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Quick Flights From Hong Kong: 5 Mid-Autumn Festival Getaways

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Taipei

Whether you’re wanting to get away with the girls, ready to feast on pepper pork buns with your significant other, or exploring solo, Taipei is one of Hong Kong’s all-time favourite travel destinations – and with a flight time of under two hours, there’s good reason!

Brimming with night markets and unbelievable street eats (grilled squid, papaya milk smoothies, stinky tofu, peanut coated mochi – you name it!), Taiwan is also gearing up to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival on Monday, 24 September, so be sure to soak up the atmosphere and split a mooncake under the stars.

Fly to: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Flight time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Best time to book: 8 weeks ahead
Tip: During Mid-Autumn you’ll traditionally find people barbecuing on every street corner and the markets booming (more than usual!) over the holiday, so we fully encourage you to stop and hang out with locals and sample everything from dumplings to traditional barbecue eats and frequent shots of rice wine!

Read more: 48 Hours in Taipei: A Guide for First Time Visitors

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Osaka

Known to be a highly sought-after travel hotspot in April as cherry blossoms reach full bloom, there’s still plenty happening in Osaka all-year-round. Although it’s highly tempting to spend your weekend at Orlando Studios, the city offers up so much more than amusement parks, and we’re constantly in awe of what’s on offer. Whether you’re keen to dress up as Mario and the gang and live out your Mario Kart dreams, or don a kimono in a traditional tea ceremony, it’s easy to see why Osaka is hot on the list for this year’s Mid Autumn Festival.

Fly to: Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
Flight time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Best time to book: 9 weeks ahead
Tip: Kishiwada Danjiri Matsur (float-pulling festival) is taking place on Saturday, 15 September – Sunday, 16 September so why not take a few more days off and time your trip to coincide with this unique spectacle?

Read more: Travel Kyoto: Top Picks and Local Favourites

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Tokyo

Hot on the heels of Osaka, and in no need of introduction, Toyko is perfect for a quick trip away. From the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, straight in to the buzzing streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku; spend your evening sipping sake in Golden Gai, and snapping up fresh sushi from the market. Karaoke, anyone?

Fly to: Narita International Airport
Flight time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Best time to book: 9 weeks ahead

Read more: Nightlife in Japan: A Guide to Tokyo’s Small Bar Scene

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Bangkok

If plates of sweet mango sticky rice and and tantalising Tom Yam Goong is more your thing, then head to Bangkok for a long-weekend getaway that won’t disappoint. Infamous Khao San Road aside, Hong Kongers flock to Thailand’s capital for a few days of gorging on incredible food, perusing markets (Chatuchak is the ultimate, and the most busy) and a good dose of culture time and again. Don’t forget to feast on ever popular street food snacks such as: Gai Yang (street grilled skewered chicken thighs), Kai Jeow (Thai deep fried omelette), Guay Teow Ruea (Thai boat noodles) and, of course, Itam Kati (coconut ice cream)

Fly to: Suvarnabhumi Airport
Flight time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Best time to book: 9 weeks ahead

Read more: 48 Hours in Bangkok: The Ultimate Foodie Guide

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Seoul

Known as Chuseok, Korea celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival, one of its biggest holidays, across three days (Sunday, 23 September – Tuesday, 25 September) and can only be compared to Thanksgiving in America. Locals traditionally travel to their hometown to spend time and eat with their families, but is also an important festival to pay thanks for good harvest in South Korea. There is sure to be plenty going on over the festivities as you explore this unique city, so be sure to soak in the atmosphere and indulge in all the Bibimbap and Bulgogi that you possibly can.

Fly to: Incheon International Airport
Flight time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Best time to book: 7 weeks ahead

Read more: Sassy’s City Guide to Seoul

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