With over 7.3 million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Many people say that Hong Kong is the incarnation of both Ying and Yang — true balance and a must visit. As a special administration region of China, Hong Kong has been again under jurisdiction of China since 1997. It’s often called the “Oriental Pearl” with perfect location. The city consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, The New Territories and a group of 263 islands. Located on the southeast coastline of China, it faces Macao across the sea in the west, and boarders Shenzhen city in the north.
Hong Kong first became part of the mainland China over 2000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. Through the years Hong Kong became an International Trading Center and a salt producing center. In the 19th Century after the Opium War, Hong Kong became part of British Territory. During the British occupation period, every industry of Hong Kong improved quickly. On July 1 1997, Hong Kong became part of Chinese territory again as the British handed the colony to the P.R.China and although changes were made, Hong Kong still kept its own economy, political and other systems.
Hong Kong has developed into a very modern society. Many industries are leading the world, particularly in telecommunication, banking, insurance and technology. It’s one of east Asia’s leading trading and transshipment centers. Hong Kong is has also gained world-wide recognition in the movie industry as well. With open policies, Hong Kong has combined traditional Chinese culture with western culture. Its long colonial history made Hong Kong what it is today, forming its own unique culture a part from the rest of the world.
Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. English is widely used in the society. Hong Kong has always been a famous destination for gourmets being noted for its restaurants and especially its Cantonese cuisine. But visitors can taste fine wine and food from every corner of the world.
Renowned as “Shopper’s Paradise,” Hong Kong attracts tourists from all over the world. Thanks to its low tax policies, shopping in Hong Kong is very advantageous. On top of that Hong Kong has a mild climate which is very suitable for travelling all the year round. Famous attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Avenue of Stars, and Victoria Harbor are very popular among visitors.
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Built in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animals, thrill rides and shows. It’s the biggest recreational park in Southeast Asia and lies in the area between Aberdeen and Repulse Bay on the south of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Filled with magical excitement and fairy-tale dreams, Hong Kong Disneyland is located in the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on northeast Lantau Island. It’s the first one built based on the original design in California, featuring 7 great lands that bring out the child out in just about anyone.
One of the most beloved beaches in Hong Kong, its Chinese name is “Chin Sui Wan,” means the “Shallow Water Bay.” The sand on Repulse Bay Beach is absolutely fine and the waves of the sea are often quiet. The beach lays long with clear azure blue water gently kissing the seashore, the sand is golden and soft.
You’ll find the ultimate peak experience at Victoria Peak, it’s the highest hill on Hong Kong Island, the panoramic view of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Victoria Harbor and some of the outlying islands are really wonderful. If you’re in Hong Kong you definitely need to add Victoria Peak to your bucket list.
Hong Kong is known as a shopper’s paradise for a reason. Stanley Market features a huge selection of name-brand clothing. You’ll find an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, Chinese costume jewellery and souvenirs. It’s one of the must-go places for tourists when they visit Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Aberdeen
Where modernity melts with tradition, Aberdeen is located in the south region of Hong Kong Island, originally known for being home to many fishermen but today in general, Aberdeen is well-known for its floating village and the floating restaurants. Remember to visit Jumbo Kingdom, a famous floating restaurant that can seat over 2300 diners.
Hands down one of the most popular markets for bargain shoppers, Women’s Street traditionally, is a street that mainly sells clothes and commodities for women. Today Women’s Street has become one of the most famous shopping streets in Hong Kong. It is a must-go place which appeal to shoppers and tourists from around the world.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Established in 1921, Wong Tai Sin Template is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. The temple is well beloved by local people. It is famed for the many prayers answered: “What you request is what you get.” It is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.
Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong
An avenue dedicated just for the most prized actors and actresses in Hong Kong, the Avenue of the Stars takes you into the world of celebrity China. You’ll get to see statues and fingerprints of the celebrities, visitors can also freely have a look at the famous view of Victoria Harbor and the coastal architectural features.
If you want to appreciate the view of Victoria Harbor, there is another choice: You can take a closer look of the beautiful harbor and breathtaking skyscrapers on both shores on the Star Ferry. Tens of millions of visitors board the Star Ferry each year and according to the National Geographic, the Star Ferry crossing is one of the top 50 “places of a lifetime.”
Hong Kong World Geopark
Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Hong Kong’s timeless scenic landscapes. Although being one off the smallest geoparks on earth, it boasts the top acidic volcanic columns which covers an area of 100 square kilometers with average diameter of 1.2 meters. These volcanic columns are honored as the rare wonders across the world.
The Giant Buddha lives up to its name. Without question it is the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha. Located peacefully atop Ngong Ping plateau amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Lantau Island, the statue sits near Po Lin Monastery, an emblem representing harmony between man and nature, people and faith.
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