Stopovers to Australia: Hong Kong
Bustling and vibrant, it’s Hong Kong’s island mentality that makes it a distinctly different stopover destination on your flight to Australia.
Things to do in Hong Kong
The Peak: The city’s funicular tram has been hauling people almost vertically up The Peak since 1888. At the top you’re treated to Hong Kong’s finest panoramic views across the harbour to Kowloon.
There are plenty of places to shop and grab a bite to eat, and it’s worth hanging around for nightfall and a terrific view of the downtown laser light show.
Stanley Market: The seaside village of Stanley houses a thriving market that sells everything from antiques and original artwork to clothes, fruit and veg. It’s an exciting place to explore, full of nooks and alleyways that can’t help but grab your attention.
To get there, hop on a local bus and share the trip past palatial homes and sandy beaches with the Cantonese locals. The fare is tiny.
Victoria Harbour: Hong Kong has a constant, bustling relationship with the sea and you can’t really claim to have seen the city until you’ve taken to the water. During the day it’s alive with tourists and fishermen; at night it becomes an integral part of the light and laser show above the city.
Hire a junk, take the Star Ferry or an organised trip, or hire one of the little boats for a nominal sum and enjoy a gentle chug around the harbour.
Do I need a visa for Hong Kong?
U.K. citizens can stay in Hong Kong for up to six months without a visa provided your passport is valid for your entire stay.
What vaccinations do I need for Hong Kong?
Check with your GP eight weeks prior to departure to ensure your standard UK vaccinations (diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and TB) are all up to date. Have boosters if necessary.
Advised: Hepatitis A
Consider: Hepatitis B
Best time to visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is in the Northern Hemisphere, but although the seasons are the same, you won’t recognise them. Winter is cool, dry and cloudy. Spring is a warm 17°C-23°C with rising humidity. Summer (June-August) is hot, with humidity that makes it feel hotter still (and frequently uncomfortable).
We’d suggest visiting in autumn (September to November) when the mix of sunshine, warm temperatures and pleasant breezes makes it ideal. Autumn is still typhoon season which covers a lengthy stretch between April/May and October/November.
With such a long season, avoiding all possibility of typhoons is rather tricky, but if one is approaching you’ll see plenty of warning broadcasts and other notifications.
Whilst in Hong Kong you must see...
Take the cable car across the bay to Lantau Island and climb the 268 steps to the foot of the giant bronze Buddha.
It’s 34m tall and faces north towards mainland China.
Although it’s not old (it was only completed in 1993), it is utterly breathtaking.
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