Hong Kong

Exotic, colourful and buzzing with people, Hong Kong is an unforgettable city that will stimulate the senses like no other. From its towering modern skyscrapers and sophisticated restaurants to its street-style markets and roadside food stalls, it’s a fascinating place full of wonderful things to see and do. The spectacular harbour vistas, lofty mountain peaks and famous neon-lit alleys will wow you. The extravagant designer shopping malls and the bustling night markets will satisfy any shopping enthusiast. For another feast of the senses, take the hour-long ferry trip to Macau to experience its unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese cultures and of course, its famous Las Vegas-style casinos.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a story in three parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Together, they’re a combination of modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, vibrant markets, beaches, mountains and deserted islands. Then there is the shopping – designer fashion, technology and charming local souvenirs. It is also renowned as a gourmet’s paradise, with an abundance of exceptional restaurants.

Originally a small fishing community and a haven for travellers and pirates, Hong Kong was used by the British as a naval base during the Opium Wars with China. It remained a British colony from 1842 until sovereignty was transferred to the People’s Republic of China in 1997.

Kowloon is a bustling mixture of shops, fantastic bars, pubs, restaurants, gardens and markets. It is connected to Hong Kong Island by three tunnels and the MTR, but a trip across Victoria Harbour on a Star Ferry is the ideal way to commute. Be tempted by the Temple Street Night Markets and wander along Nathan Road for its vast range of shopping.

Lantau Island
Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau Island, is well known for its unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, and the Giant Buddha. Take a tour of the famous Po Lin Monastery before climbing the 268 steps to view the seated outdoor bronze Buddha.

Hong Kong Island
Home to the original settlement of the Hong Kong territory, Hong Kong Island is the city’s financial and business hub, full of charming colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. The island has a plethora of restaurants, bars and shops. Visit the SoHo district for upscale boutiques, bars and a wide variety of restaurants. Travel on the tram car to Victoria Peak, pick up some souvenirs, artworks and fashion at Stanley Market or dine at one of the famous floating restaurants on Aberdeen Harbour. Every night the skyline dazzles with the ‘A Symphony of Lights’ neon light show synchronised to music.

When to Go
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. It can be visited year-round. The warmest months are from late May to September. The cooler, dryer winter months are from December to February. Some shops close for the Chinese New Year that runs from mid-January to February. For a less expensive holiday, avoid travelling around Chinese national holidays. Macau has a tropical climate and the weather is generally hot and humid. China has variable weather conditions due to its size. Spring and autumn offer a pleasant climate with beautiful blooming flowers and autumn hues, while May to August in the centre and north can be hot. This summer period can be busy because it is a peak travel time for Chinese families and students on holidays. Snowfall can occur in the north from December to March, but this time can be better value with stunning scenery.

Visas & Passports
A valid passport with at least six months’ validity beyond the intended stay is required in Hong Kong, Macau and China. Australian passport holders do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days in Hong Kong and 30 days in Macau. All visitors require a visa when travelling in China and this must be obtained before departing Australia. Travellers spending time in China as a stopover can apply for a 24, 72, or 144 hour Transit Visa.

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