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Hong Kong

Visa Requirements:

Visa on arrival

Languages Spoken:

Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Currency Used:

Hong Kong Dollar

General Information

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia, south of the mainland Chinese province of Guangdong, and east of the former Portuguese colony and fellow special administrative region of Macau. With around 7.3 million Hong Kongers of various nationalities in a territory of 1,104 km2, Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.

Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860, and acquired a 99-year lease of the New Territories from 1898. Hong Kong was later occupied by Japan during the Second World War, until British control resumed in 1945. The territory was returned to China under the framework of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed between the United Kingdom and China in 1984 and marked by the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, when it became a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China.

n 2014, Hong Kong was the eleventh most popular destination for international tourists among countries and territories worldwide, with a total of 27.8 million visitors contributing a total of US$38,376 million in international tourism receipts. Hong Kong is also the most popular city for tourists, nearly two times of its nearest competitor Macau.

As of 2010 Hong Kong is the eighth most expensive city for expatriates, falling from fifth position in the previous year.Hong Kong is ranked fourth in terms of the highest percentage of millionaire households, behind Switzerland, Qatar, and Singapore with 8.5 percent of all households owning at least one million US dollars. Hong Kong is also ranked second in the world by the most billionaires per capita (one per 132,075 people), behind Monaco. In 2011, Hong Kong was ranked second in the Ease of Doing Business Index, behind Singapore.[281] Hong Kong is also ranked No. 1 in the world in the Crony Capitalism Index by The Economist

Hong Kong

Places To Go

Hong Kong has become a busy coastal metropolis. It is the best place to experience both eastern and western cultures as well as traditional and modern life. For those who love shopping, Hong Kong will be a shopping paradise where all the world-famous brands are. You can’t miss its exquisite international cuisine and the many attractions around the city.

Victoria Peak

With an elevation of 552 meters, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is the best place to look out over the towering city skyline. Riding the 125-year-old Peak Tram is a visual experience. This 8-minute trip will offer you sweeping views of Hong Kong Island's skyscrapers, verdant trees, and walking paths.

On the peak, you will feast your eyes on a sea of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways, and even the green hills of the distant New Territories, if the weather permits. At night, you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Hong Kong — a dazzling galaxy of light.

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is one of the best ways to enjoy the view of the skyline of Victoria Harbor. The Star Ferry has been used to carry passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888.

You can embark on a trip from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier on the Kowloon Peninsula to either its Central Pier or Wan Chai Pier on the Hong Kong Island side. The shortest voyage takes about 7 minutes and costs US$0.25. It is memorable to take a close look at so many towering skyscrapers while floating on the calm waters. At 8pm, you can see the light show from the ferry.

Temple Street

To experience local life in Hong Kong, the street markets are worth a visit. Temple Street is one of the best markets with a local atmosphere. There, you can find a great variety of things, such as local food, clothes, watches, jade, and antiques. Street singers and fortune tellers make it more colorful.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade runs along the tip of Kowloon's waterfront. It is one of the best places to see the beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline and bustling Victoria Harbour.

The Avenue of Stars (it is closed for improvement works and is expected to be completed around the end of 2018), Hong Kong Space Museum, the Clock Tower, Star Ferry Terminal, and Hong Kong Museum of Art are located along the promenade. It is enjoyable to take a stroll and experience a slower pace of life in the international metropolis.

Macau

Only an hour away by ferry, another world awaits you with Portuguese buildings to see, a different style of cuisine to taste, and huge casino resorts. The world's biggest gambling city is a big change of pace from Hong Kong.

Lantau Island

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. It is still a sparsely populated island of natural parkland, beaches, mountains, and hiking and biking trails. You can get away to this island for relaxation, sightseeing, and outdoor adventures.

Ocean Park

Hong Kong's biggest and most popular theme park is Ocean Park. Along with acrobatic sea mammals, there are exhibits of other sea creatures. The Amazing Asian Animals section has pandas. You can ride the sky tram to see the scenery. There is a roller coaster and many other big rides.

Museums

Hong Kong has a fascinating history from the time the last emperor of the Song Empire fled there 700 years ago. British colonization made Hong Kong a key port and a stage for battle during WWII.

Hong Kong has a number of good museums, but the Museum of History will probably stand out as the favorite for tourists. Learn why Hong Kong became one of the world's foremost trade, investment, and financial centers.

Hong Kong

Climate

In the Köppen–Geiger classification system, Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate (Cwa), though it is situated 128 kilometres (80 mi) south of the Tropic of Cancer. Summer is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and warm air coming from the southwest. Typhoons most often occur in summer, sometimes resulting in flooding or landslides.

Winters are mild and usually start sunny, becoming cloudier towards February; the occasional cold front brings strong, cooling winds from the north. The most temperate seasons are spring, which can be changeable, and autumn, which is generally sunny and dry. Snowfall is extremely rare, and usually occurs in areas of high elevation. Hong Kong averages 1,948 hours of sunshine per year,[188] while the highest and lowest ever recorded temperatures at the Hong Kong Observatory are 36.6 °C (97.9 °F) on 22 August 2017 and 0.0 °C (32.0 °F) on 18 January 1893, respectively. The highest and lowest ever recorded temperatures across all of Hong Kong, on the other hand, are 42.1 °C (108 °F) at Waglan Island in June 1991 and −6.0 °C (21.2 °F) at Tai Mo Shan on 24 January 2016, respectively.

Hong Kong

Safety Tips

Hong Kong is a very safe place, and usually there are no problems or dangers for visitors.

However, no place in the world is 100% safe, so to assure your personal safety in Hong Kong, we recommend that you take standard safety precautions to avoid becoming victim of a petty crime (as this is the most common type of crime in Hong Kong).

Risk Ratings

OVERALL RISK : LOW
Hong Kong is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.

MUGGING RISK : LOW
Most muggings happen because tourists are lured into situations without knowing what the criminal is saying.

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Travelers have reported being approached by people to talk and invite them to a teahouse where they later are forced to pay for everything. Unlicensed taxis and counterfeit currency are also common scams.

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Typhoons in the summer are common in Hong Kong. Although some typhoons do not touch land, the storms and winds can still cause major damages, flooding, and/or landslides. If you plan on being there between the months of July and August, make sure to monitor local and international weather updates from World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Hong Kong Observatory.

TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are likely like in any other city, but there is a low probability.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Hong Kong is a safe place to travel for female travelers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other city.