Hong Kong Regional Info
Hong Kong, which means "fragrant harbour", is your ultimate gateway to China. Located at the eastern tip of China, Hong Kong covers Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories (the most rural part in Hong Kong), including 262 outlying islands. The famous Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. While industrial development is essential for economic growth, you’ll see soaring mountains, heritage parks and an all-embracing green countryside at close proximity to cityscapes. All of these symbolize the people of Hong Kong’s way of life: a balance of modernized lifestyle with traditional Chinese practices.
Having a unique blend of eastern and western influences makes Hong Kong a premier tourist destination, as it offers a variety of activities that can bring a diverse travel experience to tourists. Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s 5,000-year-old Chinese customs and more than 100 years of British colonial heritage by visiting some heritage sites. Ancient Chinese temples are dispersed throughout the different regions – mostly in New Territories – serving followers of Buddhism and Taoism. Moreover, Hong Kong’s diverse breadth of museums echoes the territory’s quaint history and development through the years. These museums encompass art, history, heritage, antiquities, film, medical sciences, and even housing and teaware. The more interesting ones are interactive exhibits about science and space. On the other hand, more reflective of the present success of Hong Kong are the skyscrapers in the city that are monuments to modern architecture, proving Hong Kong a world-class financial, trading and business center. To refresh your mind and soul away from the high-tech modernity of the city, visit one or two of Hong Kong’s country parks and marine parks which are popular with hikers and nature lovers.
Countless leisure activities can be enjoyed in Hong Kong. It’s not called a shopping paradise for nothing! The latest designer fashion wear can be found in the international malls, while electronic gadgets, toys, cheaper fashion accessories and bags are found in the street markets. Chinese product stores, valued antiques and collectibles, and flowers are also found in themed shopping districts. Next to shopping, participating in local events is the next best leisure activity. Celebrate with Hong Kong’s festive events by attending local festivals that fall within social practices, and rituals such as the Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade and Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. If you’re in for more adventure and energy-boosting activities, visit Hong Kong’s most popular theme parks. You can also attend some of the many cultural arts and sporting events that Hong Kong hosts every year.
When it comes to accommodation, Hong Kong can provide for any budget. More than 50,000 rooms are available offering different types and levels of facilities, safety and security, ambiance, food service, internet connectivity options, and locations. There are hotels which let you enjoy a harbour view, or relish the big city lights, or some which make you appreciate the more rural settings, or overlook the beach. No matter where you stay, the efficient, safe, and affordable public transport system comprised of taxis, ferries, rails, buses, and trams will make you feel you’re just a step away from all of Hong Kong’s attractions. For the food-trippers, gastronomical delights are everywhere, giving you a taste of Hong Kong. Most are crammed into the defined food districts. Savor the best of both worlds by nibbling on Cantonese and regional Chinese food – local special dishes are dim sum and fresh seafood – alongside authentic Asian cuisines and Western fare.
There is a lot more to Hong Kong than what you just read here, and there is no better way to experience the city’s fascinating local attractions, tantalizing tastes and unique heritage than by hopping onto the next flight to this east-meets-west city! Let MyDestination.com help you plan your best trip ever. To find out more about Hong Kong and its regions, click on the tabs of interest above.