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5 Things Not to Do in Hong Kong – Avoid Disappointments and Missing Out

Hong Kong is energetic, vibrant and full of life; the experiences are many, from local markets to mega malls and a range of restaurants. Here are a few tips on some dos and don'ts for a fun holiday.

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Do Not Treat Hong Kong Like a Weekend Getaway

Hong Kong has many entry level attractions such as cable car rides up to the Tian Tan Buddha, sailing across Victoria Harbour and shopping at Temple Street Night Market. These can be done on a quick weekend getaway, however, a week long holiday will reward you with many more unique and memorable experiences such exploring surrounding islands, setting off on hiking trails, enjoying some sun at diverse beaches, shopping at chic boutiques and sampling the marvellous array of cuisine.

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Do Not Plan Your Holiday at the Wrong Time

Plan your trip during the right season; for instance, the summer months are not too popular, due to the humid and hot weather, as well as, the frequent typhoons that take place. There are also times when the city is packed with overly enthusiastic rugby fans, and unless you are a mega fan avoid travelling during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. The best time for you to enjoy a smooth holiday in Hong Kong is September to March. During this time the place is home to clear blue skies, lots of sunny weather, music and food festivals, plenty of outdoor activities and is ideal for long hikes and exploring verdant new territories. Look for hotel promotions, which like those offered by the Park Hotel Group, tend to help you decide on when to plan your holiday. Although peak season rates are high, many hotels in Asia Pacific offer 'early bird' deals and much more.

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Do Not Pay the Peak View Fee

Taking the cable car to the top of Victoria Peak for fabulous views of the harbour and Hong Kong's cosmopolitan skyline is an iconic activity. However, keep in mind that it is not necessary to pay the entrance fee to Sky Terrace 428, in order to enjoy a bird's eye view. Simply follow the crowds and the escalator upwards to The Peak Galleria Mall and you can access the 'free' platform there.

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Don't Hop on the Star Ferry When its Rush Hour

The Star Ferry has been taking visitors across the harbour since 1880, a must do trip for enjoying the laid back vibes and the Hong Kong skyline from the water, this journey never fails to impress; unless you get on board during rush hour. Avoid rush hour from 8 to 9.30 am and 6 to 7 pm, as thousands of locals use the boats for their everyday journeys at this time.

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Don't Stick to Just Dim Sum

Hong Kong is a gastronomic haven, and as delicious, addictive and iconic the fabulous and freely available local dim sum is, it is not the only food to impress your taste-buds. Do try the varied Cantonese cuisine, gastronomic dishes at international restaurants, as well as, the avant-garde Chinese delights.

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