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Student flights from the UK to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is famous for its dizzying vertical skyline, bustling street markets and surrounding natural beauty. It’s always been a huge draw with students and young people from the UK. Whether you’re making a whirlwind stop for a weekend or exploring as part of a longer China trip, our cheap flights to Hong Kong will help you make the most of it.
However long you’ve planned to stay in Hong Kong, you’ll probably wish it was longer. You can easily spend a couple of days wandering around the Central Business District, marvelling at the towering architecture (Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world!) and getting happily lost in the narrow streets and alleys of Kowloon, pausing for delicious street food along the way.
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What are the main Hong Kong airports, and how do I get from them to central Hong Kong?
Hong Kong has just the one airport: Hong Kong International Airport. This caters to both international and domestic travellers, so you’re guaranteed to touch down in that one, whatever the nature of your arrival.
Hong Kong International Airport / HKG：Hong Kong International is one of the busiest airports in the world, and a major Asia air hub, with around 100 different airlines operating in and out.
The airport is located around 25 miles from the city centre, and there are a variety of ways to make the journey. The most popular is the Airport Express Train, which takes around 25 minutes and costs HK$100 (£10), and includes an additional shuttle bus service that’ll take you to your specific hotel.
Alternatively, you could hop on a Hong Kong Airport Public Bus, which is cheaper but will take longer (about an hour), or jump in a taxi, which is quicker but considerably more expensive.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Hong Kong?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Hong Kong universities and campuses
Of Hong Kong’s almost 20 universities, six fall within the QS World University Rankings top 500. These include the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The University of Hong Kong is the most prestigious (ranked 25th in the world), and offers a variety of options to cater for British students, including Exchange Programmes and Visiting Programmes (which allows students to study there for just one semester, rather than for a full degree course).
Hong Kong lifestyle and culture
Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan destinations, boasting a melting pot of cultures and widespread liberal attitudes. Though technically part of China, Hong Kong is classed as a Special Administrative Region, which means that it’s semi-independent from the mainland. It was part of the British Empire until 1997, which has resulted in a considerable British expat population, and a notable cultural influence of the same.
The fusion of cultures is reflected in the architecture, which ranges from futuristic skyscrapers, befitting of one of the world’s major financial hubs, to traditional temples. The arts scene is similarly varied, with a plethora of fine art establishments, but also a seriously impressive graffiti scene at the other end of the spectrum.
Exploring Hong Kong on a student budget
While not quite achieving the jaw-dropping budget-friendliness of its South East Asian neighbours (like Thailand and Vietnam), Hong Kong nevertheless still offers ample opportunity for British travellers on a budget.
Some of the best things to do in Hong Kong on a budget include taking the vintage tram up to Victoria peak for an exceptional city skyline view (about HK$40), grabbing a bit of traditional street food (dishes are about HK$30), and wandering around Victoria Harbour, which is free! Look out for the daily Symphony of Light once night falls.