Hong Kong: Holidays
The Pearl of the Orient
Backpacking in Hong Kong
Backpacking in Hong Kong is an affordable way to explore the province with several good value for money hostels found in Kowloon. Urban hostels in Hong Kong are within easy walking distance of public transport, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, major shopping venues, supermarkets, and many popular tourist attractions. Most backpacking accommodations range in price from about €15 - €30 per night most include towels, linen, washing machines, 24 hour bilingual reception and self catering facilities. Arrangements can also be made for backpackers to explore beyond the city with day trips to the Outlying Islands or the Big Buddha.
Beach in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has some excellent beaches, many with have facilities for swimmers, including changing rooms, showers, and lifeguards. The best beaches in Hong Kong are found on the islands such as Cheung Chau (Tung Wan and Kwun Yam Wan) which is reachable by ferry from Central, Hong Kong Island. Cheung Sha in Lantau is also a good area for beaches, and you will find open air restaurants here. On Hong Kong Island Repulse Bay is one of the most popular beach areas in Hong Kong. Shek O on the east coast is a good rural beach and reachable by bus. In the New Territories decent beaches to try are the Clearwater Bay beaches. The worst of Hong Kong's beaches in terms of water quality are found along the west coast of Kowloon.
Camping in Hong Kong
Camp sites in Hong Kong are located outside the urban sprawl, and there are 38 camp sites at country parks. Camp sites usually are based on reservoirs, or in pristine wilderness and make a good place to explore Hong Kong while avoiding the crowds. Campgrounds in Hong Kong are available for tents only. Most campsites in Hong Kong will offer amenities such as tables, bbq pit and benches. Due to extremely low precipitation in the last twelve months, water supply is beginning a problem at many camp sites. Campers may need to bring along water for drinking and cooking purposes . Check before you plan to camp.
City Breaks in Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers the ideal destination if you’re looking for a city break in a vibrant, fast paced city with amazing outlying islands to explore. Hong Kong makes for a great opportunity to a ride a tram and enjoy a bird's eye view of the city from Victoria Peak or take a scenic hike overlooking the South China Sea. One of the most celebrated cities in Asia you will find Chinese temples, a stunning harbour, endless shopping, sky high buildings and a lively nightlife. Hong Kong Island can be taken in in one visit and public transportation is efficient and cheap. Most of the main tourist sites can be reached by foot but dress for the weather (especially typhoon season) and take along a good map. You will, however, need at least a few days to take in the best of all Hong Kong.
Corporate Weekend in Hong Kong
A corporate weekend in Hong Kong is a great opportunity to visit a fast paced world financial capital. Visitors on a corporate weekend in Hong Kong will also appreciate the city's spectacular scenery and green spaces. Often referred to as where China meets the Western world, Hong Kong is a buzzing city full of chic restaurants, skyscrapers, temples, and a stunning harbour; with a diverse range of sights to see, things to do and places to stay, catering to all budgets and tastes. As Hong Kong is home of two official languages, Hong Kong provides the perfect setting for people and ideas of differing backgrounds to come together and for team building to thrive. Hong Kong is a great setting for corporate weekends. Unfortunately, we can't give Hong Kong a ten out of ten rating for corporate weekends as it entails an 11 and a half hour flight.
Cruises in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a well known and well serviced cruise hub. Passengers can travel throughout Asia such as Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Many cruise lines use Hong Kong as a home port including Hong Kong's own Star Cruises. Cruises to the Caribbean are also popular. Ocean Terminal is where cruises arrive and depart with plans to further expand. The busiest time of year for cruises to and from Hong Kong is from May to October.
Culture and Arts in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's culture and arts scene is unique. Hong Kong offers a diverse range of museums showcasing the territory's colourful history and development. Top museums include the Hong Kong Museum of Art (made up mostly of Chinese artists), Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History. There are also museums of science and space and of special interest is the Tea Ware Museum. Comic books and Chinese animation are popular and in particular the comic books Manhua, a Hong Kong based comic book readily available at new stands. The Cantonese Opera is always a hit with fans, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics and acting and can be viewed at Sunbeam Theatre. Hong Kong has world-class performing arts including dance, music, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as traditional Chinese and Western theatres. Hong Kong also has a as well known comedy club:The TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Hong Kong
Biking in Hong Kong is not popular but is best done in the New Territories or on one of the flatter islands or islands where traffic is less crowded. There are many places to rent bikes in Hong Kong, such as in Tai Wai in the New Territories, and on Cheung Chau and Lantau islands as well as including major transport hubs, some hotels and downtown spaces. Rates are an unbelievably low €3 – 5 but deposits are required. Cycling in Hong Kong's city centre itself is best avoided and not that enjoyable.
Disabled Needs in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a reasonably disabled-friendly province. Signs mark disabled access for public toilets and metro stations with elevators, as well as escalators. Public transportation for disabled people is possible by taking purchasing tickets with braille, and LED displays of upcoming metro stations. Priority seats are found on all public transport. Taxis and buses such as Rehabus are equipped to help passengers with limited mobility or needing assistance. The airport is designed for wheelchair accessibility with assistance programs for persons with disabilities as well as for others who require assistance. Note that disabled passengers travelling from the airport to Hong Kong can make taxi reservations in advance.
Family Holiday in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a fun loving destination to enjoy a family holiday. It is a bustling territory with many of the top attractions catering to young people. In summer children can enjoy any number of water sports and activities along Hong Kong's beaches. In the city children can enjoy a ferry ride across the stunning Victoria harbour complete with amazing views of the skyscrapers and the peak looming in the backdrop. At night the skyscrapers put on a light show. For a true adventure take the tram up the steep climb to Victoria Peak for a bird's eye view of the city. On a hot day or early morning the Zoological and Botanical Gardens on Hong Kong Island are a nice family escape from the streets and a chance to take part or simply watch t'ai chi performed. Children will also love wandering Hong Kong's exotic food markets and traditional shops. For a family day in Hong Kong head to Ocean Park or visit one of the rural villages or visit Lantau island and ride the cable car, the Ngong Ping 360 to see the world's largest outdoor Buddha. Hong Kong Disneyland is also found on Lantau island. Even with younger children you can do most of Hong Kong’s sightseeing on foot and the efficient public transport. There is also a wide range of family friendly accommodation options available for reasonable prices. Hong Kong is definitely a good option for a family holiday.
Gay and Lesbian in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is continually taking a more proactive approach to gays and lesbians but the territory is by no means gay and lesbian friendly. There is now a gay rights parade in the city but for men under the age of 21, engaging in sodomy earns them a life imprisonment sentence. Homosexuality is not uncommon but is hidden behind closed doors and generally not tolerated in traditional Chinese society. There are of course saunas, karaoke lounges, bars in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui and even two magazines publishing gay listings and events. The lesbian scene in Hong Kong is hardly visible.
Hen Destination in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an exotic and exciting destination for a hen party. Hong Kong offers party-goers an exciting and fun filled night out with plenty of wine bars and chic lounges but the city is also a shopping mecca. Hong Kong City is perfect for those looking for a weekend of hiking with breathtaking views of the South China Sea, the Outlying islands and natural scenery of the country parks, finished off with a night of cocktails; chatting to strangers in Hong Kong is welcome. Hong Kong also some very good museums and galleries but the allure is the infinite number of bars, live music, and nightclubs set amidst the vibrant market stalls and stunning Victoria Harbour which lights up at night. Celebrate your hen do in Hong Kong with extravagant shopping, a traditional Chinese spa retreat, or maybe a lazy day at any number of Hong Kong's stunning beaches sporting your A-lister look.
Honeymoon in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has always been a top destination for honeymooners. Hong Kong provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate honeymoon in a city full of contrasts: skyscrapers amidst stunning country parks and traditional Chinese culture set along side Western culture and religious serenity (temples, Buddhas and t'ai chi) sitting right next to the pulsing streets and dizzying markets. Couples can dine in any number of Hong Kong's world class restaurants while joying romantic views of the city at night along Victoria Harbour. In the day take an exciting and thrillingly steep tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Here you will enjoy unparalleled views of the city. Hong Kong is full of bustling boutiques and fast-paced market stalls. The shopping in Hong Kong is world class. Honeymooners in Hong Kong looking for old-world elegance and charm can stay at the Ritz-Carlton or the Peninsula. There are also some amazing hiking trails throughout Hong Kong Island with romantic mountain and sea settings. Lantau Island makes for a good day trip and a chance to see the world's largest outdoor Buddha. Newlyweds wanting an exciting nightlife should head to the horse races. Accommodation will normally offer exciting honeymoon packages to suit every budget.
Golf Activity Holiday in Hong Kong
If you are looking for cheap golf, Hong Kong might not be the place for you. The private golf clubs in Hong Kong charge an extortionate amount and are only open to members. For golfers on holiday in Hong Kong there few public courses but plenty of driving ranges. One golf club in Hong Kong that is open to the public is the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course in Sai Kung. The Hong Kong Golf Association provides details of courses, handicaps, driving ranges and tournaments.
Players should note that in Hong Kong there are handicap requirements typicallly 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women. If you are visiting in November you can catch the Hong Kong Open.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's unique location means it has some excellent hiking and walking trails and walking is one of the best ways to get around Hong Kong (from a sight-seeing point of view) except of course in the typhoon season. When in Hong Kong the best and most efficient way to see things is to bring a street/subway map and to plan your itinerary. You can however, simply wander around Victoria Harbour and enjoy the views. You can even walk all the way to the top of Victoria Peak. If you plan to hike some of Hong Kong's country parks, the Dragon's Back is a must. Hike along the mountain ridge overlooking the South China Sea, reservoirs and natural unspoilt beaches. In the New Territories there are four major trails: MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail, Hong Kong Trail and Lantau Trail. The Hong Kong Trail is the most gentle. There are few better places to hike in an urban setting than Hong Kong. Remember to bring plenty of water.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a lively albeit expensive singles nightlife. In a city where chatting up a stranger is not uncommon, Hong Kong has a particularly friendly night scene. From all-night club hopping to pub crawls, lounges and comedy clubs Hong Kong has something for everyone. Weekends are busiest but the nightlife is still vibrant and often cheaper during the weekdays. Happy hours in Hong Kong are hugely popular. Hong Kong also enjoys an avid theatre and cinema crowd. For restaurants, bars, and cafés head to Lan Kwai Fong in Central or Soho (south of Hollywood Road). If you’re single and looking for crowded dance floors and want to dance til dawn you won’t need to look hard or go far. The best places to go are in Central (Drop, C Club, Dragon-i) and don;t close until 10 am. For something a little different head to an Art Jam for some late night culture. Try Meli-Melo. Gays and lesbians can head to Hong Kong's Central and check out Club Bliss or Club 97.
Single Scene for girls in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a highly recommended destination for single girls. Hong Kong offers single girls plenty of shopping, cocktails and breathtaking scenery. Find chic bars and a maze of streets and shops 24 hours a day. Ride a ferry for amazing views of the skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour then head to the top of Victoria Peak. Hong Kong has no shortage of restaurants or speciality shops at the top to rest your feet. In good weather spend the day hiking Hong Kong Island for unbeatable views of the breathtaking scenery. Afterwards hit the wonderful rural beach of Shek-O and stay for an amazing seafood dinner. The nightlife in Hong Kong usually starts in pubs after work; If you’re single and looking for something more lively Hong Kong offers plenty of late night/early morning bars and clubs. You're best bet is to go to Central. Touring the cities or walking out on the streets as a single girl is safe but at night it might be best to catch a taxi (which are reasonably priced) or take public transportation. Keep to well lit areas and don’t go down any dark streets or alleys. Always carry a map, your accommodation address and if not a mobile phone at least enough money to use a payphone.
Single Scene for guys in Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers a great single scene for men looking for a high paced and vibrant city. Aside from site-seeing Victoria Park, the harbour and numerous skyscrapers and packed markets Hong Kong is literally full of eateries and bars. There are numerous good pubs to be found in Central. For a sports day try your hand at badminton or basketball with local courts found throughout the city. Running is also a new favourite past time amongst the people of Hong Kong and there are plenty of opportunities for water sports, beaches and hiking. Hiking in Hong Kong is a great experience and you will get unbeatable views of the territory. For an exciting evening go to the horse races at Happy Valley Racecourse; Hong Kong is famous for its gambling or maybe catch a kick boxing match. At night, in Hong Kong there are too many bars and clubs to choose from, but popular choices can be found in Central with many clubs bringing in household names in the dj world. Nightclubs stay open well into the early hours.
Shopping Holiday in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a hotspot for world-class shopping, evident by the many well dressed women and men. A consumer's paradise Hong Kong suits all tastes and budgets. If you can't find what you're looking for here than you'll never find it anywhere. Almost everywhere in the city you will find boutiques, shops, markets, outlets and air conditioned malls. Some of the giant malls are Langham Place in Mong Kok, Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong and Pacific Place in Central. Street markets are the best places for bargains; sales generally take place in July and August. For luxury designer fashions go to Central (Des Voeux Road and Chater Road); you can also find street market items in the nearby The Lanes. For antiques and traditional Chinese goods walk along Hollywood Road. Soho is nearby with trendy eateries and trendy fashion boutiques with the latest items. Shops will typicallly close over Chinese New Year for two days.
Well-being and Spa in Hong Kong
Whether you’re a bride-to-be or just needing some me time, when it comes to professional and modern spas Hong Kong is an ideal destination. Offering luxury spa holidays designed to reduce stress, relieve muscle pain, relax or enhance skin tones, you can indulge and pamper yourself guilt free. Soothe the mind and body under the care of professional therapists providing modern as well as traditional Chinese and Western treatments, and tailor made programs to help you get exactly what you need, and to suit your budget. Spa holidays are about unwinding with a soothing massage or choosing from a range of rejuvenating packages. Most Hong Kong hotel spas are found in the major hotels and require advanced booking. The spas spas have everything to offer including mood themed rooms, outdoor pool, steam rooms, ice fountains, relaxation rooms and peaceful gardens. A spa retreat in Hong Kong might not be cheap but is well worth the money.
Stag Destination in Hong Kong
With so many bars and clubs in Hong Kong, the city makes a great destination for stag parties or bachelor weekends. Finding traditional forms of male entertainment in Hong Kong such as strippers can be done in Wan Chai but if you’re looking for some alternatives try going to Happy Valley Racecourse for an exciting gambling night out or take in a kick boxing match. During the day Hong Kong has no shortage of site seeing attractions (Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour, busy markets, and unspoilt islands and beaches easily accessed by public transport). Water sports and mountain climbing are very popular. Pub crawls are a great idea and easily done in Central. Guys on stag in Hong Kong can also catch if they're lucky the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in March. Hong Kong is not a cheap option for a stag party but it does offer a wide variety of entertainment and activities as well a wide range of accommodation choices suited for every budget and taste. Overall, Hong Kong makes a good stag-do choice.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Hong Kong
Sailing in Hong Kong is a relaxing and pleasant way to escape the heat and bustle of the city. You don’t need to own your own boat to experience the amazing waters surrounding Hong Kong. If you are a somewhat experienced sailor you can check out the boards outside the yacht clubs as often owners are looking for crew. Beginners can take a sailing lesson from one of Hong Kong's sailing clubs the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club or the St Stephen's Beach Water Sports Centre both found in Hong Kong Island.
Winter Sun in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has typically high temperatures for a major city and rarely falls below 15 Celsius even in the winter months, in fact many prefer to visit Hong Kong during November and December when there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Though probably too cold to enjoy the beaches, overall Hong Kong makes a good winter sun holiday. Temperatures are around 70° to 78°F (21°-26°C), and the humidity drops to 70%. January and February are the coldest months, when temperatures can drop to 50°F (10°C) but usually stay between 50° and 60°F (14°-20°C). You'll want a jacket during this time.