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Hong Kong


Know Hong kong


Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong’s geographical position as a gateway between the East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade. As a reflection of this, the heart of Asia’s world city has always been the bustling and beautiful Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong Island lies to the south of the harbour, while the Kowloon Peninsula forms its northern shores. To the north of Kowloon lies the New Territories, which stretch all the way to Mainland China. Hong Kong is also home to more than 200 Outlying Islands, including Lantau Island, where Hong Kong International Airport is located.

Hong Kong can mostly thank its colonial history and international harbour for the rich blend of cultures that give it its unique character. While the majority of the city’s population are Chinese speakers, simply walking the streets will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages.

Spring (March to May) Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool. Average Temperature: 17oC – 26 oC Summer (June to August) Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. Average Temperature: 26oC – 31 oC Autumn (September to November) There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong. Average Temperature: 19oC – 28 oC Winter (December to February) Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas. Average Temperature: 12oC – 20 oC

:::::The Hong Kong dollar::::: The legal tender in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. While coins are issued by the Government, interestingly, the issue of Hong Kong banknotes are shared between three commercial banks: HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China. These notes vary in design and colour according to denomination. Find more on Hong Kong’s coins and banknotes here.

From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. In the turbulent years of the early 20th century, the city’s population was bolstered by refugees, mostly from China. The arrival of immigrants in large numbers helped launch a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing hub. It also brought economically stimulating energy and industry to the city’s character. In recent decades, as the economy of Mainland China has undergone a process of opening up, Hong Kong has transformed yet again – this time into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the world’s largest market.

The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipment at most convenience stores.

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While Jackie Chan fans may remember the building as the setting for the dramatic grand fina le of New Police Story, it was also the backdrop for a drama of far more significance – the Handover Ceremony on 30 June 1997. This is when the former British Crown Colony was returned to the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was estaished.

No.8 Temple Street Night Market

When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show

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Ocean Park Hong Kong Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a world class marine life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows that offer guests an experience that blends enttainment with education and conservation. It is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 870,000 square metres. The Waterfront and The Summit areas are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

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“Clock Tower”

Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The oncebustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.

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With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.

Ladies’ Market

The Peak If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times – back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming. That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.

“Avenue of Stars”

Thanks to the efforts of Hong Kong’s movie industry over the past century, many in Asia and farther afield are familiar with the city’s sights before they’ve even set foot here . The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East ’, while giving visitors a panoramic view of the city’s most iconic sight: its glorious skyline , dramatically set against The Peak . With commemorative plaques, celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action hero Bruce Lee and a bronze rendering of popular cartoon character McDull , the Avenue of Stars fittingly sets the glamour of Hong Kong’s film industry against the captivating dazzle of Victoria Harbour.


Pineapple buns Traditionally, pineapple bun contained no pineapple and earned its name because its chequered top resembles the skin of a pineapple. The top half of the bun is made from cookie-type dough, while the bottom is made from Chinese-style bread dough, which tends to be softer and sweeter than Western bread. Many vendors insert a cold pat of butter into a warm pineapple bun.

Wonton noodles Traditionally, bite-sized wontons (a kind of Chinese dumpling) are served in an aromatic stock with noodles that are springy to the bite. Ideally, the wontons will be filled 70 per cent with shrimp and 30 per cent with pork.

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ChIt is impossible to miss this cuisine in Hong Kong

because after the highly-seasoned meats are roasted on spits over an open fire or in a rotisserie oven, they are hung inside the restaurant and visible from the street. You’ll see it hanging in fast-food chains, high-end restaurants and supermarkets. It is a sight – and taste -- that is ubiquitous wherever there are Chinese communities.

“Tofu pudding”

Made with a soft tofu, this pudding is traditionally served with sweet ginger or clear syrup. It is now also commonly paired with red bean soup, coconut milk and a slew of other imaginative ingredients. The Tofu Pudding and Red Bean Soup at Honeymoon Dessert is a good example of this dessert. Many of Hong Kong’s most popular food magazines highly recommend Honeymoon Dessert.

[Hong Kong Stir-fry] Dim Sum

means ‘touch your heart’ and with as many as 150 items on a restaurant menu, and 2,000 in the entire range, it is a challenge to not find something you love. As Cantonese people tend to avoid fried foods early in the day, steamed dishes dominate most dim sum menus. There are also snack-sized portions of pan-fried, deep-fried, and baked served in bamboo containers, which are designed to be eaten communally and washed down with tea. Hence, going for dim sum is known as yum cha, which literally means ‘drinking tea.’ Usually a brunch or lunch affair, it is a common form of family, co-worker and other group get-togethers.

Nothing says Hong Kong home-cooking like a stir-fry. Fortunately for travellers, many home-style stir-fry dishes are offered in restaurants too.Although stir-fries are a humble home dish, they are quite difficult to pull off. To make a good stir-fry, the chef has to have excellent cutting skills and ensure there is sufficient heat, precise seasoning, quick thickening and plenty of ‘wok hei’. Cantonese stir-fry originated in Guangzhou but was taken to new heights by enterprising chefs in Hong Kong, who are constantly challenged to create new dishes for diners with increasingly sophisticated tastes.


[Shopping

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More than a mere district,

[Tsim Sha Tsui] is a giant world bazaar, where Hong Kong’s glittering harbour is met by an alternate sea of stalls, shops, mar-

(Mong Kok)

is Hong Kong’s most congested shopping and residential district, but don’t let that scare you away. The neon-bathed historic streets that wind through one of the densest parts of the world are worth visiting - just for the ‘peoplescapes’ alone. It just so happens that the shopping is excellent too.

kets and malls.

Admiralty, Central and SoHo

“Causeway Bay”

is a true microcosm of Hong Kong’s shopping scene, with up-market fashion to be found in Lee Gardens, Times Square and Fashion Walk, mid-price and luxury goods in SOGO Department Store and wtc more, affordable youth fashion boutiques in the warren of shops that make up the Island Beverly Centre, and bargains galore at the chaotic Jardine’s Crescent street market. And, in between all this, are yet even more shops specialising in everything from shoes, to electronics, computers, skin care, snacks, home accessories and more – overwhelming doesn’t begin to describe it!

Locked in tightly by the commanding Peak to the south and the splendour of Victoria Harbour to the north, the buildings of Admiralty, Central and SoHo have really had nowhere to go but up, which they do in a stunning competition of glittering skyscrapers. The shopping also heads upward and the city’s financial district is also a major concentration of luxury goods and high-fashion.


H O t E L


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The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

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Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel Set amid landscaped gardens only half an hour away from the city, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel is Hong Kong’s foremost 5-star resort hotel and conference centre. All 453 hotel guest rooms and suites command superb panoramic views of the marina and the South China Sea. The hotel has long exceeded the expectations of individual guests, groups, and organisers of full scale conventions.

The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong sits uniquely right on the bank of the stunning Victoria Harbour and is the only hotel in Hong Kong to be directly connected to the China-Macau Ferry Terminal. Address: The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers, China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Address: 1 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast, Hong Kong

Telephone: (852) 2736 1188 Fax: (852) 2736 1212

Telephone: (852) 2452 8888

Email: info@royalpacific.com.hk

Fax: (852) 2440 7368 Email: info@goldcoasthotel.com.hk

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City Garden Hotel Located near to the Causeway Bay shopping and tourism district and within 5 minutes stroll to the Fortress Hill MTR station, the 613-room City Garden Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to nearby shopping and business hubs such as Taikoo Place and Cityplaza, which is only 10 minutes away. Address: 9 City Garden Road, North Point, Hong Kong Telephone: (852) 2887 2888 Fax: (852) 2887 1111 Email: info@citygarden.com.hk

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Island Pacific Hotel The Hong Kong Island Pacific Hotel is one of the major Hong Kong Hotels of the area and is a proven favourite for discerning business travellers. The 343room Hong Kong business hotel offers easy access to the Central business district and is only 15 minutes away from The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Address: 152 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong Telephone: (852) 2131 1188 Fax: (852) 2131 1212 Email: info@islandpacifichotel.com.hk


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