Discover Hong Kong

About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong’s geographical position as a gateway between the East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people from diverse places and proudly proclaims itself as Asia’s World City.

Weather in July
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate but is cooled in winter by sea breezes. Summer (June to September) is hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures often exceed 32°C (90°F), with night-time temperatures that do not drop.

Cantonese is the first language of about 98 per cent of the people of Hong Kong. A large portion of the population also speak English and Putonghua. Walking through the streets, you may hear a medley of Asian and European languages, too.

Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80HKD to 1USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly.


Star Ferry
The charming Star Ferry has been carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the Star Ferry vessels each year.

Ladies’ Market at Mongkok
Home to more than 1,000 stalls stretching along Tung Choi Street in Mongkok, the open-air bazaar mainly sells women’s clothes and accessories, sports jerseys, Hong Kong memorabilia and electronics at discounted prices.

The Peak
Get a stunning view of Hong Kong Island on Victoria Peak atop the giant, wok-shaped Peak Tower. Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Sweeping views of the metropolis, verdant woods, easy but spectacular walks – all reachable in just eight minutes from Central by Hong Kong’s 125-year-old, gravity-defying Peak Tram.

Man Mo Temple
Built in 1837 during the Qing Dynasty, Man Mo Temple is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and a declared monument.

Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to more than 90 restaurants and bars.

Outlying islands
Contrary to popular belief, Hong Kong is not all skyscrapers and it is well worth visiting the countryside (which makes up more than 70 per cent of Hong Kong), including the country parks and marine parks. Many are surprised to find that Hong Kong is actually home to some stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery. One recommendation is the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

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Please check your national foreign office for the latest travel advice including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information.

The advice can change so check regularly for updates.