Hong Kong Travel Guide, Gap Year Volunteering and Tours
Hong Kong is one of the most impressive places in the world to fly into, you will see where the ocean meets the city there are giant skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time it might be a bit of a shock to the senses, expect a bustling metropolis with people, hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Exploring this city will be a magic experience.
Hong Kong Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Travel Guide
Get travel inspiration, ideas and information for visiting Hong Kong:
- Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
- Population: 6,980,000 (approx)
- Local Languages: Cantonese + English
- International Dialing Code +852
- Country Area: 1,092 km2
Top Reasons to Visit Hong Kong
- See one of the most unique places in the world with huge skyscrapers packed into a small area
- Sample the local tasty cuisine like dim sum
- Go island hopping
- See ancient temples
- So many different experiences
- Go in search of the best beach
- Some of the best shopping in the world
How to Get to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is very accessible from international destinations, cheap flights and special offers can be found at selected times of the year. Accommodation can be very expensive in Hong Kong and you will need to book in advance for the best deals. Hong Kong is a good base to start and then explore more of China or Asia. There are flights with companies like Air Asia and also a lot of travel companies which offer adventure and activity holidays.
Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong
These are some of the best attractions you should add to your Hong Kong itinerary:
- The Peak
- Avenue of Stars
- Ladies' Market
- Temple Street Night Market
- Clock Tower
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
- Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
- Lan Kwai Fong
- Get up close to the Big Budha
Hong Kong Gap Year
Search ideas for taking a gap year in Hong Kong. There are also lots of ways to escape the busy city, we recommend taking a boat trip to one of the nearby islands and spending a day at the beach. You might also want to visit Macau which is a popular place to visit nearby Hong Kong
Hong Kong Travel Tips
- General: Hong Kong is an expensive destination and you will need to budget accordingly.
- Accommodation: Finding somewhere to stay without breaking the bank will be your biggest challenge. You will need to book accommodation in advance to get the best deals. You can find really expensive luxury hotels but there are also budget hotels and guest houses available. Don't expect rooms to be spacious but they are fine for a short visit.
- Food & Drink: Hong Kong is diverse, you can find Michelin starred restaurants but there are also lots of budget options available. Street food in Hong Kong is cheap and tasty whilst there are also lots of cafes and fast food outlets which provide budget food.
Top Attractions in Hong Kong
- 1. The Peak
- 2. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
- 3. Hong Kong Disneyland
- 4. Ladies' Market
- 5. Ocean Park Hong Kong
- 6. Temple Street Night Market
- 7. Lan Kwai Fong/SoHo
- 8. Golden Bauhinia Square (and HKCEC)
- 9. Lantau Island — Ngong Ping
- 10. Stanley
Hong Kong Cultural Tours
Looking for the ultimate way to go sightseeing in Hong Kong where you will get to see the highlights of the city and also go off the tourist trail? Book a day tour of Hong Kong. There are day and night tours available with local guides who are multilingual. Popular places to visit include Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Stanley including famous attractions like Repulse Bay, Victoria Peak, Man Mo Temple, Soho and Stanley Market. If you join a night tour you will get to see the incredible Symphony of Lights display.
There are day tours of Hong Kong and also longer packages available, for somewhere a little different you might want to visit Macau which is located nearby and offers a very different experience with old Portuguese colonial architecture. View tours in Hong Kong today.
Hong Kong Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
On most tours you will travel in a private small tour van or walk depending on the excursion. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible.
Guide to Volunteering in Hong Kong
By volunteering in this spectacular destination you will get to be far more than your average tourist, mix with locals and get a rewarding experience like no other. If you are really short on time you might want to do a day visit to check the incredible work happening or even give a donation. Most local volunteer organisations in Hong Kong usually require a 1 week+ commitment from participants but there are shorter durations available too.
Types of Programs
- Community Development
- Eco tourism and nature conservation
- Animal rescue and rehabilitiation
There are so many rewarding and exciting placements available with children and youngsters in Hong Kong including coaching sports like football and basketball, helping at schools, working on care and communtiy projects. Projects are located throughout Hong Kong, this country is only small and getting around is fairly easy.
Most local staff speak English but it is recommended you try to learn some basic Cantonese words and phrases. Some organisations only accept fluent Cantonese speakers but it really depends on the nature of the project. It would be a shame to be in Hong Kong working alongside local people and not knowing any of the local language so you might want to buy a phrase book, book language lessons in China or learn online. Knowing just a few basic phrases will make a huge difference especially if you are going to be working with people.
Eligibility & How to Apply
Usually you will need to be aged 18+ to apply but some organisations accept younger volunteers and also families. There are local organisations who offer volunteer projects in Hong Kong, you can contact these via our website.