Destination Guide - Hong Kong

The name Hong Kong loosely translates to ‘fragrant harbour’ and there’s certainly no shortage of scents: the vibrant markets, world-class restaurants and the natural scent of the parklands, to name a few. The large expatriate community makes it a great place to mingle with global citizens and creates the ultimate fragrance – eau d’international relations.

The Basics

Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Population: 7,200,000
Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese and English
Country code: +852
Time zone: +8
Daylight savings: N/A
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade or two-wire plug with parallel round prongs
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Victoria Harbour
  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Stanley Market
  • Victoria Peak

Events

  • 1 October
    National Day Fireworks

Weather

Hong Kong has a generally tropical climate so it can be extremely hot and humid during the summer months (June to August). Summer is typhoon season, too. It remains warm well into autumn so most visitors choose to visit from October to November when temperatures are warm but comfortable. In winter temperatures can drop to 10-12°C.


Getting there and around

Hong Kong has one of the most advanced public transport networks in the world. Many cities have followed suit introducing technology that mimics Hong Kong’s Octopus card. The rail network is efficient and swift. The ferries, buses and trams are also good options. If you’re feeling energetic, get among the locals and walk around the streets.

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Travel Insider Hong Kong suggestions

Shopping

Mayer Shoes, Hong Kong
Hong Kong shopping: Personality cult

A bespoke lounge suite, custom-made shoes, handcrafted ring or your own signature stamp. Among the mass-produced mayhem of Hong Kong, some of the best craftspeople in the world will create whatever you want.

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Food and Drink

Private dining in Hong Kong
Private dining in Hong Kong

The private kitchens of Hong Kong are an intimate and excitingly different way to experience this cosmopolitan city’s cutting-edge cuisine.

Neil Perry in Hong Kong
Neil Perry in Hong Kong

Neil Perry shares a few of his favourite haunts for superb Chinese cuisine.

Insider City Guide

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Ask the Concierge: Hong Kong

Christian Sussmann, Conrad Kong Kong.

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Accommodation

The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations near Hong Kong and around China.

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  • Information on plugs is not correct. HK has UK style 3-pin square plugs with the top square plug longer than the other two parallel plugs.
    Reply to Nic Weston
    • Thanks for pointing out the error Nic, we have updated.
  • It should be noted that HK taxi drivers may not speak English and only take payment in cash.

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