With a population of more than 7 million, it is easy to get carried away with the hectic pace of the metropolis that is Hong Kong. As you land in this tropical climate, you will see both modern skyscrapers and beautiful countryside. Several million tourists visit Hong Kong each year, and there is something for everyone here. Hong Kong’s main areas are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, and all are well connected and easy to explore when you disembark from your flight to Hong Kong.
SIGHTS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong offers everything from wonderful green areas and cultural experiences to tasty food. You are unlikely to get bored on a visit to this city; in fact, you will more likely have to prioritize your time in order to see even a small portion of the sights on offer. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time between your flights to Hong Kong and your onward journey.
Victoria Peak – take the Peak Tram funicular 500 metres skyward and enjoy views of the entire city of Hong Kong. You can get here by bus or by cable car. On your way back from Victoria Peak stop off in Soho where you´ll find the world’s longest escalator that takes you past restaurants, stores and fabulous nightlife.
Big Buddha – 34 metres tall, this sculpture located in Hong Kong is one of the world’s largest sitting Buddha statues. It’s one of the most impressive sights to see when you travel to Hong Kong.
Star Ferry – experience the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. Star Ferry is one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions and has been plying Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, since the late 1800s.
Kat Hing Wai Walled Village – was built during the Ming Dynasty (1600) and has a 400-year history. The walls around the village served as a defence against pirates in ancient times.
Repulse Bay – a true dream beach with turquoise water and fine-grained sand just a short bus or taxi drive away from the city centre.
HONG KONG WITH CHILDREN
Hong Kong has something for everyone. If you’re flying to Hong Kong with children, here are some extra recommendations for a fantastic family holiday. Don’t forget to check out deals on cheap flights to Hong Kong for your next trip.
Hong Kong Disneyland – Visit Fantasyland, Adventureland, Main Street or Tomorrowland at this magical theme park for all ages.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel – Take a ride on the large observation wheel, situated right at the harbour, and see many famous landmarks spread out beneath you.
Ocean Park Hong Kong – Watch a wide array of sea creatures at the large aquarium and learn more about the depths of the ocean. See other animals in the zoo (including the popular pandas), ride the cable car and have lots of laughter on the various rides.
Hong Kong Science Museum – Try various hands-on activities while the whole family learns more about the world.
Lamma Island – Explore the traditional fishing village, dine on fresh and tasty seafood and learn more about seafaring activities.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR HONG KONG
Macau – This Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China is a mixture of Europe and Asia and just a short boat ride away from Hong Kong. It is famous for its casinos and beautiful architecture dating back to the time of Portuguese rule. Well worth a day trip from Hong Kong. 60 minutes by ferry. The island is easy to reach when you book your plane tickets to Hong Kong.
Shenzhen – with its coastline stretching more than 270 km and its superb beaches, the city contains the first national park area in China with hotels, golf courses and a Buddhist theme park. Under 60 minutes from Hong Kong.
Lantau Island – the half-hour ferry ride takes you light-years away from the pulsating city life: instead of skyscrapers, the peaceful island is the home of temples and monasteries, fishing villages, magnificent hiking routes and solitary sandy beaches.
Note that you will need a visa to be able to enter cities in Mainland China if you take advantage of deals to Hong Kong.
SHOPPING IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has a myriad of shopping districts, markets, malls and galleries with a mix of designer clothes, antiques, electronic gadgets, local products and porcelain on offer. Visitors should be aware that a lot of the goods sold at markets are not genuine and bargaining is the norm here.
Nathan Road – a huge shopping street with the most and best-known designer labels and the very latest in electronic devices.
You might also like Sogo, the large Harbour City mall and the City Gate Outlet near Hong Kong Airport.
Temple Street Night Market – open in the evening and at night, shoppers can find plenty of watches and clothes at this market.
Other markets to visit are Stanley Market, located near the beach in Stanley and the whole Mongkok area, situated close to Temple street market.
CHINESE FOOD & DRINK IN HONG KONG
Take the opportunity to try plenty of Chinese food when you visit Hong Kong, as the price here is completely different from anywhere in Europe. In Hong Kong, you will find some of the best western-style restaurants serving high-quality food from both Chinese and international kitchens. These are some recommended dishes to try when you fly to Hong Kong:
Dim Sum – a typical lunch or brunch offering consisting of several bite-sized dishes and served with tea.
Dumplings – thinly-wrapped pieces of dough with various fillings.
Chinese barbecue – often with fresh, seasonal food.
Pineapple balls – eaten as a snack, the bottom part is often made using slightly sweeter bread, while the upper part is made from pastry.
Noodles – served just about everywhere, noodles can be eaten with, for example, small pork balls, vegetables and shellfish. Noodles can also be served fried or in a soup.
Poon choi – served on a huge plate for several people, this traditional dish from Hong Kong contains a host of delicacies such as pork, lamb, chicken, duck, shellfish, mushrooms and vegetables. The dish is served layer upon layer, which guests eat their way through.
Milk tea – usually black tea with milk and sugar. If anything can be said to have a history in Hong Kong, it’s tea. For centuries, teahouses were the city’s social, cultural and commercial centres.
TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong MTR subway – Hong Kong’s subway takes visitors quickly around the city.
Taxi – using a taxi in Hong Kong is relatively inexpensive. To avoid misunderstandings, give the driver a note with your end address, written in Chinese and be prepared to pay with cash.
BEST TIME TO VISIT HONG KONG
As a year-round destination, there’s no wrong time to book your airline tickets to Hong Kong. Weather-wise, May to September is the warmest period but also the wettest period. Visit at this time if you wish to make the most of the beaches and the great outdoors, but be prepared for showers and storms. August is the rainiest month. If you prefer cooler temperatures and dryer conditions, search for Hong Kong flight deals between October and April. The driest month is January.
October to December is often considered the best time to visit Hong Kong because of the pleasant temperatures and sunny weather. Peak tourist seasons are July and August and around Chinese New Year. However, if you’re looking for the cheapest flights to Hong Kong and the best deals on accommodation, spring is a great time to visit.
FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG
Finnair has the shortest routes between Asia and Europe, making it a great choice for your Hong Kong flights.
Direct flights to Hong Kong from Helsinki take a little under 10h. While Finnair doesn’t have direct flights to Hong Kong from the UK, France, Germany and other cities, it is easy to reach Hong Kong with Finnair with a hassle-free and comfortable connection in Helsinki. All transit services and facilities are in the same building and you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied during your short stopover.
Popular flights to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) depart from Manchester, Stockholm, Hamburg, Zurich, Tallinn, Warsaw and Paris. When you land in Hong Kong, the airport is well connected by road and rail.
Your intercontinental flight to Hong Kong will likely be on an A350 aircraft, celebrated for its space, comfort and advanced technology. Whether you fly in economy class or Nordic Business Class (with a terrific range of upgraded and priority services as well as fully flat seats), you’re sure to land in Hong Kong feeling refreshed and ready to explore or work.
No matter whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, book your flights to Hong Kong with Finnair for comfort, great services, warm hospitality, reliability and shorter flight times.