Hong Kong Vacations
A fascinating amalgam of east and west, old and new, Hong Kong will captivate you from the moment you set foot on its bustling shores. Here, you will find a surprise around every corner, and each neighborhood reveals a unique perspective into the city’s storied past and glittering presence.
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The island of Hong Kong, along with Kowloon, the, New Territories and about 230 other isles make up the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. More than two decades after the end of colonial rule there, the city remains a melting pot of cultures and communities.
What To Do
Ride the Peak Tram, to Victoria Peak for top-of-the-world views of the city. The ride aboard the world’s steepest funicular railway is as enthralling as the views from the Peak itself.
Cruise across Victoria Harbor. Regardless of whether you make the trip by day or night, you’ll be swept away by magnificent views of the towering skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon’s lovely Art-Deco pier.
Visit Man Mo Temple. This 19th century Taoist temple, one of the oldest in Hong Kong, honors the Gods of Literature (Man) and War (Mo).
Stroll down the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, home to the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Hong Kong Space Museum. The mile-long promenade provides gasp-worthy views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Hong Kong’s famous shopping streets, dedicated to electronics and antiques, fashion and homewares, jade and goldfish.
Visit Tian Tan Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Also known as the Big Buddha, this bronze monument rises 34 meters tall, facing north towards the mainland.
Old Town Central
The city’s oldest neighborhood is the beating heart of Hong Kong. Here, under the city’s magnificent skyline, you’ll find a harmony of past and present. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of streets that wind through old town, promising a surprise at every turn. With its vibrant dining and shopping scene coexisting with historic stores, Possession Street is a prime example. Nearby, the Tai Ping Shan area, the original settlement of the Chinese, is home to several temples. Bridges Street is a treasure trove of used bookstores and curio stores that will give you a glimpse into the city’s colorful past.
Hong Kong’s kitchen, Wan Chai offers an endless and mouth-watering selection of culinary offerings to suit every taste and budget. Wander through the neighborhood’s beautiful Hong Kong Park for a peaceful respite. Discover Wan Chai’s history at the House of Stories, which memorializes life in Wan Chai over the past century. Spend an evening at the races at Happy Valley Racecourse.
Across the Victoria Harbor, Kowloon offers historic charm and a diverse populace. Bordering the harbor, Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade offers jaw-dropping views of Hong Kong island. Kowloon is also home to the Temple Street Night Market, which surrounds the Tin Hau Temple. Here, you’ll find an endless array of food stalls and shops, along with fortune-tellers and opera singers. The Hong Kong Museum of History is worth a visit.
When to Go
With a seemingly endless list of festivals and events through the year, there’s really never a bad time to visit Hong Kong. Weather-wise, the cooler, drier months of November and December are ideal for outdoor pursuits. Be prepared for large crowds in December. If you’re visiting between May to August expect hot, humid weather. Cool down on one of the many beautiful beaches.
January/February – Lunar New Year
February/March – Spring Lantern Festival
March – Hong Kong Arts Month
May – Birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea
June – International Dragon Boat Races
August – Hungry Ghost Festival
December – Hong Kong Winterfest