HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE
Hong Kong was my first home away from Australia where I initially lived for 6 months and have visited numerous times over the years.
I’ll be controversial here and say that Hong Kong is not China.
It is a totally separate country, with it’s own identity. It has an independent culture, language, currency and food.
There are two sides to the country. Hong Kong Island which has the major business district, and Kowloon which is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
How Long to Spend in Hong Kong? If you want to see the whole of Hong Kong I’d recommend about two weeks.
I like to think of Hong Kong in four distinct regions.
- Hong Kong Island, home to the main business district
- Kowloon, one of the most densely populated places in the world. A bit grittier but full of culture.
- Outlaying Islands such as Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, and Lantau Island
- New Territories with mountainous terrain, great for hiking, camping, remote beaches, and the huge Budda statue.
Getting Off the Beaten Track. Hong Kong is far more developed than other countries in Southeast Asia. Buses and trains cover much of the country and are an easy way of getting around. To get further off the beaten track you can take local vans or even pay taxi drivers to take you to remote areas in the New Territories.
Visas. Travelers of most European, Commonwealth, and ASEAN nationalities can get a 90 day tourist visa on arrival for free when entering Hong Kong.
Where to go in Hong Kong? This Hong Kong travel guide contains loads of information for your trip. Below you will find some travel highlights, loads of detailed blog posts, and an easy to use travel map among other resources.