Hong Kong City at Night
Lanterns on Harbour
Hong Kong - Traditional Show
Beijing - Forbidden City
Great Wall of China
Immerse yourself in the excitement, exotic flavours and cultural vibrancy of Hong Kong. Be taken from the old to the new, east to west and city to nature. Hong Kong is comprised of three main areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Lantau Island, each with their own unique character. Experience sophisticated shopping, delectable cuisines and explore the bustling markets, cultural and heritage attractions that truly capture Hong Kong in all its charm.
Perched on the north side of Victoria Harbour, lies the bustling and exciting shopping paradise of Kowloon. Regarded as Hong Kong’s main tourist precinct, Kowloon offers a vast array of shopping opportunities, dining outlets and entertainment. Step out onto the famous Nathan Road, dubbed the ‘Golden Mile’ for its bright neon lights glistening day and night, for its endless shopping opportunities and fabulous nightlife. Try out your bargaining skills at one of the many markets in Kowloon, including Temple Street, Jade Street and Ladies' Market. Tantalise your tastebuds to an array of local and international cuisines that are readily available across the Kowloon area. Visit the Avenue of Stars, an attraction along the Tsim Sha Tsui esplanade that features celebrity plaques and souvenirs. Marvel at the Symphony of Lights,’ lighting up the Hong Kong skyline nightly with its mind blowing show.
Explore Hong Kong Island and be captivated by this dynamic cosmopolitan city. Abound with attractions including Stanley Markets, Central Markets, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant and ‘The Peak’ which offers spectacular views of the skyline, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. Become cultured by visiting the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery, or for the more adventurous, spend a day at ‘Ocean Park’, on one of the many rides and view the variety of marine and wildlife. Hong Kong Island offers a huge choice of hotels, many with fantastic views of the skyline or harbour.
A fusion of east meets west, Macau is a city of an ever-evolving nature. With Old-Colonial Portuguese roots and new and developing mega-casinos, Macau presents an enjoyable and unforgettable holiday. Just 60 kms from Hong Kong, Macau is easily accessible by ferry. Visit some of the famous ruins, indulge in Mediterranean delights and try your luck at some of the best casinos the world has to offer.
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Hong Kong has a subtropical climate featuring cool, relatively dry winters and hot, humid summers. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from late September to December, where temperatures remain moderate. From March to May, the weather is warm and humid with fog and drizzle also permitting. The rainy season is from June to August and the weather is usually hot and humid.
Passport and Visas
Each person must carry a passport with at least 6 months validity beyond their stay in Hong Kong. Australian passport holders do not require a visa for prior to arrival in Hong Kong for visits up to three months. Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends checking all visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates before making travel arrangements. Alternatively, please ask your travel agent for more information.
The national languages are English and Chinese (mainly Cantonese).
It is safe to drink water directly from the tap in Hong Kong. However mineral water can be easily obtained from super markets, convenience stores and within hotels.
Public transport in Hong Kong is efficient, easy to use and moderately priced. The major form of public transportation is the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train network. It serves 53 stations and runs every 2 to 12 minutes from 6 am to just after midnight. Hong Kong’s cross-harbour ferries are faster and are relatively cheaper than the MTR and local buses.
Asia Escape Holidays advise you to talk to your doctor prior to departure about recommended vaccinations or medication that you may require. If you become ill in Hong Kong, please seek advice from the hotel you are staying at.
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Currency and Money Changers
The local of currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. Money can be changed at licensed currency exchanges, banks and hotels. Major credit cards, travellers cheques are widely accepted, ATMs are also widely available in Hong Kong. Some form of identification will be required when cashing in traveller’s cheques.
Holidays and Special Days
There are a number of special days/holidays in Hong Kong including Chinese New Year and the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Most Chinese holidays are determined by the lunar calendar, which changes every year, while national and Christian religious holidays remain the same each year. Surcharges may apply at hotels and for certain flights during these times. Check with your travel agent for public holiday updates.
Hong Kong’s voltage is 220 volts. Some hotels will provide adaptors on request however purchasing your own is recommended. Power plugs and points in Hong Kong are three-flat-pinned.
Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends insurance when travelling overseas. Please discuss your insurance options with your travel agent.
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