Official language: Cantonese, English
Time zone: UTC +8
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Relax just like Hong Kong residents do. Take a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and admire the handprints and sculptures of movie celebrities in the Avenue of Stars.
Lan Kwai Fong is a small area of the Hong Kong Island, not far away from the port, packed with almost a hundred of restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs. This is where the locals party.
In 1898 China and The United Kingdom signed an agreement that made Hong Kong a part of the Commonwealth for 99 years. Since 1997 Hong Kong belongs to China again, but it retained considerable autonomy.
Start sightseeing Hong Kong from visiting The Peak. It is the highest point of the city, renowned already in the colonial times. The air is cool and crisp up here, so it quickly flourished as an exclusive residential area for the wealthy and prominent. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the Sky Terrace 428 – dazzling sunshine glimmering in skyscrapers’ windows during the day and a feast of street lights and colors at night. And if you have some time to spare, take the Peak Circle Walk.
In northern Hong Kong, there’s a 400-year old village that lasted almost intact. It consists of 200 households, two temples, and three ancestral halls. The village is separated from the outer world by a thick forest that naturally guards it against enemies and serves as a source of food and building material. These conditions once made it the richest village in the area. Today age-old traditions are being rejuvenated here – people grow rice and vegetable and bread animals. Each Sunday you may take a guided tour.
Where to shop? You will find the most interesting souvenirs at the Tung Choi marketplace. There is literally everything here: from clothes, through jewelry and trinkets to pets. The market operates from midday till midnight. When shopping for clothes, pay close attention to the sizes – they are made to meet Chinese needs, so it’s best to try the one you choose before buying.
Hong Kong never sleeps. You can shop also in the midst of the night at the Temple St. market. The hubbub and the irresistible smell of street food are simply fascinating. You can buy everything at every possible price here. Bargaining is welcome.
Eat as much as you like at the nearby Woosung St. Simple pasta and full meals – food of all kind under the sun is served both in posh restaurants and simple street booths. You will be delighted, whatever you take!