A City Guide To Hong Kong
Tourist Information: www.hkta.org
A never forgotten experience. The starting point for any Asian adventure.
Since the handover in 1997 Hong Kong has become a 'Special Administrative Region of China', no longer a subject of British colonial sovereignty.
Hong Kong is one of Asia's most exciting and vibrant destinations. Glittering towering skyscrapers dominate the impressive waterfront, yet they can never obscure the ancient oriental ways that color everyday life in this magical city.
This famous city combines high tech modern living with colorful shops, markets and the worlds most famous harbour. It's a noisy, exciting, brash metropolis where skyscrapers rise above crowded shop-filled avenues and alleyways that never seem to rest.
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What to see in Hong Kong: There's so much to do and see in Hong Kong, usually there's not enough time to experience the full atmosphere of the strong, highly visible Chinese traditions and cultures. So plan your time well especially if you are on a stop over.
Start by not forgetting that Hong Kong Island comprises only one third of this vibrant destination, just across the harbour is the Kowloon peninsula and beyond are the New Territories. Visit the Cultural Centre and the Museum of Modern Art on the Kowloon peninsula which houses Chinese antiquities and contemporary art.
Shopping in Hong Kong: Hong Kong offers some of the worlds best deluxe hotels and legendary shopping from little side streets to sprawling markets and large air-conditioned department stores, you name it you can buy it. Bustling Nathan Road known as the 'Golden Mile' is a long stretch of restaurants and interesting shops. The Ocean Centre on Kowloon side and Central Causeway Bay on the Island side are also worth a visit. Visit Stanley market for a bargain, for Jade visit Yau Ma Tei and Temple street night markets which are particularly recommended. For electrical goods especially shop where you see the red Chinese junk logo which signifies traders that have been inspected by the Tourist Association to ensure value and satisfaction.
Nightlife in Hong Kong: There's a bewildering variety of dining venues and cuisine's - try a 'dim sum' dish on one of the floating restaurants before heading off to Wanchai and Kowloon for an impressive choice of bars and nightspots.
What to buy: Clothes, electronics, antiques, jewellery, silks, linens.
What's New: Disneyland.
Climate: Sub tropical. Hot with high humidity from May until September. Less rain from mid October till March. Cooler from December till February.
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