Hong Kong is officially a Special Administrative Region that is part of the People’s Republic of China. Unofficially, Hong Kong is a big city in southern China that is considered to be one of the most developed and also, with over 7,5 million people, one of the most densely populated in the world.
The Best Time to Visit
Exploring Hong Kong and everything there is on offer is made easy during the months of October to early December – the weather is mild and sunny.
A lot of the festivals are celebrated in January-February, so if you would like to take part in the Spring or the Lantern Festivals, plan your cruise holiday accordingly.
Things to Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an excellent choice for an unforgettable trip, you will be left with life-long memories. The city is iconic and world famous for numerous things:
- – Its quintessential skyline
- – Spectacular cuisine (not just local, also international)
- – Nature surrounding the city, that one doesn’t necessarily notice at first sight
- – Fascinating culture and traditions that are a mix of Chinese roots and colonial connections
There is so much to see and do in Hong Kong that you may have to stay a couple of days pre- or post-cruise to get the feeling for the city. Here are just some of our favourites:
- – The High Island Reservoir East Dam is an absolute must-visit because its easily accessible but, mainly, because of the breathtaking views of Hong Kong and the surroundings. There are also the 140-million-year-old volcanic rocks, hexagonal rock columns and the dolosse – huge reinforced concrete blocks shaped like jacks.
- – A visit to Lai Chi Wo, the best preserved Hakka walled village with temples, ancestral halls, 200 houses and more, has to be booked well in advance (2 weeks, to be precise) but it is well worth the trouble. There are real people, cattle, butterflies, mangrove crabs and banyan trees living here.
- – Explore Hong Kong’s liveliest Temple Street Night Market for everything you can think of, including food, cheap clothes, watches and much more.
- – For classier shopping, pop into Kapok along Star Street. You’ll find luxe-cool brands of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories.
- – Live music fans shouldn’t miss out on a performance at the Fringe Club. Original jazz and rock are played mostly Friday and Saturday nights, however, you’ll find eclectic local performers playing here on any given night.
- – Mingle with the locals at the Lin Heung Tea House.
Top Cruise Lines
There is a wide range of cruises that start or end in Hong Kong: different lengths, cruise lines, cruise ships – there is an option to suit every taste. Here are just a few examples:
- A shorter sailing through China and Taiwan
- A cruise through Asia to Singapore
- A two-week journey through China to Jakarta
- Start in Hong Kong and sail all the way back home
Here are some of the top cruise lines that will take you all the way back home from Hong Kong or the other way around – to Hong Kong from Australia: