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Few international panoramas are as iconic as the neon Hong Kong skyline at night from the Star harbor Ferry to Kowloon. And few culinary experiences are as woven into the tapestry of travel imperatives as a-la-carte dim sum in a Hong Kong restaurant. From a ride to the top of Victoria Peak to inhale in the city from above, or a ride on a double-decker bus below the skyscrapers as the city exhales it’s unique blend of East and West, you’ll be dazzled by the culture of this former British colony and discover why so many city lovers world-wide rank Hong Kong among their must-see destinations.

Tours & Packages to Hong Kong

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A Taste of China
Historical Beijing & the Great Wall, Xi'an & the Terra Cotta Army, plus futuristic Shanghai; optional extensions: Yangtze Cruise, Hong Kong & Chengdu
10 days  •  from $1999 $1799
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Hong Kong & Bangkok Adventure
Experience the culture and cuisine of two timeless traveler hotspots in Asia; explore independently with flights, hotels & city tours included
10 days  •  from $2899 $2599
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Orient Adventure
Singapore, Tokyo & Hong Kong; discover the history, art, religion & cuisine of 3 Asian cities on your own; flights, hotel & city tours included
12 days  •  from $3099 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Singapore & Hong Kong Adventure
East meets West in Hong Kong, plus experience the cultures of Singapore; explore independently with flights, hotel & city tours included
10 days  •  from $2499 $2199
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Singapore, Hong Kong & Bali Adventure
Ancient temples & modern skylines, world-class cuisine & eclectic cultures; explore independently with flights, hotels & city tours included
14 days  •  $3399 $3099
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Best of China & Yangtze Cruise
Shanghai & 4 nt Deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus Guilin, Xi'an & Beijing. Stay in 5 star hotels throughout; optional extensions to Hong Kong or Tibet
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dates small group tour + cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Hong Kong? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Population:  7.347 million
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Languages: Chinese and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: HKT (UTC +8)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least one month after your return date, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays up to 90 days. However, a visa is required for entry to all other areas of China. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Hong Kong, but immunization against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis are recommended. Be sure to take insect repellent!

A note on blood and transfusions: RH negative and type O bloods are not commonly stored in China. There have also been problems with HIV contaminated blood supplies.

Center for Disease Control

Weather

Hong Kong’s subtropical climate makes it fairly hot and humid year-round. Summer (June - September) is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms. This is the time of year when typhoons are most likely to occur, causing flooding and landslides. The temperature remains significantly cooler from October through February. Clear, sunny days make October-November the best time to visit.

Tipping

In most restaurants, a 10% service charge is added to the bill. If the service has been excellent, feel free to tip a little more. Taxi drivers don't expect to be tipped but it is the norm to leave any small change.

Money

ATMs are located all throughout Hong Kong most commonly outside of banks and in shopping complexes and malls. Many major foreign bank cards and credit cards are acceptable, though many banks impose a fee every time you use a card at another bank's ATM. This fee can be higher for international transactions.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Hong Kong is a well-known shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls and upscale department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques and charming street markets, Hong Kong offers a dazzling variety of goods. Shop for designer clothing, electronics, watches, jewelry, traditional Chinese handicrafts, leather goods and more. Top quality cosmetics are also a popular item to purchase in Hong Kong as they are duty free. Note that prices can vary greatly from store to store, so be sure to shop around.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volts. Plugs A, I & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your tour to Hong Kong. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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