Getting there: Hong Kong is an Asian hub with plenty of flights from the United States, most of them departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong airline, and Singapore Airlines have nonstops, and there also is daily service from British Airways and United Airlines. The flying time from the West Coast is about 14 hours. Round-trip economy class fares through May are around $730 from the West Coast. Cathay periodically offers a $999 All-Asia Pass which can enable travelers access to nearly 30 cities in Asia on a single ticket. Call your local travel agent for details or check out airline Web sites.Climate: Hong Kong has subtropical weather. In the summer visitors can expect 90 degrees and higher along with sticky high humidity and occasional hard rain. It can be chilly in winter, but there also are days of warm, sunny weather. Fall is a popular time for visitors with moderate temperatures and little rain. Typhoons, the Asian equivalent of hurricanes, occur between June and September, so be alert to forecasts.
Accommodations: The Peninsula and the Regent on Kowloon probably are the two best hotels in the world. Prices start at more than $350 a night. But there are literally hundreds of hotels in all price ranges, and dozens offer rates under $100 a night (try the Metropole, the Imperial, the Concourse or the New Astor). The YMCA next door to the fabulous Peninsula offers inexpensive, clean rooms and a cheap, tasty restaurant, too.
Information: The Hong Kong Tourist Association is equipped to supply a wealth of information to interested travelers. Call (212) 869-5008 in New York or (310) 208-0233 in Los Angeles for more information, or check out the organization's Web site at http://www.hkta.org.