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Hong Kong Travel Guide

map Hong Kong is the world's most popular tourist destination. It is also Asia's most popular and best shopping destination. Find out more.

Hong Kong has developed from a small fishing village in the 1800s into a dynamic and thrilling 21st century cosmopolitan metropolis. It is a bustling coastal city full of impressive high rises, and a fusion of eastern and western cultures. It proudly proclaims itself to be 'Asia's World City' and remains a key gateway to China.

Where Hong Kong Is

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. It is located on the southeast coast of China, facing the South China Sea. It is about 3½ hours by air from Beijing and 2½ hours from Shanghai.

With an area of 1,110 sq. km, Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and a group of 260 outlying islands.

Visa-Free Travel

Hong Kong offers visa-free access for passport holders from about 170 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, and most of the countries in Europe. The duration ranges from  days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Read more about Hong Kong's Visa Policy.

Top Reasons to Visit Hong Kong

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  • Hong Kong is a fusion of East and West. There is no better place to experience both eastern and western cultures, and experience traditional and modern life.
  • Hong Kong is a shopping paradise, bringing all the world famous- brands together. Shopping malls, department stores, boutiques, and street markets are clustered around the island.
  • Hong Kong is a world of exquisite, mouthwatering international cuisine.
  • Hong Kong boasts a highly developed transportation network. It is very convenient to travel to and from Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong is the ideal springboard for trips to the rest of China as well to other parts of East Asia.

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Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a melting pot of East and West, tradition and modernity. It offers countless things to do and see.

  • Take the century-old tram up to Victoria Peak, and survey the towering city skyline from above.
  • Ride the Star Ferry to immerse yourself in the beautiful views of Victoria Harbor.
  • Visit historical temples, like Man Mo Temple and Po Lin Monastery.
  • Enjoy a dim sum feast of dumplings, buns, noodles, and more.
  • Shop at a luxury mall or in a bustling street market.

Hong Kong is a perfect destination for family tours. It offers a wide array of kid-friendly attractions from interactive museums and incredible themed-parks to nature reserves. Learn about the top things to do with kids in Hong Kong.

The Most Popular Attractions in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is blessed with historical sites, modern museums, tranquil gardens, and interesting theme parks.

  • Victoria Peak: As the highest peak on Hong Kong Island, this is the best spot for a bird's-eye view over Victoria Harbor.
  • Disneyland Park: This is a magical kingdom filled with beauty, excitement, and Disney characters. It is a good place for family tours.
  • Victoria Harbor: This is home to the world's most beautiful skyline. The Symphony of Lights is amazing.
  • Lantau Island: This is a sparsely populated island, mainly comprised of theme parks, tourist sites, parks, and areas of natural beauty.
  • Repulse BayWith clean water and a white sandy beach, this is an ideal place for relaxation.

Best Times to Visit Hong Kong

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The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to December, when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant. The weather from January to March is cold but sunny.

The weather from May to mid-September can be hot, wet and humid. The typhoon season runs roughly from June to October, and sometimes starts even in April or May.

Our Most Popular Hong Kong Tours

English is widely spoken and almost all the street signs are bilingual. Few visitors will have problems getting around in Hong Kong. If you would like to explore the real Hong Kong and experience the lives of local people, it will be helpful to have a professional tour guide.

Here are our most popular Hong Kong tours, for your reference:

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