Travel Guide – Hong Kong

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Introduction

A perfect amalgamation of ancient traditions and modern culture, Hong Kong is a true delight for every traveler. For tourists who want to enjoy the best of both worlds, Hong Kong is a perfect destination. The city of skyscrapers, amazing nightlife, temples and Disneyland, Hong Kong is visited by thousands of vacationers, coming here from different parts of the world. No matter, if you are planning for a honeymoon or a family holiday or even a week’s trip with friends, this city will welcome you with open heart.

The history of Hong Kong is also quite interesting. The city came into existence when in 1842 China’s Qing government was defeated in the First Opium War and the Hong Kong Island was ceded to the British government. It was only in the year 1997, that Hong Kong again came under the reign of the People's Republic of China as a Special Administrative Region.

When to Visit

Hong Kong enjoys a sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons. So, the best time to come here is from October to March. During these months the weather is cool and quite pleasant. It is also said that the Christmas in Hong Kong is warm compared to other northern hemisphere countries.

How to Reach

By Air – Hong Kong international airport is well-connected to the major international cities like London, New York, Vancouver and Delhi etc. Most of the airline carriers operate direct flights to the city.
Getting around the city is hassle free. There is airport express that will take approx. 24 minutes to reach the city from the airport. You can also opt for Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system, taxis, buses, minibuses, ferries and trams for getting around. Don’t forget to get your Octopus card for easy commuting and much more.

What to See

No trip to Hong Kong can be complete without visiting its famous tourist attractions. The city offers many travel options when it comes to attracting travelers from different parts of the world. Be it the temples or the wildlife parks, there is so much to see and explore in this magnificent city.

  • Victoria Peak – Located at 552 meters, Victoria Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong and also one of the most visited tourist attractions. Take the 125 years old and Asia’s oldest funicular clanks - Peak Tram to reach the Victoria Peak. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city from the anvil shaped Peak Tower or you can also visit the gallery located in the lower terminus in the Central.

Address – Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Getting There - Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road

  • Man Mo Temple – One of the oldest temples of Hong Kong, the Man Mo temple is dedicated to the Gods of ‘Literature’ (Man) and the ‘War’ (Mo). Built in 1847, people used to come here to pray for success in examinations or in their academic or literary endeavors.

Address – 126 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Getting There - Bus 26 outside Pacific Place at Admiralty to Hollywood Road

  • Disneyland – Experience the magical world of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh and other Disney characters at Hong Kong Disneyland. Stay at the Disney themed hotels to make it more surreal. See the firework show, meet all the Disney characters, watch the fantastic Disney stage shows, experience the thrill at the rides and be a part of the daily parade. No matter, if you are with your family, friends or partner, a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland is a must.

Address – Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Getting There - MTR Disneyland Resort Station

  • Ocean Park – This marine-life theme park was opened in 1977 and is popular for its animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. Here one can see the Australian animals, penguins, long-tusked Pacific walruses, spotted seals, arctic foxes, snowy owls, sharks, giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese alligators and other interesting animals.

Address – Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
Getting There - Bus 629 from Central Pier 7 or MTR from Admiralty Station

Other Must Visit Tourist Attractions

  • Avenue of Stars
  • Symphony of Lights
  • Lantau Island
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Repulse Bay
  • Hollywood Road
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom

Interesting Facts about Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong’s official name is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or Hong Kong SAR.
  • The name Hong Kong in Cantonese mean the ‘fragrance harbour’.
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is one of the world's top 10 busiest international passenger airports.
  • Hong Kong is counted among the most densely populated cities in the world.
  • The city has been voted the "Best Business City in the World" and "Best Business City in Northeast Asia" by Business Traveller Asia Pacific magazine.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland (2005) is the third Disney theme park outside the US and the first park in China.
  • 'A Symphony of Lights' is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's 'Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show'.
  • Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce and Mercedes (per person), than any other city in the world.
  • Hong Kong has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world.
  • The phrase “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” coined by English playwright Noel Coward was in reference to Hong Kong.

Shopping in Hong Kong

How can you miss out on shopping in Hong Kong? So, brush up your bargaining skills and head to these popular markets of the city.

  • Admiralty, Central and SoHo - for high-end shoppers
  • Causeway Bay - for medium, high-end goods, gold ornaments, clothes and cosmetics
  • Sheung Wan - for antiques
  • Ladies Market - for street shoppers
  • Wan Chai - for furniture and household items
  • Kowloon East and Kowloon West - for those who love the malls
  • Cat Street - for antiques
  • Temple Street Night Market - busiest flea market
  • Tsim Sha Tsui and Harbour City - for fashion and beauty
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