Once a British Colony, Hong Kong has been an economically and politically independent territory of China for many years. Its warm weather draws crowds throughout the year, which makes it an ideal destination for exploration and cultural activities. Book in advance or find last-minute deals for cheap flights to Hong Kong, so you will have budget left over to spend during your stay.
There is no shortage of places to shop in Hong Kong as the streets are filled with lively street markets. Shop for clothes at the Ladies Market, antiques on Cat Street and jewellery and stone in the Jade Market. There are lots of other markets that offer a huge variety of goods and services. For visitors who are not faint-hearted, bargaining is a way to get the best deals.
Despite its numerous tall skyscrapers, there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy in Hong Kong. At 1,805 feet high, Victoria Peak is one of the top destinations to visit for breathtaking views of the city. Lantau Island is the largest island and offers secluded beaches, green mountainsides and traditional fishing villages. Lantau island is also home to the pink-coloured Chinese White dolphins.
Hong Kong’s Chinese and Western influences can be seen in its festival holidays like Christmas and Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks and traditional meals and the Mid-Autumn Festival features bright lanterns and the traditional bakery delicacy, mooncakes.
When to go
With a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s winters are mild and dry while its summers are hot and humid. Summer is also the wettest time of the year with rain, thunderstorms and typhoons. On average, summers can reach up to 31 degrees Celsius with humidity of 90 per cent or more, while winter temperatures cool down to 15 degrees Celsius. Autumn and spring have mild weather, with spring experiencing some fog. But thanks to its year-round warm weather, Hong Kong has become an all-year destination.
The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to December when the weather is most pleasant. This overlaps with the mid-autumn to mid-spring peak seasons when there are most visitors. Despite the higher temperatures, summer also receives a large number of visitors, though less than other times of the year. You could well find cheaper prices for summer as it is considered ‘low season’.
In general, prices and visitors increase around important holidays. These include the Golden Holiday week around 1st May, National Day on 1st October and Chinese New Year around January and February. The months of May or June also have the Dragon Boat Festival along the Shing Mun River. At these times, many visitors come from mainland China to spend their holidays in Hong Kong.
Airports and airlines
Flights to Hong Kong arrive at the only airport, Hong Kong International. Located on Lantau Island, the airport is near some of the main attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. Connecting roads and transport services can easily take you to the city centre and inland areas like Kowloon Bay.
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Choose from a number of well-reputed carriers such as Air China, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Airports such as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Manchester Airport service both direct and indirect flights to Hong Kong. Indirect flights from other locations like Edinburgh Airport stopover in London.