Tantalising tips on flights to Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s fusion of urban, rural and maritime influences will greet you as soon as you land in Hong Kong International Airport. Once you’ve booked your flights to Hong Kong prepare to be dazzled by its sparkling skyline, seduced by its flavours, and wowed by the bustling culture of this port city in south-eastern China.
When should I book cheap tickets to Hong Kong?
If laid-back sunny days and balmy nights are your style, September to December is the best time to visit. Look out for cheap flights to Hong Kong around September when shoulder-season deals become available. Relax during the October dry season, and celebrate China’s National Day. If fiestas are your thing, make sure your trip coincides with the Chinese New Year which is celebrated in January or February, depending on the year. At the beginning of the year, days can be a bit chilly and flight prices tend to be a little higher, but the dazzlingly colourful celebrations certainly make up for it. Sports fans and film buffs will want to book flights to Hong Kong between March and May for the annual Rugby Sevens and Hong Kong’s famous film festival, but be sure to book early to secure the best deals.
Where can I snag return flights to Hong Kong from?
Hong Kong might be a more than a stone’s throw away, but those travelling from the UK have a number of options at their fingertips. Virgin Atlantic and Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific offer convenient direct flights to Hong Kong from London Heathrow. For cheaper options, consider a one-stop flight with KLM from London City Airport via Amsterdam. If you’re travelling from Manchester, you can pick up a direct flight to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, while Etihad Airways caters to those coming from Edinburgh with one-stop flights via Abu Dhabi.
Getting from Hong Kong International Airport to the city centre
Once you’ve landed, finding your way to the city centre is a breeze. Book a trip on the Hong Kong Airport Express to Hong Kong city centre for around HKD$100. This train will zip you into the heart of Hong Kong in no time. You can also hop on the Airport-Hotelink to be dropped right at the front door of your hotel for about HKD$140 per single ticket. If the long flight has taken it out of you, you can always jump into one of the airport taxis located outside the arrivals terminal. Fares tend to vary from between HKD$225 and HKD$320, depending on where you’re going.
Soak up the culture in Hong Kong
Whether it’s a zesty nightlife, lazy beach days, stunning architecture, or mouthwatering treats you’re after, Hong Kong’s got you covered. The city boasts one of the highest concentrations of eateries per capita in the world – from street food to gourmet dining, your taste buds will be tingling in delight. Climb Victoria Peak for a breathtaking view of the city, or absorb the beauty and splendour of Hong Kong’s many historic temples.
Hong Kong When to Go
Although Hong Kong is subtropical, it has four distinct seasons. Fall—September through November—is the best time to visit, when temperatures are typically in the 70s, and days are sunny and bright. Look for shoulder season deals in late September. China’s National Day in October brings an influx of tourists from the mainland, as well as a spike in hotel occupancy and rates.
Winter—December through February—also provides a pleasant environment, with cooler temperatures in the 60s and little chance of heavy rain. It can get quite chilly, though, so pack a sweater and light jacket for those gloomier days. Chinese New Year, which falls in January or February, is a huge celebration in Hong Kong. It’s a marvelous spectacle, but you’ll pay a high price to enjoy it.
The spring months of March to May are unpredictable, and temperatures begin to rise from the 60s to the 80s with frequent rains. Nevertheless, shoulder-season deals can be had in March, and events are plentiful. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in late March attracts fans from around Asia and Europe, making it hard to find reasonably priced accommodation on these dates. Late March/early April features the high-profile Hong Kong International Film Festival. Those after a more local experience will enjoy the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which takes place in April or May. A procession featuring costumed children on stilts makes its way through the streets, and towers built of buns stand in front of the local temple.
Summer—June through August—can be miserable, with temperatures in the 80s and humidity to match. Summer showers are frequent but don’t last long. Typhoons can hit Hong Kong at any time during spring or summer, bringing torrential rains.
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