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the Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong is a popular tourist attraction
besides being an important financial market of the world. Situated
in the southeast corner of China and east of Pearl River's (Zhu
Jiang) entrance, it connects with Shenzhen city in the north and
occupies an area of 1,092 square kilometers (422 square miles).
Hong Kong has a total population of 6.78 million, of which 96
percent is Chinese, and the rest are various nationalities. English
and Chinese are the official languages in Hong Kong
According to historical records, since the Song Dynasty (960 ~
1279), people inhabiting small villages lived on the production
of incense sticks, which were then shipped from a nearby port
(called "gang"). Hence the village gained its name Xianggang,
which became Hong Kong in English. In ancient time, Hong Kong
belonged to Guangdong Province. After the Opium War in 1842, it
was handed over to Great Britain as a colony. Upon Hong Kong's
return back to China in 1997, it was made a Special Administrative
Region. Thus, the policy of "one country, two systems"
has been successfully implemented from then on.
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Located by the ocean, Hong Kong's climate is a sub-tropical. Both
spring and autumn are sunny and comfortable, with the temperature
is averaging at about 23C. Summer with an average temperature
of 28C is sweltering and humid. Winter is dry and cool, with an
average temperature of 17C. So in the summer and winter, Hong
Kong is respectively neither, too hot or too cold. This makes
Hong Kong a year round travel destination. Of course, ideally
speaking, spring and autumn are the best time for a visit.
Hong Kong is geographically and administratively divided into
three main regions: Hongkong Island, Kowloon and New Territories.
Kowloon and New Territories border on Guangdong Province and the
famous Victoria Bay is between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
Hong Kong Island side is the
main island in Hongkong. The central part of Hong Kong Island
is the business center, which is also an important venue for international
trade and finance. Its towering skyscrapers and bustling activities
give an impression of great wealth and prosperity. Boasting both
eastern and western cultures, Hong Kong is both a shopper's and
a tourist's paradise. Recommended attractions on this wonderful
island are Ocean Park, with the longest pedestrian escalator in
the world, which is the largest leisure theme park in southeast
Asia; Victoria Peak, with the oldest Peak tram, which is the highest
peak on this island and Hong Kong's most enduring tourist attraction;
and the Hongkong Convention & Exhibition Center, with its
grand architecture and luxurious decor.
Kowloon side is the trading estate and residential
area of Hong Kong, while Tsim Sha Tsui is the liveliest section
in Kowloon. Shopping malls in Kowloon are numerous and this makes
Hong Kong one of the top shopping destinations in the world. In
Kowloon, the Star Ferry is very popular among tourists for a very
inexpensive fare, and you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of
Victoria Harbour on it. Besides, it runs regularly every few minutes
and only takes about ten minutes of your time.
New Territories side is the farm belt of Hong
Kong. Most local residents and immigrants would rather live here
than anywhere else, because it is located in a rural setting far
away from the bustling business center. Here you can see the rapid
growth of Hong Kong's new town, Sha Tin, and take in the sights
of small farms, rustic countryside and pretty coastline on the
Sai Kung Peninsula
Hong Kong varies its offered experiences from the quieter and
more relaxing that one finds by visiting its small fishing village
to the more active day and night lives found in a metropolis.
It is the entry gate to China in one direction and to the world
in the other direction. At the beginning of the 90's, a bronze
Buddha statue was built in Hong Kong. Standing at 34 meters in
height and weighing 250 tons, it is the world's largest bronze
Sakyamuni Buddha statue and one of Hong Kong's newest tourist
attractions. In addition, Hong Kong is also home to famous film
stars like Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fatt and Jet Li.
Maybe you have seen a lot and known much about Hong Kong from
the silver screen. Why not come here to see this wonderland in
person? A memorable time awaits you in Hong Kong.
Peak, overlooking the west of Hong Kong Island, is the highest
peak on this island. It is the most enduring tourist attraction
in Hong Kong, with the city's oldest transport, the 112-year old
Peak Tram and Hong Kong's icon and most unusual building, Peak
The peak rises 1,805 feet above sea level. In the early colonial
rule, Victoria Peak was accessible only to Hong Kong's high society
while the common could visit the peak by permit from the colony's
governor. Today, Victoria Peak is a world -renowned scenic spot.
By ascending the peak you come to experience the dazzling panorama
of Hong Kong Island, the harbor, Kowloon Peninsula and the hills
Moreover, the peak offers visitors fantastic entertainment, dining
and shopping options. You find a wide selection of restaurants
and boutiques selling souvenirs, clothes, and gifts in the Peak
Galleria and the Peak Tower.
The Peak Tram is still the best means to get to the top. It is
a funicular railway that carves a steep 373-meter (about 1224
feet) swathe up the lush hillside. It started operating in 1888
and has, over the last century, served the city well. The track
is 1400 meters (4592 feet) long. It runs along the shortest yet
most scenic route to the Peak, taking about 7 minutes. The steepest
incline, at May Road, is 27 degrees to the horizon. The Peak Tram
is both quick and safe, because it is run on a computerized electric
drive system. It automatically does a safety check before every
The Peak Tram is scheduled to run daily every 15 minutes, between
7:00am and midnight, including Sundays and public holidays.
The Peak Tram pulls into the Peak Tower, the icon of Hong Kong,
on its last stop. Peak Tower sits at an elevation of over 396
meters (about 1299 feet) with a commanding view of the spectacular
Victoria Harbor, Kowloon and the New Territories. Commissioned
in 1993 and completed in May of 1997, the tower is a center of
catering and amusement. The most spectacular attraction is the
wonder hall, which is called "Believe it or not". It
is the unique chain museum in the world, constructed by Robert
L. Ripley in 1930. Inside the hall you see exhibits portraying
the adventurous events experienced by Ripley. There are primitive
forest, beauty taking sun bath, frenzied car, turning tunnel,
shark aquarium, ultimate cruel torture, marvelous spectacles of
human race and animals, complete works of tongue twister and mass
media fun station etc.
If you have enough time, you may go around Harlech Road and Lugard
Road on both sides of the peak, which is the vantage point to
view both sides of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon Peninsula and even
the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Island district on the southern part
of Hong Kong.
Park, lying between Aberdeen and Repulse Bay, is the largest leisure
paradise in Southeast Asia, and one of the largest marine parks
in the world. Covering a total area of over 200 acres, the park
was built on both sides of the mountain. A cable car system links
the lowland and headland sections and provides spectacular views
of Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
There are over 40 major attractions in this park
Marine Land - Mysterious Underwater World
Upon entering this marvelous world, you'll be mesmerized as the
exciting mystery of the underwater world unfolds in front of you.
Atoll Reef, the most popular attraction of Marine Land, provides
a chance to view more than 2,000 fish. There are 250 species of
fish; including an 80 year old, 6 foot long Giant Grouper. Atoll
Reef also boasts the largest number of Napoleon fish to be found
in any aquarium in the world.
If you're brave enough, take a walk through Asia's first underwater
viewing tunnel at the Shark Aquarium. This is perhaps the only
place where you can come face-to-face with more than 70 sharks
and rays from over 35 species. Among them, over 11 splendid species
are cared for through Ocean Park's very own captive breeding program,
including the Black Tip Reef Shark and the rare Pygmy Swell Shark.
Remember to keep you young children close to you; they may be
frightened by those jumbos!
If your children are still trembling with fear from the sight
of all those sharks, take them to the Ocean Theatre. Here, adorable
marine mammals showoff their spectacular tricks. Intelligent dolphins
and serious sealions take centrestage - jumping, diving and somersaulting.
These superb antics are sure to thrill your children and keep
them glued to their seats
Of course, you can't miss Ocean Park Tower - a magnificent 72
meter tall tower that offers you a chance to enjoy the most spectacular
view of the South China Sea.
Headland Rides - Games for Brave Man
If you're more adventurous, various thrilling rides in headland
should satisfy your need for excitement. The longest roller coaster
in Hong Kong takes you for a hurricane speed super ride, flipping
through its famous loops, twisting and turning to give you the
ride of a lifetime. In addition, the Eagle Ride, Crazy Galleon
and the Flying Swing, where you're swung in chairs as high as
7 meters through a gyrating wave-like motion, all offer thrilling
rides that will leave you screaming for more. Think this will
satisfy your need for speed?
Of course, if you're not a thrill-seeker, you can relax on the
Ferris Wheel, a more sedate, but still fun, ride that you can
enjoy with the entire family.
Hong Kong Disneyland
A magical kingdom of Dreams
A realm of Adventure.
A place where the fantasies of yesterday and tomorow come to life.
This is Hongkong Disneyland...