When we think of Hong Kong, the images that come to mind are skyscrapers, people, and air pollution. So you can imagine our surprise when we explored outside the downtown core to discover that there is a lot of green on the island. This Hong Kong travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Fast Facts about Hong Kong Travel
- Hong Kong power voltage is 220 V 50 Hz; Power sockets G.
- The Hong Kong currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) and is around 8 HKD for 1 USD.
- Skip the taxi ride from the airport. The airport express station is right at the airport and the train stops half way to the city centre and then in the Kowloon and Central areas. The trip is around 25 minutes and costs around 90 HKD.
- Invest in an Octopus card – an extremely versatile stored-value electronic card that can be used for most public transport, as well as purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops, vending machines and more.
- Use your octopus card to take a ferry to Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia, to explore, wager a little bit of money and take in a show, like The House of Dancing Water or Taboo.
- Get OUT of the city – visit the Tian Tan Buddha, take the cable car to Ngong Ping or visit the Tai O Village, there is so much more to Hong Kong than the downtown core.
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Top Packing Tips
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons, which includes a typhoon season that begins in May and ends in November. Spring (March to May) has warm temperatures with rising humidity.
Summer (June to August) is hot, humid and sunny with occasional rains. Autumn (September to November) is known for its comfortable temperatures with pleasant breezes and warm weather.
Finally, Winter (December to February) is known for being cold, dry and cloudy with occasional cold fronts. Temperatures throughout the year vary from around 10°C to 31°C.
- The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat.
- Pack for Humidity – for humid weather it is best to pack fabrics that breathe as much as possible and natural fabrics, like cotton, linen or rayon (avoiding silk, wool and polyester). Clothing should be loose and comfortable to encourage the flow of air and allow moisture to evaporate.
- Closed-toe shoes – The streets and alleys of Hong Kong are often wet, and many times dirty. Since you’ll be doing a lot of walking, pack comfortable closed-toe shoes.
- Sarongs – From protecting yourself from the hot sun or keeping warm on a cool night, sarongs are a must-have.
Top Things to do in Hong Kong
- Visit Tai O Village – a traditional fishing village located on the South China Sea.
- Search for Pink Dolphins – catch a boat ride at any time of the day to take you out to the bay to search for these rare beauties. You don’t have to make an appointment, once the boat is full, it takes off.
- See the Incense Coils of Man Mo Temple – Built in 1847, the Man Mo Temple is the oldest temple in the region. The incense is burned to attract the attention of the Gods.