Cheap Holidays to Hong Kong 2014
Hong Kong is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities on earth. So much human activity packed into such a small area can also make it a pretty expensive place too, especially on big, popular hotel room rates. But with a bit of planning, inside knowledge and bargaining, you can cut your costs of a Hong Kong holiday down to a more palatable size.
On the accommodation front, for instance, it means avoiding the super-peak times of the year, like Chinese New Year in February, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in March, and the Canton Fair period in October.
It always pays to book ahead, and if you are in a big group, don’t be afraid to bargain on the room rate.
There are plenty of guesthouses, and more out-of-the-way lower-end hotels, both of which can save you money on a low-cost holiday to Hong Kong. Yes, the room might be smaller, and the view not exactly the best, but the money you save will make the rest of your holiday more memorable.
The best time weather-wise to head for a cheap holiday tends to be during the months of September to February, but things are definitely cheaper in the rainy, typhoon season of June to September.
As such an important business centre and gateway to Mainland China, Hong Kong is well-served by the major airlines and local carriers, with a flight time from the UK around the twelve hour mark. Generally, direct flights will cost you more than ones requiring a connection.
Once you’ve landed in Hong Kong, getting around on the public trains, trams, busses and ferries is cheaper if you get yourself an Octopus swipe card.
Save money on eating out by taking advantage of the local custom of what are called ‘tea sets’. Available in mid-range restaurants on week days from 2pm, these are fixed price menus that undercut the usual menu prices by up to 30%.
If you are thirsty, look out for the numerous ‘happy hours’, in bars and hotels.
Shopping is one of the biggest draws of Hong Kong. You can spend a fortune on every luxury brand known to man - or you can be a little wiser with your money.
For example, get yourself a suit made by one of the many, many skilled tailors in the city. With so much clothing being made just over the border in China, some of it finds its way into Hong Kong shops, unbranded, but pretty much the same as the designs heading for international markets, and at a fraction of the costs too.
Some computer equipment and photographic gear can be cheaper in Hong Kong, but do make sure everything you buy is compatible with the standards and specifications back home.
Before you book, take a good look at Netflights.com for the regular flight and hotel offers that will help you get to Hong Kong and make the most of it when you get there.