12 good reasons for you to visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known as a shopper’s paradise. However, there is much more to Hong Kong than shopping. Visitors can enjoy views of the city from high altitudes, sample local cuisine, celebrate festivals, watch sporting events and visit film sets in the city.

You can also avail visa-free policy and convenient transportation. May your trip to Hong Kong be easy, comfortable, enjoyable and meaningful.

This guide will help you know what to expect in Hong Kong. Just read on to find out why you should visit Hong Kong in 2019.

1. It’s Multicultural: Experience Western life and Chinese customs

The colonial background gave Hong Kong  a sophisticated blend of East and West  . Hong Kong’s culture is unique, simultaneously representing a fusion of diverse backgrounds.

In Hong Kong, you can visit a high-rise cafe in a skyscraper and enjoy a cup of coffee there in the morning before heading to a Chinese-style temple to pray for good luck in the afternoon. You can enjoy a special Winter Solstice menu on December 22 and then join in the prayers at St. John’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve.

Hong Kong offers various cultural attractions for visitors. You will find it easy to travel around Hong Kong, as many people can speak English, the English names of many major streets and places are easy to read and understand.

  • Check out the top places to experience Hong Kong’s multiculturalism.

2. Cuisine: Delicious local dishes and food from around the world

Known as the Culinary Capital of Asia, Hong Kong is home to excellent, mouth-watering international dining options.

The local  dim sum  and  fresh seafood  is definitely a must sample! Hong Kong’s local cuisine is well prepared using fresh ingredients and has a rich texture and mild taste.

Compared to food from some other places in China, which may have strong flavors or strange ingredients, Hong Kong food is more delicious and worth trying.

Apart from trying local food, you can also enjoy authentic cuisines from Japan, Korea, India, Thailand or even Africa. There are also western restaurants. You can eat like at home if you wish.

3. Shopping: Glitzy malls, street markets and duty-free shops

Known as a shopper’s paradise, Hong Kong offers a unique shopping experience. From trendy boutiques to traditional stores with Chinese products, luxurious shopping malls to bustling street markets, you can find everything from the latest designer fashion and electronic products to the best-value collectibles and antiques.

Trendsetters around the world find Hong Kong the best place in Asia to shop for fashion clothing, electronics, watches, cosmetics and jewellery. In some duty-free stores and during the sales season, some items are sold at a lower price than the price at which they were manufactured.

4. Sights: Breathtaking harbor views and skylines

Reach the top of Victoria Peak to enjoy spectacular views! This is a must for every first time visitor to Hong Kong. At the peak’s observation platform, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Victoria Harbor and downtown Hong Kong, and admire the Hong Kong skyline in the distance.

It won’t take you long to climb to the top and see the great views, although riding the ancient tram is a more popular and comfortable way to get there. For a closer touch with the locals, you can also take a Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour.

5. Family-friendly: Kids love Hong Kong too

Hong Kong is a perfect destination for family trips, with distinctive parks, great museums and nature reserves. Children will enjoy meeting cartoon characters at Disneyland, taking a boat ride to a fishing village and watching science films projected on the Hemisphere Dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum.

6. Festivals: Celebrate Eastern and Western festivals with locals

There are many festivals throughout the year and whenever you visit Hong Kong, you can get a good chance to experience its unique festival culture.

 Hong Kong is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas  and  New Year’s Eve . During Christmas, streets and buildings have special festive decorations. There are also New Year’s Eve countdown events and fireworks displays around Victoria Harbour.

Take the opportunity to experience Chinese festivals in Hong Kong such as the Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy lively festivities and special festive cuisine.

7. Rangeet Nightlife

Don’t miss the nightlife in Hong Kong. You will find plenty of places to eat, drink or have other fun. Bars and pubs are concentrated in Tsim Sha Tsui, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai in the east. Most restaurants, bars and other places of entertainment open until dawn.

Alternatively you can take a night cruise on Victoria Harbor to enjoy the views and symphony of lights. Of course, there are many other such possibilities.

8. Sports: International competitions such as rugby, tennis, horse racing…

Hong Kong, with its many  world-class sporting events  , is the perfect place for you to watch top sports stars perform and join in the excitement! There are many high-profile sporting events throughout the year, such as the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the Hong Kong Tennis Open and the International Dragon Boat Race.

Hong Kong horse racing  is not only  popular locally but also internationally important. During the racing season from September to July, don’t miss the races at Happy Valley Racecourse or Sha Tin Racecourse. International competitions are held there every year.

9. Movie Pilgrimage: Hong Kong and Hollywood movie shooting sites

Love Hong Kong movies? Then head to Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market or Chung King Mansions  to see where the movie was shot  .  Hong Kong is also the location of many Hollywood movies such as Transformers 4  ,  Doctor Strange  and  Ghost in the Shell .

If you are a fan of Hong Kong police and gangster movies, you can visit the Police Museum to see the history of Hong Kong police and the weapons they use.

10. Visa-free: 90-180 days

Most foreign visitors, including passport holders from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and EU countries,  can enjoy a 90-day visa-free stay in Hong Kong. Visitors to the United Kingdom   can stay visa-free for up to 180 days .

11. Transport: Direct flights from major cities of the world

Hong Kong International Airport has direct flights connecting many major cities in the world including London, New York, LA, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul  .

Hong Kong has one of the best subway systems in the world, as well as convenient buses, trams and ferries. You don’t even need to create loose change. Buy an Octopus card and you can use almost all public transport with it.

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12. Gateway: Your starting point for visiting China and the rest of Asia

Hong Kong’s location makes it the main gateway to China as well as the rest of East Asia. Its international air service is excellent and competition makes fares relatively low compared to neighboring countries.

  • Hong Kong – Gateway to the Chinese mainland

Enjoy exploring Hong Kong with us

China Highlights can give you a hassle-free trip to Hong Kong. If you travel with us, you will enjoy a private tour with an experienced guide. You can explore all of Hong Kong at your own pace.

Here are some of our standard tour plans for your reference:

  • Half Day Hong Kong Island Tour  — Victoria Peak with Single Peak Tram and Aberdeen with Sampan Ride
  • One-Day Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Tour  — takes you to visit Po Lin Monastery and Tai O Fishing Village
  • 10-Day China Family Tour to Beijing, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hong Kong

See more Hong Kong tours, or let us customize a tour for you. Just let us know your likes and preferences.

12 good reasons for you to visit Hong Kong

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