Hong Kong Travel Guide

Hong Kong Travel Guide

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Futuristic skyscrapers set against a shimmering harbor; the chimes from double decker trams zipping through traffic; the smell of roast geese hanging... Read More

Futuristic skyscrapers set against a shimmering harbor; the chimes from double decker trams zipping through traffic; the smell of roast geese hanging by shop windows: Hong Kong makes a first impression like no other place on Earth. The business and financial hub proudly flaunts—and deserves—the title of “Asia’s World City.” The former British Crown Colony is prime for an urban adventure; from the neon-lit streets of Mongkok to the humble fishing villages in Tai O, you will never run out of sights to discover, and T+L’s Hong Kong travel guide will take you to the best of them.

In Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, everyone seems to be in a rush—dashing off to work in some soaring high rise, hurrying to catch a tram or a subway, speed-shopping through the countless shopping malls, hastening to make a date at one of the myriad glassed-in restaurants and chic cocktail bars. Beyond the 21st-century cacophony and the accelerated tempo, however, the savvy visitor can find glimpses of old-world tranquillity: incense-wreathed Taoist temples; polished hotel lobbies serving afternoon tea in the English style; rustic remote walking trails; graceful tai-chi practitioners in tidy city parks. When you visit Hong Kong, you’ll notice that its relatively small size—the city “only” holds seven million people—superb public transportation system, cheap taxis, and bilingual signage make it a cinch to navigate. Just remember to slow down every now and then.

The city is called many things, not least of all a country in and of itself. As the world's most vertical and arguably futuristic city with high-tech transportation, it's a fascinating place to explore. Tap into the city's frenetic energy when you use our guide to plan a Hong Kong trip.

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Best Time To Go

Owing to a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s sweltering summer months are sauna-like, and there are frequent monsoons and typhoons during that time of year. Prime timing for a trip falls around mid-October to late December, when temperatures are still mild and Chinese tourists swarming in for the week-long national holiday have left.

Transportation

Hong Kong runs a sophisticated system of trains and buses between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, while 27 ferry routes take care of transportation to outlying islands. By far the most interesting option is the 110-year old trams that breeze through the main island's most iconic areas, and getting on these retro double-deckers will only cost you $0.40. All the aforementioned rides can be paid with a simple tap of the Octopus card, which can be topped up at metro stations and convenience stores. Taxis are also relatively affordable, though it can be hard to convince cab drivers to cross the harbor. Opt for an Uber when all else fails.

Weather

July is the hottest month, with an average high of 84°F (29°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 61°F (16°C).

Know Before You Go

Due to the ubiquity of counterfeit thousand-dollar notes on the market, most shopkeepers are hesitant to accept denominations larger than HK$ 500. Still, set aside cash for dining—many restaurants do not accept credit cards.

Language

Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Electric

Type G (three-prong plug)

Currency

Hong Kong dollar (HK$)

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