The skyline of Hong Kong is unrivaled by any city in the World. Crystal bar-like skyscrapers are lined up in the hundreds along the bay between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Except the modern attractions you will find plenty of old temples and of course: the typical old Hong Kong trams constitute an attraction to visitors as well.
Shopping, sightseeing and dining... and in addition a short boat trip across the water to Macau are pretty much the main things you can do when in Hong Kong!
And, at last minute it will cost you less - let LastMinuteSpider.com guide you, help you in the process of late trip planning! This page is a good start if Hong Kong is your destination!
Hong Kong Factsheet
Population: 7.061.200 (in 2010) in City
Local language(s): Cantonese, Mandarin
Other widely spoken or understood languages: English
Country, State: People's Republic of China, Hong Kong S.A.R.
Voltage info: 220 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: G, M, D
Time zine: HKT (UTC+8)
Getting There & Away
Chek Lap Kok is Hong Kong's new international airport. You'll find a plethora of connections to various foreign cities.
Just to name a few airlines based in Hong Kong: Dragonair (flag carrier), Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines. Of course, a large number of foreign carriers ensure good connections with the rest of the World.
Only for those arriving from China: there are road-based border crossings from Shenzhen, P.R.C. only.
Most popular is to arrive in by ferry from Macau.
See & Do
Avenue of Stars
Hong Kong's thriving movie industry produces a huge number of stars. Jackie Chan is the undoubtedly the most well-known local actor.
The names of Hong Kong movie stars have been immortalized (similarly to Hollywood) in the form of stars on the pavement (bearing their names).
The best place to take a glimpse at Hong Kong's panorama from higher ground. Unfortunately most of the time the city is suffocating in fog and smog, you will be lucky to catch a clear sunny day to see the skyscrapers below you!
Dates back to Hong Kong's colonial times and it has become regional icon.
Tian Tan Buddha
A large bronze statue of Buddha Amoghasiddhi.
It was completed not long time ago - in 1993 and it's one of the main attractions of Hong Kong. You will find it on Lantau Island, at Ngong Ping.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
It's another good location for enjoying Hong Kong's beautiful skyline. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is on Kowloon, along the shoreline.
Eat & Drink
The delights of Chinese gastronomy await you... Hong Kong can be a great place to eat. And other Asian restaurants are well-represented here as well: Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian and other cuisines are just like "they're at home" in Hong Kong.
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) will take you to and from the airport and to distant locations on the islands.
In the central area you must try the Hong Kong tram - it's famous and those old vehicles are attractions themselves.
Buses are available as well - but expect traffic congestion. Take the MTR instead...
Ferries can take you across watery areas and you can even travel to neighboring Macau with them.
When to Visit Hong Kong at Last Minute?
The best time to visit Hong Kong is in the intervals March - April and October - November. These are the driest periods: least humidity in the air, least rain. Of course, temperatures are lowest and it's sunnier too!
Otherwise during the hot-humid period it can be dreadfully hard to bear to foreign visitors.
It's exhausting to walk in the city during the hot humid period, therefore it's advised to travel during the driest and coolest possible periods of the year.
Beware of swindles and frauds - which target foreigners especially.
Pick pocketing and various other forms of street crime occur.
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