Hotels in Hong Kong
Weather and Best time to travel to Hong Kong
Hong Kong, the administrative region of China, is located in the Northern coastline of China. The city caters to different age groups offering a variety of options for tourists such as temples, monasteries, gardens, oceans, museums and parks. It enjoys a subtropical climate making it ideal for travellers to visit the city throughout the year. Autumn in Hong Kong lasts from September to November, and the temperature usually ranges from 18 degrees to 28 degrees. It is the best time to visit the city as it hosts a variety of food and dance festivals. Experts advice to avoid travelling during dry summers as the temperature usually rises from 26 degrees to 32 degrees. During springtime, the weather conditions are generally pleasant (17-28 degrees), the city hosts several events such as International Film Festival, Dragon Boat Fest, Temple Fairs etc. Winters in Hong Kong, December to February, are cold and dry, the temperature typically ranges from 12 degrees to 20 degrees. It is the festive time of the year, and the whole city is lit up with Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The airport in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong International Airport is located in the outskirts of the city on 1 Sky Plaza Road, Chek Lap Kok surrounded by the island of Chek Lap Kok. It is about 35 kilometres from the central city. There are heaps of options for getting to Hong Kong from Hong Kong Airport right from buses, trains and taxis to shuttle transfers. Moreover, there are also ferry transfers available at the airport connected to the nine ports. Using boats and ferries may not be the most convenient way to reach the city, but it provides a great scenic view if travelling to the outlying islands and one of the most important 'things to do' topping most bucket lists. Within the city, there are trams available to reach hotels in Hong Kong. Although a cheap option, costing just about SGD 0.46 a ride, both the speed and frequency of trams are quite slow.
Transportation in Hong Kong
Unlike the rest of China, where language could be a barrier in conversing with the local population since a majority of people speak Mandarin, Hongkongers can speak and understand English which is one of their official languages. Their local language is Cantonese. The express train is considered to be one of the fastest and economical ways of reaching the city from the airport. A one-way ticket costs about SGD 18.37 and round trips are even cheaper. The trains depart every 10-12 minutes and take about 20-25 minutes to reach the city. From the city, there is a free shuttle bus service available to reach Hong Kong hotels. There are plentiful taxis available that charge around SGD 55 one way available right outside the airport at the official taxi booth. The most economical way, however, time-consuming, is the airport bus service that charges about SGD 7.5 and takes between 40-50 minutes to reach the city. The buses leave every 20 minutes. Octopus card, which is the official mode of making online or offline payments in the city, can be used in most transport options in the city. It can be recharged online or in gas stations, vending machines, restaurants and supermarkets.
How to get to Hong Kong
There are multiple direct flights from around the world to Hong Kong. Within Asia, airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, Hong Kong Airlines provide direct flights at a lower price to Hong Kong. Direct flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong would cost about SGD 404 return if booked timely. Similarly, a return ticket from New Delhi, India to Hong Kong would cost approx. SGD 607 covering the one-way distance in about 6 hours. From major Chinese cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Foshan, etc., there are long-distance buses available. They pick up from major city points and hotels and drop off at the Hong Kong International Airport. Domestic flights are available from these cities to Hong Kong at a reasonable price if booked well in advance. Most people prefer high-speed rail as they are both economic and time-saving. A trip from Shanghai to Hong Kong by train takes roughly about 9 hours, costing approximately SGD 202. A flight ticket for the same trip would cost about SGD 300, and the distance will be covered in 2.5 hours.
Hotels in Hong Kong
- 5 Star Hotels: Harbour Grand, Hong Kong Hotel, is located 2 kilometres from the city centre offering a full view of the Victoria Harbour. Booking with this luxury hotel costs about SGD 250 per person per night, but timely booking could bring the price as low as SGD 170 as part of the Hong Kong hotel deals.
- 4 Star Hotels: The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers and Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok are located within the 2-kilometre radius of the city centre. They are priced at SGD 80 per person per night, which is quite economical. Book Hong Kong hotels way in advance and there are heaps of deals available for tourists.
- 3 Star Hotels: Imperial Hotel, Silka Seaview Hotel, Travelodge Kowloon, Hotel Benito are low budget cheap hotels in Hong Kong priced around SGD 60 with decent amenities.
Hong Kong Tourist Information
Top tourist attractions in Hong Kong
1. Victoria Harbor is considered to be a major Hong Kong attractions and iconic landmark offering the star ferry cruises, Sky 100 Observation Deck, the Ferris Wheel, the Central Waterfront Promenade and the walk of the Tsim Sha Sui promenade. It is located in the heart of the city about 35 kilometres from the Hong Kong Airport.
2. Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the smallest Disney parks popular among tourists travelling with toddlers. It is located in Lantau Island, which is about 17 kilometres from the airport.
3. Ocean park is yet another tourist destination for families interested in day trips. It offers grand aquariums, rides and roller coasters and giant animals such as pandas. It is located in the Aberdeen harbour which is about 40 kilometres from the airport and about 10 kilometres from the city centre.
Top food places in Hong Kong
1. The Floating Restaurants are one of the oldest and popular food places located in the heart of the Aberdeen harbour. Its speciality is the Cantonese cuisine and local seafood.
2. Sky Restaurant and Rooftop Bar are located on the 27th floor at Park Lane offering a complete view of the Hong Kong Island. It serves French cuisine and considered to be one of the most happening places for night parties.
3. Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kong, which is one of the Hong Kong hotels is a fine dine-in restaurant that serves exquisite dimsums and seafood. It is located on 8 Finance Street, Central Hong Kong.
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