Top tip: Only bargain with air conditioning
Hong Kong is situated in East Asia, Hong Kong Island itself is situated east of Pearl River and southeast of Canton. The island is detached from mainland China by a natural harbour also surrounded by the South China Sea.
There are four distinct seasons, with the climate influenced in winter by the north-eastern monsoon and in summer by the south-west monsoon. Summers are very hot, with the rainy season running from June to August. Spring and autumn are warm with occasional rain and cooler evenings. Winter can be cold but most days are mild.
One should be prepared when flying in from other parts of South East Asia – Hong Kong can be quite a bit cooler during the winter than Bangkok, Manila or Singapore.
Facts and Figures
|Area||1098 sq km (424 sq miles)|
|Population||7,061,200 (2010 estimate).|
|Language||Chinese and English are the official languages, with Cantonese most widely spoken.|
|Religion||Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist, with Christian and Muslim minorities, but there are also places of worship for most religious groups.|
|Time||GMT + 8.|
Interested in Hong Kong? Call +44 (0)20 7604 4408 for expert holiday advice