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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is located in southern China, to the east of Pearl River Mouth, facing Shenzhen in Guangdong Province across the Shenzhen River, and bordering the South China Sea. Prior to 1840, Hong Kong was a small fishing village. During 1842–1997, Hong Kong was a British colony. After World War II, the economy and society of Hong Kong developed rapidly and became one of the 'Four Asian Tigers' in the 1980s. At present, Hong Kong is an international metropolis that is famous worldwide, and the third largest financial center in the world behind London and New York. Hong Kong, together with New York and London are called 'Nylonkong'.

Madame Tussauds

The main museum is located in London. The Hong Kong branch of the museum was opened in 2000 and is dedicated to an exhibition of celebrity waxworks. Currently, about 100 waxworks of international, Chinese and Hong Kong celebrities are exhibited. The celebrities include basketball star Yao Ming, soccer star David Beckham, Olympic gold medalist Lee Lai-shan, famous artist Jay Chou, and superstar Andy Lau, as well as the late superstars Leslie Cheung, Teresa Teng and Anita Mui.

Address:Hong Kong Peak Tower.

Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Square was established to commemorate the homecoming of Hong Kong. Golden Bauhinia Square is surrounded by Victoria Harbour on three sides and located at the center of the harbor. It faces Tsim Sha Tsu on the other bank and is a good place to enjoy views.


Address:Expo Promenade next to New Jihai in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is near the sea and hills and has clear water and fine sand. It is warm in winter and cool in summer with a water temperature of 16–27℃. It is a popular place for locals to spend summer and also a famous scenic spot. With the shape of a crescent, the bay is known as 'the first bay in the world' and 'Oriental Hawaii' and is also the most representative bay of Hong Kong.

Address:South of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island.

As a free port, Hong Kong is known as a shopping paradise. In Hong Kong, most goods are tax-free. Goods from all over the world are transported to Hong Kong for sale. Some goods are even cheaper in Hong Kong than in their country of origin. Shopping malls are available in all districts of Hong Kong, including Harbour City, Taikoo Shing and Shatin New Town Plaza. In addition to the large department stores, there are also various shops and eateries, and even entertainment in these shopping malls. Therefore, they are great places for shopping and leisure.

Harbour City

This is the shopping center with the largest area in Hong Kong, and is also one of the largest shopping malls in West Kowloon. With an area of two million square feet, Harbour City includes about 50 eateries, two large movie theaters, three restaurants and about 700 retail stores. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be more than 150,000 people visiting the mall, including local residents, tourists and people from mainland China.

Address:Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Sai Yeung Choi Street

This street was originally farmland for planting Sai Yeung Choi, or watercress. Therefore, it is named Sai Yeung Choi Street. At present, this street is one of the most famous shopping districts in Hong Kong. It is the main place for selling electronic products in Mong Kok. In the street, there are many chain stores such as Broadway photographic equipment, Fortress, Thalline appliance and Gome. There are also many cosmetics stores, telephone service companies and roadside snack shops.

Address:From Boundary Street in the north to Dundas Street in the south, east of Nathan Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong.

Park Lane Shopping Boulevard

It is a famous shopping street in Hong Kong, with a total length of about 300 meters. The whole street is lined with more than 50 stores, most of which are fashion stores of local or international chains. The business hours of the stores at Park Lane Shopping Boulevard are 11:00–22:00.

Address:East of Kowloon Park, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is known as a gourmet paradise. People from all over the world are gathered here and so food from all over the world can be found here. All kinds of restaurants are open throughout the streets. There are more restaurants in the busier places, such as Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. Although the food culture of Hong Kong is deeply influenced by foreign food culture, it also retains its own characteristics and develops the flavor of Hong Kong.

Eggette

Eggette is one of the authentic roadside snacks of Hong Kong. In the 1950s, there was a grocer who did not want to waste broken eggs. So, he tried to add flour, butter and other ingredients to blend them into a pulp and then baked the mixture in reverse molds. Subsequently, the molds were designed in the egg shape, which was unexpectedly very popular. Baked eggettes are golden yellow, with the flavor of cakes. It is half empty in the middle; therefore, it tastes succulent.

Steamed cake

This is a popular small dessert of the Han people in Hong Kong. It is crystal clear, smooth and delicious, succulent but not sticky and with rich flavors; it is consumed by people of all ages. There are many types of steamed cakes, including red beans, green beans, cantaloupe, pineapple, chocolate, bananas, peaches, strawberries and more.

Recommended restaurant:Portland Tsai Wang

Address:Street shop A, 160 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island.

Pineapple oil

It is developed from pineapple bread in the Hong Kong tradition. The pineapple bread is cut transversely and then a piece of thick butter (or cream) is sandwiched into the bread. Many tea restaurants in Hong Kong supply pineapple oil, accompanied by coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea or Hot Milk Tea as an afternoon snack or breakfast.

Address:Tea restaurants of all sizes.

Bus

Buses in Hong Kong are operated by multiple companies. In the urban area, the bus fare starts from 2 Hong Kong dollars for each trip.

Taxi

For some short journeys, taxis are the best choice. Taxis in Hong Kong have different colors. Red taxis run in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; green taxis run in the New Territories; blue taxis run in Lantau Island. All taxis go to Hong Kong International Airport and Disneyland.

Metro

The most important public transport tool in the urban area of Hong Kong is the metro. Subway trains run from 6:00 every morning until midnight. There is a subway train every few minutes. The fare is generally between 4 and 51 Hong Kong dollars.

CurrencyHong Kong dollars (HKD)

Power consumption: 220 V/50 Hz

Telephone area code+00852

Climate

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate, with an annual average temperature of about 22.8℃. The lowest temperature is 8℃ whereas the highest temperature is about 32℃. In Hong Kong, the weather is affected by the monsoon, with an annual average precipitation of 2214.3 mm. Hong Kong is humid in spring, hot in summer, cool in fall and warm in winter.

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