Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. It enjoys a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, while the weather from May to mid-September is rather warm and humid. Eighty per cent of Hong Kong's precipitation occurs between May and September, with August registering the highest rainfall.
Hong Kong is compact, so visitors are never too far from shopping and major sights. Hong Kong also has an excellent transportation system so visitors can easily reach other areas, no matter where they stay. Most accommodation providers located in the heart of the city, in Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon. There are also a growing number of options in the New Territories that offer relaxing alternatives.
Public transportation via bus, ferry or train is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user-friendly. The system covers extension areas of Hong Kong with signs in English and Chinese. Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world even at night, when people may walk alone with confidence. English is very widely spoken. There will be no problems in communicating with people in most accommodation resorts, restaurants and even some taxis.
Culture and heritage is what sets Hong Kong apart from the rest of Asia – indeed the world. Hong Kong is a unique fusion of Eastern and Western cultures where the old and the new live side by side. Its incense-filled temples, glass-and-steel skyscrapers and noisy festivals have made Hong Kong the premier tourist destination in Asia.
Many fascinating Chinese and colonial heritage sites still exist in Hong Kong, reflecting more than 5,000 years of Chinese and more than 150 years of British colonial heritage. For more information on Hong Kong heritage visit
Hong Kong's museums showcase fascinating displays of Chinese art and antiquities as well as featuring Hong Kong's history, coastal defences, film industry, space, science, medicine, the police, correctional services and much more.
The festivals are among the best ways to experience the unique culture of this modern East-meets-West destination. Experiencing a major Chinese festival in Hong Kong is an enchanting adventure.
Hong Kong 's major traditional festivals are colourful and noisy affairs, at which thousands upon thousands of people turn out to join the celebrations. Fireworks, festive feasting, lion and dragon dancers, incense smoke, Chinese opera, mah jong, fortune-telling, carnivals and parades come together in a variety of combinations to create a uniquely festive atmosphere seen nowhere else in the world. There are festivals throughout the year that you are sure to enjoy.
We have selected some guide books on Hong Kong that you might find useful during your stay: