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A city break in Hong Kong offers endless nights cruising through markets and shops, and long days spent sightseeing or exploring. From cultural landmarks and historic places of worship, to museums and authentic cultural experiences, there are several activities to keep you busy in this bustling city.
Hong Kong experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot, wet summers and mild and dry winters.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located 34 km northwest of Hong Kong Island.
From cruising on a traditional Chinese sailing ship, to observing the city from a bird’s eye view, there are plenty of ways to experience Hong Kong. Stay busy by making your way through the numerous quirky markets, or visit the museums and cultural landmarks to get a better knowledge of the city’s history.
Sip on a yuanyang drink (half tea, half coffee) as you cruise past historic landmarks and impressive buildings on a traditional Chinese junk. A trip across Victoria Harbour on a Star Ferry also tops the list of things to do in Hong Kong. The journey is short and cheap, and it offers an authentic Hong Kong experience.
A city break to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the many markets. Buy food, trinkets, teaware and clothes at the Temple Street Night Market, or watch an opera performance. Bargain hunters and antique enthusiasts can go to Cat Street, while the Ladies market has everything from clothing to cosmetics.
Sightseers: From ancient temples and buildings, to modern skyscrapers and monuments, there’s plenty to see in the city.
Shoppers: You’ll find anything and everything in Hong Kong, from cutting-edge designer fashion to antiques and bargain buys.
Culture vultures: Gain an intimate knowledge of Hong Kong and the Chinese culture by exploring the many monuments, museums and landmarks in the city.
Language: The language spoken in Hong Kong is Chinese.
Currency: The currency used in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$).
Local time: Hong Kong is seven hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located 34 km northwest of Hong Kong Island.
Flight time from UK: 12 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Hong Kong tourist information can be found at www.discoverhongkong.com.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Hong Kong.
Temperature: 16-29 (°C)
With an average low of 16 (°C) at the peak of winter, there is never a bad time to visit Hong Kong. Come in the summer for glorious highs of 31, but bear in mind that this is the wettest season, so you may want to come prepared with a brolly. The rain decreases significantly throughout the autumn, but the weather stays warm, hovering in the 20s throughout the season. The showers lessen even more from December to February before picking up again at the start of spring.
Hong Kong Arts Festival: The month-long festival in February/March includes dance and theatre productions and opera and orchestra performances. There are also ethnic music and art exhibitions.
Dragon boat races (Tuen Ng Festival): An ancient Chinese custom, dragon boat races, held in May and/or June, are a big event in Hong Kong. The long, narrow and brightly painted boats row to the beat of drums while spectators look on.
Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament: The tournament, held in April, is popular all over the world and sees 20 teams from countries across the globe competing for the cup.
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