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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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