The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China is much more than a harbour city with crowded streets: this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands also offers rural landscapes with breathtaking views.
Boasting one of the world’s best airports, it is the ideal stopover for those who wish to travel deeper into Asia.
Hong Kong Island (香港島, map) – The site of the original British settlement and the main focus of most tourists. Most of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here. Hong Kong Island is more modern and wealthy and considerably more prestigious than the other areas of Hong Kong. The Peak (map) is the tallest point on the island, with the best views and highest real estate values in the world.
*Kowloon (九龍, map) – The Kowloon Waterfront offers splendid views of the Hong Kong Island shore and skyline. This is the best place to experience the classic view of Hong Kong, and nobody on their first trip here should miss out on promenading along the waterfront. The best views are at night.
*Lantau Island (大嶼山, map) – You will not find many idyllic villages, but once you get over the stray dogs and the ramshackle buildings you will find beautiful mountains and beaches.
*Outlying Islands (離島, map) – These islands surrounding Hong Kong Island are well-known weekend destinations for Hong Kongers. Highlights include *Lamma (南丫島), well known for its seafood and *Cheung Chau (長洲), a small island that used to be a pirates’ den, but now attracts seafood aficionados, windsurfers and sunbathing day trippers.
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are usually hot, lasting from June to September, with temperatures usually exceeding 30 °C, while night-time summer temperatures do not drop below 25 °C . Typhoons usually occur between June and September, though some typhoons may affect Hong Kong as late as October.
Spring in Hong Kong is from March to May and autumn is from September to November with an average temperature of around 20 to 25 °C. Autumn is considered a more comfortable season as spring tends to be more humid and rainy.
For its electrical sockets, Hong Kong uses the British three-pin rectangular blade plug.