To outsiders, Hong Kong can raise a lot of questions: "Is it part of China or not?" "Is it one island or two?" "Do they speak English or Mandarin? Or both?" And foreigners have a good reason to ask them. This territory, made of multiple islands, returned to China's possession in 1997 after more than a hundred years of British occupation. Upon its reunification with China, Hong Kong added certain stipulations that provide a unique degree of autonomy. For instance, the official currency remains the Hong Kong dollar (HKD); English and Chinese are the official languages; and the tiny nation has an independent judiciary system. In short, China and Hong Kong observe a "one country, two systems" policy that can have many foreigners scratching their heads. But don't question it. Just accept it and enjoy everything this territory has to offer.
Hong Kong distinguishes itself from its Chinese brethren like Shanghai and Beijing with its vibrant, multifaceted culture and stunning cityscape. This British-Chinese hybrid astounds visitors with its striking juxtaposition of dense skyscrapers and lush landscapes. From sandy beaches to rugby pitches, there's more fresh air than most travelers suspect. And, of course, as a world-class metropolis, Hong Kong boasts numerous urban diversions, such as culinary hot spots and museums. After visiting Hong Kong, the only question you might be asking is: "Why didn't I get here sooner?"
对外人来说，香港可以提出很多问题：“到底是不是中国的一部分?“这是一个还是两个?” “他们会说英文还是普通话呢?外国人有很好的理由去问他们。这个由多个岛屿组成的领土，经过一百多年的英国占领，于一九九七年回归中国。香港回归中国后，增加了一些具有独特自治的规定。例如，官方货币仍然是港元; 英文和中文是官方语言; 这个微小的地域有一个独立的司法系统。总之，中国和香港奉行“一国两制”，可以让很多外国人挠头。但不要质疑。
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The Star Ferry is an absolute must when you come to Hong Kong. Think of it as the what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Transporting guests between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, this vessel provides the most scenic route through the city. Visitors will be smack dab in the center of the city's famous skyline, providing amazing photo opportunities, especially at night.Recent travelers described the views as priceless, with many saying bearing witness to the city's many towering skyscrapers while floating along the calm waters of the Victoria Harbour took their breath away. Some recommended catching the ferry at 8 p.m. for the Symphony at Lights Show, which is considered to be the world's largest permanent light and sound show.Every day, the Star Ferry Company shuttles passengers from its Tsim Sha Tsui pier (near the promenade) on the Kowloon Peninsula to either its Central pier or its Wan Chai pier on the Hong Kong Island side. The short voyage costs between HK$2.50 and HK$3.40 (about $0.32 and $0.44) for adults. The company also operates an hour-long tour of Victoria Harbour. You can hop on this route at any of the three piers. A variety of ticket types are available, but standard single-ride, round-trip tickets cost HK$68 (about $9) during the day and HK$128 (about $16.50) at night. For more information, consult the Star Ferry Company's website.
Along with the Star Ferry, Victoria Peak, or simply "The Peak," is a must-visit attraction simply for its incredible views. Situated atop the highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak is as scenic as lookouts come. Visitors are not only treated to a sea of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways, but during the day, can make out the green hills of the distant New Territories.There are are multiple vantage points atop the mountain, including the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, with the latter offering access to its observation deck free of charge. There is also the 2-mile-long Peak Circle Walk, which takes you along cliffside paths to the scenic Lugard Road lookout point. There are also dining and shopping options at the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria, as well as the Lions View Point Pavillion.Although recent travelers loved The Peak for its spectacular views, many complained of crowds and loathed long lines (some reported an hour) to get onto the tram. Some visitors suggested finding a bus or taking a taxi to get to the top. Others suggested bypassing the visitors centers at the top and wandering along marked pathways for a quieter experience. Reviewers also strongly suggested checking the weather before you go, as Hong Kong can get foggy.The recommended route to Victoria Peak is by way of the Peak Tram. The base of the Peak Tram is located within walking distance from the MTR's Central station. Every day, the tram opens at 7 a.m. and closes at midnight. Cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes. Round-trip tickets cost HK$40 (about $5.15) for adults and HK$18 HKD (about $2.32) for children and seniors. For more information, consult the Peak's website.
Chances are you'll accidentally stumble upon one of these shopping frenzies on a tour of the city. But don't just stop at one. Hong Kong's street markets are diverse, catering to various clienteles with different merchandise. For instance, the Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street in the Mong Kok neighborhood specializes in (you guessed it) women's clothing and accessories. Plus, each bazaar also has its own ambiance. The best example is the Temple Street Night Market – a traveler favorite. This nocturnal marketplace bursts with activity as vendors hawk clothing, electronics and local food, and culinary accessories from brightly lit stalls. There are even fortune tellers and opera singers. Another bazaar of note is the Stanley Market. Occupying an old fishing village on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, this marketplace boasts home decor, jewelry and colorful souvenirs. Recent travelers said not to shy away from bargaining, as many were surprised at how low vendors are willing to drop their prices when they feel like you're going to walk away.Each market operates on different hours. Reaching most of them is usually quite easy as they tend to be close to subway stops. For more information, check out the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website.
Every Wednesday from September to July, thousands of Hong Kong residents flood the stands of the Happy Valley Racecourse. Horse racing is the only legal form of gambling in Hong Kong, making Happy Valley one of the few places where you are allowed to gamble in the city. And many of Hong Kong's citizens take full advantage. Even if you're not into betting, you should visit this local institution simply for the electric atmosphere, not to mention the surrounding city skyline, which sparkles once the sun goes down.Much like the locals, recent travelers agreed the Happy Valley Racecourse is must-visit if you're in Hong Kong. Visitors reveled in the attraction's fun atmosphere, cheap admission and to most, surprisingly good food and drink options. Some travelers were quick to note that unlike other racetracks, specifically in the states, attire is very casual, so there's no need to pack any big hats or bow ties for your night at the track.Standing room at the race track level costs just HK$10 (about $1.30), and tickets for the seated area start at HK$20 (about $2.60). You can purchase tickets the day of at the track or up to 10 days in advance from several outlets throughout the city. Only visitors 18 years or older are permitted inside the track. Located on Hong Kong Island, you can walk to the track from the MTR's Causeway Bay Station or simply take a taxi from either one of the Star Ferry piers on Hong Kong Island. The races usually last from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, check out Happy Valley Racecourse's website.
On the edge of the Kowloon Peninsula's popular Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood, the promenade is the Hong Kong locale for many visitors. Stretching from Hong Kong's colonial-era Clock Tower to Hung Hom, the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade gives you unobstructed views of Hong Kong Island's majestic skyline. During the day, you can watch the boats travel in and out of Victoria Harbour, but travelers recommend making an extra visit at night: From 8 to about 8:20 p.m., the Symphony of the Stars (a sound-and-light show) projects dazzling lights onto the Hong Kong skyline. Day or night, consider taking in the atmosphere at one of the many restaurants and bars located here.Beginning near the Star Ferry Pier, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is easily reached via MTR's East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. The shops, bars, restaurants and museums that stand along the promenade, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art, maintain varied hours of operation. For information about the light show, consult the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website.
Competing with Hong Kong Disneyland as the top spot to take your family in Hong Kong, Ocean Park pulls out all the stops. Spectacular natural scenery right on the coastline? Check. A diverse zoo that includes pandas and dolphins? Check. An aquarium with sharks and rays? Check. Electrifying roller coasters and carnival games? Check. Next thing you know, Ocean Park is going to have a cable-car ride and an underground funicular…Oh wait, it already does!Recent visitors can't get over how many attractions are packed into Ocean Park, with some suggesting to get there as soon as the park opens to take advantage of all that it has to offer. Others say that one day alone isn't enough to see the park in its entirety. Families say it's a sure fire hit with the little ones, and that the older crowd will appreciate the adrenaline-pumping rides available on site. Some lamented the high prices for food, but the majority admit that they couldn't recall a moment when they were bored during their time at Ocean Park.Located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, the park is easily reached by taking the Ocean Park Citybus 629 from the Central Ferry Pier or Admiralty Station. Consider buying your park tickets at the Citybus Route 629 Terminal near MTR's Admiralty or any 7-Eleven Stores in Hong Kong. At the park, general admission costs HK$385 (about $50) for adults and HK$193 (about $25) for kids. Visitors are welcome between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out Ocean Park's website.
If you're looking to rest your feet after a long day of touring, retreat to the Nan Lian Garden. Located in Kowloon, the Nan Lian Garden is a nearly 9-acre public park modeled after the style of the Tang Dynasty, which ruled from A.D. 618 to 907. Along the peaceful pathways, you'll find lotus ponds, manicured trees and gurgling springs, not to mention traditional Chinese timber architecture spread throughout. That, combined with Hong Kong's soaring mountain range as the garden's backdrop, makes for a tranquil place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.The garden is currently managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, whose place of worship is also on-site. The Nunnery is open to the public and free to visit, although photography is prohibited. Recent travelers said it's not uncommon to see people praying, so if you plan on visiting (which you should) be quiet and respectful of their space. Along with the relaxed nature of the park, visitors were also delighted by the teahouse and vegetarian restaurant on-site and recommended staying for a quick bite to further soak up the experience.Nan Lian Garden is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the nunnery welcomes guests from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. If you arrive by MTR, take the C2 exit at the Diamond Hill MTR Station and you'll pop up right near the park. For more information, consult the Nan Lian Garden's website.
From prehistoric times to the modern era, the Hong Kong Museum of History squeezes 400 million years of the city's history under one roof. Spanning more than 75,000 square feet, this large complex features a permanent exhibit chronicling Hong Kong's history and has featured temporary exhibits catering to visitors with all types of interests. Past exhibits have covered local food culture, fashion and even public transportation. The museum currently houses more than 90,000 historical objects and materials, so plan to set aside a few hours if you want to tour the entire museum.Recent travelers said this attraction is perfect for a rainy day. The museum's collection is vast and incredibly informative, which overwhelmed some, but wowed others. Because it is so big, travelers suggested choosing which exhibits you want to see versus going in order, or else you could really end up being there all day.You'll find the Hong Kong Museum of History in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood on the Kowloon Peninsula. Consider pairing a visit here with the Star Ferry Pier or the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The complex is a short walk from the Hung Hom and Tsim Sha Tsui MRT stations. The galleries are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Admission costs HK$10 (about $1.29). For more information, check out the museum's website.
香港历史博物馆从史前时代到现代时代，将同城四亿年的历史紧紧地融合在一起。 这座大型综合建筑群占地超过75,000平方英尺，展出了一个纪念香港历史的永久性展览，并以临时展品为特色，为游客提供各种兴趣。过去的展品涵盖了当地的饮食文化，时尚甚至公共交通。目前博物馆收藏有9万多件历史文物，如果想游览整个博物馆，计划搁置几个小时。最近的旅客说这个景点是完美的一个下雨天。这个博物馆的藏品非常广泛，信息丰富，让一些人感到不知所措，但是对其他人则表示惊讶。因为它太大了，所以旅客建议选择你想要看的展览，还是去整理一下，否则你最终可能会整天呆在那里。你会在九龙半岛的尖沙咀社区找到香港历史博物馆。考虑在这里搭配天星码头或尖沙咀海滨长廊。综合大楼距离红磡和尖沙咀地铁站仅几步之遥。画廊开放时间为星期一，星期三和星期五上午10点至下午6点，星期六，星期日及公众假期至晚上7点。入场费HK $ 10(约$ 1.29)。欲了解更多信息，请查看博物馆的网站。
Like Singapore's Sentosa Island, Lantau Island is a tourist's playground. You've got historical sites, amusement parks, sunny beaches and more. Families love Hong Kong Disneyland, while active travelers enjoy traversing the trails that lead up to the scenic Sunset Peak. Those with a penchant for leisure will enjoy a casual stroll along Hong Kong's longest beach, Cheung Sha Beach, while seafood lovers will salivate at the site of fresh fish at Tai O Village market. Even history buffs have their pick of the Big Buddha (it's massive!) and the Po Lin Monastery. Regardless of your interests, you must take a ride on the Nong Ping Cable Cars for a unique bird's-eye view of the island.Recent visitors loved the diverse array of activities available on Lantau Island, although they warned of long lines for the cable cars in particular. Some said those who are afraid of heights might want to skip the attraction, especially since some cars have glass bottoms. According to travelers, many come to Lantau Island to ride the cable cars and see the big Buddha, but others strongly recommended carving out time to visit the traditional fishing village, and if it's sunny, one of the island's beaches.To reach Lanatau, you can take a ferry from Central Pier 6 and 3 on Hong Kong Island to either Mui Wo or Discovery Bay. If you don't have time for this scenic but slower route, take the MTR's Tung Chung Line from Hong Kong island. Once you're on the island, use the New Lantao Bus to get around. Fares range between HK$3.10 ($0.40) to HK$43 ($5.54) depending on where you want to go. For more information about transportation, consult the New Lantao Bus's website, the MTR's website, or our guide to Getting Around Hong Kong. The different attractions on Lantau maintain different hours and charge varied admission prices; check their individual websites before visiting.
大屿山就像新加坡的圣淘沙岛一样，是一个游客的游乐场。你可以看到诸多的历史遗迹，游乐园，阳光明媚的海滩等等。家庭喜欢香港迪士尼乐园，而活跃的旅客则可欣赏到通往风景秀丽的日落山顶的小径。那些喜欢休闲的人士可以在香港最长的长沙海滩长沙海滩散步，而海鲜爱好者则会在大澳村市场的新鲜鱼类垂涎三尺。 即使历史爱好者也选择了大佛(这是巨大的!)和宝莲寺。无论您的兴趣如何，您都必须搭乘农坪缆车才能独享鸟瞰岛屿的景色。近期游客喜爱大屿山各种各样的活动，虽然他们特别警告排长队。有人说，那些怕高的人可能会想跳过这个吸引力，特别是因为有些车有玻璃底。据旅客说，很多来大屿山的乘坐缆车看大佛，但也有人强烈建议划出时间去参观传统的渔村，如果是阳光明媚的，就是岛上的一个海滩。要到达Lanatau，您可以从港岛中环第六，三号码头搭乘渡轮前往梅窝或愉景湾。如果您没有时间乘坐这条风景优美但速度较慢的路线，请从港岛乘坐地铁的东涌线。一旦你在岛上，使用新大屿山巴士绕过。票价介于3.10港元(0.40美元)至43港元(5.54美元)之间，取决于您想去的地方。有关交通的更多资讯，请咨询新大屿山巴士网站，港铁网页或香港出行指南。大屿山的不同景点维持不同的小时数，收取不同的门票价格; 访问前先查看个人网站。
"It's a small world after all" has never been more true than at Hong Kong Disneyland. If you've been to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you might be disappointed by the relatively small size of this park. The Hong Kong iteration has many of the same attractions as the American parks, such as Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty's Castle, only they've been scaled down. But that doesn't mean recent visitors didn't enjoy their time at the "happiest place on Earth." As expected, families loved it, but some adults found it to be a waste of time if you don't have any little ones in tow. Much like the other Disney parks, travelers warned of large crowds and complained that the food is overpriced and mediocre.Positioned on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is easily accessible via the MTR's Disneyland Resort Line. The park welcomes visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. every day. Admission costs HK$539 (about $69) for adults and HK$385 (about $49.60) for kids. For more information, consult Hong Kong Disneyland's website.
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Take the tram Public transportation is cheap, only costing HK$2.30 (less than $0.30 USD). Keep in mind, though, the trams only accept exact change and are only on Hong Kong Island.
Book your room early While Hong Kong's attractions and transportation are affordable, the hotel room rates can be exorbitant. Book early and don't be afraid to stay a little farther from downtown, as long as you're near an MRT station.
Head to the food court Sit-down meals can cost you a pretty penny in tourist areas, but you can usually find inexpensive options in nearby food courts.
Since its reunification in 1997, Hong Kong maintains a complex relationship with mother China. The former British colony continues to operate under a capitalist economy (despite China's communist ways), has its own currency (the Hong Kong Dollar), and creates its own laws. And due to Hong Kong's multicultural population and heritage, the official languages here are Chinese and English, not Mandarin. American travelers who have visited other Chinese cities like Beijing will notice a much stronger Western influence in the urban landscape, array of food choices, social practices (like greeting with a handshake) and more English speakers. These familiar aspects and the ease of getting...read more
If there's one word to summarize Hong Kong's dining scene it's this: vast. Hong Kong boasts more than 12,000 restaurants throughout the city, making it easy to find a place to eat (and a really good one at that). Alongside foodie hubs like Paris, Tokyo and New York, Hong Kong has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. But if your pockets aren't deep enough to treat yourself to a fine dining experience or two, you'll find the city's foodie scene caters to all kinds of budgets without skimping on quality.
The best way to get around Hong Kong is the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Ideally, you'll use a combination of the MTR and your own two feet to get places quickly and cheaply. If you take a bus or minibus, you run the risk of missing your intended destination as these two options are difficult for visitors who do not speak Cantonese, especially if you take a minibus. The ferries and the trams offer scenic routes, which you should take when you have time to absorb Hong Kong's bustling environment.Most visitors arrive through Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), located just off Lantau Island. While many visitors simply hop in a taxi and zoom off to downtown, you can avoid the cab fare by using the MTR's high-speed Airport Express. This train takes only 24 minutes to reach the city, and a complimentary shuttle bus will pick up passengers at the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations and transport them to popular hotels nearby.