Travel to Hong Kong

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 Hong Kong is a magical experience. 

Our Hong Kong destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, advice on places to stay and how visit Hong Kong on a budget. 

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
  • Disneyland
  • 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


Best Day Trips From Hong Kong

If you would like 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 Budget Travel Tips

Hong Kong is an expensive destination and you will need to budget accordingly. 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. 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.


Gap Year in Hong Kong

If you are keen to spend your gap year in Asia you really need to visit Hong Kong. This country is an incredible destination with amazing tourist sights, tasty food and cultural immersion programs. There are lots of ways to enjoy a gap year in this city with local and international companies offering packages. Search ideas for taking a gap year in Hong Kong.