I have recently come back from Hong Kong, and it is a wonderful place to visit.
The shopping is fantastic, and there are some great tourist attractions in Hong Kong, including Disneyland, The Peak, Stanley Market, and a ferry ride to Macau.
The Christmas holiday season is a great time to go, because the weather is not too hot, and the sales are on, so there are plenty of bargains to be had.
We did our trip to Hong Kong from 28th December to 4th January. The downside to travelling during this time, is, of course, the New Year celebrations. You’ll be paying top dollar for airfares and accommodation.
But I think you’ll more than make up for it with the bargains you’ll get while shopping. The firework display is also spectacular if you don’t mind crowds of people!
If you’re happy with warmer weather and you just like to shop regardless of whether there are sales on or not, you could go earlier in the year which would mean a better deal with hotels and airfares.
To travel in Hong Kong once you are there, can be done easily with the train network, called the MRT. The easiest way to get your ticket is to go to customer service and ask for an Octopus ticket. You will need to pay a refundable deposit (currently $50) and then put a dollar amount on. You tap in and out of the stations at your journey beginning and again at the end.
Hong Kong tourist spots are generally very busy, particularly on the weekends when the locals aren’t working. With this in mind, when you are deciding what to see in Hong Kong, the busiest tourist attractions such as Disneyland, might be better planned for during the week.
If flying from the United States, travel time is about 15-16 hours depending what part of the States you come from. If flying from Australia, the flight is about nine hours.
With the shopping, if you are wanting to shop for the designer brands, be prepared that you might have to queue outside the shop for some time to gain entrance due to the large amount of people and being able to manage security.
If you know what you are looking for though, you can pick up some great bargains. I picked up a designer pair of lady’s boots. They were originally $800, reduced to $179. This is Australian dollars. Still a little pricy, but the discount made them affordable and they will last me years. The quality is unsurpassed.
One Australian dollar equals roughly 5.5 Hong Kong dollars. One US dollar is about 7.75 Hong Kong dollars which is great value. (These rates are mid January 2017).
If you love to shop, a Hong Kong trip would have to be one of the top items on your to-do list!