City of Hong Kong / 香港

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Hong Kong

Officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong was established as a colony of the British Empire. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997.

Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports.

It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.

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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.

Central (中環, map) — previously known as Victoria, this is ‘downtown’ Hong Kong and may be defined as the area within walking distance of Central MTR station. Head north towards the harbour and you will find modern buildings such as the IFC shopping mall. Alternatively, make your way uphill towards the mountain and you will encounter some of the oldest parts of Hong Kong.

Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊, map) — a small area just southwest of Central Station focused on the L-shaped street. The area is packed with restaurants, bars and clubs. Popular with expats and local drinkers.

Soho (荷南美食區, map) — entertainment zone between Hollywood Road and Bonham Road-Caine Road, featuring restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and shops.

Mid-Levels (半山區, map) — continue up the escalator to find the high-end residential area half way up Victoria Peak. In the morning the escalator moves residents down the mountain to their offices in Central.

Sheung Wan (上環, map) — interesting area below Mid-Levels between Central in the east and Sai Ying Pun in the west. Although adjacent to Central, it has its own identity and is worth exploring if you are interested in small shops and remnants of the territory’s colonial past.

Further afield, you might explore:

Victoria Peak (太平山, map) — high class neighbourhood and popular tourist destination that looks down on Central and Victoria Harbour.

Sai Ying Pun (西營盤, map) — traditional Chinese residential neighbourhood that is host to Hong Kong University and is populated by a large number of dried seafood shops.

Kennedy Town (堅尼地城, map) — famous for being at the end of the tramline and little else. This used to be the place to find undesirable people and noxious industries. With the arrival of the MTR, Kennedy Town has become gentrified.

Public transport of Hong Kong

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Octopus card – a contactless smart payment card, is widely accepted on railways, buses and ferries, and can be used for payment in most retail stores. – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

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 BUS >   A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

 RAIL >   Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >>  (*Rail travel in China)

 AIRPORTS >   Hong Kong International Airport / The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

 WATERWAYS >   Star Ferry + TurboJetCotai JetChu Kong Passenger Transport.