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The Peak overlooking Hong Kong

One of Asia’s most prominent cities, Hong Kong is a complex mix of east meets west, where modern life and ancient tradition walk hand-in-hand. Streets are electric with activity, exhilarating markets offer bargains, towering skyscrapers light up the dramatic night skyline, and a wealth of attractions beckon you to explore. Proudly independent, with an inspired Chinese heritage, Hong Kong is so densely packed with things to see and do that you’ll want to come back to visit again and again. Our Experts can help you make the most of a brief stopover or plan a more in-depth holiday.

Popular Hong Kong Stopovers

As a major hub for air travel, Hong Kong lends itself to stopovers on the way to Asia, Australia or New Zealand. And, best of all, there’s plenty of Hong Kong you can experience in just 24, 48 or 72 hours. To help make your Hong Kong stopover a success, our Experts have a range of hotel recommendations ideal for a short stay. The below stopover holidays can be added onto a larger holiday itinerary or flight, and are just an example of what we can arrange for you. To book or for more hotel ideas, talk to one of our Experts today.

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More about Hong Kong

Currency: Hong Kong dollar

Language: English and Chinese

Getting there

Flight time: The London to Hong Kong flight time is 11 hours and 45 minutes.

Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa if staying for under six months.

Top 3 Things to Do in Hong Kong

  • Ride the tram up to The Peak
  • Enjoy a junk boa ride around Victoria Harbour
  • Try dim sum

Getting Around Hong Kong

Getting around Hong Kong is a breeze with an excellent public transport system, but our recommendation is to explore on foot as you will discover a lot more that way.

When to Go to Hong Kong

As a tropical destination, Hong Kong enjoys relatively warm temperatures all year-round. June to September is the hottest time when the city experiences humidity and tropical storms, while November to February is drier and slightly cooler. With much of the city’s experiences taking place in air-conditioned comfort though, Hong Kong can really be enjoyed in every season. Instead, consider timing your holiday in Hong Kong around one of the city’s events such as the Chinese Lantern Festival in September, Dragon Boat Festival in June, or Hong Kong Sevens in March. For more inspiring ideas, ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert.

Why Book Your Hong Kong Holiday with Flight Centre

We know Hong Kong: As a favourite stopover on the way to Australia or New Zealand, we know how to make the most of 24 or 48 hours in Hong Kong. Our Experts have hand picked the city’s best hotels based on first-hand experience, and can also recommend a range of tours and day trips too.

Local knowledge: Flight Centre has shops and offices in Hong Kong, allowing us access to up to the minute information from our people in destination.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Flight Centre concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a holiday to Hong Kong you’ll have the service of a dedicated Travel Expert as well as 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.

  • Top things to do
  • When to go

Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak

It wouldn’t be a visit to Hong Kong without sitting in the Peak Tram all the way up to Victoria Peak right in the centre of Hong Kong Island. Alternatively, you can skip the queues and take one of Hong Kong’s infamous bright red Taxi’s to the top of the peak. From here you can really get an appreciation as to the enormity of Hong Kong and it’s 8,000+ skyscrapers and how it is packed in between Victoria harbour and the surrounding peaks.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum is synonymous with Hong Kong and “Yum Cha” – the practice of eating Dim Sum with Tea - is a national pastime. Dim Sum is usually served from wicker baskets and consists of dumplings, rolls and small meat dishes. The tradition is to order a multitude of dishes and try a variety of sumptuous and entirely different flavours. Make sure that you visit Tim Ho Wan in Central or Sham Shui Po for some well-priced Michelin starred Dim Sum.

Dragon boat racing

Originating in Hong Kong and the Canton region of China Dragon Boat racing is an exciting spectacle the world over. However, there’s nowhere more exciting to watch this than Hong Kong. The Dragon Boat festival usually takes place in May or June around the beachside locations like Stanley, Aberdeen or Sai Kung.

Lantau Island

The largest Island in Hong Kong - Launtau island - is home to Tian Tan Buddha, the airport, quaint fishing villages and countless great hiking trails. The island is easy to access via Hong Kong’s MTR network. Visit Tai O for a window into how Hong Kong was when it was primarily inhabited by Chinese fishermen and women.

Tian Tan Buddha

A popular tourism hotspot the Tian Tan Buddha is a major focus for Buddhism in Hong Kong. Take the Ngong Ping cable car up to the 34m tall structure and enjoy the peaceful wooded countryside that passes below.

Nearby Po Lin monastery is well worth a visit to soak up some of the religious sentiment and understand more about the importance of faith in this corner of the world.

Skyline and rooftop bars

One of the major draws Hong Kong has is the spectacular skyline and the opulence of life in this metropolis. There is, perhaps, no better way to explore Hong Kong than by taking in the view at one of the cities many sky bars.

On the Kowloon-side the most well-known sky bar by far is Ozone bar, which is the highest bar in the world at the very top of the ICC building. Enjoy signature concoctions and delicious bites.

Also on the Kowloon side is Eye-bar, this bar sits directly opposite Hong Kong’s skyline and is one of the most spectacular places in the city to watch the sun set.

On the Hong Kong side, sitting proudly atop the Prince’s building is Sevva. The mixologists here are superb and the drinks perfectly compliment the selection of culturally-diverse bites.

Tsim Sha Tsui

TST – as it’s affectionately known by locals is one of the best places to shop in Hong Kong and is frequented by millions every year. You can find everything here from high-class tailoring to jewellery and deals on the latest gadgets. This is also a great place to explore a multitude of Hong Kong eateries.

Causeway Bay

This area, which includes part of the lively Wan Chai district, is a shopping Mecca with it’s very own “Times Square” you can find everything under the sun in this brightly lit district.

Hong Kong Racecourse

If you are here on a Wednesday you are in for an absolute treat. Head to the aptly named Happy Valley and experience the thrill of world class horse racing in the very centre of Hong Kong life. Many Hong Kong natives and expats come here for some light evening entertainment after work.

Temples

There’s a multitude of temples to explore on Hong Kong. On Hong Kong’s main island the incense-filled Man Mo temple excites the senses and transports you back and time and straight into the Orient of old.

For peaceful garden surrounds visit the Chi Lin Nunnery, here you’ll experience scenic gardens which are perfectly manicured.

Wong Tai Sin temple is a great example of a temple which is still very functional. Get a real taste of Hong Kong religious life here by joining the locals in their rituals.

Temple Street Night Market

In Yau Ma Tei - on the Kowloon side – is Temple street night market. This market is packed with various different goods and is a great place to pick up a souvenir whether that’s a jade figurine or some clothing.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Located on Lantau Island Hong Kong Disneyland is an Asian take on traditional Disneyland. See all the iconic characters at this resort.

Ocean Park

Located on the South of Hong Kong island this theme park mixes rollercoasters with aquariums and sea-life shows.

When to go to Hong Kong

As a tropical destination, Hong Kong enjoys relatively warm temperatures all year-round. June to September is the hottest time when the city experiences humidity and tropical storms, while November to February is drier and slightly cooler. With much of the city’s experiences taking place in air-conditioned comfort though, Hong Kong can really be enjoyed in every season. Instead, consider timing your holiday in Hong Kong around one of the city’s events such as the Chinese Lantern Festival in September, Dragon Boat Festival in June, or Hong Kong Sevens in March. For more inspiring ideas, ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert.