Traditional food markets, shopping streets, amazing skyline, busy harbour lush protected nature and the exciting theme Parks draws the world towards it. HongKong culture is amalgamation of Chinese, Long term colonial influence and the recent western influence. Though part of China, Hong Kong has its own soul and gives you a very different experience.
Top things to know:
Hong Kong is a SAR of China since 1997 after the colonial rule that lasted over a century.
- Language – Cantonese (87.5%)
Language is a barrier in Hong Kong many times specially in local restaurants and while interacting with locals and taxi Drivers. Suggest you to always print the name of the places you visit and the address of your stay, which would highly help if you want to check for directions with people.
- Currency – Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)
- Visa – Check this link to know the visa requirements (http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/hksar_travel_pass.html)
- Main Regions – Central Hong Kong; Lantau Island; Kowloon; New Territories; Lamma Island
- Power Plug – Plug G & D (220 volts; 50HZ frequency)
Why should you visit Hong Kong?
For its delectable food – Go on a food hunt in the thriving food streets. It is an experience like none other.
To enjoy the exciting theme parks – Dreamy Disney world or the iconic ocean park
Explore the unique street markets
For its amazing skyline besides the lively harbour
How safe is Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is safe however, be cautious with your backpacks and carry luggage’s in the crowded street markets.
Subway (MTR) lines are well connected but beware, it requires lot of walking; Taxis are plenty however, the problem is to converse with the taxi driver if you do not know the local language. Another issue is that, the taxis won’t entertain the requests to cross the Admiralty bridge, which cuts through the land into two different parts.
The best option is combination of MTR and Uber/ Grab.