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The main airport to which there are regular international flights is Hong Kong International Airport. The only airline flying direct flights from South Africa to Hong Kong is Cathay Pacific from Johannesburg, so if you're not flyign with them on that route don't just keep an eye on airfares but also how long your flight may take. To get on the cheapest flight to Hong Kong:
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When to Go
You can fly from Johannesburg to Hong Kong (HKG) with Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Abab), Qatar Airways (via Doha), , Cathay Pacific (direct), South African Airways, Singapore Airlines (via Singapore), Thai Airways (via Bangkok), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi), Emirates (via Dubai), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), KLM (via Amsterdam), Air France (via Paris), Virgin Atlantic (via London), British Airways (via London) and El Al (via Tel Aviv).
If you're flying a direct JNB-HKG flight with Cathay Pacific, it should take about 13 hours in the sky to cover the 10,672km (as the crow flies), taking you over Mozambique, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Book Cape Town to Hong Kong flights with Emirates (via Dubai), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Cathay Pacific (via Johannesburg), British Airways (via London), Singapore Airlines (via Singapore) and KLM (via Amsterdam).
The 1-stop airline options from Durban to Hong Kong are Cathay Pacific (codeshare via Johannesburg) & Emirates (via Dubai).
At the time of writing SA citizens were exempt from a visa during a visit to Hong Kong of up to 30 days. Check current rules with the immigration department of Hong Kong or the Chinese Embassy in South Africa (email email@example.com or phone 012-3424244).
Things you may want to see in Hong Kong include:
Views of the Hong Kong skyline from:
the Avenue of Stars & TST Promenade
View of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and Central from Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island.
Dragon's Back hike not only has a great name, but also offers lovely views of Hong Kong.
Nan Lian Garden with its trees, rocks & wooden structures (e.g. the Pavilion of Perfection).
Hong Kong Museum of History which showcases the area's cultural history.
Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon, a Budhist temple with statues off Guanyin, Sakyamuni Budha & other bodhisattvas.
October, November and December have the least rain, more sunshine and it's less humid then. Unless you enjoy hot a humid, avoid going in June, July & August.
Navigate to real time flight info at Hong Kong Airport to check whether flights are on schedule.
The phone number at Hong Kong International Airport is +852 2181 8888
The most comfy & fastest train to get to Central, Kowloon or Tsing Yi is the Airport Express.
If you've got more time on your hands take the Airport Shuttle Bus.
If you've got money to burn, hire a taxi. The taxi service is provided by the airport.
If you're keen on staying really near the airport, we recommend going to the Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel or the Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate.
Car rental providers at Hong Kong International Airport include Avis and Hertz. Carefully consider whether you really need a car - it's not always the best idea in Hong Kong, with its well developed public transport system, and difficult driving conditions.