Tourism has been an important aspect of Hong Kong’s economy since the 1980s when it made the shift to a service based economy. Tourism, the provision of financial services and international trade have made Hong Kong a key player in the region and it continues to enjoy consistent year on year growth.
In 2016 alone, more than 56 million tourists arrived in Hong Kong, staying for an average length of just over 3 nights, rewarding the Tourism Board’s initiative of making Hong Kong a vital part of travel itineraries within the region. Visitors from mainland China also saw a dramatic increase in arrivals with the implementation of the Individual Visit Scheme in 2003 which sought to allow Chinese citizens to visit for self-organised leisure purposes rather than the previously allowed business trips and group tours.
Hong Kong is famed for its unique architecture, its mix of culture – east and west, a great shopping experience and mind blowing cuisine. All of the above can be experienced within any square mile area of the popular tourist districts such as Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Some of the attractions that should be on the top of your list are:
Hong Kong Disneyland – If you didn’t know there was a Disneyland in Hong Kong then you do now. Considered a must see, you’ll probably need to spend two days here to get the most out of your visit. It’s busy and features crowds all year round but that only adds to the magic.
Ocean Park – For another fun day out, consider the Ocean Park theme park. Featuring a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and an amusement park with some of the world’s most thrilling rollercoasters, this is one family outing the kids will never forget.
Star Ferry – Possibly the most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong is the Star Ferry which carries you between Kowloon Point and Hong Kong Island. The views are breath-taking and the short ride gives you a chance to experience Hong Kong from another perspective. Tickets are bought from a machine just inside the boarding point.
Victoria Peak – If you like heights and appreciate stunning landscapes, make sure you add Victoria Peak to your itinerary. You’re taken to the top of this mountain via a tram where an observation deck awaits you as well as the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong. Be sure to wait for clear weather and bring your binoculars and camera to the get the most out of your trip.
Hong Kong’s public transport is some of the best in the world so no matter where you stay, you’ll be able to enjoy easy access to everything Hong Kong has to offer. Be sure to book your accommodation well in advance as tourists visit every month of the year. There are many great Hong Kong hotel deals available online to give you an idea of prices. Try to be flexible in your chosen location to secure the best price. You’ll also find the best deals by adjusting your length of stay and comparing different days of the week.
Wherever you stay, you’ll be sure to want to come back.