Advance Planning

Two months before Check dates of Chinese festivals; book accommodation, tickets for major shows, and a table at a top restaurant.

One month before Check listings and book tickets for fringe festivals; book nature tours and a table at a popular restaurant.

Two weeks before Book harbour cruises and your Tai Kwun pass; sign up for email alerts from events organisers.

One week before Check the weather forecast.

Resources

  • Lonely Planet (lonelyplanet.com/china/hong-kong) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Discover Hong Kong (www.discoverhongkong.com) The Hong Kong Government's user-friendly website for travel information.
  • Urbtix (www.urbtix.hk) Tickets to movies, shows and exhibitions.
  • Time Out Hong Kong (www.timeout.com.hk) What to eat, drink and do in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Hong Kong Observatory (www.hko.gov.hk) Weather information including forecasts.

Top Tips

  • Hong Kong's efficient Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system and buses can take you to most of the sights and allow you to pack a lot into a day. Most rural areas are no more than 1½ hours away from the city centre by public transport.
  • If you have more than two days, visit the countryside or outlying islands. It will give you a completely different impression. Hong Kong is much more than just skyscrapers.
  • Some of the world's best Chinese food is to be had in Hong Kong. Indulge in at least one excellent Chinese meal during your visit.
  • To get a feel for local culture, explore the main areas of the city by foot.
  • Take the Star Ferry and the trams at least once. They are living heritage and are well connected to some of the main sights.

What to Take

  • Good walking shoes for the city and the countryside
  • Light rain gear – Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with monsoons in summer
  • Smart-casual staples to move from day to night
  • Mosquito repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses in summer
  • Travel electric adapter for Hong Kong
  • A small day pack

What to Wear

Hong Kong has its share of fashion-obsessed people, but in general, Hong Kongers are casual. That said, many upmarket restaurants and bars (especially in Central) enforce dress codes so check ahead; no shorts for men and no flip-flops is common.

Summer is hot and humid. Dress lightly but bring a jacket for air-conditioned facilities. The air-con can be strong on empty buses and in certain indoor areas.

When hiking in summer, pack your swimsuit and goggles for an impromptu dip.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least one month past your intended stay
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you're going away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Check if your mobile phone service provider has a roaming agreement with a Hong Kong operator