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Explore Hong Kong

A combination of classic and contemporary, Hong Kong attracts leisure- and business-focused travelers alike with renowned resort/hotel brands, traditional spa rituals and nonstop entertainment.

Welcome to Hong Kong

Located on China's southeast coast and surrounded by the South China Sea, Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories, which includes 200-plus outlying islands. Today this intensely urbanized island is home to more than seven million people.

A Cultural Snapshot

The two official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese (the dialect of Cantonese is spoken by nearly 90 percent of natives) and English. Mandarin, or Putonghua, is also used to some degree.

Places to Go

The historic Star Ferry travels between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in open-plan boats, offering panoramic views of the nighttime neon skyline; once on the island, visitors new to Hong Kong often check out Victoria Peak. Shopping enthusiasts can head to the numerous malls, Tsimshatsui's "golden mile," and Temple Street, which offers a flea market and evening shopping. Hollywood meets Hong Kong at the Avenue of the Stars, while Hong Kong Disneyland sets the scene for family fun on Lantau Island. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Park covers eight hectares of grassy landscape incorporating a bird sanctuary, children's playground, a sports center and more.

Best Time to Visit

Hong Kong's humid, subtropical climate makes for temperate winters and hot, muggy summers with intermittent rainfall. Spring, with its mild temperatures, and fall, typically sunny, can be particularly lovely.

Food for Thought

Hong Kong caters to the international traveler, serving up a wide selection of culinary options, ranging from Cantonese and regional Chinese to Western cuisine. Hong Kong's major food districts— Tsim Sha Tsui, among them—make it easy to find a distinct dining experience every day, and locals insist trying the dim sum, hot pot, and fresh seafood. Similar to New York City's grade-level restaurant rating, select establishments in Hong Kong that qualify feature the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme award.

Country Customs, Currency and Etiquette

A bit of fast facts to make a trip seamless: U.S. citizens can enjoy a visa-free period for trips not exceeding 90 days. Many restaurants impose a 10% service charge; a 10% tip is common for those that don't. Cab drivers accept loose change as well. Local currency is the Hong Kong dollar, and major credit cards are widely accepted. Time difference: Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time (New York) and 15 hours ahead of American Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles).

Spa-ing in Hong Kong

An ample offering of resort and day spas in Hong Kong provide a tranquil diversion from the nonstop whirlwind. The high-end spas, found in luxury properties like the Four Seasons and the Mandarin Oriental hotels, strive to provide an all-encompassing experience: aside from treatment rooms, there are also such fixtures as amethyst crystal steam showers and rooms, laconiums, vitality pools, dry saunas, tepidariums and full-service fitness centers.

Spa Heritage & Treatments

Many spas in Hong Kong pay homage to the rich culture and philosophies by incorporating treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as holistic wellness services such as tai chi, yoga, tui na and meditation. Ayurvedic treatments include such rituals as Shirodhara and Abhyanga. Select spa treatments may incorporate ingredients like rice, ginseng and Chinese herbs, which immerse guests in a truly authentic experience.

Spa Etiquette

These general dos and don'ts apply at most spas, but remember to be punctual, cancel appointments with plenty of advance notice and leave your cell phone or other electronic devices at home or in your spa locker (make sure they're switched off!). And while it's standard to leave a 15%-20% gratuity in the Americas and Europe, tipping in some Asian countries can be tricky. At luxury hotels and resorts, it's fine to tip your spa therapist if you had an amazing treatment, though it's at your discretion and not a requirement. (Note that at standalone day spas and salons, a tip of around 10% is the norm.) And when it comes to the decision to bare or not to bare at spas, on a scale ranging from 5 = "keep it all on," to 1="take it all off," many Asian countries appear to fall somewhere in the middle. Spa-goers typically go to a spa's relaxation room before or after a treatment in their robe and slippers; spas offering facilities like sauna, steam and Jacuzzi generally incorporate them into the men and women's locker room area – in this arrangement you can go au natural, go au natural and wear a towel around you or wear a swimsuit. In coed facilities, swimsuits are generally worn.

SpaFinder Partners in Hong Kong

SpaFinder's current getaway partners—The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and the W Hong Kong— are among the crème de la crème of properties in Hong Kong and can be found in prime areas such as the West Kowloon financial district. Indoors, comprehensive spas put the "aaah" in "spa" and fine dining, gracious accommodations, and extensive meeting space accommodate leisure and business travelers alike.

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