From the beauty of a historic monastery to the ultra-modern skyline of towering skyscrapers, Hong Kong has a mix of Chinese and British influences and provides the perfect destination for a city break.
The minute you arrive at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), you are welcomed to a world where old meets new. There is much to see in this former British colony, with the most popular areas being Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.
Kowloon is full of interesting antique shops and markets. It is a great place to watch the locals go about their daily lives. For a bargain or two, head out to the markets at Hollywood Road and Nathan Road. When it comes to fashion, accessories, bags and cosmetics try your bartering skills at the Ladies' Market. You could also visit Stanley Market on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, where the laid-back vibe of the beach and secluded hills show a different side of city life.
History and art lovers will appreciate city breaks in Hong Kong as there is a wealth of museums and galleries to explore. Right in the heart of the city you will find the Museum of Art, where exhibitions of old and new works can be seen. If you're with the family, spend a day at the Museum of History, where there is lots to do for all ages. Families with children will also enjoy some white-knuckle rides at Ocean Park Theme Park.
Hong Kong city breaks have to involve a trip to Victoria Harbour, where a ride on the Star Ferry will provide you with a great view of the city's sights. Try a night-time cruise as well to see the stunning 'Symphony of Lights' display transform the harbour front. Or view the city from above at The Peak, a modern building reached by tram which overlooks the skyscrapers and harbour.
If you want to get away from the busy city, head out to Lantau Island where you can visit the tranquil Lo Pin Monastery, climb the steps to the giant bronze Buddha or visit Hong Kong Disneyland. Alternatively, pay a visit to St John's Cathedral, the perfect contradiction to the city's glass-fronted skyscrapers. For great days out, you can choose from a lazy day relaxing on Repulse Bay beach, experiencing the boats at Aberdeen fishing village or catching the latest race at the Happy Valley Racecourse.
Hong Kong enjoys a hot climate for most of the year. Many people find that the best times to visit are either in the spring, when the temperatures are pleasantly mild, or the autumn, which is usually dry and sunny.
As a city that enjoys art and culture, it is no surprise that the Chinese Opera Festival and Le French May Arts Festival are popular events. For something more traditional, try to catch the Dragon Boat Water Parade held in the quaint fishing village of Tai O on Lantau Island. The colourful parade of boats with their flags and decorated statues is a sight that shouldn't be missed.
If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong this year and need some help, read our fact file below and use TravelSupermarket`s search tool to find the cheapest deals.
we search scheduled, low cost and charter flights in our easy to use one stop search
we often have special exclusive deals on all your favourite holiday destinations in our Deals section
Cookies are harmless files which can help improve the experience. Cookies allow websites to respond to you as an individual. The website can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.