Visit Hong Kong
The modern, gleaming edifice that is Hong Kong - home to seven million people - is a mecca for tourists and business travelers alike. Its 400-plus square miles are a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China and visitors will delight at seeing Chinese traditions in a space-age economic environment.
The coastal city teems with outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking to sailing, plus it has rightly been called "shopper heaven"; the city also styles itself as an entertainment hub, borne out by all those Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies, while its sophisticated and lively nightlife scene is second to none.
Attractions in Hong Kong
There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong that we can't begin to show all the highlights so take the list below as a sampling, and see the links that follow for more.
The Peak - First, a thrilling tram ride that climbs 1,200 feet - then, "The Peak" featuring gorgeous vistas of Victoria Harbor, a forest of skyscrapers and arresting hillsides. Take a nature walk above Hong Kong then dine atop the Peak Tower. Don't forget your camera.
The Jade Market - Take home a piece of Chinese tradition from this storied jade marketplace featuring 400 stalls filled with the lustrous green stone. Choose from bracelets, earrings, necklaces, figurines and more.
Symphony of Lights - 40 buildings take part in this spectacular light show that features music, color, and lively narration; watch from a cruise or see it from the waterfront, every night of the week.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail - Walk along this ancient trail to explore Hong Kong as it was hundreds of years ago; a highlight of the tour is a 15th-century pagoda, the oldest in the region.
Other sightseeing favorites include the Giant Buddha, maritime museums, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Shopping and Restaurants in Hong Kong
You can't get enough shopping and dining in Hong Kong.
Dining: This cosmopolitan city features cuisine from every corner of the globe; discover Hong Kong's SoHo (South of Hollywood Road) where you'll find everything from New Orleans-style cooking to Nepalese and Mexican specialties, and do not miss the dim sum.
Shopping: Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise featuring silks, pearls, and international designers; try the famous Stanley Market where you can haggle over goods from name brand clothing to amusing souvenirs.
See the U.S. State Department's "country specific information" section for Hong Kong, where you'll find embassy contacts and visa/passport requirements, plus information on traffic, and other practical concerns. The comprehensive guide is available at Travel.State.Gov.
Also, get more details on tourists' Hong Kong favorites at Discover Hong Kong, with excellent visitor information on upcoming events, plus great tips for travelers on what to wear and how to get around.
Flights to Hong Kong
Flying to Hong Kong is easy, and it goes without saying that finding relatively cheap flights to Hong Kong is not difficult either, especially if you use FareCompare's search site to compare airfare and save.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): This facility, which routinely makes the "world's best airport" lists, is a hub for award-winning Cathay Pacific Airlines and is also served by United, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and many other carriers. Airport amenities include movies, a golf course and even a cockpit simulator visitors can try.
Airports near Hong Kong
Jinwan - Sanzao
Hong Kong Heliport