Fly To Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, now an integral part of China, is a cosmopolitan city backed by ancient customs and traditions, yet replete with all luxuries of contemporary living. Rustic rural settings, quaint temples, a multitude of festivities, dragon dances, the frenetic pace of urban areas and the scenic harbour are but a few charms that will entice you to visit this bustling land.
There’s no dearth of fashion, food, shopping or entertainment options here. Although the city is veers on the expensive side, at Travelstart we can help you find the best deals to make this journey of a lifetime more than worth the spend. Just get there and check out what’s in store!
Why visit Hong Kong?
- Experience retail therapy in this shopper’s paradise and the fashion capital of the East, which caters to the tastes of wealthy and budget shoppers looking for bargain deals with equal elegance!
- Revel in the melting pot of ancient local traditions influenced by Chinese ancestry and British colonisation, thriving native arts, music, theatre and cosmopolitan settings complemented by top-notch international cuisine!
- Explore the city of skyscrapers, its spectacular views, and the magical light show at the harbour, where lights from over 40 towers dance to music!
Hong Kong is open to visitors throughout the year. It is recommended you avoid local holidays as these can be quite crowded. The dry cool season between October and January is ideal for the visit; however, nothing can beat the crisp, clear weather during the summer months if you don’t mind the baking heat.
You can definitely benefit from off-season prices common in July, August, September, but the rains are likely to play truant. Use specialists such as Travelstart to book your once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Hong Kong.
Despite being a former British colony and home to many expats, not everyone speaks English. Although most sign-boards are bi-lingual, brushing up on basic Chinese/Mandarin will prove useful during your visit. Remember to have the Chinese addresses of places you reside or plan to visit written down so that you can find your way through the city.
- The Hong Kong Tsing Ma Bridge linking Lantau Island is the world’s seventh longest suspension bridge. It is the longest among suspension bridges that can support rail traffic.
- The vintage Peak Tram is 125 years old.
- A hike along the Olympic trail is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty.
The city’s nightlife is quite active with several bars and pubs, or if you’re looking for that wow-factor, opt for a night cruise at the Victoria Harbour, and catch a glimpse of the 45-minute play of lights and brilliantly lit cityscape. Wan Chai, Tsim Tsa Tsui and the Central districts offer the best of entertainment options.
If you are travelling with children, Hong Kong Disneyland Park in Lantau Island is a must-visit. Try to make time for checking out the Hong Kong Park, Botanical and Zoological Gardens, and St. Paul’s Cathedral nearby. A couple of other theme parks including Noah’s Ark and Ocean Park are also popular.
Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice when in Hong Kong, which has nearly 40 beaches that cater to diverse preferences. Repulse Bay Beach, with comparatively clean waters, is the most popular. If you are interested in surfing or paragliding, then head for the Shek O Village Beach. Big Wave Bay beach, close to the Shek O Beach, is also a favourite surfing spot among locals.
Enjoy a thrilling funicular tram ride to the Victoria Peak, from where you can catch a glimpse of the scenic surroundings. Travelling along a steep slope (nearly 27 degrees) is, however, not for the faint-hearted.
Remember to reward servers at the restaurants with a 5% tip. Smoking in prohibited areas attracts a heavy fine. As Hong Kong relies on food imports, there is a risk of food contamination.
Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are prevalent, with people of other religious faiths also inhabiting the city.
Pollution is one of the major risks you must be prepared for. It is polite to wear a mask when infected with cold. Watch out for cough etiquette posted in public places.
To South Africans or those holding South African passsports, will need a visa to travel to China.
Learn how to acquire a visa.
Chinese Embassy in South Africa
Address: 225 Athlone Street, Acadia, Pretoria
Phone: 012-4316500, ext.6537 (2:00pm-4:00pm,Monday to Friday)
Visa Office Hours: 08:30-11:30, Monday to Friday
|Item||Cape Town||Johannesburg||Hong Kong|
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R90||R100||R84|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R22||R20||R68|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R10||R12||R13|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R35||R35||R92|
About Hong Kong Flights
A direct flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong takes approximately 13 hours and covers a distance of 10672km as the crow flies.
You can get direct flights to Hong Kong from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport (JNB) on SAA and Cathay Pacific.
For flights to Hong Kong from South Africa you have a choice of 2 airlines if you’re looking to fly direct and a multitude of other airlines if you don’t mind a stopover. Refer to the online flight booking engine to see all the options for cheap flights to Hong Kong from Johannesburg, Cape Town and even more South African airports.
Chek Lap Kok Airport Hong Kong – HKG
With a name that shouldn’t be misconstrued as rude, Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Cok Airport (code HKG) is also known as HKIA, an acronym for Hong Kong International Airport. The airport opened in 1998 and occupies its own island. It is a hub for Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier of China’s “special administrative state” which offers direct flights between South Africa and Hong Kong every day of the week. Hong Kong has its own carrier called Hong Kong Airlines and services this hub and regional flights in the area
The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.