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15 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is known for being a lot of things: a cultural melting pot in Asia, a former British colony, one of the most expensive places in the world to live in and one of the most densely populated, a place where East meets West. One thing is for sure, Hong Kong has many faces!

Standing in front of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Having spent the majority of my life in Hong Kong, I feel it is my duty to appoint myself an enthusiastic ambassador for this beautiful city. There are some very common misconceptions about Hong Kong (no, it’s not part of Japan – and yes, I have seriously actually been asked on multiple occasions if I speak Japanese) but also some cool facts that you might not know.

Tai Long Wan Sai Kung drone photo

The best things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong aren’t ALL necessarily in the heart of the city, and you will be doing yourself a disservice by only covering the obvious and centrally-located landmarks and attractions in Hong Kong.

Crab Cave at Cape DAguilar in Hong Kong

If you want to open your eyes to what to expect from Hong Kong, let me give you the insider insight that you probably won’t find in your guidebook. Visiting Hong Kong for the first time? Here are some quick Hong Kong travel tips and 15 important things to know before your Hong Kong trip.

✈️ To get into Hong Kong you’ll need to fly into Hong Kong International Airport. A cab from the airport to the city costs approximately HK$350-450 and typically takes less than 45 minutes/1 hour from door-to-door, or you can pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here.

Hong Kong Airport Express train

However, the best way to get to and from the airport is via the Airport Express train. Tickets can be purchased at the station and the train stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island – it takes just 24 minutes from end to end! Want 20% off your Airport Express ticket? Buy your ticket ahead of time online here! Once you’ve purchased your ticket online, you can use the QR code that they send you to swipe through the special gates equipped with the QR reader.

🛂 Most visitors to Hong Kong do not require a visa for entry. See here for more details.

Hong Kong money notes

💱 The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar. Most places accept Visa or Mastercard, and I’d say 40-50% of places will also accept American Express. There are tons of ATM machines around Hong Kong, just make sure you’ve enabled international withdrawal or your card has the “Plus” or “Cirrus” logo on the back.

🎟️ You pretty much never have to pay full price for admissions tickets in Hong Kong as most tour operators, car charters, spas and major attractions are listed on Klook. Just click here and search for places you want to go, and book online for discounted entry or head on over here to read more about how to use Klook to book travel experiences.

📱 Buy a local SIM card. The easiest way to do that is via Klook – you can get a 7 day Hong Kong tourist SIM card and pick it up from the airport on arrival.

Taxis in Hong Kong

🚗 Getting around Hong Kong is easy. Public transportation is efficient, cheap and clean, and the network is very extensive. Taxis are cheap as well if you are in a hurry.

Octopus Card in Hong Kong

One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in Hong Kong is get an Octopus card. It is a stored value card that works on all public transportation (but not in taxis). You can purchase your tourist Octopus card in advance here – pick it up from the airport when you arrive, and it comes with HK$50 already pre-loaded.

🌤️ Hong Kong gets 4 seasons! It is not a year-round tropical country as many people seem to believe. Summers are HOT and it gets fairly cold during the winter months (December to February). The best time to visit Hong Kong for milder weather is from March to early June, and September to November (but avoid the 1st week of May and 1st week of October as the city can get busy during China’s “Golden Week” holidays).

🌐 Language in Hong Kong: The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. Many people speak English (or at least basic English), and almost all signs are bilingual.

🗓️ Wondering how many days to spend in Hong Kong? For a first time visitor looking to visit the top attractions in Hong Kong I would recommend spending no fewer than 3-4 days in the city. If you plan on embarking on any Hong Kong day trips or exploring the city off the beaten track, plan to set aside anywhere from 5-10 days for your Hong Kong itinerary.

The King Room at The Hari in Hong Kong

🛏️ Booking hotels in Hong Kong: Most visitors opt to book hotels on Hong Kong Island or on Kowloon side. Look into hotel in Wan Chai, Central, Soho, Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay for maximum convenience!

There are some fantastic boutique hotels in Hong Kong: I’m a fan of The Fleming (a boutique hotel in Wan Chai which features Hong Kong-inspired design and décor); The Hari (a sophisticated hotel with functional, stylish rooms); Little Tai Hang (a modern, cozy hotel in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of Causeway Bay; Tuve (an industrial-chic boutique hotel in Causeway Bay); Ovolo Central (a funky homegrown hotel in the heart of Central); as well as The Murray (a luxury heritage hotel between Central and Admiralty, within walking distance of Hong Kong Park).

Traveling to Hong Kong for the first time? Click here for for the most iconic sights and must-see places to add to your Hong Kong itinerary!

15 things to know before traveling to Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline

There are many stereotypes about Hong Kong (most of which simply aren’t true), and many of these facts about the city I call home are sure to surprise you. Here is what to know before going to Hong Kong – spread the word!

1. Not just a concrete jungle

It’s often referred to as “the New York City of Asia”, but in actuality it’s more like a tropical island with a splash of skyscrapers. Hong Kong is famous for its spectacular skyline (it has more than 1200 skyscrapers, more than both New York and Tokyo), but did you know that there are beaches, national parks, marine parks, mountains and waterfalls just a hop and skip away from the central business district?

In fact, although Hong Kong is considered a metropolis, out of the total 1,108 square kilometres of land, about three-quarters is countryside! If you are an avid hiker then you are in luck, as Hong Kong has more than 50 hiking trails for you to explore.

Ham Tin Beach in Tai Long Wan Sai Kung Hong Kong drone photo

You never have to travel too far to immerse yourself in nature, with the vast majority of hiking trails in Hong Kong and country parks within a short subway or bus ride away.

You might also like: The Best Short Hikes in Hong Kong With Amazing Views (That Aren’t Too Strenuous!)

Picking strawberries in Hong Kong

You probably wouldn’t know it, but Hong Kong is also home to plenty of sprawling farms – you can even pick your own strawberries from one of the many local organic farms outside of the city! Click here to read more about strawberry picking in Hong Kong.

2. Hong Kongers speak Cantonese, not Mandarin, and many people speak English

Wan Chai sign post in Hong Kong

If you didn’t already know, Hong Kong used to be a British colony and was handed back to China in 1997. It is now a “Special Administrative Region” under China and the primary language spoken by Hong Kongers is a dialect of Chinese called “Cantonese”.

View from a Hong Kong taxi

It sounds fairly different to Mandarin in the sense that you might not be able to understand Cantonese fully if you speak Mandarin, and vice versa. Unlike Mainland China, Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese characters rather than simplified characters (which can look entirely different as well). Cantonese is known to be an extremely difficult dialect to master, featuring no less than 6 “standard” tones.

Streets in Sham Shui Po Hong Kong

Because of its status as a former British colony, many people also speak English fluently. Don’t be surprised if every announcement you hear in Hong Kong is made in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Again – I do not speak Japanese, though I wish I could! Here are some handy Cantonese phrases you should add to your vocabulary: “jo sun” = good morning; “mm goi” = thank you/excuse me; “lei ho” = hello.

Ready to book your trip to Hong Kong? Click here for more accommodation options.

Here are some personal tried-and-tested recommendations: I’m a fan of The Fleming (a Hong Kong-inspired boutique hotel in Wan Chai), Little Tai Hang (a modern boutique hotel-slash-aparthotel on the fringe of Causeway Bay) and The Hari (a classy Wan Chai boutique hotel with a fantastic Italian and Japanese restaurant).

3. Ridiculously easy and cheap to get around

Taxis in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world. You often have 3 or 4 different transportation options to get from point-to-point and the coverage network covers almost every corner of Hong Kong (including the outlying islands).

Star Ferry in Hong Kong

We’ve got taxis galore, an awesome subway system (the MTR), ferries, buses, minibuses, trams, trains and an airport railway system – prices are incredibly cheap (unlike some places – *cough* Australia *cough*) – the vast majority of public transport journeys across Hong Kong will cost under US$1. Make sure you buy a tourist Octopus card as it is accepted on all forms of public transportation.

Market in Sham Shui Po Hong Kong

Hong Kong is also very walk-able. In fact, Hong Kong is one of the least car-dependent cities with 90% of daily commuter journeys on public transport!

Though taxis are cheap, don’t make the mistake of not utilizing Hong’s public transportation system. Click here for 21 things NOT to do in Hong Kong!

4. No open-bottle law

Beer on the beach in Hong Kong

That’s right! Like many places around the world, the legal drinking age is 18+ but there is no open-bottle law which means you can walk around and drink a bottle of cider or bring a pitcher of white sangria to the beach. As you can imagine, this is a very welcome exception during the months where the sun is shining bright and all you want to do is spend your time outdoors.

Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong

Don’t be surprised if you find people drinking outside on the streets, even in the bar areas. Most convenience stores also sell a range of alcohol so if you’re traveling on a budget this is a great option – just buy a bottle of Pimm’s and some lemonade or grab a can of beer and head to the beach/park for a fun afternoon!

5. Hong Kong Island is only one of more than 230 islands that make up Hong Kong

This is one of the most important things to know about Hong Kong. There is a lot of ground to cover and it’s easy to get off the beaten path in Hong Kong. Hong Kong island and “Hong Kong” are often used interchangeably, but in reality Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong island, Kowloon, the New Territories as well as hundreds of outlying islands.

Fishing boats in Cheung Chau Hong Kong

These islands, some of which have residential communities, are easy to get to and most of them have regular scheduled passenger ferries departing from the Central piers on Hong Kong Island.

Peng Chau island in Hong Kong

Islands like Lantau, Cheung Chau, Peng Chau and Lamma and are great Hong Kong day trip destinations for hikes, seafood dinners and slightly less-crowded beaches.

Looking for some other ideas for off-the-beaten-path things to do in Hong Kong? Read my latest article here!

6. So many amazing restaurants and bars!

Dim sum in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is paradise for foodies – from cheap and cheerful meals to Michelin-starred restaurants – there is something for everyone! Hong Kong has one of the world’s highest per capita concentrations of eateries – there is 1 restaurant for every 300 people!

Thai food in Hong Kong

Feel like having Lebanese food? Done. Or maybe some tasty Asian dessert dishes? Want a bowl of fresh Vietnamese pho? No worries. How about some hot steaming Cantonese dim sum? Yep! Or a big Wagyu beef burger with all the toppings? We’ve got you covered.

Avocado toast at APT on Star Street in Hong Kong

If you’re visiting Hong Kong you need to be prepared for a gastronomic feast. Want some recommendations from a local? Click here for 20+ awesome food spots to check out!

There are amazing cocktail lounges and rooftop bars in Hong Kong. Click here for some of my favorite happy hour haunts, read this for the best rooftop bars to grab a drink at in Hong Kong or head on over here for the best speakeasies and hidden bars in the city!

7. A/C, A/C, everywhere

Peak Circular Loop trail in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is humid, like all the time. Which means that most places are air-conditioned to help prevent mould and excessive sweating (I’m not kidding).

K11 Musea shopping mall in Hong Kong

Almost every indoor space (including public transportation) is freezing cold, all year round, which means you should always carry a light cardigan or scarf with you. 9 times out of 10, it will come in handy.

Wondering where to stay in Hong Kong? You may want to check out TUVE (a small industrial-chic boutique hotel just next to Causeway Bay),  Little Tai Hang (a boutique hotel and serviced apartment complex tucked away from the hustle and bustle) or The Fleming (featuring Hong Kong-inspired décor and design in Wan Chai). For even more options click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong.

8. Shops and restaurants open until late

Hong Kong is a late night city. One of the biggest things that I had to adapt to when I was living overseas or traveling abroad was shops closing at 6 or 7 PM. I was spoiled by the round-the-clock convenience in Hong Kong, because it is not uncommon for shops, restaurants and malls to stay open until 10 PM or even later!

Wan Chai wet market in Hong Kong

This means that the streets are always bustling with people and you can always pick up something from the shops last-minute or grab a late night snack.

9. Stand on the right, walk on the left!

An unspoken rule in Hong Kong: when you are walking anywhere that has escalators or a moving walkway/sidewalk, remember to stand on the right and let people pass you on the left!

Hong Kong escalators

People (myself included) get extremely annoyed when people block the left side of the walkway and it’s always a telltale sign that you’re from out of town.

10. One of the best airports in the world with flights to almost anywhere

Gate at Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport is one of the best airports in the world. Fact!

Hong Kong airport

You can fly to almost anywhere in the world from Hong Kong (more than 100 airlines operate 1,100 daily flights to and from 190 destinations worldwide) and the airport itself is extremely easy to get to from downtown (24 minutes from end-to-end on the airport train – buy your Hong Kong Airport Express tickets here).

Planning your Hong Kong trip and not sure where to stay? Look into hotels in Wan Chai, Central, Soho, Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay – click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong!

You may want to check out Ovolo Central (a boutique hotel right above Lan Kwai Fong in Central), The Hari (a sophisticated luxury hotel steps away from Wan Chai MTR station) or The Figo (a budget-friendly city hotel located between Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan).

11. Hong Kong is amazing for street photography

Hong Kong is, without a doubt, one of the most diverse and exciting places in the world. Every corner is photogenic and is the perfect blend of East meets West. If you love street photography then you’re going to fall head over heels for this vibrant city.

Sham Shui Po Hong Kong street scene

Some of my favourite places to wander aimlessly looking for unique photo opportunities included Sham Shui Po, Sai Ying Pun, Tai Hang and Wan Chai. Read on for where to go to shoot street photography in Hong Kong.

Street art in Soho Hong Kong

Hong Kong is incredibly colourful and diverse. Click here for a local’s guide to the most colourful places to visit in Hong Kong or read this guide for where to see the best street art in Hong Kong

12. Hong Kong is still a relatively conservative society

Man Mo Temple incense coils Hong Kong

Despite being an international city with a large expatriate population, Hong Kong can still be considered relatively conservative compared to some Western counterparts. Traditional societal and cultural beliefs and values such as “face”, class status, industriousness, respect towards elders and so on are still very much a part of every day life.

FIsherman in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter in Hong Kong

As such, you may notice that though Hong Kong is very cosmopolitan yet somewhat restrained – and this can be inferred from the collectivistic public behaviour, the way people dress and express themselves, and the way we interact with one another.

Walking in Wan Chai Hong Kong

As a fairly surface-level and broad example, people will likely stare at you in public (mostly out of curiosity and surprise) if you stand out of the crowd and wear very revealing or exposed clothing, sport unique or distinct hair styles or colours, have lots of visible body modifications (tattoos and piercings) or if you show very public displays of affection.

13. Hong Kong is a fantastic family travel destination

Stroller on Lugard Road in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an amazing place to visit for families with young children. It is ridiculously easy to get around; you can get your hands on lots of fresh fruit and vegetables; the sidewalks are stroller-friendly and most MTR stations have elevators; there are nursing and baby changing rooms in most shopping malls; and many western restaurants have a children’s menu and high chairs or booster seats.

Children's park in Hong Kong

Despite the city’s compact size there are many public parks with children’s play areas, paid and free indoor play areas and beaches. My favorites are the children’s playgrounds at Hong Kong Park, Coombe Road, Happy Valley and in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

Beach day in Hong Kong with toddler

You can also bring bubbles, toys and a picnic to any any beach in Hong Kong (we like South Bay, Deep Water Bay and Big Wave Bay beaches), or to Tamar Park which is a huge waterfront space with grassy lawns and a view of Victoria Harbour.

Wise Kids indoor playroom in HOng Kong

For rainy days with kids in Hong Kong, you can head to any one of these government-run free indoor play areas (there are several in each district), or head to a paid indoor playground. We love the Wise Kids playroom in Causeway Bay, the Little Monster Playhouse in Chai Wan, and Donut Playhouse and Legoland in Tsim Sha Tsui. Older kids might also like Ryze trampoline park or Vermcity climbing gym in Quarry Bay.

Ocean Park entrance in Hong Kong

There are also three main theme parks in Hong Kong that you can visit with your family. Ocean Park is a marine-themed amusement park on the south side of Hong Kong. You can buy a discounted Ocean Park ticket here! Children under 3 enter for free.

Cable cars at Ocean Park in Hong Kong

Easily accessible by public transportation, there is a “lowlands” area with toddler-friendly rides and attractions. You can then ride the cable car or take an underground train over to the “highlands” where you will find thrilling rides for older kids and adults.

Editor’s note: Just so you are aware, while Ocean Park spearheads lots of marine conservation and research there are still animals including monkeys, pandas, tortoises, meerkats, dolphins, sharks and other marine life on display at different sections within the park. It is for you to decide whether or not you visit Ocean Park.

Alternatively, head to Water World, a giant outdoor water park located near Ocean Park. This humongous water park has rides galore, including an eight-lane racer slide, lazy river and toddler’s splash section. Click here to buy your discounted Water World tickets. Children under 3 enter for free.

Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong
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Last but not least, Hong Kong’s very own Disneyland is a favorite for kids and grown-ups alike. It is smaller than some other Disney parks around the world, but a unique family attraction nonetheless. You can even get there on its own dedicated train line complete with Mickey-shaped windows! Click here to buy discounted Disneyland Hong Kong park tickets here. Children under 3 enter for free.

Ready to book your trip to Hong Kong? Here are some family-friendly hotels in Hong Kong to consider: Little Tai Hang, a modern boutique hotel on the fringe of Causeway Bay, offers larger apartments with a kitchenette area with a microwave, fridge and toaster; The Murray offers extremely spacious rooms, an indoor pool, children’s play room and several on-site dining options in a stunning heritage building; and Island Shangri-La is in the heart of the city, conveniently located right above one of the best shopping malls in Hong Kong. Though the rooms are slightly more old-school they do offer an interconnecting room option as well as an outdoor pool. Here are some other tried-and-tested boutique hotels in Hong Kong for a unique city stay.

14. Hong Kong is a “safe” travel destination

Hong Kong Choi Hung Estate basketball court featured image

Here’s the good news: in general, Hong Kong is considered one of the safest cities in the world, especially when it comes to personal security. Does that mean that Hong Kong is entirely crime-free? Of course not, but crime levels as a whole are extremely low for a city with a population of 8 million residents.

Violent crime and gun violence is rare, but you should be cautious of petty crime like pick-pocketing in crowded areas. Visitors, especially female travelers visiting Hong Kong, should watch their drinks when out and about (just as you would anywhere else in the world).

Traffic in Hong Kong

Public transportation is open until late so that you can get home safely, and people are usually very happy to stop and help if you need directions or any support.

But there are some things you should know. Hong Kong has made international news headlines a few times in the past decade: there were large-scale political demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2014 as well as 2020-2021, and there were incidences of clashes between law enforcement and protesters during that time.

Umbrella movement in Hong Kong
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That being said, visitors and tourists were not “targeted” and the general rule at the time was to stay away from planned demonstrations and avoid taking photos or videos of the events. Since 2021, there have been no mass political protests though you cannot preclude the possibility of any taking place again in the future.

15. No vaping or CBD products

CBD oil and lozenges with frankincense and myrrh made from hemp products in a legal dutch smart shop dispensery
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Hong Kong banned the import of “alternative smoking products” or ASPs including e-cigarettes and vapes in 2022. Visitors traveling to Hong Kong are not allowed to bring a small amount of “ASPs” into Hong Kong, regardless of the quantity or whether they are for personal use. Vapes and e-cigarettes are not available for purchase in retail shops in Hong Kong.

CBD products in Hong Kong banned

Most recently, Hong Kong also added CBD products to its list of criminalized drugs in early 2023.

Banned CBD products announcement at Hong Kong airport

This means that any travelers entering Hong Kong are strictly prohibited from bringing any products containing CBD – including oils, food, drinks and so on. As far as I know, there are no medical exemptions.

Neon sign in Wan Chai Market in Hong Kong

What are some other things that you think Hong Kong travelers should know? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Ready to book your Hong Kong trip? Click here for more accommodation options.

Here are some personal tried-and-tested recommendations: I’m a fan of The Fleming (a Hong Kong-inspired boutique hotel in Wan Chai), Ovolo Central (a boutique hotel right above Lan Kwai Fong in Central), TUVE (a small industrial-chic boutique hotel just next to Causeway Bay) and The Hari (a classy Wan Chai boutique hotel with a fantastic Italian and Japanese restaurant).

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  1. Thanks for this great articles and all the tips !! I’ve planned a trip to Hong Kong in November (12-16), I’m hesitant to change my plans due to the protests… Do you think it is safe enough to explore the city ? Do you have recommandation for a place/district to stay ? Thanks a lot !

    1. Hi Dodie, you’ll be fine in the city. The protests often take place in pre-determined locations over the weekend (whereas you are here during the week), just stay in touch with your hotel or stay tuned to local news (SCMP). Look into hotels in Wan Chai, Central, Soho and Sheung Wan for maximum convenience.

  2. Dear Flo,

    I stumbled upon your superb site. Loving the way you enjoy Life I would like to express my gratitude for sharing your experiences in such a kind way to the world.

    As much as I enjoy HK – and by no all means do I wish to downgrade your beautiful city – nevertheless I still do have to acknowledge the saddening decline definitely of not the city itself, but the atmosphere of this bloody unique island state created by so many intertwining cultures, and the people that have made it such a celebration of being a human being.

    Having just returned from Hong Kong, I will always carry with me the exhilariating memories of the City from my past visits. And as such they will last until the end of my days; as a glimmering hope that humanity is a beautiful thing that may accomplish great successes, should it be allowed to bloom and blossom without tyrants.

    Goodwill shall eventually prevail.



    1. I appreciate your thoughtful comment and kind words, Jay. I hope that others will visit and experience the city that I know and love as “home”.

  3. These are great tips! I’m visiting for the first time next week for just a few days however I’m a little nervous because of the recent political strife and protests. Do you have any tips if things go awry?

    1. Hi Jackie, just keep your distance from the protests which tend to be located along certain streets (the locations are confirmed beforehand – ask your hotel for the latest). In terms of transportation the buses and subway will be running but may be more crowded than usual, and taxis will also be available. You might want to download the HKTaxi app to order taxis in case it’s hard to hail one on the street, and carry your ID with you at all times. Always have your hotel’s contact information so that you can reach them if needed.

  4. Hey hi
    You mentioned 1st week of October is not good to visit Hongkong. Please tell me the reason as I am planning to visit Hongkong from 3-7th October 2019.

    1. It is a national holiday in China, which means Hong Kong receives many Mainland Chinese tourists during this time. Hotel prices tend to go up significantly for this week, and the city also tends to be a lot busier. It’s not a “bad” time to visit, as long as you’re aware that you might have to pay more for your accommodation.

  5. Thanks for the info. Why not the first week of October? We have a honeymoon planned, and decided to stop three days in Hong Kong, on the way, but it is during the first week of October. After reading your article, I’m wondering if it’s a good idea.


    1. Hi Melissa, the first week of October is a national holiday in China, which means Hong Kong receives many Chinese tourists during this time. I wouldn’t change your plans at this stage if it’s all booked, but hotel prices tend to be higher and the city will be busier – as long as you’re aware of this it’ll be fine.

  6. Hi! I’ve read all of your Hong Kong articles and they have been so much help! I’m definitely going to check out a lot of the places you recommended. However, although I’m going to be in Hong Kong for 2 months, I’ll be working for most of it and probably won’t be able to go too far away from Sha Tin, and definitely not to Hong Kong Island more than once or twice. Are there any fun places (restaurants, sightseeing, shopping, etc) in that area?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Charlotte! It’s fairly easy to get from Shatin to Hong Kong Island so I wouldn’t be too worried about not making it over, or you can head to Kowloon instead – there’s plenty of things to see and do there. You’re also going to be close to a lot of the country parks – you might want to check out Tai Mo Shan and Lion Rock. Also definitely head out to Sai Kung – Sharp Island, Tai Long Wan and the consecutive pools are great day trips (check out my article on Hong Kong day trips). If you are here during the summer months make sure you ask around and see if anyone is hosting a “junk trip” – people rent luxury yachts and go out for a day on the water with drinks, food and occasionally water sports.

      You can also head out to Fanling if you want to check out some organic farms (though the strawberry season is only from December to April). Have a great time!

  7. I am going in 10 days and can not wait! I will have 3 days and 5 additional nights to sitesee, then will be visiting schools in Hong Kong and 2nin Mainland China while there. This has been helpful, thank you!

  8. Hi!
    Very educative information. Hope to visit Hong Kong and do business there. Unfortunately they is no HK embassy in my area.Thanks for the information

  9. Hi Flo , great tips. Heading to Hong Kong for 3 nights as a family of five in July. Staying at a hostel in Aberdeen. Any must sees for teenagers, we are on a tight budget after bring in Australia. Michelle

  10. What a great site! We have booked our trip for Jan 2019 and cannot wait!
    What is the weather like during January as lots of different sites all have different descriptions?


    1. Hi Neal, thanks for taking the time to read this! Expect it to be cold (well, Hong Kong cold anyway) with the temperature ranging from 10 to 18 degrees Celsius. It’s not uncommon for Hong Kong to feel colder than it is, because of the humidity. Have a great trip!

  11. Hey Flo! We are going to Hong Kong for the first time in January. This post was amazing and we want to thank you for sharing these great tips! We loooove food, so I think Hong Kong will suit us just fine 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Ophelia and Pajam at backpackingfoodies

  12. Hi Flo!
    I’ve been to Hong Kong countless of times… and yet I’ve never been to the beach (didn’t know there was one!)
    I learned something new today!
    Thanks for the read 🙂


    1. Hi Mick! Thanks for checking out the website – there are tons and tons of beaches in Hong Kong (more than 1!). South Bay, Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Cheung Sha Wan beaches are some of my favorites. Hope you get to check them out soon!

  13. Wow, nice information to know. I wanna visit Hong Kong next week and your article can be great reference for me to explore this place.

  14. Traveling to Hong Kong for the first time in September from Canada. Some great suggestions and tips, I will definitely bookmark this page and read your other related posts. Glad I found this post on Pinterest! 🙂

  15. I LOVE this article! There are so many misconceptions about HK (I still can’t believe someone asked you if you spoke Japanese!!) but it definitely helps when misconceptions are shared in forums like this. Thank you for sharing, and as someone who has travelled to HK before I had no idea there was so much countryside in HK!

  16. You have just made me fall in love even more then I am already with Hong Kong. I was there for 6 days in late September this year. So much so i am hoping to get back next year. But this time as a solo female travller, i have heard its one of the safest places to travel solo as a female. Do you think thats true? Im thinking October November is that a good time of the year to visit? I was also was wondering where about is the waterfall you have pictured?

    1. I totally agree that it is a safe place for female solo travel – it’s safe for any kind of travel 🙂 October is a beautiful time of year to visit as it’s not as hot or humid. The waterfall is in Sai Kung – check out the Hike Hong Kong link for directions 🙂

    1. Thanks for checking this out, Lisa! When you guys make it over let me know – I have a few other recommendations on the website if you’re interested 🙂

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