Hong Kong, China is located at the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta on the southeastern coast of China, facing the South China Sea in the south, and bordering the Guangdong Province in the north. It has one of the world's most liberal economies and is a major international centre of finance and trade.
flying over the city or navigating into the port via the temperamental South
China Sea, the magnificent islands suddenly take form as if in a mirage,
enticing the traveler to a closer look at this oasis of ancient tradition
commingled with sleek, corporate towers .
Hong Kong Island, (originally named Victoria Island in honor of
the queen), covers only 30 square miles and has a population of 7 million. Its
two islands, Hong Kong and Kowloon are separated by Victoria Harbor. Most of
the cultural attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas are located along the
northern shore of Hong Kong Island and at Kowloon’s southern tip. Between Hong
Kong and the border with the rest of China are the New Territories which provide
a mountainous scenic backdrop to a number of modern suburban towns. The other
major islands in the area are Lamma, Cheung, Chau, and Lantau (site of Hong
Kong’s vast and impressive airport as well as Hong Kong Disneyland. Beyond
these is Macau. There are actually more than 266 islands in all.
years of British colonial influence woven into 5,000 years of Chinese culture,
Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. From the ancient Chinese temples, to an upbeat
entertainment district with its karaoke bars, Hong Kong truly enchants visitors
with everything from food, art, architecture, to the traditional festivals.
Since reunification with China, Hong Kong has been classified as a Special Zone
operated by China under a “one country, two systems policy.” This has eased the
transition and has kept the economy thriving.
Central District of Hong Kong is a glittering, modern business center. It
features the stock exchange, deluxe hotels, and up market shops. The Western
District is filled with visitor delights such as bountiful markets, shopping,
restaurants, and traditional shop houses.
high above downtown is Victoria Peak, an exclusive residential area located on
the highest (1,805 feet) range of hills on the island. The Peak offers visitors
a varied selection of restaurants and spectacular views. Ride the 1888 tram to
the summit. Located east of the Central district is the Wanchai District, famed
for its nightlife and the perfect place for a night on the town.
is built on steep terrain offering many outstanding views as well as walking
challenges. One of the city’s most unusual commuter routes is a half-mile
series of escalators known as the Mid-Levels Escalator Link which brings workers
from he Mid-Levels district to the Central district in the morning and back at
night. The route passes the green Jaima Mosque and fashionable Staunton Street.
Kong Museum of Art displays a fine collection of Chinese art and Man Mo Temple
is a classic Taoist temple dedicated to Man, a god of literature and Mo, a god
of war. Located on the northeast corner of the island, the area offers a wide
range of markets, cafes, and a ferry pier. While visiting Hong Kong, make an
escape to the beaches of Shek O. Shek O, a pleasant seaside village, offers
hiking excursions on hilly trails and a stunning view of the coast.
simply is no other place quite like Hong Kong! The sounds, scents, and
excitement will leave a vivid impression. Hong Kong has a reputation as one of
the world’s greatest shopping cities and is an amazing urban bazaar and a
shopper’s paradise. Hong Kong offers a rich nightlife, diverse sightseeing, and
a tradition of cultural heritage.
a journey to Hong Kong, and be sure to plan to spend at least a week to explore
its wonders. You will partake of a mosaic of thrilling experiences, memorable
adventures, and pure serenity.
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