Holidays in Hong Kong offer world-class cuisine, lively nightlife, and some of the world’s best shopping. Hong Kong comprises a fascinating and vibrant medley of cultures, from the remnants of British colonial rule evident in the city’s place names, to the more relaxed pace of outlying islands Lamma and Lantua. In the southern part of the island you’ll find a huge amusement park, some good beaches, and even some hiking areas.
Across from Hong Kong’s harbour sits Kowloon, a densely-populated and fast-developing area packed with bars, hotels and shops. There’s a multitude of fun transport modes to get you across to the island, as well as around the city. Try everything from funiculars and cable cars to buses and a reliable Mass Transit System, and even walking pavements and escalators, all of which make getting around the city a breeze.
In the evening, take a sunset cruise to gaze at the city skyline, which is dominated by both mountain peaks and tall skyscrapers, such as the International Commerce Centre, the HSBC Building, and the bamboo-like Bank of China Tower.
Hong Kong holidays: A shopper’s paradise
Hong Kong holidays have long been something of a pilgrimage for shoppers, even if the island’s reputation for bargains is largely consigned to the past. Many shoppers come here to buy clothing, luggage, jewellery, cameras and electronic goods. Some of the best street markets and shopping streets include Cat Street for antiques, and Chun Yeung Street for food and fish. Head to bustling Des Voeux Road West for exotic Asian health tonics and dried seafood.
Hong Kong is also the perfect stopover destination to combine with a number of Asian destinations, from Macau to Thailand and beyond. Speak to one of our Destination Specialists today and we’ll help you plan the ideal Hong Kong twin centre holiday.
Great sample itineraries
Browse our Hong Kong multi-centre holidays for ideas, whether you plan to take in Thailand’s Bangkok and Pattaya, or venture further east, as far as Fiji.
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Our favorite hotels
Browse our selection of luxurious Hong Kong hotels, which offer various board options to suit all travellers. Facilities include world-class dining, superb spas, waterfront views, and luxury suites.
Cordis Hong Kong
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
Explore Hong Kong
Be prepared to be surprised by this eclectic city. Hong Kong has many popular attractions and sightseeing opportunities, the list of things to see and do is practically endless. Many of these are FREE to do. Did you know that many of the museums offer free entry on a Wednesday? Hong Kong Park is worth visiting – here you will find eight hectares of lush green scenery to explore. Drop into Man Mo temple; this is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and is completely free to visit. The city puts on a spectacular laser light show each and every night at 8pm. This brilliant multimedia show is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’, where more than 40 buildings from both sides of the harbour are involved.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Rugby’s biggest party – The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens
As you’ll know, the imposing Victoria Peak is a must-see. Or at least the view from its peak – 396 metres above sea level - is. The ascent in the restored funicular is all part of the fun and the panorama over Kowloon is incredible.
The Hong Kong skyline is one of the most iconic and you’ll love seeing it from the water on a traditional Chinese junk boat. These red-sailed vessels host evening cruises - see the city aglow during the nightly Symphony of Lights show.
Hong Kong Shopping
Great prices, endless choice and bargaining power are what Hong Kong shopping is all about.
The Star Ferry
Aswell as being a very convenient way to get around, the clunky double-decker ferrys offer one of the world's most spectacular views, all for less than a pound.
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Hong Kong has a monsoon-like subtropical climate. The island generally offers mild, dry winters and warm, humid and wet summers. Highs average around 33°C from May to September, while temperatures are known to drop to 10°C from December to February. You might want to avoid August, when it rains every other day.
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“Most first-time visitors will probably want to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to explore Lantau Island and see its star attraction, the ‘Big Buddha.’ If you have a decent head for heights, make sure you take the crystal car, so you can get an alternative view by peering down through the floor.”
“Escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and take time out to discover Stanley, an idyllic seaside village, just a 35-minute bus ride from the city centre. Stanley will show you the quieter side of Hong Kong life. There’s a cute little market where you can browse stalls of clothes and souvenirs, and some lovely waterside restaurants to linger at. Be sure to also visit Murray House, a restored 19th century former barracks looking out onto the water.”
“Venture up to Victoria Peak later in the day – once the cloud has melted away – for spectacular views over the city and harbour; and make sure you have plenty of space on your camera for hundreds of photos.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Hong Kong holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Hong Kong Arts Month
Each March sees an expansive annual cultural celebration when Hong Kong Arts Month unfolds. A diverse programme features local and international artists converging to deliver inspiring exhibitions, dance, musical and theatre performances.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
Catch sight of the colourful, traditional Chinese dragon boats as thousands of international athletes compete in an intense series of races which take place over three days in Victoria Harbour at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. The races started back in 1976 when Hong Kong’s fishermen started racing each other, joined by a single team from Japan. It has since grown into a far larger global contest.
Hong Kong Sevens
The Hong Kong Sevens is one of Asia’s premier sporting events and a key fixture on the international rugby calendar. The event sees 40 teams playing in front of some 120,000 spectators over three days, within the vast Hong Kong Stadium.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Hong Kong holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
Don’t be squeamish about crunching down on some phoenix talons, otherwise known as chicken feet. They’re usually fried, sometimes steamed, but nearly always plump, meaty and juicy, with a strong, distinctive chicken flavour. Some Chinese diners even believe the collagen in them will give you smoother skin.
Snake soup, known in Cantonese as se gang, is a Chinese delicacy. It can contain up to five different types of snake meat. Boiled along with pork bones, chicken and various spices, this thick and flavoursome soup is an especially popular winter warmer in Hong Kong.
Similar to Portuguese natas cakes, Hong Kong-style egg tarts offer a crisp, buttery crust pastry shell encasing a rich, sweet and oozy custard filling. These are the perfect mid-morning pick-me-up, and you’ll find these irresistible parcels of goodness all over the city in bakeries and supermarkets alike.
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