With its neon lights, mega foodie scene and sky-high shopping, Hong Kong’s energy will sweep you away.

Walking the streets there’s activity on everyone corner, from soaring skyscrapers to overflowing markets and traditional monasteries all vying for space. But among the busyness of what is everyday Hong Kong, an opening will emerge to a lush garden, manicured park or harbourside dock leading you onboard to explore the island by ferry. Flip the city over and venture out to find mountains, beaches and quaint fishing villages. You can shop (and eat) till you drop at the famed Temple Street Night Market or sing Cantopop at a karaoke bar on Lan Kwai Fong. All hail Hong Kong!

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Hong Kong travel FAQs

Travellers from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, while travellers from most African, Middle Eastern and South American nations can visit visa-free for up to 30 days. You are required to obtain a visa if you are planning to visit mainland China. A 30-day Single Entry Tourist Visa must be obtained in advance. Please check your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information about visa requirements.

It’s a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your departure date from Hong Kong and has a couple of blank pages for stamps.

Most restaurants add a 10-15% service charge to your bill, although it is still customary to leave a small additional tip if you are happy with your service. An extra 5% or so is acceptable.

Free Wi-Fi is widely available across Hong Kong. Hotspots include most major tourist attractions, libraries, parks, major MTR stations and shopping malls. Many hotels, bars and cafes also offer complimentary Wi-Fi, though if you are having difficultly connecting for free, there are plenty of internet cafes around as well.

Mobile phone coverage is exceptional in Hong Kong. Phones can be used everywhere, including in the harbour tunnel and on the MTR. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Hong Kong. Public toilets are relatively easy to find, particularly at MTR stations, though they frequently run out of toilet paper.

Simple meal from a teahouse or food stall = HK$60-150

Chinese dinner at a high-end restaurant = HK$800

Bus, tram, ferry ticket + HK$2.60–15

Yes, tap water is safe to drink in Hong Kong. While many locals prefer the prestige associated with drinking bottled water, for environmental reasons try to avoid buying them. Instead, pack a reusable bottle.

Major credit cards are accepted by large hotels, stores and restaurants, but may not be accepted by smaller vendors such and market stalls. Make sure to always carry some cash in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are widely available across Hong Kong.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

1-3 Jan: New Year’s
29 Jan: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (usually a week-long holiday)
3-5 Apr: Qingming Festival
1 May: Labour Day
18 Jun: Dragon Boat Festival
1 Oct: National Day

For a current list of public holidays in Hong Kong go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/China/public-holidays/

Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chinese tend to be conservative and few people are openly out. That said, Hong Kong has a small, but growing, gay scene and the annual Pride Parade attracts thousands. While it’s common for friends of the same sex to hold hands, keep in mind any further displays of affection are frowned upon (this applies to heterosexual couples as well).

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel. 

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Tram moves through the greenery in the mountains in Hong Kong

How we're giving back

In Hong Kong, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.