Planning Your First Trip to Hong Kong


Featuring a captivating blend of East and West, Hong Kong is where towering skyscrapers pierce the sky and ancient temples whisper tales of a bygone era. For those planning their first (and undoubtedly the first of many!) trips here, the below insights will help you plan an unforgettable stay.

Finding Your Perfect Place to Stay

Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood is an ideal base for visitors. Here, you will be close to must-see sights, key dining areas, shopping hotspots, and MTR stations. Stay at properties like Park Hotel Hong Kong that belong to a reputable hospitality brand that offers book-direct benefits and a loyalty programme so you can score reward points for your stay. Such hotels have elegant rooms with modern comforts, free Wi-Fi, kid-friendly amenities and services, a restaurant that can cater to special dietary options, in-room dining and a bar for unwinding after a day of adventure.

Planning Your Hong Kong Itinerary

Harbour City – Photo by Zhenghao Wu on Unsplash

By opting to stay at a Tsim Sha Tsui-based Kowloon hotel in Hong Kong, you will be at the heart of all the action!  Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, where the iconic Avenue of Stars pays homage to Hong Kong’s cinematic legends. From this promenade, you can also witness A Symphony of Lights, a dazzling nightly spectacle that illuminates the harbour at 8:00 pm. Other highlights in this area include the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum and the terminal for the famed Star Ferry for a journey along Victoria Harbour.

Meanwhile, for some retail therapy, you can head to the shopping havens of Nathan Road and Harbour City. For a taste of local markets, explore the Ladies’ Market or the lively Temple Street Night Market.  When the sun sets, Lan Kwai Fong comes alive with vibrant nightlife options. Venture across the harbour to Hong Kong Island for a cultural experience at Man Mo Temple or plan a fun-filled family day at Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Transport from the Airport

Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, you have several convenient options to reach your hotel. The Airport Express whisks you into Kowloon or Hong Kong Island in a flash, with stops at major MTR stations. For a budget-friendly option, hop on an airport bus with routes to several key destinations. Top tip: purchase an Octopus Card for hassle-free travel! This rechargeable card grants access to most public transport options in Hong Kong. Taxis and ride-hailing apps like Uber are readily available, while some hotels offer a convenient airport limousine service as well.

Choosing the Perfect Time to Visit

Hong Kong’s beauty shines year-round, with each season offering its own unique charm. For comfortable temperatures, spring (February to April), autumn (September to November), and winter (late November to January) are ideal. Summer (May to August) is understandably known for its higher temperatures and increased chances of rain; however, you will get periods of sunshine too. What’s more, summer often sees lower hotel rates, while the many malls, museums and art galleries offer perfect rainy-day escapes!


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