Visiting Hong Kong

Inside info

Hong Kong – described as a place where East meets West – is a big city with multiple personalities, as a result of being Cantonese Chinese with a British influence. A great place to spend Valentine’s Day, and to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 14th.In Hong Kong, traditions and customs are a very important part of life. On the eve of Chinese New Year, families come together to enjoy a feast of traditional food. Examples of types of food served include roasted pig and duck, chicken and sweet delicacies. Celebrations usually end with firecrackers at the end of the evening. Early the next morning, children greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes.During this festive period, markets can be found all over the city. These open-air markets feature New Year related products such as flowers, toys, and fireworks. Finally, the crowning glory of the city's events is the International Chinese New Year parade which takes place on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, a must see. Dancing dragons and shows will entertain and impress everybody. You really should take advantage of being in Hong Kong to visit the city itself. Victoria Peak is Hong Kong's number one visitor attraction, providing magnificent harbour and city views, high above Hong Kong Island. It is a world apart. Lan Kwai Fong is the trendy area of the city with many bars and restaurants. Admire the huge skyscrapers. Go give a present to the Tian Tan Buddha and bring back home unforgettable memories.

Travel review

“I just loved Hong Kong even though it is not a cheap place, especially the accommodation. The weather is unfavourable from June to September. Try to go there between November and March, when the weather is quite dry and sunny. As you can imagine, Hong Kong is very urban. The buildings can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable, as if you were locked up in the city itself. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, take the funicular to Victoria Peak, or onto Lantau Island, where the Big Buddha looks over the city.Food in Hong Kong is very uncommon but represents a part of the culture. ‘Century eggs’ or ‘spareribs with black bean sauce’ are worth tasting. ‘Yuanyang’ is a lovely and famous mixture of milky tea and coffee. Finally, ‘Pijiu’ is a rather cheap beer that is popular in Hong Kong.The more I think about Hong Kong, the more nostalgic I feel. I have some lovely memories from my visit there.”

Did you know ?

In Hong Kong, people speak Cantonese and use traditional characters, whereas, in China people speak Putonghua and use simplified characters.

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The climate in Hong Kong

One of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, Hong Kong is found on China’s south coast, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. There is a population of over 7 million. Hong Kong is a leading financial centre and is known for its modern architecture. Due to a lack of space, the city built upward with many skyscrapers. Known as a city where “East meets West”, Hong Kong has a culture mixed with Chinese roots and British influences. Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and wild winters. The average high temperature in summer is 32°C, and in winter, high temperatures are around 21°C. Typhoons may occur in summer.