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Holidays to Hong Kong are nothing if not eclectic. As a special administrative region of China and a former British colony, this city’s something of a cultural melting pot. Plus, it really nails the whole old-meets-new aesthetic.

Spread across 260 islands – the majority of which are uninhabited – Hong Kong’s famed for being one of the most vertical cities on the planet. Its iconic skyline’s packed with glittering skyscrapers; however, beneath the steel and glass facade of Hong Kong Island lie some colourful traditions – as well as a whole host of historic buildings and ancient temples.

But what might surprise you most on your Hong Kong holiday is that, despite its commercial credentials, almost three quarters of this city’s actually countryside – an enthralling mishmash of mountains and beaches. Standing proud on the west side of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is the city’s most famous vantage point. Its Circle Walk is an easy yet popular hike – but if you’re up for more of a challenge there are tonnes of other treks to choose from.

Alternatively, you could opt for flip flops rather than walking boots. With over 450 miles of coastline, Hong Kong has enough sandy stretches to satisfy even the fussiest of beachgoers. Top up your tan at Shek O Beach, master the surf at Big Wave Bay, or hop on a ferry and see what some of the outlying islands have to offer.

Something else that’s likely to take up a significant amount of time on your Hong Kong holiday is eating. As one of the world’s culinary capitals, Hong Kong serves up some seriously good street food, but it’s also bagged itself an impressive number of Michelin stars. You’ll encounter just about everything, from classic Cantonese cooking to fine French fare.

While Hong Kong has enough going on to warrant a visit in its own right, it also makes for a great stopover on the way to other parts of Asia – or even Australia. But whatever kind of Hong Kong holiday you have in mind, our experts can certainly help you plan it.

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Lamma Island

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Things to do in Hong Kong

Given its diverse nature, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a Hong Kong holiday. Shopaholics in particular will find themselves spoiled for choice here. Sprawling malls and bustling street markets dominate the city, selling everything from designer clothes and high-end accessories to local crafts and discounted electronics.

And when it comes to big-name attractions, Hong Kong’s not short on those either. First up there’s Victoria Harbour, which separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula. The third largest bay in the world, it’s best enjoyed aboard the historic Star Ferry. If you head down to the water at night, you’ll catch the dazzling Symphony of Lights – a multimedia extravaganza which illuminates the city’s iconic skyline.

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Of course one thing that has to feature on your Hong Kong holiday itinerary is Victoria Peak – the cloud-piercing hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. Ride the gravity-defying Peak Tram 296 metres to the top for sweeping views of the harbour, towering skyscrapers and the surrounding countryside.

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Lamma Island

Also known as Y Island or Pok Liu Chau, free-spirited Lamma’s home to Hong Kong’s hipsters and creative types. So if you fancy switching things up one day and enjoying a change of pace, it’s worth catching the ferry across from Hong Kong Island.

There are two main settlements on Lamma Island – Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. The former’s crammed with family-run cafes and indie boutiques, while the latter’s a frozen-in-time fishing village with loads of great open-air seafood restaurants. Between the two you’ll find heaps of scenic hiking trails and beautiful beaches complete with golden sand and crystal clear water.

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Other attractions on the island include the Kamikaze Caves, built by occupying Japanese forces during World War II, and Tin Hau Temple. Guarded by a pair of fairly comical-looking lions, it’s dedicated to the goddess of the sea.

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Lantau Island

Lovely Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s many islands – and while it’s nowhere near as developed as Hong Kong Island, it’s still got loads to offer. A few kilometres east of the Californian-inspired suburb of Discovery Bay lies the city’s biggest theme park – Hong Kong Disneyland. Home to Minnie, Mickey and plenty of adrenaline-inducing rides, it’s an absolute must if you’re on a Hong Kong holiday with kids.

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Much of the rest of Lantau’s far more rural. Packed with mountains, beaches and centuries-old fishing villages, there’s lots of scope for hiking, tanning and general exploration. And over on the west of the island you’ll find the famous Big Buddha – or Tian Tan Buddha – statue. Accessed via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, it sits atop a giant lotus throne next to the Po Lin Monastery.

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Best time to visit Hong Kong

A key thing to consider when planning your holiday to Hong Kong is what the weather’s likely to be doing at different times of the year. For the uninitiated, the summer months can be particular tough. From June to September, daytime temperatures tend to be in the high twenties or low thirties, while humidity is frequently well above 80 percent. What’s more, summer and early autumn happen to coincide with peak typhoon season. 

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By October, though, the risk of typhoons is reduced and both temperatures and humidity levels drop. However, it’s still warm enough to hit the beach, and remains so until the end of November. Early winter can also be a great time for a Hong Kong holiday. December’s the driest month of the year and its mild, sunny days are great for outdoor pursuits – plus, this is a city that really goes all-out for Christmas. Come January, though, things turn pretty chilly and you’ll have to wait until March before temperatures creep back up into the high teens.

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Essential travel Info

Visa: No visa required for visits lasting less than six months
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Flight duration from London: Just under 12 hours

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Things to do

Things to do in Hong Kong

Given its diverse nature, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a Hong Kong holiday. Shopaholics in particular will find themselves spoiled for choice here. Sprawling malls and bustling street markets dominate the city, selling everything from designer clothes and high-end accessories to local crafts and discounted electronics.

And when it comes to big-name attractions, Hong Kong’s not short on those either. First up there’s Victoria Harbour, which separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula. The third largest bay in the world, it’s best enjoyed aboard the historic Star Ferry. If you head down to the water at night, you’ll catch the dazzling Symphony of Lights – a multimedia extravaganza which illuminates the city’s iconic skyline.

Show More
Show Less

Of course one thing that has to feature on your Hong Kong holiday itinerary is Victoria Peak – the cloud-piercing hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. Ride the gravity-defying Peak Tram 296 metres to the top for sweeping views of the harbour, towering skyscrapers and the surrounding countryside.

Show More
Show Less

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

Also known as Y Island or Pok Liu Chau, free-spirited Lamma’s home to Hong Kong’s hipsters and creative types. So if you fancy switching things up one day and enjoying a change of pace, it’s worth catching the ferry across from Hong Kong Island.

There are two main settlements on Lamma Island – Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. The former’s crammed with family-run cafes and indie boutiques, while the latter’s a frozen-in-time fishing village with loads of great open-air seafood restaurants. Between the two you’ll find heaps of scenic hiking trails and beautiful beaches complete with golden sand and crystal clear water.

Show More
Show Less

Other attractions on the island include the Kamikaze Caves, built by occupying Japanese forces during World War II, and Tin Hau Temple. Guarded by a pair of fairly comical-looking lions, it’s dedicated to the goddess of the sea.

Show More
Show Less

Lantau Island

Lantau Island

Lovely Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s many islands – and while it’s nowhere near as developed as Hong Kong Island, it’s still got loads to offer. A few kilometres east of the Californian-inspired suburb of Discovery Bay lies the city’s biggest theme park – Hong Kong Disneyland. Home to Minnie, Mickey and plenty of adrenaline-inducing rides, it’s an absolute must if you’re on a Hong Kong holiday with kids.

Show More
Show Less

Much of the rest of Lantau’s far more rural. Packed with mountains, beaches and centuries-old fishing villages, there’s lots of scope for hiking, tanning and general exploration. And over on the west of the island you’ll find the famous Big Buddha – or Tian Tan Buddha – statue. Accessed via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, it sits atop a giant lotus throne next to the Po Lin Monastery.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Hong Kong

A key thing to consider when planning your holiday to Hong Kong is what the weather’s likely to be doing at different times of the year. For the uninitiated, the summer months can be particular tough. From June to September, daytime temperatures tend to be in the high twenties or low thirties, while humidity is frequently well above 80 percent. What’s more, summer and early autumn happen to coincide with peak typhoon season. 

Show More
Show Less

By October, though, the risk of typhoons is reduced and both temperatures and humidity levels drop. However, it’s still warm enough to hit the beach, and remains so until the end of November. Early winter can also be a great time for a Hong Kong holiday. December’s the driest month of the year and its mild, sunny days are great for outdoor pursuits – plus, this is a city that really goes all-out for Christmas. Come January, though, things turn pretty chilly and you’ll have to wait until March before temperatures creep back up into the high teens.

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Show Less

Essential Info

Essential travel Info

Visa: No visa required for visits lasting less than six months
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Flight duration from London: Just under 12 hours

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