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How to Plan a Hong Kong Tour

How to Plan a Hong Kong Tour

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Jan. 30, 2024

Hong Kong is a fusion of many cultures. Remnants of its colonial past, as well as the British culture and values, share space with the Chinese traditions. There is no better place to experience both Eastern and Western cultures and experience traditional and modern life.

Use this page to get prepared for your Hong Kong tour.

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Top Things to Do and See in Hong Kong

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

The Most Popular Attractions

  • Take the century-old Peak Tram up Victoria Peak, and enjoy a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.
  • Ride the Star Ferry to immerse yourself in the beautiful views of Victoria Harbour.
  • Visit historical temples, like Wong Tai Sin Temple and Po Lin Monastery.
  • Stroll along the Avenue of Stars, which is a shoreline promenade that offers one of the best places to view the harbor and the skyline.
  • Repulse Bay: With clean water and a white sandy beach, this is an ideal place for relaxation.

More In-Depth Exploration

Beyond the must-see attractions, these cultural experiences will enrich your stay in Hong Kong.

  • Visit Wan Chai to see how local people live by exploring their local markets.
  • Explore the special fishermen's area — Aberdeen, which is unique for its fishing village customs and seafood.
  • Spend a day on Lantau Island to enjoy beautiful beaches, fishing villages, the Giant Buddha, and elegant temples.
  • For a different world only a bridge away, take a one-day tour of Macau.
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Kids-Friendly Activities

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

How Long to Spend in Hong Kong

Generally, spending 1 to 2 full days in Hong Kong is enough for city highlights. If you are traveling with kids, we suggest a 3- to 4-day trip with some family-friendly activities such as touring Disneyland. See our 4-Day Hong Kong Family Tour.

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Layover Tours

Hong Kong is a popular layover destination for its visa-free access for most countries and well-developed infrastructure. You can make the most of your stopover time in Hong Kong by visiting some must-see attractions or just go shopping. See the Complete Guide to a Hong Kong Layover.

Best Times to Visit Hong Kong

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to December when the weather is sunny, mild, and pleasant. The weather from January to March is also relatively dry and cool/mild, but cloudier.

The weather from April to September can be hot, wet and humid. The typhoon season runs roughly from June to October and sometimes starts even in April or May. You could get travel tips for traveling in Hong Kong in each season on Hong Kong Weather.

Hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong hotels can cater to all needs to a high standard from luxury resorts to campsites. Generally speaking, due to the high land prices in Hong Kong, hotel prices are high and rooms can be quite small.

There are many high-end hotels in Hong Kong and the prices vary widely.

The price for luxury hotels is about USD 600-800 per night per room or more.

In general, four- or five-star hotels are priced at USD200–500. These hotels are concentrated in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Most budget hotels are concentrated in Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.

The prices of the hotels are generally more expensive during the peak season (September – March) and the peak season for exhibitions (April). They may rise by 2–4 times! During these months, you'd better book in advance.

How to Travel to and from Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most entry and exit cities for passengers to China and Asia. There are many flights between Hong Kong and major cities in the US, Australia, and Europe.

Hong Kong is a transport hub to extend your tours to Macau and the Chinese Mainland. It is very convenient to take a bullet train to Shenzhen and Guangzhou from Hong Kong. See our 4-Day Essence of Guangzhou and Shenzhen Tour and 3-Day Chaozhou and Shantou Tour

It is popular to travel from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Guilin, Lijiang, etc. See Top China Tours from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong boasts a highly-developed city transportation network. The MTR subway, trams, and buses offer cheap and convenient ways to do sightseeing. Taxis and ride apps are very efficient. Read more on Hong Kong transportation.

Visa Requirments

Hong Kong offers visa-free access for passport holders from about 160 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, and most of the countries in Europe. The duration ranges from 180 days to 7 days, depending on nationality. Read more about Hong Kong's Visa Policy.

Hong Kong is also a good entry city to take advantage of the visa-free policies. See How to Visit China Without a Visa

You could also apply for a tourist visa to the Chinese Mainland in Hong Kong.

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