View meaningful holidays and travel ideas for Hong Kong with One World 365. 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. This country is a very exciting destination to visit on a gap year and we have lots of trips and programs available to join including applying to volunteer. 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. A lot of the local restaurants have great sea food for cheap prices. Search trips today.
Search activity, adventure and authentic holidays and travel opportunities in Hong Kong
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.
On One World 365 you can search adventure tours where you can experience Hong Kong and also travel overland to see more of China. We list tours with the best international and local tour operators who offer small group trips to the very best locations in the region. For somewhere a little different you might want to visit Macau which is local near to Hong Kong and offers a very different experience with old Portuguese colonial architecture.
Would you like to do something more rewarding than just sightseeing? Why not considering signing up to work as a volunteer in Hong Kong. Whether you are planning a short break to Hong Kong, or would like to stay a little longer you will be able to find organisations where you can help. There are lots of volunteer opportunities available where you can help people, wildlife and the environment all year round. Most local volunteer organisations in Hong Kong usually require a 1 week+ commitment from participants but there are shorter durations available too. 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 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 in-country classes or learn online. Knowing just a few basic phrases will make a huge difference especially if you are going to be working with people.
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. You might also like to view all of our Asia volunteering programs.
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 take a gap year in China / Asia. There are flights with companies like Air Asia and also a lot of adventure travel companies which offer overland holidays and tours.