Every year, Hong Kong receives thousands of tourists. It is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and getting there usually involves a long flight. A week’s stay is therefore recommended so that any effect of jetlag is shrugged off and you are able to truly enjoy Hong Kong.

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The best trips are often the ones that have been the most thought out, particularly where visiting a city is concerned. Before setting out, ensure the essentials are sorted.

Visas

For travellers from most countries getting a Hong Kong visitor’s visa is fairly easy. Depending on your nationality, you can enter on a visitor’s visa and stay from seven to 180 days. It is worth finding out your visa requirements before you go.

Weather

The Hong Kong weather stays steady, making it a good destination all year round. However, if you would like to miss the worst of the heat, then avoid going between May and mid-September.

Getting around

Hong Kong has excellent, mostly air-conditioned public transport. Public transport allows you to travel to most major places, with signs provided in English and Chinese.

Accommodation

Hong Kong has plenty to offer when it comes to accommodation, ranging from youth hostels to super luxury hotels at your preferred location. You will have no problem finding a bed and breakfast in Hong Kong away from the city centre. Self-catering accommodation is also available for that extra independence. Indeed, you can get a room with a harbour view, stay in the thick of the action in the city or go a little further out to enjoy beachside accommodation.

The islands

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A visit to Hong Kong should involve a trip to its surrounding islands. Visit the famous Lantau Island and pay your respects to the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, wander around the Po Lin Monastery or head to Hong Kong Disneyland. Visit one of the smaller islands to relax and get a taste of village life seaside style.


The markets

Road names such as Hollywood Road and Cat Street may sound like US ones. However, these quaint streets and their surrounding areas are part of a typical Hong Kong experience. Here you will find rows of antique stores with the open-air curio market being home to everything from Ming dynasty furniture to modern-day souvenirs.

Take your credit card

Hong Kong is world renowned for its shopping. Outdoor shopping markets are everywhere, with some of the most popular being the Stanley Market, the Temple Street night market and the Ladies’ Market. For indoor shopping, there are plenty of shopping malls and shopping districts.
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Hong Kong has numerous restaurants. A wander along any of the city’s main roads will leave you spoilt for choice on where to dine. Consider a package tour to maximise your time in Hong Kong. Whichever way you choose to see Hong Kong, you will be happy you did.
Resource Box:
Wikipedia: Hong Kong - Brush up on your history with this brief overview of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong immigration department - Find out your visa requirements.
Hong Kong Sevens tickets - The Hong Kong Sevens are a great reason to visit the city.