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Its name translates literally to mean "fragrant harbor" but Hong Kong has come to be known for much more than that. The British foreign secretary in 1841 was quoted as describing it as nothing but a barren island with a house upon it". Lord Palmerston would no doubt be stunned to see the tremendous changes that have taken place since his visit!
You may have thought that the days of Hong Kong as a top travel destination were long gone but you would be terribly mistaken. The fact is that more than twelve years after changing hands from British to Chinese rule, this little city still packs quite a punch! Whether you prefer the sleek urban beauty of the city skyline or picturesque hiking and birding on any of the many trails throughout the countryside, Hong Kong is full of wonder at each and every turn.
About seven million call Hong Kong home, using only 10 percent of the available 1100 square kilometers on which to live but those numbers don't come close to accounting for the millions of visitors who flood into the city on a regular and ongoing basis to see what the buzz has been about for decades. Thought long held under British rule, now that Hong Kong has returned to the rule of its Motherland, affluent Chinese are seeing it as a desirable vacation destination as well. Still there is no denying the multicultural influences that are at work in this amazing city.
The official title is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China but don't be misled - Hong Kong is largely self-governing and that's just the way they like it here. Thanks to the "one city, two systems" policy Hong Kong is able to enjoy the autonomy they have cultivate over the years with the exceptions of defense and foreign affairs. It is interesting to note the mix of traditional temples with colonial style buildings and modern architecture in the form of skyscrapers.
One half-joking visitor called it "Hong Kongcrete" after a few hours in the busy city but little did they know they were minutes from a far more rural and sublime landscape with misty mountains and pristine wilderness that offer a welcome retreat from the bustling metropolis and city atmosphere that Hong Kong is quite well known for.
Before you make the trip to Hong Kong for the first time it is highly recommended that you read through this guide as a way of familiarizing yourself with the city, its districts, attractions, shopping, food and nightlife as well as the climate and accommodations that you will no doubt want to be armed with well in advance of your arrival. There is a lot to learn so you don't miss out on all of the wonderful things that Hong Kong has to offer during your stay.
Hong Kong Population: 7,182,000 (Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)
China Population: 1,322,273,000 (Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HK$, HKD)
Time Zone: GMT plus eight hours, Eastern Standard Time plus 13 hours and Pacific Standard Time plus 16 hours
Language: Cantonese with English widely spoken
Hong Kong is located in East Asia just south of the Tropic Of Cancer. A wide natural harbor separates it from the mainland. It is often thought of by Westerners as a single city but there is much more going on here than just that! Each of several areas deserves your attention.
Hong Kong Island
This is where the original British settlement was located. Densely populated to the North with both people and architecture, the majority of Hong Kong's tallest buildings - including the famous skyline - are located on this island. Hong Kong Island is also where the best shopping, night life and center of government are located, not to mention this being the financial hub of Hong Kong.
The southern portion of Hong Kong island is far less populated and retains a much more relaxed and calm atmosphere where the most wealthy in the area have their luxurious homes and getaways. Hong Kong island is by far the most western of the islands here.
Pushing its way southward toward Hong Kong island from the continent of Asia is Kowloon. The name means literally "nine dragons", likely named for the hills that are now obscured by high rises. It is the most heavily populated part of Hong Kong and at one time was even known for being the most heavily populated area in the world. The center of Kowloon is most probably Nathan Road, packed tightly with shopping and accommodations, neon lights and non-stop people.
The New Territories
So named by the British who leased Hong Kong from the Chinese in 1898, the New Territories consist of industry, parks and small villages and farms. The New Territories are largely rural but in some cases have as many people there as some cities. This is a welcome escape from the urban areas of Hong Kong, especially for those who want a greener environment.
A total of 234 additional islands complete the entirety that is Hong Kong but don't be mistaken that these are all tiny and pointless locations. Lantau is one of these islands and it is twice the size of Hong Kong Island.
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70 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
Description The InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong Hotel is nestled in the heart of lively Tsimshatsui East, commercial and entertainment hub of Hong Kong. Located just a 40 minute taxi ride from Hong Kong International Airport and close to many...
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18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel is among the internationally acclaimed best hotels for business or leisure travellers to enjoy. Located in the unique Kowloon waterfront, InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel features a variety of hotel services and facilities of unsurpassed...
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33 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China
Hotel DescriptionWelcome to Express by Holiday Inn Causeway Bay Hong Kong. The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Causeway Bay next to Times Square and Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station. It is surrounded by commercial buildings, shops, restaurants...
Pacific Place 88 Queensway Hong Kong
Rising gracefully into the Hong Kong skies, the Conrad Hong Kong hotel is conveniently located within Hong Kong’s central business district. Towering above Hong Kong’s most exclusive... more
1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel is Hyatt International's flagship property. Situated among the best hotels in the world and offering magnificent views of Hong Kong Victoria Harbour, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel provides easy access to the thriving Hong... more
199 Kowloon City Road Tokwawan Kowloon Hong Kong
The Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees features 702 tastefully designed guestrooms and suites including 104 suites. One large banquet room divisible to 9 meeting rooms with over 4,500-square-feet of space equipped with multi-functional room lighting... more
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
The JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong is the Marriott's flagship hotel in the Asia-Pacifi region, an award-winning hotel located in the heart of Hong Kong's city center that offers magnificent views of Victoria Harbor and The Peak. Adjacent to a world class,... more
555 Shanghai Street Mongkok Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
Built to mix business and pleasure, the brand new 5-star Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong offers fantastic views across Hong Kong.Hong Kong is as fascinating and thriving as ever; with increasingly new opportunities coming up on the mainland.Luxuriously... more
5 Connaught Road Hong Kong, China
Hotel Description: Rating unavailable. Services / Facilities / Amenities: Baby / child care Children stay free Dry cleaning / laundry service Guest laundry facilities Barber... more
281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Hotel Description: Rating not available. Services / Facilities / Amenities: Baby / Child Care Children Stay Free Dry Cleaning / Laundry Service... more
Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR
The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world. Created 75 years ago in the glamorous 1920s, the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and... more
100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
Le Meridien Cyberport is located in Cyberport complex - a unique architecturally dynamic information technology and digital city that combines intelligent offices, conference and entertainment spaces nestled in greenery by the blue waters of Telegraph Bay. Le Méridien... more
Harbour City Kowloon Hong Kong
The Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is centrally situated among an abundance of shopping, entertainment and business in the district of Tsimshatsui. With easy access to Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport Express train, the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel provides... more
51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, 0 HONG KONG
Hotel Introduction Novotel Citygate Hong Kong is located in the centre of Tung Chung, only 5 minutes drive from the airport, or 30 minutes from the city centre. The hotel features 440 rooms, with four executive floors, two restaurants, a lobby... more
Harbour City,Kowloon,Hong Kong
The Marco Polo Prince Hong Kong Hotel is located in Harbour City, neighbouring Kowloon's bustling waterfront. Well served by all major transportation systems of the city, The Marco Polo Prince Hong Kong Hotel conveniently situated just 35 minutes from Hong Kong International... more
310 Gloucester Road Hong Kong SAR People's Republic of China
Enjoy affordable luxury in one of the world's most vibrant cities. The only hotel in Hong Kong to overlook the famous, glittering harbour and Victoria Park, The Park Lane offers unrivalled views. Great restaurants and bars allow you to indulge in modern international cuisine... more