Hong Kong, China
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. With its crowds, culture, technology, food, tradition, entertainment and lights, it is overwhelming in the best way – let yourself be swept up.
The Port of Hong Kong is located in Victoria Harbour in the South China Sea. It is one of the busiest and most efficient ports in the world for cargo, passengers and shipping movements. The Port’s deep-water natural harbour offers a stunning entry point to this bright and bustling metropolis.
In 1898 China surrendered the port to the United Kingdom, but in 1997 it was returned to China at the end of British rule. These days the port is home to festivals, world-class restaurants, street food, excellent shopping, opulent hotels and traditional wooden boats.
- the Ocean Centre and Harbour City shopping centres located at the port
- complimentary Wi-Fi in the terminal mall complex
- Kowloon Waterfront precinct, directly in front of the terminal
- adjacent to the Star Ferry Pier for local cruises.
How to Get Around
Despite its dynamism, Hong Kong is a compact city with very efficient public transport and abundant taxis, making getting around very easy. From the Ocean Terminal, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) underground train system is a short walk away. Famous for being modern, clean and efficient, it runs throughout Kowloon and under the harbour to Hong Kong Island.
If you prefer to ride above ground, the double-decker trams offer great views and run from the early hours of the morning. The city also operates metropolitan buses, which are ideal if you want to get to Stanley Market.
The historic Star Ferry is a great way to get to Hong Kong Island. A single ride ticket costs about HK$85 (A$11).
For airport transfers, Airport Express trains run from Kowloon Station and Central Station to the airport in around 24 minutes. One-way fares start from HK$90 (A$12).
- Currency - the currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar. Coins come in 10, 20 and 50 cent and $1, $2, $5 and $10 denominations. Notes come in $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 denominations.
- Time Zone - Hong Kong uses Hong Kong Time (HKT), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Hong Kong enjoys a humid subtropical climate. Average temperatures range from 14° Celsius in January to 31° Celsius in July and August. November through to February are the driest months with an average rainfall of 33mm.
- Victoria Peak - Victoria Peak is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong and the city’s most popular attraction. One of the world’s oldest funicular railways, the historic Peak Tram climbs to the summit for panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. There are restaurants and entertainment at the summit, along with a walking trail through picturesque gardens.
- City Markets - the Ladies' Market along Tung Choi Street offers clothes, souvenirs and curious knick-knacks. The Temple Street Night Market is known for its food stalls and street entertainers. Stanley Market is made up of charming indoor and outdoor shops selling silk robes, jade jewellery and small porcelain goods.
- Nathan Road - a Hong Kong institution, Nathan Road located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area is a must-visit hotspot. This lively strip is home to clubs, restaurants, hotels and flashy neon signs. Kowloon Park (on Nathan Road) provides a refuge, with fountains, a rose garden and a waterfowl exhibit. You'll also find locals practising Tai Chi near the sculpture garden and lake.
- Symphony of Lights - every night at 8 o’clock the Hong Kong skyline is lit up by coloured laser lights set to music and narration. The best viewing spot is along the Waterfront Promenade, just beyond the Star Ferry terminal.