Hong Kong - nestled in southwestern China, is an erstwhile English colony. A dynamic destination with a spectacular skyline, this port city has a lot to offer the world traveler. A melting pot of immigrant cultures and Chinese traditions - from trendy shopping districts abuzz with urban outlets to traditional venues of culture and art, from midnight revelers painting the city red to dedicated lovers of art and theater, Hong Kong does not disappoint.
Best Time to Visit
Summers are hot and humid here, between the months of June and September. Between January and March, it is cold and dry. The best time to visit remains between October and December, when the daytime temperature hovers around 22 degrees Celsius. Do not miss the city-wide illuminations and Christmas atmosphere of the Hong Kong Winter Fest held every December.
How To Get There
The Hong Kong International Airport connects the city to the rest of the world. However certain cities like Coimbatore, Jodhpur, Dhaka and Ahmedabad do not enjoy direct connectivity with Hong Kong. Several international airlines like Singapore Airlines, Air India
, Jet Airways, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines
, Etihad Airways, Emirates
and Vistara connect Mumbai to Hong Kong. Altogether, over 1,400 direct and stopover flights ply this route every week.
Places to Stay
There is no dearth of accommodation in Hong Kong. From humble quarters to five-star residencies, there is something here suited to every budget. Look at localities near the University of Hong Kong and the Times Square Mall for pocket-friendly hotels. For the more exclusive accommodations, head to the Nathan Shopping District and Harbour City among other neighborhoods. The price for a night can range from about Rs. 2,500 to above Rs. 60,000.
Must- See Places
Visit the Victoria Peak also known as Mount Austin, for jaw-dropping views of the city. The Ngong-Ping 360 is an aerial tramcar ride on the Lantau Island of Hong Kong. From it, you can view the mountainous terrain of the island, the Tian Tai Buddha perched on a hilltop and Hong Kong Airport
. The Clock Tower in the island of Kowloon is a historic landmark of the city and a reminder of its colonial past. For outdoor activities and swimming, spend an afternoon at the Victoria Park. Tourists also flock to the Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park Hong Kong for fun-filled family outings.
Shopping in Hong Kong
Head to the Landmark and Harbour City malls to pick up your Fendi and Gucci handbags. You will find independent boutiques on Granville Road. For locally designed apparels, browse through Fashion Walk on Causeway Bay. The bespoke tailors of Caroline Hill will stitch you an inexpensive suit. Their craftsmanship is world famous. For quirky gifts, head to ‘Homeless.’ Vintage shops and funky bars dot the Starstreet Precinct area of Wan Chai - another must-visit.
If you are a foodie, you have come to the right place. Diverse cuisines like Thai, Malay, Singaporean, Indian, Japanese, American and European are served in the many restaurants which dot the city. Street food is safe and hygienic. Try the local dishes like the pineapple buns at Kam Wah Cafe, dimsums at Tim Ho Wan, egg tarts at the Tai Cheong Bakery, instant noodles at Sun Kee and the shrimp wanton at Mak’s Noodles.
Download the Yatra app for grabbing cheap air tickets
. The flight schedules of different airlines
are available on it.