When you visit Hong Kong, you will experience a blend of Chinese and Western cultures, towering skyline alongside mountains, and a simmering nightlife in the close vicinity of nature. Therefore, the place stands out as one of the most exciting cities in Asia to visit. However, before you visit, the following tips will ensure you have a fulfilling stay.
The climate in Hong Kong is humid subtropical as it has distinct rainy and dry seasons. From March through November, the city experiences warm weather. The temperatures go as high as 33 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 90 percent from June to August. This situation implies that you may feel too uncomfortable wearing heavy clothing during the warm season. However, you might have to carry a cardigan along especially if you are sensitive to cold as most of the indoor area has aggressive air conditioning. All in all, the best time to visit Hong Kong would be from March to May when it is warm and dry.
The Culture You must not Miss
You will have wasted your stay if you visit Hong Kong and you don’t experience the distinct features of the city’s culture. First, the street food culture of Hong Kong is vibrant. Visit one street in bustling neighborhoods such as Mong Kok. There, you will have to taste the dim sum, a favorite meal in the city. Secondly, ensure you try out a tram since they have been used in the city since 1904. These double-decker buses are cheap, somehow slow, but reliable and soothing. Finally, try the Hong Kong massage before proceeding to the fortune tellers!
Spoken and Unspoken Laws
Hong Kong law banned indoor smoking. Therefore, you will have to cease smoking at all costs unless when in your room. The second rule you have to bear in mind is that people in Hong Kong do not like displaying affection publicly. In this regard, it would sound rude and offending for you to speak or laugh loudly or hold hands or kiss in public. Even in dressing, you will be expected to cover most parts of your body even during sight-seeing in oppressively hot weather.
Reduce the Hassle with the New Currency
Dealing with change when visiting a new country can be frustrating. However, the situation is made bearable in Hong Kong through the availability of Octopus Cards. Get one of these cards so that you pay conveniently for public transport, in food restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, and cafes.
The Best Time to Tour
The city is a densely-populated which makes it necessary for you to plan your touring schedule to avoid overly crowded streets that will make you lose a sense of direction. With a mere 470 square foot living quarters, the city can get messy especially when people are going to or coming from work. Therefore, the periods to avoid walking around the city are between 7-9.30 am and 5-7 pm. The streets will have people during the other times, but it will not be as excruciating as the rush hours.
Utilize Free days and Happy Hours
The lifestyle in Hong Kong is generally more expensive than many western cities such as New York. However, there are periods when one can make use of free or subsidized offerings. For instance, you can visit museums for free on Wednesdays. In the same vein, you can follow up on the happy hours and free-flow announcements on various bars and visit during such times.