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Hong Kong is a small territory of China located in the south of the country. While Hong Kong is officially part of China, it has a completely unique culture and history to it. In the 1800s, Hong Kong was a major trading port and was colonised by the British Empire. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Hong Kong faced strong cultural influences from both China and Britain and remained a British colony until 1997. Today, Hong Kong is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. The city is always evolving, and new skyscrapers are being added to the city’s impressive skyline all the time. Even with all of the changes Hong Kong has seen over the centuries, the city continues to embrace its history. Hong Kong has two official languages—Cantonese (a southern dialect of Chinese) and English, making the city a great place for Australian travellers who are interested in learning about Chinese culture without a language barrier. Hong Kong is a perfect blend of east and west, making it a unique and exciting city to visit.
With about 700 cheap flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong each week, you’ll have no problem booking a holiday to China. Several airlines offer cheap airfares from Melbourne to Hong Kong, including Virgin Australia, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, AirAsia, and China Airlines. Many flights fly direct from MEL to HKG, getting you to Hong Kong Airport in about 9 hours. The majority of flights to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) depart from Melbourne Airport, but Qantas and Cathay Pacific also offer some cheap airfares from Melbourne to Hong Kong departing from Avalon Airport.
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Things to do in Hong Kong
Rising 552 metres above the city, Victoria Peak is the highest natural point in Hong Kong. From the top, you can see amazing views of the city’s skyline. In order to get to the top, you can board the Peak Tram funicular in the city centre. This tram will take you to the top of Victoria Peak in just 8 minutes. Try to get a seat on the right side of the tram for the ascent up to Victoria Peak for some amazing views along the way as well.
Hong Kong Museum of History
This is a great spot to go early on in your holiday to learn more about the history and culture of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Museum of History covers several thousand years of history of the area. You’ll learn about the natural history of Hong Kong, its Chinese influence through the years, its time as a British colony, and present-day Hong Kong.
Man Mo Temple
This temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong and is dedicated to the Chinese gods of literature (Man Tai) and war (Mo Tai). The temple was built in 1847 and is located in the city centre surrounded by skyscrapers. The temple is built in a beautiful, traditional manner and is a great example of the fusion of traditional and modern in Hong Kong.
Po Lin Monastery
This monastery is where you can see Hong Kong’s bronze Big Buddha statue. The monastery is made up of some nice gardens and traditional Chinese architecture, making it a great place for a quiet walk. Buddhism is a popular religion in Hong Kong, and the monastery is a great place to learn about Buddhism and the monks who have dedicated their lives to it.
Chi Lin Nunnery
This is another Buddhist temple complex full of gardens, ponds, and bonsai trees. The gardens are very relaxing and are a nice escape from the fast-paced city centre. The Chi Lin Nunnery also has temples and shrines built in the traditional style.
Temple Street Night Market
This huge night market covers several blocks between Man Ming Lane and Nanking Street. The market is full of vendors selling street food, clothing, souvenirs, and traditional Hong Kong teaware. The market is a great place to try some traditional Hong Kong cuisine, including dumplings and dim sum, roasted meats, brisket, wonton noodles, and egg tarts. Head just outside the market, and you’ll find some old fashioned streets that aren’t well known among tourists. In this area, you can find herbalists, fortune tellers, and Cantonese singing houses.
Take a Day Trip to Macau
Macau is another territory of China and is located to the west of Hong Kong. You can travel between the two cities in an hour by ferry. While Hong Kong was influenced by British culture, Macau was strongly influenced by Portuguese culture. Macau was a Portuguese territory until 1999, and you can still see a lot of that Portuguese influence today. The city is full of colourful buildings built in a Portuguese style, and it has a rich and interesting history.
When should you book return flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong?
Each season experiences very different weather in Hong Kong. Summers are hot and humid and experience more rain than any other season. May to September are the wettest months in Hong Kong. Winters cool down a bit, but still have pleasant temperatures of about 19-20 degrees during the day. The temperature is nice in winter, but there is also quite a bit of fog that descends on the city.
Spring and autumn are widely considered the best times to book cheap flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong. They experience almost perfect weather with temperatures that are warm, but not too hot. Spring and autumn experience lots of sun, little rain, and no fog.
February can be an exciting time to book cheap flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong. This is when the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Hong Kong is a territory of China, so Chinese New Year is a big celebration for the people of Hong Kong. The city gets busy during this time, but it’s full of festivals, and it’s a great way to experience the culture of Hong Kong.
Departing from Melbourne
Melbourne Airport (also known to locals as Melbourne Tullamarine) is located north of the city and is the departure point for most international flights leaving Melbourne. There are about 100 return flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong every day on many of the top airlines, including Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Cathay Pacific. Avalon Airport is Melbourne’s second airport. It’s a small airport with flights within Australia, but some international flights leave from Avalon if they are connecting through Sydney. Qantas and Cathay Pacific have a few MEL to HKG flights that depart from Avalon Airport.
Getting to Melbourne Airport (MEL)
The Skybus offers five different express services departing from all over Melbourne. It’s the most stress-free way to get to Melbourne Airport. Each Skybus route runs every day and offers free Wifi on board.
If you’re travelling from the CBD, the Melbourne City Express gets you from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Airport in under 45 minutes. Buses run every 10 minutes between 4:30AM-midnight every day, getting you to the airport and on your way from MEL to HKG in no time. The Skybus City Express runs 24 hours, so even in the early hours of the morning, you can get a ride to the airport every 15-30 minutes. Tickets for the City Express are $18 online or $19.50 at the station.
Travelling from the Southbank or the Docklands, the Southbank Docklands Express has 6 different pick-up points to choose from. This Skybus runs between 7AM-7PM and departs regularly for the airport. Buses leave every half hour during the week and every hour during the weekend. Tickets for this service can be purchased for $18 online.
The St Kilda Express picks up passengers from 4 different locations. During the week, it runs every half hour between 6:15AM-8PM, and during the weekend it runs between 6AM-7PM. The St Kilda Express is $19 to Melbourne Airport and will get you to your terminal in about an hour.
If you’re coming from a bit further south of the city, the Peninsula Express has 16 pick-up points along the Mornington Peninsula and southeastern beaches, including Brighton and Frankston. Fares vary between $22-$55 based on pick-up point, and there are regular departures throughout the day. Check the Skybus website for your stop’s daily timetable.
Coming from the western suburbs? The Western Express has pick-up points in both Werribee and Tarneit and will get you to Melbourne Airport in about 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets for the Western Express are $21, and buses leave hourly between 6:15AM-6:30PM.
If you prefer to take a taxi or an Uber to the airport, a ride from the CBD will have you to Melbourne Airport in under 30 minutes. Taxi fare from the CBD to Melbourne Airport comes out to about $55-$75 depending on traffic.
Parking at Melbourne Airport
If you plan on driving to the airport, Melbourne Airport has plenty of parking options to choose from. The Long Term car park is the best option for the budget-conscious traveller. You can park your car for less than $10 a day, and the sooner you reserve your spot, the lower your rate will be. A free shuttle bus is available to take you from the car park to the terminals in less than 5 minutes, so you can be on your way from MEL to HKG in no time!
Getting to Avalon Airport (AVV)
Avalon Airport is located about 50 km southwest of Melbourne’s CBD, just outside of Geelong. The Skybus has an Avalon City Express route, which picks up passengers in Southern Cross station and on Synnot Street in Werribee. Tickets from the CBD cost $22, and tickets from Werribee are $19. The Skybus Avalon timetable changes a little bit each day, but has buses scheduled to meet all departing and arriving flights. The Skybus will get you to Avalon Airport in 50 minutes from the CBD and 30 minutes from Werribee.
Parking at Avalon Airport
Avalon Airport has a “tap and go” system for its car park. When you arrive, you can either take a ticket or tap your credit card. If you choose to get a ticket, you can pay via a pay machine at the end of your trip when you’re leaving the airport. With the tap and go system, you simply tap off with the same credit card you used when you arrived, and you will be charged the corresponding amount. The cost of parking varies and the price per day goes down for each day you are parked. If you book return flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong for 4 days, it would cost $77 to park. However, if you book cheap airfares from Melbourne to Hong Kong for 2 weeks, it would only cost $132 to park. The car park is under 24-hour surveillance and is located just outside the airport, so you can be inside the terminal within a few minutes.
Arriving in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has one airport that is located about 30 km west of the city centre. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is a great airport to fly into and has plenty of amenities available to travellers. Hong Kong Airport is modern and technologically advanced and has been voted the “world’s best airport” several times.
Getting to the city centre from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
For a quick and affordable journey from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to the centre, you can catch the Airport Express. This train takes you from Hong Kong Airport to Hong Kong Station in the city. Trains depart from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) every 10 minutes and arrive into the city in just 24 minutes. Tickets for the Airport Express cost $115 HKD (about $20 AUD).
Taxis are available from the Taxi Station outside of Arrivals. You’ll see red, blue, and green taxis. Each go to different areas of Hong Kong. The red taxis will take you from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) into the city centre. Taxis in Hong Kong calculate fare by metres, and a ride from Hong Kong Airport into the city costs about $315-$380 HKD. A taxi will get you to your hotel in the centre in about 25 minutes, so you can get out there and start exploring shortly after your MEL to HKG flight arrives!