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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is vibrant city and a major gateway to mainland china. Famous for towering skyscrapers, 40 percent of the territory is made up of country park and nature reserves. Hong Kong island steals the limelight with its nightly, light show spectacular, but there are actually 263 islands in Hong Kong.

Don't panic if your hotel is missing a fourth floor. Omitting the number 4 is common because four sounds like the word 'death' in Chinese. Conversely, lucky number 8 represents wealth.

A foodie paradise, Hong Kong has one of the highest number of restaurants cafes per capita. Plus, you can score some of the cheapest Michelin -starred food on the planet.

Cathy Pacific, winner of the worlds best airline time over is Hong Kong's national airline and flies direct from London, Flying time 14 hours.

Visa required?

No

Currency

Hong Kong Dollar

Injections

No

Key information 

Currency

The Hong Kong Dollar is the official currency Hong Kong.

Visa

Nationals of the US, Europe, Australia, Canada and new eland do NOT require a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays of 90 days, 180 days for UK nationals.

If you want to travel from Hong Kong to China mainland, you may need to apply for a china visa.

Best time to travel

Because of its subtropical location, Hong Kong's year round destination.The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December, when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant . January and February is the best time experience Hong Kong festivals, as it's the time when the springFestival and lantern Festival are celebrated.

Average temperatures

December to February temperatures can drop below 10 degrees . March to April and October to November sees temperatures of 20 degrees plus with cool evenings

May to September is typhoon seasoned during June to August the city can be extremely hot, wet and humid with temperatures sitting beyond 31 degrees, making going outside uncomfortable.

Child friendly rating

Travelling around Hong Kong with kids can be challenging. If you're travelling with a toddler or baby, you will find that hardly anywhere is stroller friendly, as its hilly and there are steps everywhere. However, saying that, there is so much for children to do in Hong Kong. From Disneyland and Ocean Park, to riding the Mid-level escalators, Going Pink Dolphin watching and riding the star ferry the list is endless.

We give A child friendly of 9/10

Jabs

No vaccinations are needed for Hong Kong 

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - Disneyland


The iconic theme park is located on reclaimed landin Penny's Bay on Lantau Island . Ride the Disney train all the way into the park from central Hong Kong. www.hongkongdisneyland.com




Day 2 - Victoria Peak


The peak offers the most spectacular view of Hong Kong. Ride the worlds steepest tramline to the top.Trams start running at 7am. As it can be a half day excursion, i would plan to eat lunch there at Sky Terrace 428. www.thepeak.com.hk




Day 3 - Ride the Star Ferry


...and watch the symphony of lights If you're only planning to ride the Star Ferry once,do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui. Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island about 8pm. This way you'll see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Contraband Wanchai. Every night at 8pm there is a light show called 'A symphony of lights'. A show of dancing lights and music coming from the hotels and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look at the show from the ferry. www.starferry.com.hk




Day 4 - Ocean Park


Ocean Park Hong Kong is a combination of a marine park, an amusement park, an animal laboratory,and a zoo. With its attractions, thrill rides, and of course the Pandas its a great family day out. www.oceanpark.com.hk




Day 5 - Cable Cars


Ngong Ping 360 is one of the top attractions in Hong Kong. Ride the visually spectacular 5.7km journey between Tung Chung Town centre and Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island www. np360.com.hk




Day 6/7 - Macau


Under chinese law it's illegal to gamble on the mainland but Macau, a mini vegas is a stones throw away and perfect for both a day trip and overnight stay. The turbojet ferry leaves the mainland (Kowloon) every 30 minutes and takes around an hour to reach Macau Island (outer Harbour). Tickets can be bought online for approx 292 HKD. If staying over night we recommend the Wynn Hotel, venetian or the MGM




Day 8 - Do yoga on the harbour


Head down the Harbour and join in one of the many free yoga classes that take place daily along the river shores.




Day 9 - Visit the midnight market


Temple street market is open daily from 16.00 to 23.00. The most famous of all the markets its a bustle of tourists, souvenirs and of course 'those' designer bags




Day 10 - Ride the observation wheel


The Hong kong observation Wheel is a 60-metre tall Ferris wheel located at the central Harbourfront, Central, Hong Kong. It has 42 gondolas including one VIP pod with leather seats and a glass bottom. www.hkow.hk





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