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Hong Kong Travel Guide

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Hong Kong is a highly prosperous free port and an international metropolis. Hong Kong is a land where cultural blends of East and West, hence the reputation of "Pearl of the Orient", "Food Paradise " and " Shopping Paradise". From Causeway Bay to Tsim Sha Tsui, from Mong Kok to Yau Ma Tei, flourishing trade can be seen everywhere.

Hong Kong is a highly prosperous free port and an international metropolis, known as " Nylonkong" together with New York and London. It is not only the world's third largest financial center, but also an important international financial, trade, shipping and international innovation and technology center. Hong Kong is a land where cultural blends of East and West, hence the reputation of "Pearl of the Orient", "Food Paradise " and " Shopping Paradise". From Causeway Bay to Tsim Sha Tsui, from Mong Kok to Yau Ma Tei, flourishing trade can be seen everywhere, as most of the goods there are duty-free.

Hong Kong is the short name of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. Hong Kong is located in the south of China, east of the Pearl River estuary, face with Macau in the west across the sea, north of the city of Shenzhen and south of Zhuhai Wanshan Islands. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region includes Hong Kong island, Kowloon, the New Territories and the surrounding 262 islands.

 

l  Best time to visit Hong Kong:

Hong Kong enjoys a maritime subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It has abundant rainfall, but fragrant flowers every season, warm and foggy spring, hot and rainy summer, sunny autumn and slightly dry and cold winter. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to May of next year.

From October to November, with the average temperature over 20 degrees Celsius, making it warm and comfortable for a trip to Disneyland or outdoor activities like hiking and mountaineering.

From December to February of next year, the atmosphere of Christmas, New Year and the Spring Festival is all around. The New Year's Eve fireworks and the Spring Festival float parade in Victoria Harbor are not to be missed. And the Shopping Malls and stores offer the biggest discounts during this period.

From March to May when it’s getting warmer, and sometimes with little rain and foggy.

On April there will be there will be a special Tin Tau Festival in Hong Kong. Temple fairs and parades will be held in Yuen Long and Sai Kung.

When June comes to September, it’s hot and moist even with thunderstorm, especially most typhoons lands in Hong Kong during September. If you plan to travel during this period, you must pay close attention to the weather.

 

l  Must-See Tourist Attractions in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Island:

1.     Victoria Peak:

Victoria Peak is one of Hong Kong's landmarks and the highest point in Hong Kong, there is retro red cable car to the top of the mountain. With a total length of 1350 meters and five stops on the way, it is the earliest cable car ropeway system in Asia. There are Peak Tower, Madame Tussaud's, Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, Peak Explorer Motion Simulator as well as the Peak Galleria on top of the Victoria Peak, especially the viewing platform on the prominent Peak Tower offering gorgeous panoramic views of Hong Kong.

 

2.     Repulse Bay:

Against south face of Victoria Peak and overlooking the sea, Repulse Bay is known as "the best bay in the world" and also "the Oriental Hawaii". Being in the shape of a crescent, it’s the most representative Bay in Hong Kong.

 

3.     Hongkong Ocean Park:

Hong Kong Ocean Park, on the southern side of Hong Kong island, is the largest Ocean Park in Asia, covering an area of 170 acres, the aquarium of it is one of the largest aquariums in the world. In 2012, Hong Kong Ocean Park was awarded the “2012 Applause Award” (best theme park in the world) by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), becoming the first theme park in Asia to receive this Award.

 

4.     Stanley:

Stanley is a scenic town in southern Hong Kong, east of Repulse Bay and west of Shek O. Stanley is a famous tourist attraction in Hong Kong and a unique historical place. It was once a British military stronghold and the administrative center of Hong Kong island. The most distinctive feature of Stanley is its antique and harmonious style with Chinese and Western culture. With its sunny beaches, unique buildings, shops, pubs and restaurants in Stanley Main Street, it attracts a lot of tourists as well as locals hanging out and shopping every day.

 

5.     Lan Kwai Fong:

Located in the heart of the central district, Hong Kong, LAN Kwai Fong is a continuously developing, young and energetic community. It’s an L-shaped uphill path and a mid-and high-end consumption area gathering with bars and restaurants around D'Aguilar Street, Wellington Street, Wyndham Street, on lee, Yan Shou Lane and Wing Wah Lane. Popular with the younger generation, expats and tourists, LAN Kwai Fong has become one of Hong Kong's signature tourist attractions.

 

6.     Hong Kong Tramways:

Hong Kong people call Trams "ding ding". The Tram runs slowly, but the fare is cheap (HK $2.3 for adults, HK $1.2 for children, HK $1.1 for the elderly), and hanging out on the busy streets by Hong Kong Tramway is another pleasure for you to enjoy the scenery and local people life in Hong Kong Island.

Kowloon Distract:

1.     Tsim Sha Tsui:

Situated at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, facing Victoria Harbour and across the sea from Central on Hong Kong Island, Tsim Sha Tsui is the "Geographical Centre" of Hong Kong. Here are many famous scenic spots, such as the Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon Park and so on, in especial Victoria Harbour and the Avenue of Stars are the best place to enjoy the night view of Hong Kong.

Tsim Sha Tsui is the most prosperous shopping paradise in Hong Kong, with a variety of large shopping malls, duty-free shops, international brand stores, etc. There are also cultural sites such as the Hong Kong History Museum, the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, where there offer ideal choices for family tours.

 

2.     Star Ferry:

The Star Ferry is a famous transportation with a long history in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong and is equally famous to Hong Kong tram, cable car of Victoria Peak.

The Star Ferry is not only an important part of the sea-crossing transportation between Hong Kong and Kowloon, but also one of the best and cheapest sightseeing tours in Hong Kong. Taking a cruise around the Victoria Harbour by the Star Ferry has become one of the most popular destinations for visitors. National Geographic Travel Magazine once praised a cruise on the Star Ferry as one of the "50 must-see attractions in life".

 

3.     Avenue of Stars:

The Avenue of Stars is a waterfront promenade on the Tsim Sha Tsui Coast of Hong Kong, situated between the southern end of Salisbury Garden and the New World Centre. The Avenue of Stars is the Hong Kong equivalent of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, where many famous stars left their fingerprints. It shows the development history of Hong Kong film industry.

 

4.     Mong Kok:

Mong Kok is one of the most popular areas in Central Kowloon. There are a lot of theme streets: Goldfish Street, Fa Yuen Street, Sai Yeung Choi Street, Women Street, Gun Street, Electric Street, etc. And entertainment activities could last until dawn.

Mong Kok is also the shopping paradise for young people, with numerous and hottest cosmetics chains, electronic and digital shops, famous upstairs bookstores and so on. What’s more, Mong Kok is famous for its snack bars, which include okonomiyaki, German sausage, and Taiwanese drinks.

 

5.     Wong Tai Sin Temple:

The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of Hong Kong's most renowned temples, located in No. 2 Chuk Yuen Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon. There is endless stream of pilgrims, who come here to worship the gods and pray.

With its magnificent architecture and resplendent splendor, is typical of classical Chinese Temples. The temple covers an area of more than 18,000 square meters, in addition to the Main Hall, there are also Three Shrines Hall, From the Heart Court. Among them, the most distinctive feature part is the Archway which fully shows the traditional Chinese culture.

 

New Territories & Outlying Islands District:

1.     Lantau Island:

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located in the west coast of Hong Kong. This Island is dominated by mountains, and the Tai O in southwest is the most population center.

There are main tourist attractions around: Hong Kong Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha statue, Tai O, Tsingma Bridge, Ngong Ping 360, Ngong Ping Square and Wisdom Path.

 

2.     Hong Kong Disneyland:

Hong Kong Disneyland is the first Disney theme park in China, opened on September 12, 2005. Covering area of 126 hectares, Hong Kong Disneyland is the fifth Disneyland in the world, the second in Asia and the first in China. Hong Kong Disneyland consists of seven theme areas: Main Street USA, Adventure World, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Toy Story Camp, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, of which Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point are unique to the world. Each theme area can bring visitors endless and wonderful experiences.

Disneyland is equipped with theme amusement facilities, entertainment performances, interactive experiences, catering services, commodity shops and snack booths. In addition, there are three most important performances of the day: The Parade during the day, the Light and Shadow Celebration at night and the Fireworks Display before the castle closed.

 

l  Food Culture in Hong Kong:

Visitors to Hong Kong should not miss the gourmet here as Hong Kong is a truly dining haven with a range of choices: seafood, desserts, herbal tea, Cantonese cuisine, tea restaurants and local snacks, those are the most distinctive and must-try. Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui East and Kowloon City, where there converges the gourmet all over the world. Besides, foodies would find western style food with British, French, Japanese, Italian or German flavors in Area of LAN Kwai Fong, Soho and NoVo Site. Moreover, the Hong Kong popular folk traditional food and snacks are waiting for your exploration, like Fish Ball, Egg-Tart, Waknut Cake, Almond Cake, Pork Biscuits, Huntun, juicy beef ball, Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, Pineapple Bread, Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo, Roasted Meat, Rickshaw Noodles, flank beef rice noodle etc.

 

l  Shopping in Hong Kong:

Top 10 most popular Shopping Malls in Hong Kong:

1)      Harbour City

Brief Introduction: The largest and most famous Shopping Mall in Hong Kong with a collection of all kinds of fashion clothing, audio and video equipments, household products.

Add: No. 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

 

2)      T Galleria by DFS:

Brief Introduction: The largest DFS duty-free shop in Hong Kong offering Cosmetics and skin care products, fashion dresses, watches and jewelry.

Add: No. 28 Canton Road, The Sun Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

 

3)      Times Square:

Brief Introduction: The Landmark Shopping Center in Causeway Bay, groceries of various countries, world-class brands like Dior、CHANEL, medium and high quality fashion dresses as well as various electronic products are on sale.

Add: No.1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

4)      Langham Place:

Brief Introduction: Located in the heart of Mong Kok, it has nearly 200 shops and the first constellation exhibition hall in Hong Kong, particularly topped with the territory's first digital canopy. Perfect Facilities with shopping, cantering, and entertainment.

Add: No.8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

 

5)      IFC Mall:

Brief Introduction: It’s one of the most eye-catching shopping malls, ranging from upscale to top-tier international brands. Clothing, shoes, hats, jewelry and cosmetics are the best-sellers. There is an open-air garden on the top floor, from where you can enjoy the view around Victoria Harbour while having a meal in the restaurant with the sea breeze.

Add: No.8 Financial Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

6)      1881 Heritage:

Brief Introduction:  It used to be the Marine police headquarters, with a British-style building. Here you will find Cartier, Piaget, Tiffany & Co., and other international brands jewelry, world famous watches, high fashion. It is only one block away from the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Space Museum and Art Museum, and adjacent to Kowloon Park, ferry terminal and bus terminus. All lights and decorations are turned on at night, which is very beautiful and perfect for taking photos.

Add: No.2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

 

7)      The Peninsula Arcade:

Brief Introduction:

There are many world-class brands, such as Hermes, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany on sale.

Add: No.22 Salisbury Road, Hong Kong

 

8)      The Landmark:

Brief Introduction: As Central top end shopping mall, it gathers more than 200 international first - and second-tier brands like Chanel, LV, Gucci. You may come across your dreamed actor or star in Cafe Landmark in the middle of the lobby, where there is a popular spot for afternoon tea parties of actor or star.

Add: No.15 Queens RD Central, Hong Kong

 

9)      Pacific Place:

Brief Introduction: There are international luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Cartier on sale, and fashion clothing, a variety of creative shops you should not miss. You may come across your dreamed actor or star here.

Add: No.88 Queensway, Hong Kong

 

10)   SOGO Tsim Sha Tsui

Brief Introduction: It is not only the largest Japanese department store in Hong Kong but also a shopping landmark for Hong Kong locals and tourists, selling the fashion dress, jewelry and leather goods, household appliances, etc.

Add: No.555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

l  How to get to Hong Kong:

Hong Kong is the world's transport hub, with more than 80 air and cruise routes, as well as ferry and rail services to and from mainland China.

By Air:

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest and top ten airports in the world. As the gateway to Asia, Hong Kong has one of the most advanced and large-scale airports in the world. Hong Kong International Airport is located at Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island, 40 kilometers from the city.

There are Airport Express, Airport Shuttle Bus, Ferry and taxi running from Hong Kong International Airport from and to Hong Kong Lsland, Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Lsland.

Taking the Airport Express, start from the Airport Station, via Tsing Yi Station, Kowloon Station, finally arrive in Central, Hong Kong, the whole journey is just about 24 minutes, it’s also the fastest way from the Airport to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon City. The Airport Express departs at the Entry Hall in front of the platform in every 10 minutes from 05:54AM-23:28PM every day.

There are also Hotel Shuttle Buses running from the Airport to major hotels in Hong Kong. The service counter is located at terminal 2, C15.

There are three colors of taxis in Hong Kong: red (to urban), green (to New Territories) and blue (to Lantaui). Please confirm the destination and color before boarding.

Note: Octopus Card is widely used and popular in Hong Kong, you can use Octopus Card on public transport, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, pastry shops and vending machines.

 

By Train:

There are three railway line running between Hong Kong and Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong Province.

Hung Hom Station is the terminus of the Guangzhou Kowloon Railway, the MTR East Rail Line as well as the intercity passenger railway between Hong Kong and mainland China.

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is the terminus of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Railway, it’s also one of the comprehensive transportation hubs in Hong Kong.

Find more details about the trains and time schedule here:

https://www.etripchina.com/train/

 

By Ferry:

There are four ferry terminals in Hong Kong, all of which are interoperable with Macao.

Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal:

Hong Kong–China Ferry Terminal:

Hong Kong Sky Pier:

Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal:

 

Find more details about the Ferry Cruise booking and time schedule here:

https://www.etripchina.com/bus/cruise.htm

 

By Bus:

There are five major Cross-Border road channels in Hong Kong:  Shenzhen Bay Port, Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, Sha Tau Kok and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Visitors could use Cross-Border Buses to travel to Hong Kong from Macau and cities in Mainland China.  

Find more details about the Cross-Border Buses booking and time schedule here:

https://www.etripchina.com/bus/hongkong-to-macau-bus.htm

 

l  About the visa:

Generally, all visitors to Hong Kong must hold a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. But those "stateless" travel document holders must hold valid documents for at least two  months. 

At present, passport holders from most countries or territories do not need to apply for a Visa/Entry Permit to visit Hong Kong for a stay of 7 to 180 days, depending on nationality. If you’re not so sure if you could visit Hong Kong without applying the Visa, you could inquire any Chinese Embassy or Consulate. You could also find further details about the Hong Kong free visa lists on the Immigration Department website


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