Hong Kong Introduction
Experience the dynamic city of Hong Kong! This city puts an Eastern twist to the meaning of “the city that never sleeps.” As a former colony of the British, Hong Kong was heavily influenced with European styles while keeping its East Asian roots. The result turned into a bustling cityscape filled with a different taste than its Asian neighbors. Feel the vigorous energy as you walk through ever changing sights and sounds. Hong Kong also offers some of the world’s best night life and shopping experiences. The possibilities are endless in this city where East meets West!
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate. However, in the winter, sea breezes cool it down. Summer, from June to September is hot and humid with temperatures going up to 90°F at noon and drop to around 80°F. Besides, summer is the high season of typhoons. Be careful not to wander around while typhoons land the city. Winters are normally mild. The temperatures in a day are between 50~70°F.
Cuisine plays an important part in many peoples’ lives in Hong Kong. From breakfast to dinner, you have plenty choices of Asian or Western flavors. The most famous cuisine in Honking are Dim Sum, which is served at brunch. Dim Sum has varied dishes with different prices. For example, the common orders include Shrimp dumpling, Pork dumpling (siu Mai), barbecued pork buns, and Hong Kong egg tarts. Moreover, Char Siu, known as roast pork, chicken or duck is another favorite of many people.
Speaking of Hong Kong, there are few sites that you should never miss. Victoria harbor, which is a natural land form harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in Hong Kong. Long famous for its spectacular views with the light shows, beautiful scenes and atmosphere. Pass by Repulse Bay, the most popular destination on the south side of Hong Kong Island. It was named after the battleship HMS Repulse, which took an active part in thwarting pirates who plundered here in the early days of settlement in the territory. Visit the Stanley Market, a popular tourist magnet. Stanley, the main attraction on Stanley Peninsula, draws thousands of visitors come here to bargain and hunt for designer sportswear, jeans, silk garments, rattan, brass objects, Chinese crafts – amount everything.
Nightlife in Hong Kong is probably the most overwhelming of all China nightlife, its more modernized culture and historic ties to the rest of the world endows the city with a head start towards entertaining both locals and tourists from all over the globe. People go to Lan Kwau Fong to spend the nights. Bars and clubs are everywhere in this area. The cost in this area may be higher than normal; however, the place is full of surprise and excitement. It is a great place for tourists to grab one or two drinks or enjoy the entertainment.
The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the territory’s official currency and is the unit of currency used throughout this travel guide and simply denoted with the $ sign. The official exchange rate is fixed at HKD7.80 = USD1, although bank rates may fluctuate slightly. Credit card is wildly accepted by the shops and restaurants in Hong Kong; however, some small stores or food stands may not have the services. Therefore, it is better to carry cash with you in case sellers do not accept cards checks.
Customs & Language
Hong Kong is part of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Previously, it was a British colony before the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997. The official language spoken is Cantonese, but English can also be used.
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Hello (are you?) – Néih hóu (ma?)
- Thank you (when someone helps you) – M̀h’gōi
- Thank you (when someone gives you a gift) – Dōjeh
- How much is this? – Nīgo géidō chín a?