Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hong Kong Travel

Hong Kong Travel
By Sarah W

Map of Hong KongHong Kong travel can be a real adventure, and is a key destination for many travellers. It has a population of more than seven million, scattered throughout more than 200 islands.

Located in Eastern Asia, near mainland China and the South China Sea. Formerly, leased to Great Britain, Hong Kong was officially returned to China in 1997. Hong Kong offers diversity in culture, religion and lifestyles.

Chinese (offically Mandarin but Cantonese is still more widely spoken) and English are both the official language here. So foreigners, who are planning to visit, should not have any problems exploring and experiencing the culture of this vibrant place since English is widely spoken.

Hong Kong SkylineHong Kong dollar is the currency in use here. One US dollar roughly equals 7 Hong Kong dollars.

Hong Kong is known for its unique energetic vibe, its wonderful food and beautiful skylines. It's best to always bring a camera when roaming around in the city, so that you can try to capture the essence of this place, as it is truly unique.

Hong Kong offers many great upscale shopping districts that rival the high end streets of Shanghai, London and Paris. But the best places to shop here are the unique shops and street markets that exhibit the charm and uniqueness of the locality.

Hong Kong Night Market (Mong Kok)It is wise to look around at the various stores to compare prices before buying anything. One of the great things about shopping here is that sales tax is exempted on everything in Hong Kong.

The best way to get around Hong Kong is to purchase an Octopus payment card. This card takes you everywhere. It can also be used on any public transportation system, except taxis. It can even be used in vending machines, restaurants, fast food places, convenience stores etc.

Key areas of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island is the most urbanised district. It's the heart and soul of the city.

Hong Kong AirportKowloon is one of, if not, the most populated cities in the world. It also offers the best view of the Honk Kong skyline.

Disney Land Hong Kong is located in Lantau Island. This is the third International site for a main Disney theme park. It is best to make reservations ahead of time for lodging as it tends to be packed, especially during the holidays.

Hong Kong also has a great natural landscape that can be seen by riding a train that goes all the way up to the higher part of Hong Kong Island. With so many things to do and sights to be seen, Hong Kong is truly a must see for any traveller.

About the Author
Tropical Beach Destinations is a website run by Sarah and Jason which specialises in giving you information on exhilarating tropical travel destinations around the world. We are experienced travellers who have lived across the globe and our dream is to provide you with everything you need in order to have the ultimate dream vacation.

Pictures
Map of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Skyline
Mong Kok Night Market
Hong Kong Airport

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