The city of Hong Kong is giving away 500,000 tickets. Starting from March 1, 2023, Hong Kong is giving away plane tickets to revive its tourism sector.
The program supports Hello Hong Kong—a government relief measure for airlines during the Covid-19 pandemic. The tickets will be issued in phases by different airlines. Hong Kong’s leader, John Lee Ka-Chiu, launched the program on February 2, 2023, when it reopened to international travellers.
The airport authority bought the tickets in October 2022 from the government to provide liquidity to the airlines. In addition, the tickets cost $255 million and were purchased for Cathay Pacific, HK Express, and Hong Kong Airlines.
How to get a free ticket
As of March 1st, participants visit the World of Hong Kong website, where the lottery will launch. The first lottery will be available for people from Southeast Asia from March 1-April 1, 2023.
The next group will be for residents of mainland China from April to May 1, 2023. Tickets will be available from the end of March. Finally, it will open to the rest of the world. International citizens will gain access at the end of April.
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Eighty thousand tickets will be then handed over to Hong Kong residents, and another 80,000 tickets to people in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area.
Furthermore, the tickets will be availed via lucky draw, first-come-first-served, or buy one get one free, depending on the airline. Participants are also encouraged to visit each airline’s website for specific ticket details.
Things to do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a classic destination with an iconic skyline. You can view it from Victoria Peak, which has an altitude of 554m. Hong Kong’s tallest hill is often visited to get a panoramic view of the skyline. You can also visit Lion Rock for another hike to get great views. The hill is shaped like a lion’s head and offers views of Kowloon island.
In addition to hiking, you can also visit the beaches on Lamma Island. It’s also known as Y Island and provides a scenic view away from the city. Other beaches include Repulse Bay, Shek O Beach, and Big Wave Bay.
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a 1950s archaeological marvel. It contains a 9-storey red pagoda, multiple temples, and golden Buddha statues. It’s one of the most decorated religious sites in Hong Kong. Another colourful location is the Nan Lian Garden. It has a golden pavilion in the middle of a Tang Dynasty Chinese classical garden.
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