Every now and then, you might want to try a more exotic destination for your travelling. If you also have a passion for Asian culture, cuisine and lifestyle, but still want to have some western influences around, Hong Kong is surely the place to be. Getting here is easy both via plane and ship, and the city really has something for every budget and every type of traveler.
First things first, be careful in choosing the time of year you visit Hong Kong. We strongly recommend going there between October and December. Bear in mind that summer months like July and August are very, very hot and rainy, while September is typhoon season, which shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re travelling from the U.S., Australia, the EU and a few other countries, you don’t even need a visa for a stay shorter than 30 days.
Speaking about the budget you should prepare, a mid-range daily budget for vising Hong Kong is between 700 and 1700 HK$. This budget should include a double room in a hotel, three course meal and even drinks and live music during the evening, as well as easy access to most of the attractions in the city. Speaking about the attractions, there are some things you should not miss if you arrive in Hong Kong:
1. Victoria Peak
Sitting at 552m, it is one of the most visited spots on the island by tourists. It’s certainly worth it and you will surely remember the view for the rest of your life.
2. Man Mo Temple
The temple is one of Hong Kong’s oldest attractions and is a declared monument. It is a little over 150 years old, being built by the Qing dynasty of China. This temple is a great way to understand the culture of the old city of Hong Kong.
3. Day trip to Macau
If you have a day to spare during your trip, grab a ferry boat and go to nearby Macau. This city is the oldest European settlement in the Far East, where you will get the chance to visit a great number of UNESCO World-Heritage ruins. Macau is also famous for its grand prix, nightlife and gambling scene.
4. Temple St. night market
This market represents the essence of an Asian market, and can also be visited during the night. Take a stroll down this street and buy souvenirs, try to interact with the locals and enjoy the Hong Kong night life.
5. Happy Valley Racecourse
Horse racing is one of this city’s oldest and most famous ways to pass time. This particular racecourse was mentioned in several books, both fiction and non-fiction. It’s surely a great way to spend an afternoon in this city.
All in all, whatever you decide to visit, Hong Kong is truly unique. The combination between Western and Eastern civilization is present here in a way which is unrepeatable anywhere else in the world, and it won’t take long for you to realize this after you come here. Do not forget to visit one of the famous wellness and massage spas in Hong Kong before your vacation ends, to get some rest and relaxation after all the walking and seightseeing. Hong Kong is famous for its unique wellness and massage spas. Keep an open mind, try as many local dishes and activities as possible, and you will be set for the trip of a lifetime.