About Hong Kong
With its flashing lights and towering skyscrapers, Hong Kong offers one of the world's most recognisable skylines. Beneath the towers and narrow streets, you’ll find atmospheric local markets, restaurants, and temples. Travel a few minutes from the skyscrapers and Hong Kong transforms into a place of beaches, remote islands, and idyllic villages.
Hong Kong is famous for a series of islands lying just off the coast of China. However, a large part of the territory is connected to mainland China. This land culminates on a vibrant peninsula district called Kowloon. On first glance, the district can look chaotic and crowded, but the vibrant atmosphere makes it an iconic part of the Hong Kong experience.
Just across the water from Kowloon is Hong Kong Island, packed with huge skyscrapers and a famous waterfront. For the best views of the Hong Kong skyline head to The Peak, a mountain rising above the cityscape. Every evening, a dazzling light and fireworks show fills 44 skyscrapers around Victoria Harbour. Another side of Hong Kong is found on the Outlying Islands, where small beaches and quirky villages offer a relaxed atmosphere. The large Lantau island is filled with beaches and mountains, as well as being the home of Disneyland and Hong Kong International Airport.
Most visitors get around using the MRT system, a network of underground and overground rail lines which make leaving your Hong Kong accommodation easy. These are complemented by traditional double-decker city trams and local buses. The most scenic way to connect the islands is by public ferry.
When it comes to accommodation, there’s an array of Hong Kong hotels that suit every budget including luxury hotels ranging from 3-5 stars. Hong Kong’s serviced, and non-serviced apartments provide an alternative accommodation option while the local guest houses provide a personal stay. For low budget travellers, make use of the Hong Kong hotel deals and the hostels.
Formerly a British territory, Hong Kong is a specially administered region of China that has its own border and immigration and entry requirements. Most visitors don't need a visa, unlike when visiting mainland China. However, note that anyone visiting Hong Kong then returning to China will need a double or multiple entry Chinese visa.