As you may know, Hong Kong lies within the area that sees typhoons during summer and fall. In order to play safe and avoiding that a typhoon spoils your trip, you might want to consider travelling outside this time of the year.
Hong Kong gets cold in winter. If the wind blows from Mainland China, it is not uncommon to get some morning-frost even at sea-level especially in the New Territories.
OTOH winter is the time in which hotel prices are lowest. And I find cold weather more bearable for roaming a city than hot & humid weather.
I've been to H.K. several times in February and in general this is a pleasant time, maybe a bit on the cool & damp side. I've also been to H.K. in June once and the hot&humid weather was killing me; plus I now understand why some footpaths in places like Tuen Mun have a roof: They are very handy during those heavy rain showers !
There are two areas to stay: Either on Hong Kong Island or in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). Personally I prefer staying in TST not further north than Kitchener Road. This gets you within walking distance to places like Kowloon Park, Ocean Terminal, Star Ferry and the waterfront. Those hotels on the waterfront of TST offer the shortest walking distances, but prices need to be compared. In that area, I've stayed at the Sheraton and at the New World. The Nikko is also in a okay location close to the waterfront, but a bit to the east.
Also were handily located are those 3 hotels in Ocean Terminal: The Hong Kong, Prince, Marco Polo (I hope, they haven't changed names). And between Prince and Marco Polo used to be my favourite pub in H.K.: The "Friar Tuck" We had a great time in that spot during the 1998 Soccer World Cup in France … Does anybody know if the "Friar Tuck" is still around ?
Up north on Kitchener Road, I've stayed at the Kimberley (okay) and the Stanford Hillview (technically on Observatory Road).
Be very cautious in those bars at the end of "Knutsford Terrace" (pedestrian street running in parallel north of Kitchener Road): They used to try to charge for everything ! If you do not order any peanuts and the waiter brings you some, either be prepared to find them on your bill or refuse them instantly.
If staying on Hong Kong Island, get a hotel in either Central or Wan Chai, but perferrably not further east.
To my experience, comparable hotels seem to be more expensive on Hong Kong Island than in TST.
For things to do:
- Extensively make use of Star Ferry
- Go up onto Victoria Peak: Up by Tram, down by either Tram or bus.
- Ride the Tram on Hong Kong Island
- Visit the sad remains of what once was proud "Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport"
Of course there is much more to do, but the a.m. things are the essentials.
For flights to HKG
What will be your departure airport ? AUS
or something else ?
Personally I would go for an option that allows interlining all the way to the final destination.
is praised for its product in Economy class (but I cannot comment on this).
That's all for now,
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !