With its buzzing neon streets, drool-worthy food scene and world-renowned shopping, Hong Kong’s relentless energy is a force to be reckoned with.
Not quite a part of China, though not entirely independent either, Hong Kong is a captivating destination all of its own.
It’s a place where soaring skyscrapers, overflowing markets and traditional monasteries all vie for limited space. Where words like ‘world-renowned’ and ‘iconic’ are regularly used to describe its skyline, food scene and shopping. Where mountains, beaches and quaint fishing villages offer a relaxing retreat from the sensory overload Hong Kong is famous for.
So whether you want to shop till you drop at Hong Kong’s famed Temple Street Night Market or sing Cantopop at a karaoke bar on Lan Kwai Fong or hike through green parkland – Hong Kong has plenty to offer.
Hong Kong travel highlights
Temple Street Night Market
The king of Hong Kong’s thriving market scene, get lost in a maze of sights, sounds and smells as vendors sell cheap wares and tasty eats.
Tian Tan Buddha
Climb 260 steps to get up close and personal with ‘Big Buddha’ – one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world.
Lan Kwai Fong
When the sun goes down, this legendary party street fills with trendy locals and tourists in pursuit of a good time.
Take the Peak Tram for amazing panoramic views of Hong Kong’s famous harbour and skyscraper-studded skyline.
Hong Kong holiday information
Hong Kong facts
Local culture of Hong Kong
Food and Drink in Hong Kong
Festivals and Events in Hong Kong
Geography and Environment
Shopping guide to Hong Kong
Hong Kong travel FAQs
Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: No – not required
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Travellers from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, while travellers from most African, Middle Eastern and South American nations can visit visa-free for up to 30 days. You are required to obtain a visa if you are planning to visit mainland China. A 30-day Single Entry Tourist Visa must be obtained in advance. Please check your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information about visa requirements.
It’s a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your departure date from Hong Kong and has a couple of blank pages for stamps.
Most restaurants add a 10-15% service charge to your bill, although it is still customary to leave a small additional tip if you are happy with your service. An extra 5% or so is acceptable.
Free Wi-Fi is widely available across Hong Kong. Hotspots include most major tourist attractions, libraries, parks, major MTR stations and shopping malls. Many hotels, bars and cafes also offer complimentary Wi-Fi, though if you are having difficultly connecting for free, there are plenty of internet cafes around as well.
Mobile phone coverage is exceptional in Hong Kong. Phones can be used everywhere, including in the harbour tunnel and on the MTR. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Hong Kong. Public toilets are relatively easy to find, particularly at MTR stations, though they frequently run out of toilet paper.
Milk tea from a market stall = USD 1.50 - 2
Hong Kong egg tart = USD 5
Simple meal from a teahouse or food stall = USD 7 – 20
Chinese dinner at a high-end restaurant = USD 100+
Yes, tap water is safe to drink in Hong Kong. While many locals prefer the prestige associated with drinking bottled water, for environmental reasons try to avoid buying them. Instead, pack a reusable bottle.
Major credit cards are accepted by large hotels, stores and restaurants, but may not be accepted by smaller vendors such and market stalls. Make sure to always carry some cash in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available across Hong Kong.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1-3: New Year’s
Jan 29: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (usually a week-long holiday)
Apr 3-5: Qingming Festival
May 1: Labour Day
May 30: Dragon Boat Festival
Oct 1-7: National Day
For a current list of public holidays in Hong Kong go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/China/public-holidays/
Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chinese tend to be fairly conservative and few people are openly out. That said, Hong Kong has a small, but growing, gay scene and the annual Pride Parade attracts thousands. While it’s common for friends of the same sex to hold hands, keep in mind any further displays of affection are frowned upon (this applies to heterosexual couples as well). As long as LGTBQI travellers use common sense, travel in Hong Kong should not be a problem.