Stopover in Hong Kong
Since Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997, after 150-years as a British Colony, remarkably little has changed. China has been very keen not to meddle with Hong Kong’s phenomenal success. Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit; businesses, shops, bars and restaurants continue to flourish; and a melting pot of Eastern and Western influences ensure that Hong Kong remains one of the most sought after city-break destinations in the world.
Hong Kong conjures up a vision of the harbour-front sky line, spectacularly lit at night by thousands of lights and neon signs. The harbour front is certainly the focal point of Hong Kong and no visit is complete without a night-time ride across the harbour on The Star Ferry or a visit to Victoria Peak to take in one of the worlds truly iconic views.
There is however so much more to discover, and a two or three night stopover is likely to be crammed from dawn ‘til dusk (or much later) to see and experience as much as is possible. Most visitors will confine their first visit to the Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island; both of which offer fantastic shopping streets and malls, night markets, cutting-edge bars and nightclubs, and a bewildering choice of options for dining. But we also recommend escaping the city to the outlying island of Lantau or into the picturesque New Territories that lie close to mainland China.
A modern, efficient and very cheap network of public transport makes getting around Hong Kong very easy indeed.
Flying via Hong Kong?
It is more than likely that you will be flying with Cathay Pacific who have excellent links to Indochina, Thailand, Bali and Borneo. For most destinations they offer a good connection meaning you do not require an overnight stop, however there are exceptions. Alternatively you may simply decide that you would like to take this opportunity to visit vibrant Hong Kong.
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Give one of our Asia experts a call on 01273 670 001 to discuss your stopover options in more detail.
Hong Kong Hotels
There are distinct seasons ranging from cool and sometimes foggy (Dec-Feb) through to hot, humid and wet (May-Aug).
Whilst you should not let Hong Kong’s weather patterns determine the timing of your visit, you should try and avoid April and October when Hong Kong hosts a number of international expos and conventions, and hotel prices treble.
Want to make the most of your stopover? Read our Hong Kong travel tips
Airlines do, from time to time, offer promotional stopover packages. Any savings that these may offer will be passed directly on to you.