Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world’s most exciting destinations! This colourful and energetic city has its own unique character, and is a surprisingly easy to navigate holiday destination. Come and dive in.
From the airport
The first thing you notice when you arrive in Hong Kong is the state-of-the-art airport. Go through immigration, collect your baggage and you’re ready to start your adventure. To get to the city centre, we recommend travelling by train, bus or taxi, which are easy and practical options. In the case you wish to hire a car, you will need a special authorisation. One favourite is the Airport Express train. It takes about 24 minutes to get to either Kowloon or Hong Kong Central - and from there you can catch a free shuttle bus to major hotels.
In and around the city
Hong Kong has three main areas – Kowloon, New Territories and Hong Kong (Victoria) Island. The island and mainland are connected by road and rail tunnels. Whether you decide to try a ferry, taxi, bus, mini-bus, tram or the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), Hong Kong is an easy city to get around. You can buy tickets for individual journeys, but payment with the widely accepted Octopus card is most convenient.
Sightseeing must do
There are lots of different walking tours, harbour cruises and guided tours that can whisk you around Hong Kong, but with a little confidence and an Octopus card, it’s easy to explore at your own pace using public transport. Here are a few suggestions:
Once settled into your accommodation, you’ll want to get your bearings. Take in the wonders of Victoria Harbour from Kowloon side by walking the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. You will see attractions like the historic Clock Tower, Peninsula Hotel and the Space Museum. Wander along any evening at 20:00 and you’ll be treated to the light and sound show called A Symphony of Lights.
Another Hong Kong must-do is the Star Ferry. This quick ride is an attraction in itself, is very cheap and gives you magical views of both sides of Victoria Harbour. It goes every few minutes between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Central or Wan Chai. Why not do it in style and treat yourself to a first-class ticket?
Nothing feels more `Hong Kong' than catching an historic tram along the north corridor of Hong Kong Island. This trip is inexpensive and fun. Rides are a flat fare - either in cash or using your Octopus card. Hong Kong Island is also home to the Peak Tram, which is the steepest funicular railway in the world.
Catch the 973 bus to Stanley, a quaint seaside village and home to the famous Stanley Market. The bus stop is in Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite side of Canton road to the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. Climb on board the double decker bus and head upstairs to the front seat for the full experience. The route takes you under the harbour and to the south side of Victoria (Hong Kong) Island. The trip takes about an hour each way, but is far cheaper and more flexible than a tour bus.
Lantau Island, where the airport is located, is the largest of Hong Kong's islands. It is easy to get to by ferry, bus, taxi or train (MTR). Go to Tung Chung Town Centre on the MTR and here you’ll find huge shopping malls and the start of Ngong Ping 360, a scenic cable car that transports visitors 5.7 km up to Ngong Ping village. Ngong Ping is also home to the bronze Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. Lantau is a must for the young at heart and those travelling with kids, as it’s the home of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
You may be surprised that about 40% of Hong Kong is green: country parks and nature reserves. you leave the urban areas, you’ll see steep mountains, remote hiking trails, rugged coastlines and beaches. If you love adventure and extreme sports, or are simply a willing beginner, there’s lots for adventure seekers in Hong Kong. Visit this hiking page to find out about various picturesque walks and the best way to access them. If you prefer watching sports, check out Hong Kong's sporting calendar for iconic events like the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, International Dragon Boat Races.
This city is famous for shopping. Lose yourself amongst markets and malls looking for unusual finds and surprises. Whether it’s classic, cutting edge, luxury, offbeat or everyday, you’ll find plenty of choice. Hong Kong is a duty free hot spot that has many shopping areas, department stores, and street markets to provide retail therapy.
Hong Kong’s nightlife scene is full of wine bars and live music. Lan Kwai Fok is the place to be seen on Hong Kong Island and there are also lots of lively bars around Wan Chai and Soho. In Kowloon, embrace the karaoke scene on Minden Road or sip a cocktail in a bar on Knutsford Terrace. Mon Kok East is also a popular area to head to at night. With a bit of exploring, you’ll find bars with a view and late night bites.
If you’re intrigued by Hong Kong’s culture and heritage, you won’t be disappointed by its many historical sites, places of worship and museums. Hong Kong has a wealth of Chinese and colonial historical sites that tell the story of its remarkable evolution. Places of worship include Chinese temples and holy places from other faiths. Hong Kong has prestigious and innovative museums, which are fascinating to explore. The flourishing art scene is alive with music, theatre and film. You’ll find a whole calendar of Chinese festivals to experience, from quiet family affairs to colourful public celebrations. Hong Kong is a very modern city that’s constantly looking to the future, while still seeking to honour its past.
Food in Hong Kong is some of the best in the world – with Cantonese specialties, cuisines from regional China and around the world.
There are over 50 Michelin starred restaurants in Hong Kong. You can go upmarket, cheap or anywhere in between. The dining scene is exciting and always evolving. Whatever you’re craving, you can find it in Hong Kong; the quality is excellent and the experience, memorable.