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Fly to Hong Kong with Qatar Airways and experience a unique blend of oriental and British influences. After more than a century of colonial rule, Hong Kong retains British colonial elements and provides travellers with a distinctive contrast to other destinations in mainland China. A flight to Hong Kong uncovers a vibrant island city-state replete with culture, history and high-rise architecture.
Although Hong Kong Island itself is what many visitors assume to be the sum of the state, the larger part of Hong Kong lies on the Kowloon Peninsula. The Hong Kong island section is where the greatest level of commercial development has taken place. The New Territories offer unspoiled country parks, while the outlying island of Lantau is home to Hong Kong’s very own Disneyland.
Many visitors choose to remain on the Hong Kong Island during a trip to Hong Kong. Here you’ll find plenty of attractions to explore including the famous Victoria Peak for its fantastic view of the city’s ever-growing skyline, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, and Ocean Park. On the Kowloon Peninsula, there are also many cultural and historical attractions, including the historic early-20th century Clock Tower and museums like the Hong Kong Space Museum and Museum of Art. But if you get a chance, do venture a little further onto the mainland to the local districts. Here you’ll discover a more sedate and Chinese-influenced culture that is in sharp contrast to the urban vibrancy of the Island.
Numerous festivals are held here throughout the year and if you’re lucky, you may catch one during your trip to Hong Kong. Annual highlights including the Chinese New Year, the Spring Lantern Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid Autumn Festival. New Year’s Eve celebrations in Hong Kong are always spectacular.
The city has a rich music and entertainment scene, with performances ranging from traditional local acts and electronic pioneers to international superstars. Hong Kong also has many attractive beaches to lounge on, particularly in the southern part of Hong Kong Island. For the more active visitor, a trip to Hong Kong can include hiking trails with invigorating scenery every step of the way.
Dining out is a very popular activity for locals as well as visitors. Eating in Hong Kong presents a wide range of choices for any palette, from traditional Cantonese and Chinese dishes to same-but-different versions of Western classics. Cuisines from elsewhere in Asia and further afield are also readily available. Prices range from the everyday to more expensive luxury dining experiences.
Hong Kong is a fast-moving international city, so as well as 5-star restaurants, there are also plenty of places where you can grab a bite on the go.
Travel to Hong Kong and you’ll find a wealth of shopping options, whatever your budget. The city is renowned for its many shopping malls. The most popular ones include the IFC Mall, Pacific Place, Cityplaza and Harbour City.
Many items may be found at a lower cost than elsewhere in the world, due to the fact that there is no sales tax applied in Hong Kong. From high-end fashion boutiques to electronics superstores and sprawling shopping complexes, visitors are spoilt for choice.
Hong Kong is much more westernised than other regions of China, owing to its many years of British colonial rule. Despite its European influences, it has an inherently Chinese culture that those who travel to Hong Kong should make an effort to understand.
You’ll find when travelling to Hong Kong that this is a culturally diverse city with very modern attitudes. However, there are some cultural nuances that should be observed. For example, you should avoid sticking your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice, as this gesture is reserved for funerals. You should also avoid sucking or biting your chopsticks when eating, as this is regarded as poor table etiquette.
Flights to Hong Kong land at Hong Kong International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Hong Kong please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type G
Language: Cantonese / English
International dialing code: +852