Chinese, English
Hong Kong dollar
Flight time
11 hours and 30 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT +8 hours
best time to go

Introducing Hong Kong

A city torn between East and West, this is the sort of hybrid destination that gives you the best of both worlds. Experience Chinese culture through incredible shopping and mouth-watering cuisine, all with a touch modern Western influences, enough to make the exotic more accessible for first time visitors to this Special Administrative Region and culinary capital. From the street food stalls selling delicious Siu Mai pork dumplings on Mong Kok Road and bustling dim sum restaurants to the sky high rotating buffets and Michelin star dining establishments, food is at the centre of life in Hong Kong. To the locals, it really is a way of life. So when you come here, you can guarantee that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat, places to drink or places to do what the Cantonese do best in the evenings – karaoke. Whilst Hongkongers embrace their Chinese heritage, they seem to have their own culture, beliefs and their own rhythm of life. And once you get to know the Hong Kong way, you’ll realise that this city is distinctively different to the rest of the country.

Other than the lively food scene, Hong Kong is also a shopper’s paradise. Go shopping in style at the many malls and department stores across the city; clean, modern and filled with all the biggest designer names you can think of. Or throw yourself into a whole new world of haggling at the world-famous Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street; crowded, overwhelming but an incredible experience all the same. Families travelling with children certainly can’t miss all the big attractions such as Hong Kong’s very own Disneyland, Ocean Park, the Victoria Peak tram ride, Lan Tau Island or the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and entertainment centre. There’s so much to do and the energy of the city runs day and night; whilst environmentalists have voiced their concerns of light pollution in the city’s most famous streets, others find it easy to fall in love with the city that never sleeps.


As one of the most family friendly cities in Asia, Hong Kong is a great place for a fun-filled family holiday. The city’s transport links are extremely efficient so getting around on a budget is easy and there are many attractions that will appeal to all ages including Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Space Museum, Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Wetland, and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. For some wholesome family fun in the evenings, skip the karaoke bars and head out to the city’s famous night markets instead for some street food, shopping and to soak up the local culture.


Hong Kong cuisine has similarities to the rest of China; but with some distinct differences and some unique local specialities that have been influenced more specifically by Cantonese cooking. From street eats to fine dining, Hong Kong food is always a sociable and interactive affair. Some must-try dishes in the city include Char Siu pork, Siu Mai dumplings, Kau Kee beef brisket noodles, curried fish balls, Cheung Fun noodle roll or steamed pork buns; and enjoying late afternoon dim sum is an experience that every traveller will fall in love with.

History and Culture

The words “Hong Kong” translate as “fragrant harbour” and the city has been known as Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) of China since the handover in 1997. The people of Hong Kong embrace their heritage but typically do not identify themselves as Chinese or British, but are usually very proud to call themselves “Hongkongers”. Cantonese is the main language here, with most locals speaking English as their second language. Although there is currently some political divide, the country as a whole prides itself on its East meets West culture and acts very much as a gateway to China.

Top Locations in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western part of Hong Kong and it offers the most spectacular vantage point from the top. The tram is the quickest way to get there and it offers wonderful views as you ascend to the peak. Victoria Peak also makes for a great hiking area or a nice picnic spot for the family.
Ladies Market
Tung Choi Street is the city’s never-ending road which is lined with more than 100 stalls, situated between Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in the Kowloon region. The market is known as Ladies Market because of the affordable fashion items, clothing and accessories on sale. It’s ideal for amazing fashion bargains – but beware of the knock off goods.
Ocean Park
For family entertainment, the famous Ocean Park remains as one of the favourite attractions since its opening in the late 70s. This park combines a marine mammal park, an oceanarium and an animal themed amusement and theme park.
Dim Sum High Tea
Dim sum is a part of the lifestyle in Hong Kong and it’s usually a chance for family, friends and neighbours to catch up over good food and some refreshing Chinese tea. It’s a dining experience which has a similar small plate concept as Spanish tapas and everyone shares the dishes in the middle of the table. Some of the best restaurants can be found in the Kowloon area, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Tsuen Wan.
Tian Tan Buddha
Tucked away in the lush mountains, this popular attraction makes a great day out for people of all ages. You can climb the 268 steps to the top for a closer look at the monastery and there’s also a vegetarian restaurant on-site for those who want to taste East Asian Buddhist cuisine.

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