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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Travel guide

Hong Kong is known world over for its famous harbour sky-line and neon lights. Filled with a great mix of traditional eateries and trendy bars, as well as swanky boutiques and night markets, Hong Kong never disappoints. Be sure to visit Tian Tan Buddha and Chi Lin Nunnery, and of course take the ferry across Victoria harbour. Step beyond the city to find secluded beaches and small villages.

Top things to do in Hong Kong

  • The Peak
    It's the highest point on Hong Kong Island, and you can get there via a tram that rises above the skyscrapers and gives you an epic view of the city.
  • Rooftop bars
    There are quite a few to choose from in central Hong Kong, but Time Out named Wooloomooloo, Sevva, and Skye in their top 9 best Hong Kong rooftop bars.
  • Temple Street night market
    If you’re looking for a place with the much-loved hustle and bustle of an Asian street market, with lots of street food to try, then look no further.
  • Chi Lin Nunnery
    A beautiful and impressive Buddhist monastery in Kowloon - a peaceful place to get away from hectic city life and take some time out to appreciate the simple things.
  • Ping Shan Heritage Trail
    Hong Kong's first heritage trail features historic buildings (which belonged to the most powerful of the 'Five Clans' - The Tang Clan), the oldest pagoda in the city, and a gallery, among other things.
  • Lantau Island
    The largest of Hong Kong’s islands, Lantau is perfect for a sunrise trek up Lantau Peak, a visit to the 34m tall Tian Tan Buddha, or even a day out in Disneyland!
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The best Hong Kong districts

Central Hong Kong

Central Hong Kong

A good place to start for a first timer, or those who seek out city life - Central is home to the impressive skyscrapers, a cosmopolitan vibe, and is Hong Kong at it’s most modern (and expat-friendly, as it’s very international).
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Sheung Wan

This neighbourhood is truly a mix of all tastes, where you can shop in historical markets and experience ancient Chinese medicine practices around one corner, but can also shop for designer items and dine in chic restaurants around another corner.

Tsim Sha Tsui

This is just across the harbour and it's where tourists love to shop! There’s shopping centres, markets selling all sorts of stuff, and lots of dining options – plus you can get some great harbour views.
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Lamma Island

A one for the hipsters. Escape the crazy city with a boat ride out to Lamma Island. Not only is it considered the ‘in’ place in Hong Kong, it’s also perfect for hikers as it’s got loads of trails and stunning scenery.

Tours and activities

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Adventure Tours

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The Dragon Trip: Hong Kong to Hong Kong

From the black-eyed pandas of Chengdu to the kung  fu monks of Shaolin, China is a land filled with wonders. You will start and finish this epic adventure in bustling Hong Kong, where you can climb Victoria Peak, sip cocktails in rooftop bars and visit Vegas-esque Macau. In between, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, sail around on bamboo rafts in Yangshou and camp under the stars on the Great Wall all with your group and Adventure Leaders. 
25 days 
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Hong Kong & Yangshou Explorer

Hong Kong & Yangshou Explorer

Over two weeks, youll venture from Beijing to Hong Kong, taking in Chinas contrasts between ancient and modern as you explore both cityscapes and countrysides. Theres a visit to the Great Wall included, plus the chance to check out the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, an overnight stay at the roundhouses in Fujian, and so much more packed into a relatively short trip.
7 days
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Hong Kong Stopover Package

Hong Kong Stopover Package

Get picked up from Hong Kong Airport and transfer to your hostel in Fortress Hill. This evening you're free to explore one of the world's top culinary capitals. Next day, take a tour of the city's best bits, including a tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak, escape to the quaint harbour of Aberdeen Fishing Village and pick up some souvenirs in Stanley Market. 
3 days 
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Accommodation in Hong Kong

Hostel Hong Kong

Yes Inn @ Fortress Hill

Backpacker budget hostel in walking distance to Causeway Bay – the popular shopping and entertainment district. Choose from private or mixed dorms, basic but exactly what you need.

Harbour Plaza North Point

A popular and ultra-modern high rise hotel between Causeway Bay and the Quarry Bay business district. The hotel sports a live music lounge, an award-winning restaurant, and a huge swimming pool. If you want to do Hong Kong in style, this is how.
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Harbour Grand Kowloon

A private waterside resort, in the upmarket Hung Horn district, overlooking the harbour. This place has a peaceful vibe amongst the hustle and bustle of city life, and offers a rooftop pool, spa, and fitness centre.

Where is Hong Kong in relation to China?

In relation to China, Hong Kong is to the South. If you wanted to travel between the two, it would take around 3-4 hours to fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong.

Is Hong Kong a part of China?

Hong Kong is a Special Autonomous Region, which means that it governs itself separately from China in all matters, except from those in foreign and defence affairs.

What is the currency of Hong Kong?

The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar.

Are Hong Kong dollars accepted in China?

Hong Kong Dollars are not accepted in China, and you will need to exchange any spare HKD that you have into Chinese Yuan.

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