Flights to Hong Kong: China's non-stop party place
Experience Hong Kong
Never-say-sleep Hong Kong does everything to extremes. Neon lights reflected in futuristic Victoria Harbour dazzle the eyes. Cantonese opera singers busking in night markets will surely distract you from the bargains. This frenetic Asian city gleams with steel-and-glass towers. But it’s not all about pace. You can chill out with elderly – yet supple – locals at early-morning tai chi sessions in Hong Kong parks, too.
Eat and drink
Dine to the max on your Hong Kong holiday. The world's your table in stylish Central district, whether your taste is old-school French classics, Lebanese falafels or Thai curries so spicy they'll make your eyes water. Or pick out that cute crab pondering life in the restaurant tank on Cheung Chau Island – it will soon be on your plate, liberally doused in chilli and garlic.
Watching over Lantau Island's peaks is the massive Tian Tan Buddha – the world's largest bronze seated Buddha – and boy, is the cable car ride to Lantau worth it! Back in Kowloon, have your fortune read at the immense Wong Tai Sing Temple where smoking coils waft incense above locals as they offer up oranges and fake dollar bills to the gods.
Free or cheap
It's easy to find cheap thrills after your flight to Hong Kong. How about that famous Star Ferry cruise across Hong Kong harbour – seven minutes of world-beating views taking in the sky-scraping, neon-lit skyline. Roll up for the cheap seats in dazzling Happy Valley Racecourse. Don’t know your trifecta from your each-way bet? Take your cue from the horseracing-mad locals and you may just back a winner.
Where? Hong Kong Island lies off China's south coast. There’s also a vast chunk of Hong Kong territory, Kowloon, attached to mainland China, plus another 200 or so outlying islands.
Key dates: Britain gained a 99-year lease of the territory in 1898. The end of British rule came on 1 July 1997, when Hong Kong transferred to the People’s Republic of China.
Did you know? Mong Kok, on Hong Kong’s Kowloon side, is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. No wonder you'll struggle to get a seat on the bus here.
Getting about: The Mid-Levels Escalator is the world’s longest outdoor escalator and will lift you effortlessly from Central up to – you guessed it – Mid-Levels.
Hong Kong Hotels
Hong Kong's killer harbour view is the icing on the cake of any hotel room – but it comes at a price. See it through floor-to-ceiling windows at the Grand Stanford, or console yourself with a soak in your deep tub at charming, yet viewless The Langham.
Hong Kong Restaurants
Taste the world at our pick of luxury hotel restaurants or share local street food. Art Nouveau decor is your backdrop to French cuisine with a twist at Caprice. Or get stuck into famous Cantonese dim sum at century-old Lin Heung's communal tables.
Shopping in Hong Kong
From techy goods at megamalls to Ming Dynasty vases in antique shops, let your Hong Kong dollars flow. Body-hugging hot pink cheongsams and padded silk jackets are all the rage at funky Shanghai Tang. Contemporary Chinese oils will tempt you at Schoeni.
Hong Kong Nightlife
Sip a Nine Dragon cocktail while watching the harbour-front's nightly laser show – you can’t get much more 'Hong Kong' than the Intercontinental's Lobby Lounge. If it’s too hot and steamy in the nightlife hub of Lang Kwai Fong, cool off in minimalist Nordic bar Finds.
Hong Kong Attractions
Hong Kong isn't all flashing neon – there’s history, spirituality and giant pandas on show too. Venture backstage at a Chinese opera to be wowed by their theatrical make-up, or worship with the locals at incense-permeated Taoist temples.