Discover Hong Kong – a Blend of Old & New
Previously under British rule, 1997 saw the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to The People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong is held in romantic high regard by many Brits and is still a favourite for long haul adventures. A fascinating blend of old, new, east and west, Hong Kong can boast 5000 years of Chinese traditions infused with British colonial influence. A real melting pot of eastern and western characteristics, it’s truly a place to get excited about.
City Skyline – Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most recognizable in the world and its bustling harbour opens a gateway to endless possibilities and an experience you’ll never forget. It is one of the world’s most vibrant and energetic destinations and remains a popular choice for culture vultures, business tycoons and thrill-seekers alike. Soaring skyscrapers and bustling streets add to the allure of this oriental delight. All it has to offer will simply enchant visitors. Tourists can experience ancient cultures, exotic cuisines and modern day technology in a complex multi-cultural vibe. Hi tech Hong Kong is a thriving hotspot with something for everyone.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple – Kowloon – Hong Kong
We’ve compiled a list of the top ten attractions to whet your appetite.
- The Avenue of Stars
- Disneyland Hong Kong
- The Peak
- Ocean Park Hong Kong
- Ladies Market
- Temple Street Night Market
- Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (and Golden Bauhinia Square)
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
- Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
- The Clock Tower
Man Mo Temple – Hong Kong
In addition to the obvious influences which make up Hong Kong’s DNA, the territory is awash with religion and spirituality and visitors will come across numerous places of worship. It’s common to see front doors, shops, cars etc all adorned with offerings to the gods to bring luck and good fortune. Hong Kong is certainly not defined by any one religion. Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims and Christians are all represented in this multi-faith society. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.
Be sure to check all up to date travel information before you travel and we’ve listed the current details for UK citizens below: –
Practical information/entry requirements:
Although Hong Kong is now part of the People’s Republic of China it remains a Special Administrative Region with its own immigration controls. You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
The authorities of Hong Kong have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.
Visits to mainland China
If you are travelling to mainland China via Hong Kong you must get a Chinese visa before arrival at the border. Visas are not available on arrival at the Chinese border for British passport holders. If you are entering Hong Kong via mainland China and leaving again via the mainland you will need a double or multiple entry visa for mainland China.
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. The cost of medical treatment in Hong Kong is high.
As with any foreign travel, common sense generally keeps you on the right side of the locals…and the law. Be polite and mindful of their customs and respect your host nation’s traditions and you can’t really go far wrong. Now that you have all the information you need why not start planning your trip. Hong Kong will leave you with many memories and is a holiday that will stay with you for years to come. Bring your distant dreams of the Far East to life and go; it’s just waiting to be explored.