Symphony of Lights erupts every evening on Hong Kong's waterfront – Image courtesy of discoverhongkong.com
Introducing Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s visually stunning landscape offers an exciting backdrop for a honeymoon or romantic escape.
What to do and see in Hong Kong
Watch life unfold from the century-old green-and-white Star Ferry as it glides across Victoria Harbour.
Or from the top deck of an old tram car as it winds across Hong Kong Island – first settled by the British in 1842 and home to some of the world's best shopping experiences.
Discover Kowloon’s bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district, boasting iconic luxury hotels, glitzy shopping malls and countless bars and restaurants.
Admire century-old Chinese art inside the Hong Kong Museum of Art or pop into Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong's oldest temple, on Hollywood Road.
To escape the crowded streets, hike along the Dragon's Back on Hong Kong Island or across the New Territories on the 100km-long MacLehose Trail, taking in Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan (985m).
Cycle through scenic countryside along the Tolo Harbour Track from Sha Tin to Tai Po or taste the briny air on a ferry ride to one of the 260 off-shore islands – Lamma is great for hiking, while Lantau is home to the famous Tian Tan Buddha, the world's largest seated outdoor Buddha (photo).
24 hours in Hong Kong…
Morning Rise early – before breakfast – and head to one of Hong Kong’s many parks, such as Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Park or Victoria Park, to watch people practise the slow, graceful motions of tai chi.
Ride a double-decker tram on Hong Kong Island to see traditional live unfold along the bustling streets.
Browse the antique shops on Hollywood Road, see Ming dynasty heirlooms and buy a chop (Chinese seal), then pop inside Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong's oldest temple (photo).
Stroll down to Central and window-shop the marble-floored shopping centres including The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince's Building, Alexandra House and ifc mall.
Lunch at Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street, Central, one of Hong Kong's oldest restaurants with a quaint 1930s ambience, for the city’s best dim sum experience.
Afternoon For the cheapest cruise in China and possibly the best views of Hong Kong Island’s towering skyscrapers and peaks, ride the century-old green-and-white Star Ferry (photo) as it weaves between ocean-going ships, Chinese junks and tugboats in a thrilling five-minute harbour crossing from Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui (and back).
Admire the extensive collection of Chinese art crowded inside the Hong Kong Museum of Art located on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Kowloon. Then head to the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel for afternoon high-tea, served with delicate cucumber sandwiches and scones, while people-watching to the sound of classical music being played from an upstairs balcony.
Or, get some fresh air on the pleasant and inexpensive 35-minute ferry ride to Lamma, followed by a picturesque 60-minute hike through grassland and unusual naturally shaped rocks along the hilly trail between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan.
Relax on a beach, go for a swim or snack on fresh seafood at an open-air waterfront restaurant. Alternatively, pay your respects at Tian Tan Buddha, the world's largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha, located at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.
Before sunset, ride the cable car up the almost vertical slope to The Peak – take right-hand side for the best views of the harbour and mountains – to watch the city’s lights twinkle throughout the city below.
Evening Enjoy dinner with a panoramic views of Hong Kong from The Peak’s Cafe Deco or head back and across the harbour to Spoon at the Hotel InterContinental Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui for mouth-watering French cuisine and excellent harbour views.
Unwind along Tsim Sha Tsui's waterfront and watch the nightly ‘A Symphony of Lights’ show – a spectacular synchronised multimedia display projected from skyscrapers on both sides of the harbour. Then party until dawn at a nightclub in Central's Lan Kwai Fong district.
Shopping in Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers some of the world's best shopping. In Hong Kong's air-conditioned mega-malls you can discover a ‘who's who’ of international designer brand names from around the world, as well as world-class department stores and designer boutiques that cater to every conceivable taste and budget.
Enjoy the fine dining and gourmet food outlets in Hong Kong's malls and look out for fashion shows previewing the very latest trends from around the world.
Browse stores such as Britain’s Marks & Spencer, Japan’s SOGO and Seibu as well as Hong Kong favourites such as Wing On, Sincere and Lane Crawford. While outside, check out local goods in traditional open-air markets, crammed among the towering skyscrapers.
All this to be enjoyed in a city that offers a diverse mix of eastern and western influences set against a stunning backdrop of towering skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional temples.
Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme For the best guarantee of satisfaction, head to shops that display the QTS sign, which is given to accredited shops and restaurants under the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Quality Tourism Services scheme.
This scheme certifies shops and restaurants that pass stringent annual assessments showing that they can, among other criteria, provide genuine products (with clearly marked process) and deliver good customer service.
Best shopping districts in Hong Kong
Here's a run-down of Hong Kong’s most interesting shopping districts…
Hong Kong Island
Central Within the shimmering skyscrapers of Hong Kong's Central district sit a number of marble-floored shopping atriums and malls. The main shopping centres include The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince's Building, Alexandra House and ifc mall. Inside, you can find a huge range of designer shops and exclusive brand names.
Don’t miss browsing the parallel streets in Central, known locally as ‘The Lanes’, located between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central: Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West offer stalls hawking everything from inexpensive clothing, watches and costume jewellery to luggage and shoes.
For photographic bargains head to Stanley Street; for antiques browse Hollywood Road, which sits above the Central business district; and further west towards Sheung Wan, discover Central's stepped ‘ladder’ streets for a range of goods being offered by sidewalk hawkers.
Western District In Sheung Wan, discover a renovated Edwardian building filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. Located at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street, this district is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.
Cat Street Bazaar Best known for stalls and shops selling antiques, watches, old coins and stone carvings. You will also find many fascinating Chinese herbal medicine stores.
Admiralty Admiralty is famous for its brand-name luxury goods. Don’t miss strolling through Admiralty Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's most popular malls. Here you can find more than 130 outlets, including internationally renowned designer labels and the Lane Crawford and Seibu department stores. Conveniently, Pacific Place is connected to the Admiralty MTR Station.
Tsim Sha Tsui In this bustling district it’s easy to discover numerous shopping centres, factory outlets and department stores. On Granville Road sits Harbour City, the area's largest and most famous shopping and entertainment complex; it is also a port for visiting cruise liners. Further along is Star House, where you can browse for the latest in computer equipment.
On nearby Canton Road you will find designer wear from local and international designers, while a one-block stroll away lies Nathan Road's famous Golden Mile, renowned for its dazzling array of brightly-lit, neon-decorated shops, hotels, restaurants and nightspots.
For a wide assortment of jewellery, clothes shops and street markets, head to Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei district. To discover the neighbourhood's charms, take an evening stroll through the Temple Street Night Market or the Jade Market.
Maritime Square, Tsing Yi Enjoy a fascinating combination of old and new Hong Kong. The square features more than 200 shops, themed restaurants and a cinema. Its proximity to Hong Kong International Airport makes it a great stop-off for transit passengers.
Hong Kong street markets
Discover a world of excitement and colour as you wander among the fascinating range of wares on sale.
Stanley Market Road, Stanley (Hong Kong Island) Stanley Market is the perfect place to buy something special for friends or relatives. The historic fishing lanes, open from 9am to 6pm daily, are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Mong Kok (Kowloon) Check out the amazing Bird Garden, a favourite gathering place for Hong Kong's songbird owners. See a range of exotic goods, from intricately crafted bird cages to nutritious grasshoppers. Open 7am to 8pm daily.
Flower Market Road, Mong Kok (Kowloon) Admire the colourful displays, sweet scents and the exotic blossoms, many of which are believed to bring good luck to the home. Open 7am to 7.30pm daily.
Hong Kong Island (Central and Western): 10am to 7pm (8pm along Queen’s Road); Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay and Wan Chai): 10am to 9.30pm; Kowloon (Tsim Shat Sui and Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok): 10am to 9pm. Many shops are open Sunday. Shopping hours may vary greatly.
All goods, other than alcohol and tobacco, are tax-free, helping to make Hong Kong one of the world's most attractive shopping destinations.
The winter sales (late December to February) and Hong Kong’s Summer Temptations sale (July to September) offer additional discounts and special offers to shoppers from around the world.
Duty free airport shopping
SkyPlaza at Hong Kong International Airport’s Terminal 2 offers 35,000m2 of facilities, providing a wide range of themed duty free stores, renowned local and international food outlets and various entertainment areas.
Nearby Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung is only a short taxi ride away from the airport. Here you can find more than 50 international brand names shops offering year-round 30 to 70 per cent discounts as well as a six-screen cinema, various food outlets and the 440-room Novotel Citygate Hong Kong.
Chinese clothing, gold jewellery and arts and crafts including silk, embroideries, cloisonné (colourful enamel separated by thin strips of brass), jade and wooden handicraft items.
Where to stay
Hong Kong offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Location: 8 Finance Street, Central District
Ave nightly price: AUD1,077 per room
Description: On Hong Kong Island, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong has rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Kowloon and free Wi-Fi. It is home to 2 Michelin award-winning restaurants. Spacious and air-conditioned, all guest rooms are decorated with a fusion of Western and Chinese elements. They include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD player and an iPod dock. Some rooms include a Nespresso machine or specially formulated toiletries from Paris. The marble private bathrooms include a deep soaking tub and a separate walk-in rain shower. Pampering massage treatments, steam rooms and saunas are available at the spa. Guests can exercise at the 24-hour fitness center, or check email at the 24-hour business center. The hotel also provides laundry and babysitting services. Lung King Heen serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, and Caprice features an open kitchen serving French food. Blue Bar and the Lounge provides a daily breakfast for guests. In the evenings, enjoy a cheese and wine pairing experience at Caprice Bar. Four Seasons Hong Kong is a 15-minute walk from the trendy restaurants and pubs at Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. It is within a 10-minute walk from The Central Pier, where guests can hop on a ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui and other islands. Hong Kong MTR subway station is a convenient 10-minute walk through the International Finance Centre (IFC), directly linked to the hotel.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Location: 15 Queen's Road Central, Central District
Ave nightly price: AUD806 per room
Description: Superbly located in the heart of Central-The Landmark Mandarin Oriental-Hong Kong sets new standards in Asia for deluxe contemporary accommodation and state-of-the-art in-room facilities-This exclusive-ultra-chic luxury hotel offers beautifully-appointed rooms and suites-providing the largest average room size of any hotel in Hong Kong. The Oriental Spa is located on 2 floors of the hotel and features a fitness centre, an indoor heated swimming pool in addition to pilates and yoga studios. Located on 8-15th floors, rooms and suites here will provide you with a flat-screen TV with satellite and cable channels, air conditioning and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a bath, private bathroom is fully stocked with a hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries. You can enjoy a city view from the room. Extras include an iPod dock, a DVD player and ironing facilities. At The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong you will find a 24-hour front desk. It provides luggage storage, newspaper and daily maid service for free. Services of laundry and shuttle bus are available for guests in need. Guests can enjoy different cuisines at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Delicate French cuisine by renowned chef can be tasted at Amber while cocktails and organic dining at MO Bar is also a good choice for a light meal. The hotel is just steps to Central MTR Station. It only takes 10 minutes on foot to Airport Express Station.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Location: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon West
Ave nightly price: AUD640 per room
Description: Sky-high luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi are located on floors 102 to 118 of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Towering over Victoria Harbour, it boasts the highest bar in the world and 5 restaurants including 2 Michelin Star restaurants. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong in the International Commerce Centre is directly located above Kowloon Station along the Airport Express Line. It takes 20 minutes to Hong Kong International Airport and is a short 3-minute train ride from bars and restaurants at Central. Tsim Sha Tsui shopping arcade is only 10 minutes' taxi ride away. Offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour from its large windows, each room offers comfortable beds covered with 400-thread count linens and feather pillows. The private bathroom comes with a separate rainshower and a bathtub. A flat-screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player, iPod dock and Nespresso machine are all included. Even without going out, guests will be spoilt for recreational choice with a pampering massage, a heated indoor pool and well-equipped gym. Added convenience is provided with laundry and concierge services. Awarded with One-Michelin Star, Tosca Italian restaurant serves innovative Italian menu. Two-Michelin Stars, Tin Lung Heen restaurant serves authentic Cantonese cuisine. Almas Caviar Bar offers a luxurious pre- or post-dinner rendezvous serving an ultimate selection of the world’s finest caviar. All-day dining, buffet lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea are available at Cafe 103. Beautiful views of Victoria Harbour as well as refreshing beverages and tapas can be enjoyed at Ozone, the highest bar in the world.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Location: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ave nightly price: AUD615 per room
Description: Opened in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong offers 5-star service and old world charm on the edge of Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui. A Roman-style indoor pool, a 12,000-square-feet spa and 8 award-winning restaurants and bars feature within this luxurious hotel. Oriental elegance meets modern luxury in rooms, which overlook the hotel's courtyard, Victoria Harbour or Kowloon. Marble bathrooms are fitted with a spa bathtub. A Blu-Ray player, LED swivel TV and free HD movies are provided. Rooms have free Wi-Fi and also feature an interactive digital bedside panel, LED touch-screen wall panels and wireless telephone with VOIP technology (free long-distance calls). The Peninsula Hong Kong is 5 minutes’ on foot from Tsimshatsui Ferry Terminal. From the airport, travel in style with the hotel's fleet of Rolls-Royce limousines, MINI Cooper S Clubman or a private helicopter. At the Peninsula Spa, relax with a full body massage or soak in the hot tubs. There is also an on-site shopping arcade, and well-equipped function rooms. Guests can also stay in shape at the fitness centre, or get professional services at the business centre. Felix rooftop restaurant features modern European cuisine while English afternoon tea is offered at The Lobby. Other options include French, Chinese, Swiss and Japanese dining. The Bar offers a range of cocktails and drinks.
InterContinental Hong Kong
Location: 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ave nightly price: AUD386 per room
Description: The InterContinental Hong Kong enjoys a waterfront location. It features a spa, a large infinity pool overlooking Victoria Harbour and 2 celebrity restaurants that offer 24-hour in-room dining. Rooms are elegantly decorated and feature floor-to-ceiling windows. They come with a 37-inch flat-screen TV, Bose DVD/CD home entertainment system and iPod docking stations. The room comes with Handy smartphone that provides unlimited local calls and international calls for 8 counties, and unlimited 3G mobile internet access. Guests can enjoy Hong Kong’s skyline from the 3 infinity hot bathtubs. The InterContinental’s I-Spa offers a hot tub, sauna and massage services, and the 24-hour fitness center offers free yoga and tai chi classes. Michelin Star Yan Toh Heen Restaurant serves Cantonese specialties, and the 4 other restaurants offer French, Japanese and Asian favorites. The InterContinental Hotel also features excellent international buffets. The hotel is just a walk from the Star Ferry Terminal and Tsim Sha Tsui MTR subway station. It is next to the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Museum of Art and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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Best time to visit Hong Kong
The best time to visit Hong Kong is from late September through to early December, when the skies are clear and sunny, temperatures are around 26°C (78°F) to 21°C (70°F) and the humidity drops to 70%.
Howver, it’s enjoyable to visit Hong Kong at any time of the year so long as you dress accordingly and are prepared for some rain.
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate that is generally unpredictable; the climate is influenced by the monsoon seasons of southern China.
The most temperate seasons are spring (March to May), which can be changeable, and autumn (October and November), which is generally sunny and dry. In January and February, the temperature can drop to below 10°C (50°F).
Typhoon season is between May and September. Summer temperatures average 28°C (82°F) between July and August.
For more climate info: Hong Kong Weather Guide…
How to get to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is located on China's south coast, roughly 60 km east of Macau on the opposite side of the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is surrounded by the South China Sea on the east, south, and west, and borders the Guangdong city of Shenzhen to the north.
The territory consists of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and more than 200 offshore islands, of which the largest is Lantau Island.
The most convenient route is to fly into Hong Kong International Airport, which is located on Chep Lap Kok Island. Alternatively, you may wish to arrive onboard a cruise ship.
For more info: How to get to Hong Kong…
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