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Holiday in Hong Kong

December 03, 2012

If you are planning a romantic trip for two or you are a solo traveller looking for somewhere to stay for a few days, then Hong Kong is perfect. There is so much to see and do making it the perfect destination for a wonderful holiday as well as somewhere to have a break before the next destination.

When to visit
The weather you will experience when you visit Hong Kong will very much depend on the time of year that you choose to go. June to September should generally be avoided because of the typhoon season but also the fact that the summer months are hot and humid with soaring temperatures both day and night. When you choose to go means that you will also have the opportunity to experience some of the many festivals that Hong Kong has to offer or sporting events such as the Hong Kong Sevens or the horse racing at Happy Valley. The festivals include Chinese New Year as well as cultural festivals such as the International Film Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Where to stay
Hong Kong has no shortage of accommodation to suit every budget. As a country that has had a huge British influence as a former colony, but which has now become one of the most important places in the Asian economy as well as a Mecca for affluent Chinese tourists from the mainland, Hong Kong is home to a growing tourism industry, meaning it also has a large number of hotels. If you plan to stay here for any length of time then you would be better choosing one of the larger hotels which range from 3 stars upwards. Alternatively if you are only visiting for short period and are on a budget then there is also plenty of cheaper hostel accommodation available.

What to do
There is enough to see and do in Hong Kong that you could easily spend your entire holiday here, however there are some places that you must see and things you must do, even if you are only visiting for a few days. The best way to get a stunning view of Hong Kong Island is to visit the Peak. Arriving by tram, the Peak Tower offers some amazing views as well as shopping, eating and museums. Although Hong Kong is famous for skyscrapers and theme parks such as Disneyland and Ocean Park, it also has many sights of cultural significance that are worth visiting, including the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas in New Territories and Kowloon Walled City Park. Kowloon is also home to the Hong Kong Museum of History which offers insight into this country's past. If you are looking for some natural sights and stunning landscapes then Hong Kong has more than you might think. Lantau Island has countryside as well as beaches while New Territories is perfect for hiking and observing some amazing scenery.

So if you thought that Hong Kong was all tall buildings, shopping malls and theme parks then you would be very much mistaken. This small country is rich in history and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Asia. Of course you can always combine this with a trip to the shops or a theme park and then you will be getting the best of both worlds.

Author's Bio: Vickie Day writes regularly on travel and travel-related issues. In particular, writing about combining travel and sports such as the Hong Kong Sevens for a range of travel websites and blogs.

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