When is the best time to book a flight to Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is extremely popular in February because of the Chinese New year, so book your flights to Hong Kong as early as possible if you want to experience the magical event. Practically all year is mild or hot, making it an ideal destination. You'll struggle to find cheap flights to Hong Kong between October and February as this is the peak season, however with a bit of forward planning deals can be found on flight tickets.
The south-eastern city gets much hotter during the summer months, so tourists don't flock in such high numbers on flights to Hong Kong between February and September. That said, Hong Kong is the kind of place that can accurately be described as a year-round destination, so there is always a good deal on flight tickets, although February to September is when you'll find the cheapest flights to Hong Kong.
With Chinese roots, some British influences, and a dash of hyper-capitalism, Hong Kong is a magical place to visit. Although it's the world's fifth-most expensive city, there are budget ways to enjoy it. Public transport is inexpensive so go to the top of the town. The Peak is HK's top tourist attraction. Take a seat on the tram, which rises to 1299 ft above sea level, and gasp at the views of Hong Kong, the high-rises giving way to the sea. Or, catch a ferry from Central Pier over to Lantau, HK's largest island. The Lantau South Country Park contains sylvan glades, hiking trails and beautiful seacapes, all just a 40-minute chug away.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is around 37km from the city centre, but after your long flights to Hong Kong you don't have a lot of hassle waiting after you arrive. The Airport Express is the quickest and easiest way to get from the airport to the city, it runs as frequently as every 10 minutes and takes 25 minutes or so. You can also opt for a taxi service, although these can be very expensive and you have to pay extra for each piece of luggage you wish to take with you.
Public transport is good in Hong Kong and getting around easy.
Rail: There are two types of trains, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which primarily runs underground and has six lines. This is fast and efficient and also connects the airport to downtown. Overground trains run on the Kowloon-Canton railway, which is mainly used by commuters.
Tram: The famous peak tram runs up The Peak, climbing 1224ft. A trip up here is a must for tourists to see the city laid-out at your feet. There are also commuter trams running along the north part of the island.
Ferries: Many ferries run across the harbour and connecting Hong Kong to China. This is one of the most pleasant ways to get around.
Hong Kong climate
The climate is subtropical with distinct seasons. The winters are cool and dry and the summers are hot and humid. Summer temperatures can top 31 degrees; winter temps hover around the 10-degree mark. Typhoon season runs from May to November.
Hong Kong insider information
To escape the hustle of the city, head to Kowloon Park – take the subway to Tsim Sha Tsui. The park contains a bird lake, with hundreds of colourful flamingos, Bainiao Garden, a football field, children’s playground, banyan courtyard and a sculpture park. The park is open every day except Fridays. On Sundays various groups gather to practice martial arts or dance. A stroll through gives an excellent flavour of the many activities taking place in the city.
One of the best views in Hong Kong is also accessible from Kowloon park. Head through the park past the bird sanctuary and over the bridge to a pier lit by fairy lights. From the very end of the pier, Hong Kong island is laid out in front of you, to the left are cruise ships in the harbour, and to the right the developments taking place on the reclaimed land.
Shopping for electronics: Sham Sui Po has the greatest and cheapest computer accessories you’ll ever find. Head for the computer hardware store just by the metro. The basement has an assortment of gadgets for computers – from those you’ve always wanted, to those you never knew you needed but just can’t leave behind.
Entrance to all museums is free on Wednesdays. One of the biggest and best is the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, which has exhibitions on HK’s history, art and culture.
To visit beaches, depart from Sai Kung, from where you can reach almost any beautiful island you want. Just take one of the boats and spend a day relaxing.
Before booking your cheap flights to Hong Kong, bear in mind that Hong Kong is not the cheapest city to eat or drink in. Wan Chai is the centre of the nightlife region. For celebrity-spotting, hit the Dragon, a favoured nightclub with the rich and famous. Needless to say, there is a strict dress code and door policy.
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