Thursday, April 2, 2015

About Hong Kong


Hong Kong is an unlikely fusion of rugged, old-school China and gleaming, western high-rises. The first thing visitors see is the forest of skyscrapers, amassed on Hong Kong Island – Hong Kong ‘Central’. To look down on these lofty structures, ascend Victoria Peak: it is a giddy view. You will see western influence on Central everywhere: businessmen that dash to-and-fro and streets that are named after British aristocrats. Still, the multitude of dim sum joints and markets mean tradition lives on.
About ¾ of Hong Kong is countryside comprised of parks, hills and woodlands and coastline.
The Star Ferry crosses Victoria Harbour to the peninsula districts of Hong Kong, and modern attractions like the Cultural Center and the Space Museum. If you are looking for less glitz and more local colour, Chungking Mansions are a maze-like sprawl of shops and hostels. Temples and billowing incense are everywhere. You have truly arrived in China.

How’s the weather in Hong Kong in April?

  • Temperature68-79 °F
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  • Dry days15-
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  • Average rainfall119 mm
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  • Snow days0

Demographics

  • Population7.1M
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  • Local time1:57
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  • CurrencyHong Kong Dollars

Know before you go

Essential contacts

British Consulate-General: 1, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong; 00 852 2901 3000; gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-hong-kong

Foreign Office travel advice: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
Emergency (police/fire/ambulance): 999
Hong Kong Tourism Board: 00 852 2508 1234;discoverhongkong.com/uk/index

The basics

Currency: Hong Kong dollar which, since 1983, has been pegged to the US dollar at a rate of US$1 = HK$7.8

Dialing code: 00 852
Time difference: Hong Kong is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and seven hours ahead of British Summer Time
Flight time: about 12 hours from London (about 13 hours going back)

Hong Kong city guide
Year round advice about clothing: no matter when you’re visiting subtropical Hong Kong, bring at least one warm layer.
AP

Weather

Hong Kong’s weather can be volatile. Keep an eye on the Observatory’s excellent website hko.gov.hk, which tracks typhoons and rainstorms. Bring warm layers for all seasons. Hong Kong may be subtropical but it gets chilly in January and February, and the air-conditioning in malls and restaurants is freezing in summer.

Visas

After 1997, Hong Kong officially became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. British passport holders can stay in the SAR for 90 days without a visa but are not allowed to work. If, however, you’re planning to cross the border into the rest of China (apart from Macau, the other SAR), you must have a visa. China has a visa office in Hong Kong. Check details onfmcoprc.gov.hk/eng.

When to go

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. Nowadays, unfortunately, they’re also bringing down pollution from mainland China: there are days when you literally can’t see across the harbour. That’s when the Hong Kong government issues its pollution warnings and advises the elderly and children to stay inside.
In the summer, the winds are south westerlies and, unless there’s a typhoon off the coast, the air is much clearer. That’s when your pin-sharp, postcard photos are taken. I love Hong Kong’s summers, when lots of ex-pats leave and the city feels unexpectedly spacious, but they are exceedingly humid and getting hotter – June, July, August and September 2014 were all the hottest on record. If you can bear the heat of July and August and don’t mind torrential downpours, however, it’s an excellent time to find hotel bargains and see those stunning sunsets.
Hong Kong city guide
Po Lin monastery used to be a quiet retreat on Lantau island until the world’s largest seated outdoor Buddha was officially unveiled in 1993.
AP
Be aware of China's major holidays or 'golden weeks': Lunar New Year (which in 2015 begins on February 19), the first week of May and the first week of October. Tourist attractions will be extra crowded at these times.

Why go?

Despite recent problems, Hong Kong's mix of feng shui and finance, trams and temples still makes it one of the most fascinating – and safest – cities in the world. During your stay you'll probably eat some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, you'll be dazzled by the stunning harbour and you'll feel energised by a combination of the urban, the rural and the maritime. Moreover, Hong Kong is where China and Britain have melded and created something unique. It's a joy to explore its every corner. Every day, I think I'm missing something if I'm not out wandering its vibrant streets. It's addictive. When you come here, you'll know exactly what I mean.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hong Kong Maps

This is a map of Hong Kong SAR of PRC. Hong Kong is made up of the New Territories, Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the other over 200 islands. As you can see, the New Territories covers most of the area, adjoining Shenzhen on the north. The well-known locations, such as Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei, mainly distribute by the Victoria Harbor. The Lantau Island is the biggest outlying island of Hong Kong, where the Hong Kong International Airport is located.
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
Map of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon

This is a tourist map of part of Hong Kong - Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The transportation between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon relies on the Crossing Harbor Tunnel, the Airport Express Line, 3 MTR rails and ferry.
Hong Kong Tourist Map
Hong Kong Tourist Map

Hong Kong Shopping

Hong Kong, as a free port, showcases commodities from all over the world without tariff and usually accompanied by seasonal sales. This long known Shopping Paradise sates every taste and budget.
Hot Areas
Shopping areas are roughly divided into Hong Kong Islandand Kowloon. The highlights are CentralNorth Point,Admiralty and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha TsuiYau Ma TeiJordan and Mong Kok in Kowloon together with Sheung Wan, an epitome of the city's unique culture. Besides the plethora of commodities, tourists also enjoy courteous and professional service at reasonable prices.

Style

Malls and department stores are widely distributed in all districts of Hong Kong. They are usually very accessible, with relaxing atmospheres dotted with cafes and wide-variety of restaurants. All the world's designer counters and signature brands could be found here from dresses, leather wares, watches to jewelries. Grand fashion shows are hosted during season change to impress tourists with the latest trends and styles. Here we recommend some popular ones for your reference.
A food store in SOGO
A food store in SOGO
IFC Mall
Address: 8, Finance Street, Central
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Transportation: Hong Kong Station, MTR or Airport Express, Exit A or E1
Pacific Place
Address: 88, Queensway, Admiralty
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Transportation: Admiralty MTR Exit F
SOGO (Causeway Bay Branch)
Address: 555, Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Transportation: Causeway Bay MTR Exit D
Times Square
Address: 1, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Transportation: Causeway Bay MTR Exit A
Harbour City, Kowloon
Harbour City, Kowloon
Harbour City
Address: Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Transportation: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit A1 and walk along Haiphong Road for five minutes, or take Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui
Wing On Department Stores (Jordan Store)
Address: Wing On Kowloon Centre, 345, Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Transportation: Jordan MTR Exit A
Commodities in Central are slap-up as well as its accompanying prices. The locals usually frequent areas inCauseway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. In Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok prices of most commodities go down with the quality.
Visa, Master Express, JCB and other known major credit cards are acceptable in most stores while bargaining is limited to small stores, markets and fairs.
Street-side stands have become an unforgettable scenario in Hong Kong. Clothes and specific items are gathered and bargained in Central, as well as in Ladies Street, Temple Street night market, and Jade market in Yau Ma Tei.
Shops of identical category are usually clustered in a per-street-basis in Hong Kong. Nathan Road in Kowloonis for gold; Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok is for audio and video equipments; and Hollywood Road is famous for its antique stores.
Ladies Street, the most famous shopping area in Mong Kok, is a must for most tourists. Clothes, clothing accessories, and leather wares are inexpensive but always trendy. The highlight starts at dusk until around 10 o'clock in the evening if the weather permits. Stores and stands at back streets must not be forgotten either where cheaper pairs of shoes and CDs could be sought out. Colorful shops and endless dai pai dongswill be great fun for those who want to taste and relive the experience of old Hong Kong.
Distribution
A store selling electronic products, Times Square
A store selling electronic products,
Times Square
The following specialty items are well distributed in corresponding suggested places all around the city:
Computers and Accessories: Sham Shui Po, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok
Dresses and Leather Wares: Mong Kok, Jordan, Causeway Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui 
Makeup: Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok
Dried Seafood: Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
Gold and Silverwares: Nathan Road in Mong Kok, Queen's Road Central in Central, King's Road in North Point
Hardware: Mong Kok, Canton Road
Household Appliances: Mong Kok, Causeway Bay
Household Products: Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tai, Mong Kok
Sports Goods & Fashion Accessories: Mong Kok
Stamps: Mong Kok
Watches and Cameras: Mong Kok, Causeway Bay
Tips
1. Bargaining can be fun in small shops and market stalls. As the Chinese saying goes, 'Compare three shops before buying', and remember to drop by different shops to check the average prices first, or call the Consumer Council at +852 2929 2222 for suggested retail prices or for any other concerns.
2. We suggest you know more about the articles you want, including model, features, prices and accessories and the regional coverage of the warranty before you make a decision to buy it.
3. Please inspect products before paying and ensure you have all the accessories that should be included.
4. Keep your receipts.
5. Most restaurants accept credit cards. We suggest customers keep the records. Some credit cards companies or banks may charge a currency-exchanging fee for overseas purchases. Please check before use.

Hong Kong Nightlife

Hong Kong provides a vibrant nightlife. Do not fight the temptation to join the party. Things to do: take a luxury night cruise over Victoria Harbor; visit pubs, bars, nightclubs; or stroll in the bubbling streets with the locals. Don't just sit back and watch.
Night Tour
Do you fancy touring by night on land and over water? We recommend Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise. Begin this wonderful 5-hour trip at dusk with the flag lowering ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square (if time permitted). A stopover at seafood bazaar at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village will follow. You get to see Hong Kong on the runway of the old Kai Tak airport and shop in the Temple Street Open Market after the seafood banquet.
Star Ferry's Harbor Tour with A Symphony of Lights, Pearl of the Orient Dinner Cruise, and Tsing Ma Night Cruise offer memorable sights as well. Land stroll is a most breathtaking one: a cable ride to the Victoria Peak, where you get spectacular views.
Bars and Pubs
Lan Kwai Fong on Christmas Day
 Lan Kwai Fong on Christmas Day
Most bars and pubs are mass in east Tsim Sha TsuiLan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai. The gem is Lan Kwai Fong, which has become the icon of nightlife. A bustling array of restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars makes up the Hong Kong's trendiest nightlife area. Beer, alcohol and wine from a myriad of countries could be enjoyed here accompanied by chess, dart and music band. Locals come here for relaxing and socializing while visitors sample the unique and delightful nightlife of the city.
We recommend some bars for appreciating the night view of Victoria Bay, which are Felix at the 28/F of Peninsula Hotel and Sky Lounge in Sheraton Hotels.
Nightclubs
Nightclubs come in two flavors: western or Chinese. Western nightclub or cabarets cater to foreigners and visitors. Chinese nightclubs are adapted versions for the Chinese. The entertainment and dining package is suitable for both business and family occasions. Performance includes singing, acrobat, folk dances and Cantonese Opera.
Disco
Golden Bauhinia Square at night, Hong Kong
Golden Bauhinia Square at night
Discos are popular among young people with its trendy designs, lights and music. They are in big hotels around Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Central.
J J's
Address: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Wan Chai
Cyber 8 Discotheque Pub
Address: New Miramar Hotel Bldg., Tsim Sha Tsui
Club Ing
Address: Shopping Arc HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
Kara OK
Kara OK bars have mushroomed. Besides dining and drinks, entertainers are there to make guests feel at ease.
California Red - Red Box
Address: 8/F, Windsor Square, 311, Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Cinemas
Night view of Hong Kong street
Night view of Hong Kong street
Hong Kong is the world's third largest film producer. More than 100 cinemas screen the latest films from the world. Watching films in cinemas like JP Causeway Bay is an ideal choice for relaxation after dining and shopping.
UA Times Square
Address: G/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Chinachem
Address: 77, Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is an exhilarating night park with dazzling neon lights and bustling people. You can choose to dine or watch film here followed by roaming and shopping.It would be a relaxed but an unforgettable time!
Hong Kong's film, nightclub, bars and pubs, music and drama and all other events have merged into the sumptuous banquet of the city's nightlife. Jump into the rush and experience the dynamic charm of this Oriental Pearl!

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