There's no way around it. Flights from Australian and New Zealand to Europe and The Americas are long. For those of you looking to break up your trip here's our top five reasons why Hong Kong is the perfect place for a stopover...
Easy to access:
The Airport Express Link will transfer you into the centre of Hong Kong in 24 minutes, with free shuttle buses from the station to many major hotels. They journey is well priced and the scenery is picturesque.
Stress free transport:
Getting around Hong Kong, in a short amount of time, is easy. The MTR train system is simple to navigate, fast, efficient and cheap to use.
Free in-town baggage check:
In-town check-in services allow you to drop your bags off in the morning, check-in to your flight and spend the day exploring without having to store your bags. Great for travellers with night flights!
Exceptional food and drink:
Refuelling after a long flight is important and Hong Kong is among one of the best places in the world to sample incredible food! There’s something to tempt every taste bud, from fine dining Michelin-star, to street food, dim sum, modern Chinese fusion. We guarantee you won’t have any issue drifting off on your connecting flight.
A glimpse of Chinese culture:
You will need to get those legs moving after the flight and Hong Kong is a great city for strolling. Explore the cobblestoned laneways of Central, filled with markets and endless stalls of accessories or walk along the harbour and soak up the stunning city skyline. The city also has some fantastic self-guided and guided tours that offer insight into Hong Kong’s colonial past and beyond. If walking’s not your thing jump on a Big Bus Tour and discover pockets of the city filled with Chinese history and tradition.
Beyond Hong Kong:
Hong Kong has long had a reputation as a stopover destination where visitors can tick off the main sights and activities in a long weekend. Now, the city’s burgeoning precincts and neighbourhoods, evolutionary food and drinks scene and untapped great outdoors mean a week is barely enough. Freelance travel writer Penny Watson reveals more for Traveller on her personal tip: How to Spend a Week in Hong Kong and Macau.
Must Do’s During Stopover:
If you’re stopping over in Hong Kong there are certain things that can’t be missed. Here’s our list of Hong Kong must-do’s to tick off your list. Continue reading.
Get inspired by this ANYDOKO video on what you can do with 24 hours in Hong Kong: