Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong 

  • Population: 7 million +
  • Land Area: 1104 km²
  • Density: 6544 people/ km²
  • Language: Cantonese and English (Mandarin is getting trendy in recent years)
  • Religion: Buddhist
  • Currency: $ Hong Kong Dollar 
  • Visa: No visa requirements for British citizens for stays of up to 180 days
  • Airport: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
  • Flight duration: Approximately 11 hours 30 minutes (direct from UK)
  • Nearby countries: China & Macau 

Hong Kong is located at China's southern coast, it has been a colony of British Empire for 99 years until 1997, was then transferred to China. Hong Kong is now a special administrative region of China. 

Hong Kong is an international and vibrant city with a great mixture of western and asian culture. If you love food, shopping and explore in urban city, this is the place to go to. The city consists of three parts - Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories, each part will have something different to offer to every traveller. Kowloon is an urban peninsula in the northern part, and it s one of the most densely populated places on the planet! Hong Kong Island is in the southern part, the island is home to many of the most famous sights in Hong Kong such as the Peak and many historical sites. The New Territories is the region of wetlands, parks, mountains and home to Hong Kong Disneyland Park, as well as the must see Tian Tan Buddha. 

It is very easy to get around Hong Kong with MTR, bus, minibus, ferry and tram connections. Traveller can pay for single ticket on each journey or get the Octopus Card (it’s like Oyster card in London) to use on most public transport. Hong Kong is pretty much good to visit all year round. However, if you want to avoid the hot and humid weather during summer period, September to December would be the best time to visit. I tend to visit during September/October time when student go back to school, the streets are quieter and the weather is also cooler after summer season. One thing I always warn people about this city is that - be prepare for the busyness, it will be very crowded everywhere you go. Many airlines fly directly to from the UK to Hong Kong -British Airways, Cathy Pacific and Virgin Atlantic would be your best picks.

Places to visit in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak
The peak is the major attraction in Hong Kong where you can overlook the city beautiful skyline made out of skyscrapers. To get to the Peak Tower, take The Peak tram for HKG$52 return from Central.

The Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Recommended taking a 25mins duration Ngoing Ping 360 cable car ride to the Buddha, also worth visiting nearby Po Lin Monastery while you're up on Lantau Island.

Victoria Harbour

The harbour separated Hong Kong Island and the Hong Kong mainland. Visitors can take Star Ferry's service across, get on an open deck during the journey to enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

The Avenue of Stars

Hong Kong's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. The avenue is located along Victoria Harbour where you can walk along and enjoy the spectacular view.

Kowloon Park

Hong Kong's largest public park, located in Tsim Sha Tsui. You don't often seen any large green park in the city, this is the place to go to if you want to escape the hustle from the city.

Lan Kwai Fong

Best place to experience nightlife scenery in Hong Kong, the streets in Lan Kwai Fong are full of restaurants, bars, pubs and live music.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Take MTR to Sunny Bay station, from there the special Disneyland train will you straight to Disneyland Resort.

Visit an Island nearby

Take a day trip to one of the beautiful island outside of mainland - some popular islands are Cheung Chau and Lamma Island, they are easily reached by ferry from Central Pier.

Macau 
Only an hour boat journey from Hong Kong to Macau. You can easily do a day trip to Macau, or stay for a night or two.

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