A street filled with signs and people in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong

Asia

  Chinese, English Currency:  Hong Kong Dollar

It doesn't get more intriguing, enchanting and full-on than Hong Kong. This autonomous territory in southeastern China is famous for its bright lights, its dense urban sprawl and its incredibly lively atmosphere, which is chaotic at worst and positively thrilling at best. If you're travelling around Asia, you may be tempted to brush over Hong Kong as simply a layover city, but to overlook it completely would be a grave mistake. Spend a few days exploring this bustling metropolis and the area around it and you'll discover scenic hiking trails, beautiful beaches, incredible museums, cool concept shops and a top-notch food scene. Pack your bags.... Hong Kong awaits.

Do I need a visa?

From the UK: UK citizens can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa, but if you're planning to stay any longer than that or want to include mainland China on your trip, you'll have to get a visa before you go. To be safe, check the Gov.uk website ahead of time to see if any rules have changed.

Note that your passport should be valid for at least one month after the date of your departure from Hong Kong.

From the US: American citizens can visit Hong Kong for up to three months/ 90 days without a visa. If you're planning to stay longer or visit mainland China, you'll need to obtain a visa. Check the Travel.State.gov website before your trip to see if any rules have changed.

Note that your passport should be valid for at least one month beyond the date of your intended stay.

Is it safe?

Visitors to Hong Kong need not worry, as this is one of the safest places in the world. Levels of violent crime are very low, but there have been some instances of pick-pocketing and street crime, so keep your wits about you as you explore.

In any big city, there's always a risk of personal attack. It's best to use your street smarts and stick to well-lit areas if you're walking home alone at night.

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