The ultimate travel guide for Hong Kong

Explore the vibrant Hong Kong with our travel guide! From the impressive skyline of Victoria Harbour to the lively markets of Mong Kok, immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of this Asian metropolis. Discover the harmonious mix of traditional temples and modern architecture, taste the diverse cuisine, and experience the unique interplay of East and West. Our Hong Kong guide offers essential tips for an unforgettable stay, from the historic tram ride to the serene escape on Lantau Island. Be enchanted by the allure of Hong Kong and plan your perfect trip to this city full of contrasts.

What you can expect from Hong Kong

Language: Hong Kong has two official languages: Chinese and English. This means that all (traffic) signs are in both languages and that official agencies also have a sufficient level of English proficiency.

Payment methods: In Hong Kong, there are many ATMs and exchange offices where you can obtain Hong Kong Dollars. Paying with a credit card is not always possible; cash is still the most widely used form of payment in many places.

Power outlets:In Hong Kong the power plugs and sockets are of type G and D. The standard voltage is 220 volts.

Time zone:the time difference between the Netherlands and Hong Kong is seven hours in winter time and six hours in summer time. Hong Kong does not use different winter- or summer times.

Traffic: In Hong Kong, driving is on the left, as is the case in the United Kingdom.

Visa:If you stay in Hong Kong for less than 90 days, a so-called visa on arrival is sufficient. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, we advise you to contact the embassy.

Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

Hong Kong - skyline
Hong Kong - Chi Lin Nunnery

Best time to visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a warm maritime climate, meaning that winters are warm and relatively dry, while summers are tropical with high humidity. This high humidity is mainly from March to September and can reach up to 84%. Additionally, during this period, there is also a chance of cyclones and tropical storms.

Temperatures generally do not drop below 15 degrees Celsius in winter and rise to an average of 32 degrees Celsius in summer.

Hong Kong is easy to visit all year round, but if you want to avoid extreme weather conditions, spring and autumn are ideal for your visit. You have the least chance of storms, cyclones, and very high humidity during this time, while still being able to enjoy pleasant temperatures.

Transport in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a bustling metropolis where tradition and modernity converge, offers an impressive range of transportation options. Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere of historic streets or quickly travel from one district to another, Hong Kong has it all.

The heart of public transportation in Hong Kong is the extensive MTR (Mass Transit Railway) system. Fast, reliable, and easy to navigate, the MTR takes you to all corners of the city and provides a great way to explore the sights. Here you can read all about the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Buses are available in places that the metro does not cover. In Hong Kong these are often double-deckers. Also here it is easy to pay with the Octopus Card when boarding.

For a more relaxed ride, you can take the iconic double-decker trams that glide through the busy city center. Hong Kong is also known for its breathtaking cable cars, such as the Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island. With its extensive coastline, Hong Kong also offers various ferry services and water taxis. Enjoy a relaxing ride across Victoria Harbour and admire the impressive skyline on the Star Ferry.

Taxis in Hong Kong are plentiful and surprisingly affordable. They operate using a taximeter with a standard starting rate. It’s convenient that these meters don’t run based on time, so traffic jams in the city don’t make the taxi ride more expensive. Despite English being an official language in Hong Kong, not every taxi driver speaks English (well). It’s therefore useful to have the Chinese address on paper or in your phone with you.

In summary, transportation in Hong Kong is diverse and efficient, making exploring this bustling city a true pleasure. The Octopus Card is indispensable for public transport in Hong Kong. Read here where you can use the Octopus Card in Hong Kong. Whether you prefer modern subways, scenic trams, or breathtaking cable cars, Hong Kong has something for everyone.

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Hong Kong

Number of days in Hong Kong

We lived in Hong Kong for five months and still discovered new and special places in this world city every day. But how long do you plan a vacation or stopover in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has so many diverse sights that you can easily fill a week without every day being the same. Especially if you want to get a good taste of the atmosphere but also want to visit Ocean Park or Disneyland, we recommend planning at least a week. Do you also want to visit (the casinos in) Macau, then you will need an extra day. If you are less interested in these parks but still want to experience the real Hong Kong, you could get by with about four days.

If you really don’t want or can’t stay in Hong Kong for more than a day or two, it will be a difficult choice between the sights. Make sure you no longer suffer from jet lag and start the day on time. In that case, we advise you to choose the sights in the city and spend less time in nature. Despite the fact that nature is beautiful and diverse, it is the city with its rich culture that makes Hong Kong unique.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong - Big Wave Beach
Hong Kong - 10.000 buddha's

Where to stay in Hong Kong

The best place for a hotel, hostel or apartment varies per person, depending on your budget and wishes. With hundreds of hotels in Hong Kong, there is something for everyone. Since the MTR will be an important mode of transport during your stay in Hong Kong, we recommend choosing a hotel that is close to an MTR station. This way, all the sights are easily accessible, and you get the most out of your visit to Hong Kong. Here are some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Hong Kong:

For those who prefer a bustling urban atmosphere, Central is the ideal choice. This business district is home to luxury hotels, high-end shops, and trendy restaurants. From Central, you have easy access to attractions such as Victoria Peak and the Star Ferry. Located at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui is a paradise for shopaholics and foodies. Here you’ll find an abundance of boutique hotels, cozy cafes, and famous shopping streets like Nathan Road. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere with endless shopping opportunities and vibrant nightlife, consider Causeway Bay. This neighborhood is known for its shopping malls, dining options, and local markets. For a more local experience, Kowloon City is a great choice. Escape the crowds and discover charming streets, local markets, and affordable accommodations.

When planning your stay in Hong Kong, it’s crucial to choose the location that best suits your interests and travel goals. Whether you’re looking for luxury in Central, vibrancy in Tsim Sha Tsui, trendy shops in Causeway Bay, or a local atmosphere in Kowloon City, Hong Kong has something for everyone.