Hong Kong

Holiday Destination Hong Kong Guide & Advice, Holidays to Hong Kong Planning Tips & Travel Information

Famed for its towering skyline that looks out over Victoria Harbor, the holiday destination Hong Kong City is a remarkable place to visit, combining culture, history, and entertainment in one enticing package – the city is one of the world’s most visited. Once a British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. As such, it developed a separate indentify that is different from that of the mainland.

Wandering around its stunning streets is a captivating experience. Buddhist and Taoist templates can be found here and here, alongside remarkable museums such as the Hong Kong Museum of History and more.

Destination Hong Kong Victoria Harbour

Facts of destination Hong Kong

Area: 2,754.97 km2 (1,063.70 sq mi)
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Official languages: Chinese & English, Regional language: Cantonese
International Airport: Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH)
Population (2022): Approximately 7,488,865
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HK$) (HKD)
Ethnic groups(2016): 92.0% Chinese, 2.5% Filipino, 2.1% Indonesian, 1.1% Indian, 0.8% White, 0.3% Nepalese, 1.6% Others
Driving side: left

International dialing code for Hong Kong: +852

General Holidays:

Every Sunday   Sunday
The first day of January 1 January Saturday
Lunar New Year’s Day 1 February Tuesday
The second day of Lunar New Year 2 February Wednesday
The third day of Lunar New Year 3 February Thursday
Ching Ming Festival 5 April Tuesday
Good Friday 15 April Friday
The day following Good Friday 16 April Saturday
Easter Monday 18 April Monday
The day following Labour Day 2 May Monday
The day following the Birthday of the Buddha 9 May Monday
Tuen Ng Festival 3 June Friday
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July Friday
The second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 12 September Monday
National Day 1 October Saturday
Chung Yeung Festival 4 October Tuesday
The first weekday after Christmas Day 26 December Monday
The second weekday after Christmas Day 27 December Tuesday

Emergency numbers: (police, fire, ambulance): 999.
Police Hotline: +852 2527 7177.
Travel Industry Authority: +852 3698 5900.
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline: +852 2508 1234.
Time zone: UTC+08:00 (HKT)
Mains electricity: 220 V–50 Hz
Entry requirements: Visa and valid passport

Economy

Hong Kong economy is characterised by free trade, lowest government intervention and low taxation. Do you know that Hong Kong, a city with little territory, is the world 8th biggest trading economy? Hong Kong is also a big service economy, with particularly powerful links to the Mainland of China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific area.

Language

In Hong Kong, nearly ninety percent of the populations are Cantonese speakers. You may straightly believe that Chinese is Hong Kong only official language. Not really! Here, both English and Chinese are the official language. English is largely used in the government, public organisations and by the legal, business sectors and professional.

Legal system

Laws in Hong Kong consist of Basic law, domestically enacted ordinances, the common law, subsidiary legislation, and customary law.

Basic law makes sure Hong Kong autonomy in its legislative, executive, and judicial systems, as well as certain foreign relations. It saves freedom of expression, religion and assembly as well as forbids torture and unwarranted searches, arrest and seizures.

Electricity

The domestic voltage is 220 volts AC. Visitors will need an adaptor for their 110-volt appliances and power equipment. Adaptors are accessible in domestic shops.

Population

As of 1 January, 2023, the population of Hong Kong was guessed to be 7,590,298 people. This is an increase of 0.82 percent matched to population of 7,528,265 the year before. In 2022, the natural increase was positive, and the number of birth increased the number of death by 30,415. Due to external migration, the population increased by 31,800. The sex ratio of the full population was 0.899 which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the planet was about 1,016 males to 1000 females’ s 2021.

Currency

It is very vital for a person to know about the currency before they fly out to their place because money spending begins the moment you land on their international airport with items such as trolleys, etc, and continues till the moment you step into the flight on the way back. The Hong Kong currency is the Hong Kong dollar. The Hong Kong currency, HK dollar is subdivide into hundred cents and released by the Hong Kong Monetary authority.

Bridge

History of destination Hong Kong

British possession 26 January 1841
Treaty of Nanking 29 August 1842
Convention of Peking 24 October 1860
New Territories lease 9 June 1898
Imperial Japanese occupation 25 December 1941 to 30 August 1945
Sino-British Joint Declaration 19 December 1984
Handover to China 1 July 1997

Destination Hong Kong Lantau Island

Lantau Island

Geography of destination Hong Kong

Hong Kong island locate on south of the Tropic of Cancer on similar Latitudes as Havana, Calcutta, and Hawaii, and sharing the same longitude as Wuhan in central China, Perth and Bali.

The country consists of peninsular protruding from South-eastern China and 100s of Islands scattered off the coast. Kowloon and the new territories make up the Peninsular, while south off the mainland is Island of Hong Kong and many other remote islands.

The geographical place between the South China Sea, Taiwan straits, and the Pacific Ocean make it a strategic channel for sea traffic in Asia and the globe.

Destination Hong Kong Victoria Harbour

Climate of destination Hong Kong

Hong Kong climate is a sub-tropical, tending towards temperature for nearly half the year. During November and December there are fun breezes, plenty of sunshine and relax temperatures.

April and March are milder although there are occasional spells of top humidity. Air traffic and ferry services are occasionally disrupted because of reduced visibility under foggy and drizzle weather. May to August are humid and hot with occasional thunderstorms and showers, particularly during mornings.

May to November are the months during which tropical cycles of various intensities may strike Hong Kong, while July to September are the most likely months with tropical cyclones affecting Hong Kong.

Ropeway

Best places to visit of holiday destination Hong Kong 

Here are some of the most famous Hong Kong places to visit.

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour should be first on your holiday places to visit in Hong Kong. You can enjoy a perfect evening walk, harbour cruise, many domestic attractions and some breath-taking at the harbour.

Destination Hong Kong Victoria Harbour

Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha is a remarkable bronze statue that is in fact the biggest seated Buddha to be found anywhere in the planet. It is placed on Lantau Island and is the heart of the Buddhist faith in the city, as well as being one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hong Kong.

Destination Hong Kong Tian Tan Buddha

Ocean Park

Ocean Park, Hong Kong is one of the biggest visitor attractions in the country in terms of attracting brows and area as well. If you are visiting Hong Kong on a family holiday, you must spend at least a day here.

Destination Hong Kong Ocean Park

Repulse Bay

The Bay dates to fifteen century Ming Dynasty and is the oldest bay in all of Hong Kong. It has a rich and long historical past and if you are history buff then you must visit here with the full family. It can be fun day of learning mainly if you have young children.

Repulse Bay

Disneyland

You are in Hong Kong on a family holiday then, a visit to Disneyland is a must. Actually, you can miss out on the experiences, but you have to take your children to this magical wonderland for a thrill filled day with their favourite childhood characters.

Disney land

 

Public transport of holiday destination Hong Kong

Hong Kong MTR (Metro)

By far the easiest way of getting around Hong Kong is with the MTR. Standing for Mass Transit railway, the MTR Hong Kong sprawls all through the most of the city with eleven rail lines reaching over 160 stations:

• West rail line • Tung Chung line • Kwun Tong line • East rail line • Disneyland resort line • Ma on Shan line • Airport Express

The MTR even extends as far as mainland China with the East Rail line traveling from Hung Hom station.

The most perfect way to pay is with Octopus Card, which also gives a little discount on the fares. If you are planning to travel extensive all through the Hong Kong for the day though, a MRT tourist day pass will be your most cost-friendly option.

Destination Hong Kong Metro

Minibuses & buses

If traveling above ground is more your thing, then getting around Hong Kong by bus is a remarkable option. Buses in Hong Kong play between most big attractions and are, actually, often the only means of traveling to further-fueling locations like Lantau Island, the Hong Kong south island, and the new territories.

In addition to the regular buses, there is a network of minibuses running all through the city with two key types:

Red

Operate along less specific routes in a roughly hop-off hop-on manner. Payment is needed upon leaving.

Green

Operate along specific routes with fixed fares. Both cash and Octopus card are accepted.

Destination Hong Kong Bus Transport

Visa information of holiday destination Hong Kong

A passport is needed to enter Hong Kong. A visitor visa is not accepted for stays less than ninety days. If you plan to visit mainland China, a visa will be needed.

Visitors must depart Hong Kong before the expiry date. If there is urgent/special need to stay longer, visitors may make an extension of stay application within seven days before their limit of stay expires. Applications will be considered on its own merits.

Proof of onward or return travel may be required for your visa. It may also be needed when entering the country.

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