Hong Kong is located in the South China Sea, on the Kowloon Peninsula. It is one of the most amazing places where Eastern and Western cultures, the oldest philosophy of the East and European values are harmoniously combined, and untouched exotic nature neighbours with ultramodern skyscrapers.
Hong Kong is the capital of the administrative district of China, which has a special status with its social, economic and political structure. The city is located in the south of the state at the mouth of the Dongjiang River, and its area with adjacent islands occupies 1104 km2. Today, Hong Kong is the largest financial and business center of South-East Asia, one of the world's leaders in terms of exhibition space and the level of scientific and technological development. The population of Hong Kong is about 7 million people, and the administrative district itself is among the dozen countries with the most developed economies.
The climate is subtropical. Hot and humid summers start at the end of May and end in mid-September. The best time of year is autumn, which lasts here from the end of September to the beginning of December. Winter lasts from mid-December to February and the temperature reaches +15*. Spring starts in March.
Before the British came to Hong Kong, it was an ordinary fishing village and a haven for travellers. During the Opium War in the 19th century, Britain took over the city and part of the surrounding islands in order to station its navy. A little later, in 1842, the Treaty of Nanjing was signed, bringing Hong Kong into British possession.
People were reluctant to settle in the city, and Chinese exiles made up the bulk of the population. During the Sino-Japanese War, refugees rushed here and the number of Hong Kong residents increased dramatically. World events then forced Britain to take over the city from Japan, but after World War II it returned under its wing again, until 1997. Since then, Hong Kong has been transferred to China and given the status of a special administrative region.
There are no trips to Hong Kong go without a trip to the world's largest sitting bronze Buddha. This is usually followed by Opor Cove, a crescent-shaped coastline that is one of Hong Kong's most beautiful beaches. There are the statues of Kwong Yam and Tin Hau, as well as a traditionally designed lifeguard club.
In addition, every guest in Hong Kong is bound to visit Hollywood Road and Upper Laskar Row ('Cat Street'). Filled with antique shops and a trinket market, which is an ideal place to find unusual souvenirs and gifts. The nearby Man Moe Temple is a picturesque building dedicated to the god of literature Manu and the god of war Moe, with huge spirals of incense hanging right above your head. Another interesting place is Aberdeen harbor, which has become the home for thousands of people living right in fishing junks (traditional ship).
Also noteworthy is the Alley of Stars, a tribute to the talents of the Hong Kong film industry and a popular place for tourists. Here you can find anniversary tablets, palm prints of celebrities, statuettes of the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Other attractions include the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the three-storey colonial-era Murray House, the Hong Kong History Museum and Victoria Peak, an ideal viewing platform. Read more about these places in the city on Sights of Hong Kong page.
Modern entertainment in Hong Kong: Disneyland, Aquarium, “Symphony of Lights” laser show. Named by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the world's largest permanent lighting and sound show", the spectacular show features over 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
The best view is from Tsim Sha Tsui Quay, Golden Baughinia Square or pleasure boats in the bay. The show starts every night at 20:00.
Fans of fun nightlife should spend time in one of the clubs of Lan-Kwai Fong (Central). After midnight, you can have a good time in the many bars and pubs of Wanchai, Natsford Terrace (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula) and Soho (Central).
Hong Kong Arts Festival
From late February to late March, Hong Kong hosts the Arts Festival. First held in 1973, this annual event is a unique focus of Hong Kong's cultural life, where everyone can find something of interest to them.
China has long been impossible to imagine without ancient, well-established symbols. One of the leading images of Chinese culture is still the dragon, a wise symbol of the nation. The people of the country consider themselves descendants of the ancient dragon that gave birth to the world and worship a great ancestor.
The Feast of Dragon Boats
During the Dragon Boat Festival, China's rivers are filled with colorful boats stylized as dragons. They have everything from a scary face to a scaly tail. Boat racing is a truly spectacular experience, although tragedy lies at the origins of the festival.
The city used to be a British colony, so there are many features like double-decker trams, left-hand traffic and English as the second official language.
The local currency is Hong Kong dollars, printed by three private banks at once, so each bill exists in three variations. In order not to update the exterior decoration of buildings, the damaged area is often covered with colorful advertising.
The landscape design of Disneyland Park is made in accordance with the basic principles of feng shui. Locals believe that to live longer, you only need to eat long noodles on your birthday.