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Hong Kong

Facts Hong Kong

population

7,2 million (2014)

CURRENCY

Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

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TIME DIFFERENCE

UTC + 8

Why should you go to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a wonderful concoction of narrow little streets, neon signs, people, colorful temples and a skyline that would make Manhattan itself jealous. The old English colony is today a bustling city where something is always happening. Here you will find world-class restaurants and shopping in all price ranges.

10 attractions you shouldn't miss

1. See the Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak
2. Visit Man Mo Temple
3. Enjoy the birdsong at Yuen Po Bird Garden
4. Ride the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island
5. Eat the most amazing dim sums
6. Play your way through Disneyland
7. Visit the Giant Buddha on Lantau
8. Shop at Temple street night market
9. Look at bonsai trees in Nan Lian Gardens
10. Watch the Symphony of Lights light show

Five travel tips

01.

Eat and drink

In Hong Kong, there are places to eat on every corner, but if you take food with you, you should think about where you eat it. Check the signs around you before you sit down in the park and eat.

02.

Communications

Hong Kong has a well-functioning network of subways, buses, trams and taxis. If you are staying for a few days, you should consider buying an Octopus card that you load with money.

03.

Climate and weather

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. During May to November it is typhoon season which can mean hot (30+ degrees) and humid weather with a lot of rain. If there is a big typhoon, there is a warning on the news. During the winter (December to February) the temperature can drop to 10 degrees at night.

04.

Electrical outlet

In Hong Kong, English power sockets are used - type G.

05.

Business

The vast majority of shops are at least open from 10 in the morning to 19 in the evening. Holidays are usually no exception, but during Chinese New Year some shops close for a few days.