Traditions

When it comes to etiquette, try to keep the following in mind: 

  • It is polite to shake hands upon meeting and leaving and to ask after a person’s health or what they have been doing when you greet them.
  • Use family names and titles until invited to use their first names. Chinese names have two parts and the family name comes first.
  • Point with your hand open and not with your index finger and to beckon someone, extend hand with your palm down and make a scratching movement with your fingers.  
  • Your bill can be requested by making a writing motion.
  • It is not appropriate to hug, kiss or pat people on the back as the Hong Kong Chinese find this sort of body contact uncomfortable.
  • Winking is considered a rude gesture.  
  • Hong Kong Chinese like to ask personal questions.  
  • If you compliment someone, you will probably get a denial. If you are complimented, do not say thank you but politely deny it.  
  • Do not speak loudly.  
  • Foreigners are referred to as "Gweilo" (foreign devil) which is not meant in a personal or rude way.
  • The people here are very superstitious; so best not to mention failure, poverty or death as they can be offended.
  • Tea is the customary drink for all occasions and your cup will be continually refilled.  If you have finished, then leave your cup full.
  • At Chinese dinners, toasting is very important and if you are the guest of honour, you should smile and raise your glass and be sure to make eye contact.
  • It is considered bad manners for a guest to not continue eating as long as the plate is full and you should always leave some food on your plate after. If you empty your plate at each course, your host will carry on refilling your plate.  
  • Never rest your chopsticks in a bowl of rice, you should lay them on your chopstick rest or on the table.  
  • Bones and other meal debris are put on the table, so don’t be afraid of making a mess of tablecloths.  
  • It is considered perfectly acceptable and often complimentary to belch, slurp and make a lot of noise whilst dining.
  • It is a tradition and sign of respect and friendship to give gift. Chinese women don’t normally drink alcohol but it is perfectly fine for western women to have an alcoholic drink. 


From deserts and mountains to grasslands and rainforests, China’s diverse habitats are home to nearly 500 mammal species, 1,189 birds, 320 reptiles, and 210 amphibians. The country’s rapid economic development has endangered habitats and the creatures that live within them, with over 900 nature reserves established to protect them. China’s most well-known animals include giant and red pandas, golden monkeys, Siberian tigers, Chinese alligators, red-crowned cranes, and white-flag dolphins.

Giant Pandas
Sadly one of the world’s most endangered species, the giant panda is still found in the bamboo forests of Sichuan, but rarely spotted in the wild. You can see these beautiful bears up close at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, where the captive population has risen from 6 to 83 since 1987. The centre is also home to red pandas, rare birds, and a museum.