Travel Guides: Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a special administrative region in southern China and one of the newest and most visited cities of Asia.
Hong Kong is a thriving metropolis, clean and beautiful that can be accessed throughout the year, with a mild climate from September to February and high temperatures between May and September. It is a compact city, so visitors are never too far from shops and main attractions. Tourists from most countries can enter without a visa for periods from 7 days to 6 months (depending on nationality). Communication is not a problem, English is widespread. Hong Kong is composed largely of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories. Transport: by bus, ferry or train. Hong Kong provides services for any pocket, but as a safeguard, verify and confirm all arrangements for all your reservations before boarding the plane.
Younger travelers (students) that travel on a low budget can stay at one of the seven hostels of the Hong Kong Youth Hostel Association. They are located in relatively isolated areas, but are perfect for people fond of hiking (there are water parks). Most hotels have Internet access, but you can go to cafes or public libraries in the city, where access is free. It is recommended that you make reservations if you want to eat at the restaurant, which is usually full. Tipping is left to the discretion of the client, but usually you can leave 10% of the consumptions. In a Chinese restaurant, before ordering, the waiter brings snacks, tea and spices (which will be placed on the bill). Before you purchase something it is better to go to several stores and compare prices. Most small shops do not have price tags on products, offering the opportunity to negotiate.
In addition to alcohol and tobacco goods in the Chinese market prices are without VAT (to the delight of fans of shopping). With all the changes undergone in recent years, it is easy (even for people) to forget that most Hong Kong has nothing to do with business or skyscrapers, three quarters of this city is actually rural land. Rural China moves us into the ancient times, with temples and shrines, small fishing villages and farms of vegetables. Whether you want to visit a modern city and a traditional chaotic or harmonious, both can be found in the vast metropolis called Hong Kong. In 1842 the UK has obtained control from a Chinese emperor an island named Honk Kong in order to build a trade port for their vessels. In 1898 Britain signed a treaty with China that granted 99-year concession of the island and several areas around it.
Over the years, the geographical location and trade links of Honk Kong turned it into a great metropolis. The city became one of the largest ports in the world, commercial and financial center of the first rank in the world with a population of 5.9 million inhabitants. English sovereignty over the city in 1997 was transferred to the government in Beijing.
Although it is very hot and humid climate, the tourist who ventures through the streets of this city will remain impressed by the pace of the busy life of this city, encountering everywhere very tall modern buildings, here being the tallest building in Asia. But that does not mean you will see buildings constructed in traditional Chinese style, retaining the charm of an oriental city. This city is better as there can entrepreneurship of the Chinese people when it is not strait-laced by communist principles.
As a note of novelty in this city is the largest airport traffic in Asia, whose runway is actually built on the sea. Maritime traffic is incredibly dense, the waters of the gulf waves never being free, if not even a breeze blows in the wind. Hong Kong is a unique blend of Eastern and Western traditions, a modern metropolis, but also one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. One of the most troubled neighborhoods is Mong Kok, where every street is specialized in a particular product. Tourists, who want to escape the city, do not lack of quiet places: over 60% of Hong Kong is reserved for parks, nature reserves and beaches. Even if the main attraction is shopping, nightlife, Hong Kong offers excellent restaurants, first class hotels, and natural beauty: mountains, islands withdrawn, white sandy beaches.
In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year festival is dedicated to one full of light: the streets are decorated with flowers and lamps and the procession of floats are surrounded by musicians and dancers in colorful costumes, lions and dragons of brocade. Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China in July 1997 after a century and a half of British leadership. Under the name one country, two systems Hong Kong has retained political systems, social and economic. English remains an official language, and the border with China still exists. From the top of Victoria you can admire the city of Hong Kong, a metropolis that makes money, but is also fun. At nighttime, you look like inside a volcano.
Despite the colonial past, Hong Kong has kept Chinese roots and culture. Hong Kong is divided into four major areas – Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Outlying Islands. Kowloon and New Territories are on a peninsula of mainland China on the north side of Victoria harbor, Hong Kong and the island is in the south of the port. The Main District is called the Central, the shopping district is in east – Wan Chai that is known for restaurants and clubs and then follows the Causeway Bay, a large shopping center. Hong Kong Island has much to offer – shops, bars, business centers, museums and sites. Although not illuminated by colored neon in Kowloon there are several temples, and museums such as the famous Wong Tai. Outlying Islands comprise 235 islands, including Lantau Island popular with giant Buddha, Disneyland International Airport and the village of Tai O.11