A cosmopolitan corner of East Asia
Hong Kong is a destination offering an interesting blend of Asian traditions and British influence. As a tourism hub, it attracts many visitors eager to discover its unique culture, breathtaking skyline, natural landscapes and the wide range of culinary specialities on offer.
Climate, events and holidays
Because of the subtropical climate in Hong Kong, summers are long and hot, and typhoons occur between June and September. The best period to visit is in March and April, and from October to December. A great variety of celebrations are held in Hong Kong, starting with the Chinese New Year. The dates vary from year to year but the holiday is set on the first full moon between 21th January and 21th February. Then, the Spring Lantern Festival is held in March, followed by the Birthday of Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) in late May-early April, and the Dragon Boat Festival in May-June. All dates vary according to the lunar calendar. On 1st June, Establishment Day is celebrated.
British citizens do not require a visa to visit Hong Kong for stays up to 6 months. In terms of vaccinations, visitors should contact their GP at least 8 weeks before the trip. Vaccines against Hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus, rabies, and diphtheria are recommended. As for prices, these are mainly lower in Hong Kong than in the UK. For instance, it is possible to enjoy a lunch meal for around 100-150 HKD, a beer for about 40 HKD, and soft drinks for around 20 HKD.
Arrival, transport and lodgings
From the airport, the Airport Express train goes to Hong Kong Station in about 25 minutes and the ride costs around 100 HKD. Otherwise, visitors can take bus 44, which runs day and night, with a ticket costing approx. 10-48 HKD. Taxi rides to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island are around 200-350 HKD. Accommodation is available with hostel rooms starting at about 250 HKD, or 3-star hotel rooms at roughly 900 HKD per night per person. Good areas to look for lodging are Mong Kok Jordan and Tshim Sha Tsui. When it comes to public transport, the Octopus card is a rechargeable chip card that is quite convenient. Taxi prices vary and they are cheaper on Kowloon than on Hong Kong Island, with fares around 70 HKD for 3 kilometres and 15 HKD per additional kilometre.