Hong Kong

Many think of Hong Kong as a stopover to destinations further afield but it is also a  great destination for families in its own right. Hong Kong is host to a bunch of attractions the kids will love, a fantastic transport system, plenty to occupy Mum and Dad and, who can forget Disneyland.

Where to start: 

Discoverhongkong.com is the official travel guide from the Hong Kong Tourism Board and is packed with great info for travelling families.

There is also an interactive itinerary planner with a family travel option which is easy to use, and can even email you a copy of your itinerary ready for printing.

What is there to see and do: 

Lets start with Hong Kong Disneyland where kids can enjoy rides and shows and meet all their Disney favourites like Snow White, Lilo and Stitch and Mickey and Minnie Mouse to name just a few.

Kids will also love a trip to Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s water theme park and aquarium, make sure you meet the resident Pandas.

For a relaxing day visit Hong Kong’s zoo and Botanical Gardens or take the kids to have a run in Kowloon Park which has a garden maze and play equipment and lots of open spaces where kids can be kids. The whole family will enjoy a harbour cruise with Star Ferries.

Hong Kong has some great markets including the night markets and the Stanley Markets which are easily accessible by public transport. (If you are taking a baby to any of Hong Kong’s Markets consider a sling / baby carrier as they can be crowded at times and tricky to navigate with a stroller.)

For some educational fun visit Hong Kong’s Science Museum with over 500 exhibits many of which are interactive.

For a great day out take the Peak Tram (pictured right) which rises to approximately 1300 feet above sea level to ‘The Peak’, The Peak Tower has a range of shops and dining options and the Sky Terrace offers the highest 360° views over Hong Kong. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is also located at The Peak.  

One of Hong Kong’s main attractions is the shopping and there are opportunities to grab a bargain all over Hong Kong. Nathan Road is fantastic for shopping as is Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest hopping centre.  

For night time entertainment take in A Symphony of Lights the world’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" best viewable from Tsim Sha Tsui’s waterfront every night at 8pm.

Where to stay: 

Kids would love the experience of staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel with a range of activities and facilities to make sure your stay is magical.

The Discover Hong Kong website has an accommodation search facility.

Or view hotel information at the Hong Kong Hotel Association’s website.

Country Facts

Currency:
Hong Kong Dollars
Flying Time:
From the Eastern states flying times are approximately 9 hours and from the West coast approximately 7.5 hours.
Language:
English and Chinese
Official Tourism Site:
www.discoverhongkong.com
Phone Details:
Emergency 999 (112 from Mobiles)
Time Zone:
Hong Kong is two hours behind Australia’s Eastern states.

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
Heinz baby food is available
Formula:
S26 Formula & Cow and Gate brand formulas are available
Nappies:
Huggies and Pampers, Mamy Poko and local brands are available
Where to shop:
Toys R Us, Watsons and Mannings sell nappies and wipes. Baby food, formulas and other supplies are available at ParknShop and JUSCO

Travelling

Getting There:

Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Virgin, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Air New Zealand can all get you to Hong Kong.

Airport Facilities:
  • Hong Kong Airport

    Nursing rooms

    Hong Kong airport has 31 ‘nursery rooms’, equipped with baby changing and feeding facilities they are located throughout the terminals and easy to find.

    Children’s Play Areas

    There are several kids play areas within the airport located:

    Between Gate 23 and 25 on departures Level in Terminal 1

    Between Gate 509 and 510 departures Level in the North Satellite Concourse

    Airport website http://www.hongkongairport.com

Getting Around:

Hong Kong has a very efficient, economical and reliable public transport system called the MTR, instructions, directions and station names are in English as well as Chinese so navigating your way around Hong Kong is a synch and most points of interest in Hong Kong are accessible via the MTR.

Hiring a car in Hong Kong is quite rare, Hong Kong is very small and just about everywhere is accessible buy MTR, bus or ferry or as an alternative you can hire a vehicle and driver should you need to.

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

According to Hong Kong’s Transport Department children’s car seats are not actually required by law but are of course recommended, and children ARE required to be restrained. Very young babies are allowed to be carried in carry cots secured to the back seat or on the floor between the front seat and back seat packed with blankets, for older children a car seat or booster seat is recommended. For further information click here (TWT- these details are provided for your information only, we do not encourage travelling without an appropriate infant / child restraint.)