Hong Kong is a vibrant and dynamic city to visit, with both modern and heritage attractions, so there is something for everyone. Generally split into two areas, there is Hong Kong Island which is the high end of Hong Kong where you can find splendid restaurants, designer shops and boutiques. Then there is Kowloon where you can find markets, bars and restaurants, and hotels. Hong Kong sits just off the coast of China, in Eastern Asia bordering the South China Sea.
Best Time to Visit
As Hong Kong has a subtropical climate, it is mild throughout most of the year yet very hot during the summer months. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December as the weather is still sunny and warm but is also cool so will not be as humid as it would be in the height of summer – and it will be within the dry season. The time to avoid would be May to end of August as there can be thunderstorms and typhoons
As Hong Kong is in Asia, the main staple foods consist of rice, noodles and fish or meat. However, some popular dishes that are unique to Hong Kong are Congee, Dim Sum, Char siu, Wonton noodles and Buddha’s delight.
History and Culture
Hong Kong, meaning fragrant harbour, was under British rule from 1841 to 1997 and was known as British Hong Kong. This was originally because China handed over Hong Kong to the British. As they came out of British Colony, Hong Kong now identifies itself as a modern city. You can also visit the terracotta soldiers which are sculptures of the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Hong Kong celebrates the Chinese Lunar New year, and they take part in Kung Fu as a form of entertainment and exercise.
Things to Do
- Visit the Big Buddha.
- Take a hike through Dragon’s Back Country Park.
- Visit historical temples such as the Man Mo Temple.
- Visit some of the incredible shopping centres.
- Go to Victoria Peak – the highest point on Hong Kong Island.