Hong Kong Guide
Best Time To Go
Owing to a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s sweltering summer months are sauna-like, and there are frequent monsoons and typhoons during that time of year. Prime timing for a trip falls around mid-October to late December, when temperatures are still mild and Chinese tourists swarming in for the week-long national holiday have left.
Hong Kong runs a sophisticated system of trains and buses between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, while 27 ferry routes take care of transportation to outlying islands. By far the most interesting option is the 110-year old trams that breeze through the main island’s most iconic areas, and getting on these retro double-deckers will only cost you $0.40. All the aforementioned rides can be paid with a simple tap of the Octopus card, which can be topped up at metro stations and convenience stores. Taxis are also relatively affordable, though it can be hard to convince cab drivers to cross the harbor. Opt for an Uber when all else fails.
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 84°F (29°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 61°F (16°C).
Know Before You Go
Due to the ubiquity of counterfeit thousand-dollar notes on the market, most shopkeepers are hesitant to accept denominations larger than HK$ 500. Still, set aside cash for dining—many restaurants do not accept credit cards.
Cantonese, Mandarin, English
Type G (three-prong plug)
Hong Kong dollar (HK$)