Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong's geographical position as a gateway between the East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade. Set against the beautiful Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island lies to the south of the harbour, while the Kowloon Peninsula forms its northern shores. To the north of Kowloon lies the New Territories, which stretches all the way to Mainland China. Hong Kong is also home to more than 200 outlying Islands.
Under the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
While the majority of the city's population are Chinese speakers with 88% of the people speaking Cantonese, walking around Hong Kong will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages. English is widely spoken and most official signs are bilingual.
Hong Kong is a multicultural city where different languages and dialects and multiple denominations co-exist. Hong Kong is a city of contrasts with a mix of tradition and innovation, creating a unique contemporary culture.
What to expect
Spring (March to May)
Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool.
Average Temperature: 17°C - 26°C.
Winter (December to February)
Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. Temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas.
Average Temperature: 12°C-20°C.
You can find detailed information about current and seasonal weather on the Hong Kong Observatory website. While you're in Hong Kong, you can also dial 1878 200 and press '3' for English to check the latest situation.
See and Do- Hong Kong's Top 10 Attractions
1. Avenue of Stars
Location:Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Kowloon
With commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee, the Avenue of Stars fittingly sets
the glamour of Hong Kong's film industry against the captivating dazzle of Victorria Harbour
2. The Peak
Location: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city's most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times. With views of the skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and hills, The Peak
is a must-see in Hong Kong.
3. Ladies' Market
Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch of shopping galore.
4. Clock Tower
Location: Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and
granite tower is now preserved as a Declared Monument.
5. Hong Kong Disneyland
Location: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island
Magic, adventure and the world's favourite cast of characters await. Embark on a journey with magical adventures for all ages!
6. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretching all the way to Hung Hom, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong
Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars.
7. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Location: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
Thrilling rides, giant pandas and a world-class aquarium keeps Ocean Park on Hong Kong's list of favourites.
8. Temple Street Night Market
Location: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Souvenirs, snacks, opera singers and fortune tellers - ordered chaos in action.
9. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (and Golden Bauhinia Square)
Location: 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
A major landmark in Hong Kong winning many industry accolades for its striking façade, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre served as a backdrop for the Handover
Ceremony on 30 June 1997 when the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was established. The Golden Bauhinia was a gift from the Central Government to mark th 1997
Handover and is the emblem of Hong Kong.
10. The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
Location: Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Sitting 34 metres high, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Climb the 268 steps for a close look and enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea view.
For a full description and to learn about other attractions, please refer to the Hong Kong Tourism Board See & Do.
Dine & Drink
Hong Kong is a mecca for the foodies. For more on Dine & Drink, please refer to our Offers section for restaurant and bar recommendations.