For a place that straddles the old school culture of one of the world’s ancient civilizations and the modern bustle of a top urban metropolis, Hong Kong has just about everywhere else beat. As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China. With a population of 7.3 million Hong Kong is the fourth most densely populated sovereign state. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands.
Under the principle of “one country, two systems“, Hong Kong maintains a separate political and economic system from China. Except in military defense and foreign affairs, Hong Kong maintains its independent executive, legislative and judiciary powers. It also develops relations directly with foreign states and international organizations in a broad range of areas.
The prosperous island state is a center of economy, entertainment and shopping with its southern part noted for sea shores and bays. Hong Kong has a deep natural harbour, which enables ready access by international cargo ships, and an impressive skyline, with the second largest number of high rises of any city in the world. It is also one of the world’s leading financial, banking and trading centers.
Hong Kong has a primarily Chinese population that speaks Cantonese and English and because of its combination of fine attributes, it is one of the hottest business and social travel destinations in Asia.
Where to Stay
There are a huge number of hotels for all budgets and tastes located throughout the territory. If you have an interest in exploring the main tourist attractions of Hong Kong, you should consider staying either on Hong Kong Island or the Kowloon Peninsula. With the main areas to consider on the Kowloon Peninsula: Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. And for Hong Kong Island: Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Central Hong Kong and Sai Ying Pun.
Transportation in the city consists of a sophisticated system of trains and buses between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, while 27 ferry routes take care of transportation to outlying islands. Taxis are relatively affordable, though it can be hard to convince cabs to take you to some places, so having an option of a car service is advisable. When arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport it is best to set up a Hong Kong airport transfer in advance.
What to See in Hong Kong
Hong Kong attractions are endless and include great museums, galleries, temples and cafes during the day, and some of the world’s top restaurants and clubs at night. And of course for families there is Disney Land. For the landmark attractions, Victoria Harbor is Hong Kong’s most iconic and prized landmark. It boasts fantastic restaurants and cafes and unique and impressive skylines on both sides of its waterfront, giving visitors a chance to experience the pulse of Hong Kong. The Tram to Victoria Peak overlooks Victoria Harbor and features dramatic views of Hong Kong. The Star Ferry is an inexpensive way to do some sightseeing and runs all daylight hours every day. Also there are dozens of festivals that happen throughout the year so check the Internet for ideas.
Hong Kong Weather
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 84°F (29°C). Owing to a subtropical climate, Hong Kong’s summer months are sweltering, with frequent monsoons and typhoons. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 61°F (16°C). Weather wise, traditionally, the best time to visit Hong Kong has always been the cooler, dry season from October to January, when the winds change direction and come from the north. But whatever time of year you visit, Hong Kong will have plenty to offer.
Hong Kong’s combination of urban, and maritime along with its mix of culture finance, trams and temples makes it one of the most fascinating and desirable destinations in the world.