Hong Kong is much more than another harbour city. There are nearly 7 million people in Hong Kong, from the Skyscrapers to the lush countryside. It is undoubtedly one of the top tourist destinations in the world with culture, shopping and dining in abundance.
Weather & Climate
In spring (March to May) the average high temperature is 26°C, with humidity starting to rise. Summer (June to August) is a hot and humid affair, with the chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures can exceed 31°C, but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. Many people regard autumn (September to November) as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong, with plenty of sunshine and more comfortable temperatures. Winter (December to February) tends to be cool, dry and cloudy. The temperature at this time of year can drop below 10°C, so remember to take a coat!
History & culture
“The Pearl of the Orient”, Hong Kong is a vibrant fusion of its Eastern and Western heritages. Coming back under Chinese rule in 1997 following 164 years as a British colony, Hong Kong has emerged as a unique environment where traditional Chinese concepts such as Feng Shui are as common as the vast expanses of skyscrapers along the famed skyline. With a global business hub, artistic delights ranging from the Philharmonic orchestra to the martial arts film genre, a shopaholic’s dream for choice and alluring cuisine, Hong Kong is a destination that excites the senses while soothing the soul.
- The Peak Tram became the first cable funicular in Asia in 1888 and remains one of the steepest and oldest cable railroads in the world.
- An average of over 11,000 people ride the Peak Tram every day which makes it more than 4 million annually.
- A great fact for foodies, Hong Kong boasts one of the world's highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants with one restaurant for every 600 people.
- Also, the world's most expensive bottles of wine, at over $245,000 per bottle, were sold at an auction in Hong Kong.
If you do nothing else in this city, be sure to catch the tram up to The Peak – it's the highest point on Hong Kong Island and affords a magnificent vista famous with travellers the world over. If you want to dine in style, and have a penchant for French cuisine you can do a lot worse than pay a visit to Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel in central Hong Kong. This 3 Michelin Star restaurant is considered one of the best, and with a set lunch for under $75 it’s not going to bankrupt you either!