Born from the dream of founder Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic has been fufilling the billionare's vision for a high quality, value for money airline since the 1980s.
Time has only made Virgin Atlantic better with an ever expanding network of flights, on board luxuries and airport facilities. Climb on board for a flying experience like no other, the classic Virgin style and flair combined with the finest in airline innovations.
Virgin Atlantic launched their first flights on the Dreamliner in 2014 and have expanded their network to include flights from Hong Kong to London as of October 2015. If you are flying with Virgin Atlantic from Australia then get ready to experience an evolution in air travel after your stopover in Hong Kong.
As an Upper Class passenger you'll enjoy the new iteration of Virgin Atlantic’s iconic ‘Upper Class Suite’ which incorporates all of the popular features along with some new design elements. There is a more sophisticated look using new dynamic mood lighting, especially around the new bar area. Not only is this a place to mingle and have a drink, it is also be a space to eat, relax and work.
You can also stay online through the entirety of you flight with WiFi offered from takeoff to touchdown. A charge for internet may apply.
Best Hotels in Hong Kong
|Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is simply one of the best luxury city hotels in the world. Their 113 guestrooms are amongst the largest hotel rooms in Hong Kong and each a masterpiece of contemporary design.
|The Peninsula Hong Kong
Iconic Hotel, one of the finest in the world, offering the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Hong Kong.
|Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Located overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour, our hotel has been the centre of Hong Kong’s social and business scene since 1963. Following our recent redesign and through constant attention to detail, we offer the finest in 21st century luxury for travellers. With a reputation that continues to endure with legendary service.
|Intercontinental Hong Kong
The hotel's stunning Presidential Suite is one of the most spectacular in Asia and the largest in Hong Kong at 7,000 square feet with a 2,500 square feet terrace with infinity swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
Four Seasons Hotel
Overlooking Victoria Harbour and the financial district, this elegant property is just few minutes drive from the Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong Disneyland, Lan Kwai Fong, Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and many other area attractions.
Island Shangri-la Hotel
Located above Pacific Place shopping complex, in Hong Kong's Central district, Island Shangri-La offers luxurious rooms with free internet access, a 24- hour fitness centre and Michelin star restaurants.
Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong makes a magnificent return to the city with the world's tallest hotel.
Fleming Hotel Hong Kong
Stay in the luxurious Fleming Hotel at special prices during the international rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport Transfers
Book online transfer between hotel and airport or Disneyland theme park
Things to Do in Hong Kong
Book online tours and sightseeing
For NYE firework or fine dining with fantastic view, go Aqua Tokyo 29th floor, Italian and Japanese food.
Lying at the southeastern tip of China, Hong Kong adjoins the province of Guangdong (Canton), and is just south of the tropic of Cancer. The total land area of Hong Kong is 1,078 square kilometers, comprising Hong Kong Island (77.5 square kilometers); Kowloon (45.5 square kilometer); and the New Territories, including 235 outlying islands (955 square kilometers).
Today Hong Kong has become a great international trading post, a powerful manufacturing base and one of the world's largest financial centres.
Population and Language
The population as of 2002 was about 7.5 millions, almost 95 per cent of which is Chinese. Chinese and English are the official languages. Cantonese is the most widely spoken Chinese dialect, though Mandarin, Shanghainese and other Chinese dialects are also spoken. Many people, especially in shops, hotels, and service industries, speak English.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate:
Visitors must hold a valid passport, endorsed where necessary for Hong Kong. Citizens of some 24 countries, including the USA, Japan, and certain Western European and South American nations are permitted one-month visa-free visits. Three-month visa-free visits are available to another 23 countries as well as all Commonwealth countries.
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to six months, depending on nationality. Check with any Chinese embassy or consulate for the latest status.
Vaccination certificates are not required for yellow fever, cholera and typhoid for visitors travelling to Hong Kong. Check with your travel agent well before your departure, however, as requirements can change without notice.
Visitors may bring into Hong Kong free of duty:
A baggage storage service is available in the departure hall and the arrival hall. Other services include a bank, moneychangers, gift shops, duty-free shops, snack bars, restaurants, payphones, a police station, post office, a HK Telecom International Ltd. Office, HKTA Information Centres and private reception rooms.
Airport Departure Tax
Adults: HK$80; children (aged 12 years and under) free.
Hong Kong is generally considered a safe city by day or night. Policemen are very helpful, and those who speak English wear a red label under their shoulder badge. As in all big cities, avoid carrying large amounts of cash; traveller's cheques or credit cards are preferable. Make use of your hotel's safe-deposit boxes.
The unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). Notes issued by two private banks (the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank and Standard Chartered Bank) have denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, and $1000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HK$10. There are silver coins for HK$1, HK$2, and HK$5, bronze coins for HK10 cents, HK20 cents and HK50 cents, and a new nickel and bronze coin for $10.
Most foreign currencies and traveller's cheques are easily changed in Hong Kong, either at banks, hotels or moneychangers (check how much you will get in return before handing over your money).
Most restaurants add a 10 per cent service charge but an additional 5 per cent may be given, where deserved. When a service charge is not automatic, 10 per cent is acceptable. Small tips may also be given to taxi drivers, bellboys, doormen and washroom attendants.
The voltage in Hong Kong is 200/220 volts, 50 cycles. Most hotels provide adaptors.
All water direct from government mains in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organization standards. Bottled water is widely available in hotels and supermarkets.
Telephones in Hong Kong are advanced, economical and easy to use. Local calls are free, and many stores and restaurants offer use of a telephone free of charge to patrons. Calls from public coin phones cost HK$1. Most hotels have International Direct Dialling (IDD). Please note that some hotels charge a handling fee for local and/or international calls. You can also make long-distance calls from (IDD) Public Coin Phones and from HK Telecom International Ltd. Offices. An easy method of making calls is to purchase stored-value phonecards (HK$50, $150 and $200), which can be used in any Cardphone box. The new Hello Phonecard (HK$100, $200,$300) is a stored value card that enables the user to place calls to and from over 30 countries from a touch-tone phone. Both types of cards can be purchased at HKTA Information and Gift Centres and most convenience stores. Call 013 for information.
The main post offices are on Hong Kong Island, next to the Star Ferry and in Kowloon at 10 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Both are open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm on Saturday. All post offices close on Sunday and public holidays.
There are two English-language channels. Programmes include a selection of locally produced shows as well as features from the UK, the US, and Australia. Also available is STAR TV (a satellite channel) and, in some areas, Cable TV (subscription television).
Fifteen radio channels are broadcast in Hong Kong. Six English-language channels provide a wide range of programmes and the BBC World Service is available 24 hours.
Office and Banking Hours
Most offices open from 9am to 5pm with a lunch hour from 1 pm to 2pm. On Saturday the hours are 9am to 1 pm. Some Chinese businesses open at 10am and close around 6pm or later. Major banks are open from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays, 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday.
Getting Around In Hong Kong
After you have reclaimed your baggage and passed through Customs, you will find yourself in the Buffer Hall of Hong Kong International Airport where the Hong Kong Tourist Association Information Centres are located . There you can obtain free visitor publications and any other assistance you may need.
Hong Kong International Airport is approximately 40 minutes' drive by car from all major hotels in Kowloon and about 50 minutes' drive via the Cross-Harbour Tunnel from all major hotels on Hong Kong Island (under normal traffic conditions). If you are making your own way to your hotel, follow the signs directing you to the Transport Terminus for taxis or use the airport coach service. If you have no local currency on arrival, change only enough at the airport to get you to your hotel.
Hotel bookings do not normally include transportation from the airport. However, if you have a prearranged hotel booking that includes an airport transfer, you should leave the Buffer Hall via the exit marked Hotel Transport and look for the hotel representative waiting to meet you.
Taxis are numerous and readily available, and fares are low compared with those in most cities. Red taxis serve Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; green ones in the New Territories and blue taxis on Lantau Island operate at even lower rates. Many drivers speak some English but it is wise to have your destination written in Chinese characters.
Taxi drivers expect a tip, but just round up the fare to the nearest dollar. Drivers cannot pick up or drop off passengers on restricted streets, which are marked with yellow lines. New Territories taxis will pick up and drop off only in the New Territories. If you have any queries or complaints, note the taxi's number and call the 24-hour Police Hotline on 2527 7177.
Double-decker buses, which run from 6 AM till 3 midnight, cover most parts of the territory.
Fares range from HK$1 to HK$30.60. Exact change is required. You'll find that, in general the drivers do not speak much English.
Minibuses are small passenger vans which are yellow with a red stripe. They can pick up passengers and let them off anywhere except regular bus stops and the usual restricted areas. Fares range from HK$2 to HK$7.
Maxicabs are yellow with a green stripe. They run along specific routes and have fixed prices ranging from HK$1 to HK$8. A sign on the front indicates the destination. Pay as you get on.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) is 34 kilometres long and runs from Hung Hom in Kowloon up to the border with China. Trains run every tour to 10 minutes in each direction, and vary according to the ordinary single trip to Sheung Shui, the farthest you can go without a China visa). It's a go way to visit some of the New Territories' towns and villages.
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Hong Kong's fast, efficient and air-conditioned underground system, runs not only along the north side of Hong Kong Island, but also from Central across the harbour to divide into east and west branches in Kowloon. Stations are located by a X symbol. Fares range from HK$4 to HK$11. MTR and KCR stored-value tickets (HK$70-200) are also available.
The Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a high-speed surface system linking the New Territories towns of Tuen Mun Yuen Long. The LRT runs from 5.30am to 12.30am daily. Fares range from HK$3.20 to $4.70.
The Star Ferry, which has connected Hong Kong and Kowloon since 1898, runs regularly between 6.30am to 11.30pm. At HK$ 2.20 (upper deck), it must be one of the cheapest and most scenic ferry rides in the world. The crossing takes approximately eight minutes.
The Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Company provides other regular and inexpensive services which connect Hong Kong Island to other parts of the Kowloon Peninsula and to the outlying islands.
Since 1904, the tram system has run east to west along the north side of Hong Kong Island, and still provides a leisurely, grandstand view. The flat fare is HK$1.20 (exact change required) and the service operates between 6 AM and 1 AM.
The Peak Tram is one of the most advanced tram systems in the world, taking just eight minutes to climb Victoria Peak. The service operates from 7am to midnight and the single fare is HK$12 (HK$19 return). The funicular railway has run since 1888 and is still the quickest way to reach the Peak.
Self-drive rental cars are not often used in Hong Kong, but chauffeur-driven cars are widely available. Hotels have their own limousines for hire.
The only means of travel in the old days, rickshaws today are used mainly for fun rides and photo sessions. Rickshaw drivers congregate at the Star Ferry on Hong Kong Island and charge for a trip round the block or for a photo session. Negotiate the price first.
With everything you could possibly want to work, rest and play, Upper Class is the next best thing to home.
Whether you're planning to work the flight away or want to make sure you're fully refreshed when you arrive, Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class suite makes travelling a true pleasure.
Whether you want to sit up to work the flight away or lie back and dream of your destination, the choice is yours. Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class seats are some of the biggest in the business. They're 22'' wide, and turn into a 33'' wide, 6'6'' long, totally flat bed at the touch of a button.
There’s a power point, a roomy table and laptop storage space in every suite, whether you use you computer for workor play, Vigin Atlantic has you covered.
If you've got the time to relax on your flight than every suite has its own 10.4'' TV, along with a massive choice of movies, TV shows and games for all ages.
Explore over 300 hours of films, games and TV. And keep track of progress on the Skymap. The time will fly by.
Every single Upper Class suite has its own aisle access. So you can get in, out, and back in again without treading on anyone's toes. There's even space for a friend or colleague to come over and chat in comfort.
Virgin Atlantic has perfected their Upper Class dining experience, you'll be begging for more after every bite. With a customised service and menus for day and night flights to make your journey comfortable and fulfilling, you'll be blown away by the special touches which make it extra memorable.
Feel like a Hollywood star when boarding the plane where Virgin Atlantic staff will greet you with a preflight glass of Gardet Brut Premier Cru Champagne or Bucks Fizz. Both served in their fabulous champagne coupe glass, made famous in the golden age of Hollywood.
After welcome drinks Virgin Atlantic offers their award winning meal service, served on elegant table settings with specially designed crockery and cutlery. Ask one of our travel specialists for what kind of meal you can expect on your flight and if you ahve any dietary requirements.
Virgin Atlantic has tuned their service to your body clock no matter where you're flying to, with customised meal options including afternoon tea and the new flexible Graze menu.
Flights between Sydney an Hong Kong are with Cathay Pacific in Business Class and Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class between Hong Kong and London.
ALL above fares are PER PERSON and INCLUDE all fuel surcharges and taxes. All featured "from" prices are based on the lowest priced routing. Taxes may increase if stopping over at a destination, returning from an alternative or if not paid in full at time of booking. Please ask our travel professionals for full details.
Fares with stopovers in Hong Kong may incur additional tax charges.
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