Oriental flavor and modern trends, traditions and innovation - all this is about Hong Kong. TRIPMYDREAM is taken to tell you about the best sights that are worth seeing in this city.
Be sure to include it in your must-see list when you are in Hong Kong, for the Big Buddha is not only one of its most popular attractions, but also the world's largest bronze statue of a seated Buddha.
To get to it, you have to work hard - the Buddha sits on the island of Lantau, at the very top of the mountain, to which 268 steps lead, but it is worth it: climbing up, you can not only feel the atmosphere of harmony and pacification emanating from the Buddha, but also admire unforgettable view. Alternatively, you can also use the cable car (we advise you to buy a ticket to a cabin with a glass floor - so the trip will be even more exciting).
Opening hours: daily from 10 00 to 17:30
There are several ways to get to the Big Buddha:
- by metro to Tung Chung station, and then by bus number 23 or by cable car
- by ferry from Central Ferry piers to Mui Wo pier, and then by bus number 2, which takes you to Ngong Ping village, where the statue is located
Near the Big Buddha on the Ngong Ping Plateau is the picturesque monastery of Po Lin (translated as “precious lotus”). Here you can look after seeing the Buddha to see the magnificent Hall of the Heavenly King and the Hall of the Great Hero, taste traditional monastic vegetarian dishes and enjoy the magnificent view of the island, which opens from the plateau.
The monastery is open from 9:00 to 18:00, vegetarian dining at it - from 11:30 to 17:00.
This is where you can get acquainted with the most complete history of Hong Kong from prehistoric times to the present day. Colorful dioramas, expositions of tools and utensils, a hall of ceramics, life and entertainment of the ancient Chinese - all this is only a small fraction of what this treasure trove of history can offer you.
Address: Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Chatham Road South, 100
The entrance ticket costs 10 Hong Kong dollars (for visitors with disabilities and students - $ 5, for groups of 20 people - $ 7). By Museum Pass and Museum Weekly Pass Holders cards - admission is free. On Wednesdays, admission is free for all visitors (except temporary exhibitions).
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00, Tuesday - day off.
The museum can be reached by bus number 5, 5C, 8, 8A, 13X, 26, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 203, 208, 215X, 219X, 224X, 260B, 260X and A12 (stop near the museum ). Or take the subway (Tsim Sha Tsui station, get off at exit B2).
The most complete picture of the distinctive and diverse Chinese culture can be obtained by visiting the Museum of Cultural Heritage. In his extensive exhibition contains a variety of exhibits: you will be impressed by the collection dedicated to the history of Cantonese opera, with a variety of costumes, props, jewelry and even musical instruments. An exhibition dedicated to the traditional crafts of Hong Kong, as well as a colorful art gallery will also be interesting.
Museum Address: 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. Tuesday is a day off.
Always wanted to touch the amazing tea tradition of the East? At the Tea House Museum, it's easy. Here you will not only be told about the history of tea culture in China and the subtleties of tea ceremonies, but also offer to take part in one of them, as well as taste tea prepared in the best traditions, and, of course, see the rarest tea ware.
Address: Hong Kong Park, Cotton Tree Drive, 10, (“House with a Flagpole”)
It is convenient to get to the museum by metro (the nearest station is Admiralty, exit C1). Also near the museum there are bus stops of routes No. 3B, 12, 12A, 23, 23B, 40, 103.
The entrance to the museum is free, but a ticket to the tea ceremony costs 80 Hong Kong dollars. The museum allows free photography and there is free Wi-Fi.
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday - day off. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Catholic Christmas, on the eve of the European New Year and on the first three days of the Chinese New Year.
Hong Kong at night is no less beautiful than in the light of the sun. But you can experience all the beauty of this megalopolis by visiting almost its main entertainment - the light-music show “Symphony of Lights”. This is an unforgettable extravaganza of colors, lights, music and fireworks that color the skyscrapers against the night sky in the most unimaginable colors and patterns.
The show can be viewed daily from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (it lasts about 15 minutes), the best places to watch are the Avenue of Stars on Tsim Sha Tsui Embankment, the promenade by the water near the Golden Bauhinia Square in Van Chai and tourist ferries (to for example, Star Ferry), which ply the harbor of Victoria.
This funny name received a three-kilometer escalator, which is located in the center of Hong Kong - its lower end is located near the harbor, and the top - in Soho. The common name by which this “street” is also known is Mid-levels.
The “street” leads from the World Trade Center area to residential areas of Victoria Peak, and along the way you may have a desire to leave the route more than once - so many shops and cozy cafes are located along the “highway”. By the way, the escalator is moving very slowly, so that you can safely arrange for yourself an alternative to a walking tour and slowly consider Hong Kong's boiling daily life from the inside. In addition, this pleasure is completely free.
Be sure to visit this most famous temple in Hong Kong. Wong Tai Sin attracts not only with its architecture and interior decoration (the Wall of Nine Dragons and the Garden of Good Wishes are especially interesting), but also the opportunity to take part in the temple rite itself.
We are talking about the traditional guessing practice "kauchim". To do this, you need to light the incense stick in the temple, bend your knees at the altar, ask a question or formulate a request and shake the cylinder with the chopsticks of fate until one of them falls out. Then take a piece of paper with the same number as on your wand and read the prediction.
Temple Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Rd
Opening hours: from 7:00 to 17:30 all year round and around the clock on the eve of the lunar New Year
The park will appeal to all lovers of eco-tourism and those who are not averse to spend a couple of hours among nature. The park of wetlands not only contains plants typical of this ecosystem, but also a variety of animals, fish and birds, as well as reptiles and amphibians, which can be observed in their natural habitat. From the amusement park there are exhibition galleries, a theater, a souvenir shop and an indoor playground.
This, without undue modesty, is the real treasure of the region. Here are collected exhibits telling the history of the development of art in Hong Kong from ancient times to modern times. Calligraphy, painting, jewelry, ceramics and fabrics, engravings and antiques, and, of course, works by contemporary artists are unlikely to leave anyone indifferent.
Address: Hong Kong, Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Salisbury Road, 10
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00, Tuesday is a day off. On the eve of the Catholic Christmas and Chinese New Year - from 10:00 to 17:00. The museum does not work the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
You can get here by bus number 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5C, 6, 6A, 7
Admission is 10 Hong Kong dollars, for students, visitors with disabilities and people over 60 years old - $ 5, for groups of more than 20 people - $ 7. On Wednesdays, admission to permanent exposure is free. Every day, except Monday, at 11:00, the museum organizes free guided tours in English.
Here you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of a huge metropolis and plunge into the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. True, you will not be bored here either: on Lantau Island are the Sitting Buddha statue, Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong Disneyland, Cantonese village on Tai O water, Ngong Ping Plateau with stunning views of the island and excellent beaches. And here you can see the rare pink dolphins - from the pier Tsim Sha-Tsui on Kowloon organized sea voyage to observe them.
The island can be reached by car, by boat from the terminal at the foot of the IFC2 tower in Central or by metro.
Tired of temples, exhibitions and sightseeing tours? No problems! In Hong Kong, there is one place where you are guaranteed a memorable vacation. In the Museum of Illusions you will not only have a great rest, but also get a lot of positive emotions. In its exposition - more than 70 paintings and sculptures in 3D, because of what they all come to life in front of his eyes. Here you can become part of the worldly picturesque masterpiece, plunge into the world of fairy tales and feel like an adventure hunter.
Museum Address: Hong Kong, Level Three, The Peak Galleria, No. 118 Peak Road
The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00
Ticket price: adults (12-64 years old) - 150 Hong Kong dollars, children (3-11 years old) and elderly people (65 years and older) - 100 dollars.
One of the most popular holiday destinations for guests of the city, Victoria Peak is not only the highest point of the island, but also a good observation deck with a beautiful view of the harbor with skyscrapers surrounded by emerald-green hills.
Tip: go up here a couple of hours before dark, then you can see both day and evening panoramas at a time.
You can get to Victoria Peak by bus or tram. To the tram stop you can take the subway (to the Central station, red and blue lines). Find the exit with J2 and follow the directions for Peak Tram until you see the queue for tickets. Get ready to stand in line for 30-40 minutes. Bus number 15 goes from Central Station to Victoria Peak and back. The stop is located to the right of the entrance to the tram. Travel time is 20 minutes.
A tram ticket costs 36 Hong Kong dollars in both directions and 25 in one. The tram runs every day from 7:00 to 00:00, departure every 10-15 minutes.
This temple, located at 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, is dedicated to the god of literature Man and the deity of war Mo, which symbolizes the unity of creativity and power. Here people of all creative professions pray, and therefore we advise you to look here. Colorful sculptures of deities, incense burners and spiritual atmosphere give this small temple a special charm.
The temple is open to the public from 8:00 to 18:00.
Ideal for those who want to spend time in nature. It is better to get here one day in one of the weekdays - to leisurely stroll along the beach, taste delicious seafood in one of the local restaurants (the island is famous for its fishing) and wander around the island, enjoying nature. If you're lucky, you can even find green sea turtles that nest on island beaches.
You can get to Lamma by high-speed ferry from Central Station in 25 minutes.
The main "trick" of this monastery, for which it is worth to get here, is 13,000 Buddha statues, and none of them is like the other! The figures are placed along the stairs leading to the monastery, so that while you overcome all 400 steps, you will have time to examine them all in detail.
Monastery Address: Pai Tau Street, 12 (on the slope of Sha Tin Hill)
Mawan Park (Ma Wan Park) is best known for the fact that here is the only full-size Noah's Ark in the world. In fact, in the Ark there is a museum with an exhibition dedicated to the famous biblical history, and also a treasury and informative interactive exhibition devoted to the theme of the Great Flood. In the park you can see the figures of all the animals selected by Noah, and from the garden of the Ark there is a beautiful view of the sea.
Admission is 130 Hong Kong dollars.
Opening hours: daily, including weekends and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on the first and third Wednesday of the month, excluding holidays.
You can get here by boat, which departs from Central Ferry Pier No. 2, for only 22 Hong Kong dollars (children under 12 years old - $ 11).
For variety sake, do not miss the opportunity to see Hong Kong from a different angle, namely from the water. To do this, you can either take advantage of the Star Ferry ferry and take a ride with the locals who drive it to work and on business, or add exotics and take a ride on a real junk.
Star Ferry ferries depart from berth number 7 (Hong Kong Island). To get there, you need to go from the Hong Kong metro station (red line) to exit A or from the Central metro station (blue line) following the signs for Star Ferry to the Central Ferry Terminal (Central Star Ferry Terminal). They ply between the Tsim Sha Tsui pier (Kowloon Peninsula) and the Central Pier (Hong Kong Island). The journey time is 10 minutes, the fare is only 3 Hong Kong dollars. Ferry service site.
Junk departs from berth number 1 at the exhibition center in Tsim Sha Tsui, as well as from berth number 9, Central Pier (Central Ferry Terminal). A day cruise costs $ 150 - adult and $ 120 for children. Evening trip will cost $ 30 more. The journey takes 45 minutes.
This colorful street is a must-see for anyone who wants to take something really worthwhile with them to remember Hong Kong. There are a lot of antique shops and markets, where you will be offered really unique things: from statuettes and ceramics to furniture and watches. A real open-air museum!
You can get here by bus number 26 and H1.
Want to experience the nightlife of Hong Kong? Then the Lan Kwai Fong area is exactly what you need. This is a recognized center of nightlife in the city with a large number of restaurants and bars (there is even a restaurant serving Russian cuisine) with a light and free atmosphere. Here you can easily "hang out" all night, wandering from one place to another.
How to get there: Lan Kwai Fong district is next to Central metro station, not far from Hollywood Road. Exit at Central station (exit D1), then turn on Pedder Street and walk to Queen's Road Central. Then turn right and go straight to D'Aguilar Street, and at the crossroads, turn left and go straight to Lan Kwai Fong. The entire journey takes about 10 minutes.
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Do I need a visa to Hong Kong for the Russians?
It would seem logical: in which country Hong Kong is located -> in China -> China is a visa state -> which means that a paperwork is necessary.
However, the city, which is all so separate from China and in every possible way emphasizing this, pursues its policy: a visa to Hong Kong for Russians in 2018 will not be needed if the length of stay does not exceed 14 days.
Reservations at the hotel and return tickets are also not required. Upon arrival at the airport in Hong Kong, the Arrival and the Departure Card are filled in, the dead man is presented to the officer, who for some reason does not mark him with a cherished stamp, and then the gates to the crazy metropolis are open.
How to get from the airport to the center of Hong Kong?
Tip # 1. Before you start exploring Hong Kong yourself, download the free application maps offline maps.me. It's not scary to get lost with him among the skyscrapers 🙂
Hong Kong Airport is huge, as it should be for an international and hyper-busy airport. In addition, it is located on an artificial island, and therefore there are plenty of ways to get to the city center.
- Expensive: Aeroexpress - 100HKD (* 1HKD
TOP 7 sights of Hong Kong
As you may have heard, the city consists of 3 parts: the island of the same name, Lantau Island (airport) and the Kowloon Peninsula. Concentrated attractions on the island of Hong Kong. There are also a couple of significant places on Kowloon, but there are still more people going there to contemplate the present life of Hong Kongers, without neon tinsel, expensive boutiques and Tesel on the roads 🙂
What can you see in Hong Kong?
- Typically, the photo shows Hong Kong from a single angle - from the Victoria Peak observation platform, which reveals the coolest panorama of the island and mainland parts of the city and its amazing skyscrapers. Such a view is expensive - 50HKD. Plus, all the city guides strongly recommend getting to the top on the cable car (and this is also 45HKD round-trip, along with hourly lines). The ticket can be taken in advance >>, but:
Tip # 2. Know that in fact, arriving in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak can be visited for free. And how we did it, look in our video and subscribe to the channel.
In general, Victoria is a hill, and a popular observation deck is located on the roof of a shopping center, standing about 3/4 of the way to the very top of the hill - the peak. The platform is, so to speak, for the lazy: I got up by transport, paid and admired, raking the same tourists with my hands 🙂
How to get there: bus # 15 (9,8HKD) from the stop near the pier to the terminus. Skip the entrance to the shopping center, go a little further and see an upward turn to the left - for free views there.
It will not be easy, the road goes uphill, but you get on a peak! After 20 minutes, when the heart is about to jump out of the chest, and the legs go down from overload, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong will appear in all its glory. But, most importantly, few know about this place and dare to make the ascent. Полнейшая тишина, нарушаемая шелестом травы, космический город как на ладони и бесконечное пространство и время для фото — ваша награда за приложенные усилия.
Такой вид открывается с бесплатной смотровой площадки
Львиная Гора (Lion Rock). В парке «Львиная скала» есть 3 туристических маршрута, выбрав один из которых, вы насладитесь живописной природой и возможно увидите длиннохвостую макаку или черноухого коршуна.
Очередной хайкинг за живописностью: 45 минут от метро вверх до начала тропы, 30 минут по ступеням до ровной земли, а затем еще с несколько сотен ступеней до вершины скалы и инстаграмных пейзажей города.
How to get there: станция метро Wong Tai Sin
Going to the Lion Rock, look at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, located near the subway. A wall of 9 dragons, a garden of good wishes, fortunetellers, “we are ka chim” and palmists — you can hardly see anything like this for free.
How to get there: Wong Tai Sin subway station
Big Buddha Statue. Well, perhaps the sights of Hong Kong could do without a huge monument typical of Buddhist countries to the patron? 🙂 It is located on the island of Lantau. If you are in transit in Hong Kong, this is exactly what you’ll see in 1 day with Victoria Peak and a walk around Kowloon.
How to get yourself: take bus # 23 (16HKD, Sunday 25HKD) from the Tung Chung Town Center stop in 45-50 minutes or climb the Ngong Ping cable car in a glass-bottom cabin (ticket - from 225HKD >>).
Disneyland. It is clear from the title that this is an option for a trip with children. Yes, adults also want to feel a fairy tale, but, alas, the reviews of tourists sadly point out that there are no attractions or interesting things for "big" people here. But for the little ones - some magic emotions. Cost - 589HKD for an adult, 419HKD for a child.
How to get there: from the Lantau Link Toll Plaza stop on the R8 bus. Routes to the stop, and prices, see here >>. There is a combo ticket option - park + transfer + guide >>.
Hong Kong Park (Hong Kong Park). In the glass-concrete metropolis with a minimum of free space and a maximum of high-rise buildings, there is a desperate lack of fresh air and a green oasis. Therefore, Hong Kong parks are very popular places. Specifically, in this - tropical gardens, birds, turtles, ponds and fountains, a museum of tea-ware - everything disposes to a peaceful rest from the sounds and smells of an overpopulated city.
How to get there: metro station Admiralty Station
Avenue of Stars (Star Alley). Stretching along the embankment, and the most valuable "exhibits" here are handprints that Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan left. We advise you to combine with a walk along the embankment, we would not look separately.
How to get there: Tsim Sha Tsui Metro Station
Photos made from a transparent elevator, where you can free
ride in the city center
What else to see in Hong Kong? + cool photo locations
Hong Kong is rich in attractions. Officially registered almost under a thousand! You only need time, and there is always something to see in Hong Kong.
Interesting places that were marked on our map:
- Hopewell Center (Hopewell Center). Located near the Tesla store. The building has 64 floors with a glass elevator and an excellent spot for a photo of Hong Kong in the thick of the skyscrapers! Glorious Australians told us about it. Come, follow the elevators, go up to the 17th floor, then go to the elevator in the Grand Buffet, and up to the top floor. Free
- Residential building Yick Cheong Building. In general, in the understanding of the local, it is a completely ordinary courtyard among the completely ordinary high rises. For tourists - a living illustration of how Hong Kongers survive in conditions of overpopulation and acute shortage of land. House-anthill, where people are literally "on the heads" of each other. Caution: Often visited by Instagram users because of the opportunity to make cool shots 🙂
Most likely you have seen this photo in Instagram accounts of different bloggers
- Stanley Village. Getting to this location, you can capture two more unique sights of Hong Kong: a double-decker bus (and here they are exclusively such) and a journey along the western line of the island. In short, an atypical route for those who have had time to get bored with high-rises.
On the way from the stop on the Kowloon Embankment (Peking Road, Kowloon Park Drive) to Stanley by bus # 973 you will see the outskirts of Hong Kong, surrounded by greenery and framed by the sea, white beaches and cliffs. If you wish, you can return in the same direction or continue the trip to the eastern part, thus having traveled the island entirely. Well, Stanley Village is a tourist village, where they spend holidays, mostly Europeans. Nice place 🙂
- Central's longest terrestrial escalator - Mid-Levels Escalators. In fact, it doesn’t smell as remarkable here - it’s just an ordinary escalator, except for 20-25 minutes to ride it. And walk back up the stairs.
- Night Market on Temple Street. A myriad of shops with Chinese trinkets, clothes, and sometimes food. Worth a visit for the brightness of impressions.
- Light show on the waterfront at 20:00. We did not like the word at all. A lot of people gathered to admire the unremarkable rays of a green-blue-yellow laser, irregularly shining in the sky. That's all. No music, no wow. And then from this crowd just do not get out! We do not recommend.
The following sights we could not see in Hong Kong, but they say they are good:
- Ocean Park Waterpark
- Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas (Sha Tin district)
- Skyscraper Tower Bank of China
- Sky observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Shopping Center
- Exchange Square Office Center
- Garden Nan Lian on Diamond Hill
- Chi Lin Convent with ponds and lotuses.
In general, after several attractions in Hong Kong, you can just walk along the streets and squares, both on the island and on the peninsula. Leisurely to go, looking up at the skyscrapers, pushing shoulders with the Chinese, soak up the smells of an insanely expensive city, write down in moments and enjoy
When is it better to go? The tourist season in Hong Kong lasts all year round, but the most suitable weather is in November-December.
Beaches in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, according to the well-established point of view, is not the resort where people are going to relax on the coast and swim in the sea (here it is, by the way, South China). What can I say, this opinion was in vain. 🙂 The beaches of Hong Kong can compete with the resorts of Thailand, and even surpass them in the level of service. They are open year-round, but the water temperature for comfortable swimming is suitable from May to October.
Total about 40 equipped beaches. Most Popular:
- On Lantau Island: Silvermine Bay
- On Hong Kong Island: Repulse Bay, Stanley Beach, Golden Beach.
- On Kowloon, the sea is dirty, you can sunbathe except on the Silver Strand beach.
The question of how to get there will not arise, because the transport "sneaks" to any point of the megalopolis.
Rental accommodation in Hong Kong (hotels and apartments)
Hotels in Hong Kong are located literally at every turn, but it is ALWAYS better to book in advance. First, it will be something to choose from, and secondly, the cost will be acceptable. It so happened that the reservation fell through two hours before arriving in Hong Kong, and on the spot had to be settled in an unreasonably expensive, but at the same time low-grade hotel.
Housing in the metropolis is very expensive, because there is not enough space, there is not enough space for building. Therefore, the rooms and rooms are not even small, but miniature - 4-5 square meters for two!
We give the approximate prices for Hong Kong hotels for two at night:
It should be noted that such a price tag is mainly in Kowloon. In the center on the island it is much higher.
The best options for living, optimal in terms of price / quality ratio, can be found, but having spent at least half an hour searching for them. Do not rush to rent a house, being led to an attractive figure, otherwise you will drive cockroaches on the walls (and this is a frequent problem in Hong Kong!). Read the reviews in detail, look at the photos and estimate the size of the room, so as not to be too surprised at check-in 🙂
Renting an apartment in Hong Kong takes place, and in this case the assistant is Airbnb. Alas, but cheap rent literally a dozen apartments in the whole city. You can rent a nice one-room apartment for the night from 1,556 rubles. Follow the link and get 2100 rubles as a gift for the first booking! 🙂
I decided to play basketball with the local guys.
(do not do it - very hot)
Transportation in Hong Kong
The transport communication in Hong Kong is up to the mark and, what is good, the traffic is organized and almost without traffic jams.
Let's start with a taxi. What distinguishes it in Hong Kong, is that all cars of the same brand - Toyota Terry model year, and drivers - important, in a suit and gloves. Taxi fare is 24HKD for the first 2 km, then every 200 meters 1.7HKD.
Tip # 3. To use the following modes of transport in Hong Kong, purchase the Octopus Card. It gives a discount on travel and allows you not to ring a trifle in your pockets or frantically search for the exchange of large bills. You can buy it already at the airport, one per person, at a special counter for 150HKD (100HKD for the balance, and 41HKD + the remaining money is returned when you hand over the card at any subway ticket office).
Hong Kong's subway has stations almost all over the city, and it is unrealistically huge, here’s how the second Hong Kong is just underground 🙂 Having gone down the transition, you can walk to the platform for 8-10 minutes! In principle, the metro is understandable, all stations are duplicated in English. Money from the card / one-time travel card is debited at the end of the trip. The cost varies by distance, the minimum is 4.5HKD. You can find out with the help of stands at stations or here ->
One of the ways to get from the mainland to Hong Kong Island is Star Ferry ferries. By the way, they are also included in the sights of Hong Kong, although they look shabby and horny (after all, they have been working since 1888) 🙂C the same skyscraper panorama of the city, slowly growing before my eyes, opens up to the deck.
Cost 2.2 HKD on weekdays and 3.1 HKD on weekends.
You can take a ferry from Hong Kong to nearby Macau, the Chinese Las Vegas, which is dotted with hundreds of casinos. Prices for such a trip start at 171HKD, the journey takes no more than an hour, and departure every 30-60 minutes.
What it is?
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, located on the Kowloon Peninsula and occupying almost all of its territory, as well as Hong Kong Island and more than 260 smaller islands. From the east, west and south Hong Kong is washed by the South China Sea.
This area is considered a real financial and commercial center, and not only China and Asia, but the whole world. That is why Hong Kong is viewed separately and separately from the country, because this is a unique world that will amaze with its magnificence!
How to get there?
You can fly to Hong Kong by plane, flights are carried out from almost all major capitals. Travel time will be about 10 hours. But since the airport is not in the area, you will also have to get to the center. This can be done in several ways.
The first is the comfortable and fast Airport Express trains. The second is buses. But since there are so many of them, it will not be easy for a tourist to decide. So, the buses with the letter "A" go longer than the buses "E". In addition, you can use the services of taxi drivers, but this method is considered the most expensive.
Pay attention to the colors of the cars. So, green taxis go to the so-called New Territories, red ones go to Kowloon Islands and Hong Kong, and blue ones can take you to Lantau Island.
Visa and customs regimes
If you are a citizen of Ukraine or Russia and go to Hong Kong for no more than two weeks, then you will not need a visa. But at the same time, the trip should be carried out for the purpose of tourism, transit (i.e., travel to another place) or visits of relatives and friends.
But you should be prepared for the fact that at the local airport you will be asked to return a ticket, as well as require a bank statement or other document confirming your viability. In addition, you will certainly need a passport.
Customs regime is quite strict. So, it is forbidden to import the national currency. Import of foreign currency is unlimited, but the entire amount will need to be declared. There are restrictions on the importation of tobacco products, perfumes and spirits, gold, and electronic devices (you can take one computer, one video camera and one tape recorder with you). If you take animals with you, you will need help from a veterinarian.
What can not be exported from Hong Kong?
Any items of historical or cultural value. If you purchased the painting in the store, then in no case throw away the check, otherwise you simply can not take out the item. In addition, it is forbidden to export an amount in excess of the amount available at the entrance to the area (you may be considered an illegal migrant worker). Do not try to take out the corals, it is also punishable.
The climate of Hong Kong is subtropical monsoon. The cold season (although it is difficult to call it such) lasts from December to March. At this time, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees, but during the day it usually rises to 15-20. However, the weather is still mild. And in the summer season (it falls on the period from the end of May to September) it is very hot and humid.
The thermometer usually rises to 35 degrees or more during the day. Sometimes in summer typhoons fall on the territory of the region, but this happens not every year. The best times to travel to Hong Kong are the periods from March to May and from September to November. At this time it is warm here, but not stuffy and not very humid. And in autumn, the water in the sea remains warm, although in spring its temperature is also quite suitable for swimming.
The national currency of the region is the Hong Kong dollar, and only it is in circulation, so on arrival it is better to immediately exchange your euro or US dollars. But be sure to keep the checks given to you in exchange offices, because without them you will not be able to exchange the remaining Hong Kong dollars before leaving.
You can navigate around Hong Kong in different ways. Perhaps the most affordable, fast and convenient is the local metro MTR. But also throughout the region, buses, so-called mini-basses, trams, ferries, funiculars, as well as an unusual type of transport for the laziest, an outdoor outdoor escalator, ply.
How to behave?
Each country has its own laws and rules of conduct, and in Hong Kong they are quite strict. Here are some of the most important points:
- You can not make video and photographing in museums and temples (in some such places you have to pay for it). It is also forbidden to take photos of objects of strategic importance. These include bridges, dams, airports, dams, and so on.
- Do not dress too vulgar, it is not approved.
- Behave yourself decently and calmly, especially in public places.
- Always carry documents with you, they are often asked by the police.
- Watch your stuff.
- Do not drink the local water and wash your hands and face with soap as often as possible (due to the high population density, there is an increased risk of "catching" some local virus).
Things to do?
What to do tourist in Hong Kong?
- Just walk around the city. You will be amazed by huge skyscrapers and amazing futuristic buildings. This is the real world of the future!
- Shopping Hong Kong stores deserve special attention, because here you can buy almost anything you want: from casual or exclusive clothes for every taste to home appliances. And especially the prices will please, because they are much lower than in any other country. But the most inexpensive things are sold in stores at warehouses and factories.
- Be sure to go to one of the local beaches. Of course, there are always a lot of people here, but this should not prevent us from enjoying the warm sea water and the gentle rays of the sun. But you should not swim in the season of showers, during this period the water is muddy and very dirty.
- Visit one of the vibrant shows that regularly take place in Hong Kong. The most famous and recorded in the Guinness Book of Records is the Symphony of Light.
- If you are a fan of entertainment, then by all means go to any bar or nightclub.
What's so interesting?
What to see on vacation in Hong Kong? There are a lot of interesting things here:
- The Big Buddha is the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha.
- Avenue of Stars of Hong Kong. Here the stars of Asian cinema leave their prints.
- Tower of the Bank of China. According to the plan, it was supposed to resemble a bamboo stalk, but not very similar to it. But this building is unusual and very high (as many as 70 floors!).
- The Hong Kong Museum of Art is the leading art museum of the entire peninsula. There are many interesting exhibits.
- Hong Kong Historical Museum. Here you will see many interesting items of historical importance for the area and China.
- Hong Kong Science Museum. It's very interesting here!
- Racetrack Sha Tin. This place is very popular, because almost all residents of the area love horse racing.
- Madame Tussauds museum. Here are collected wax figures of world celebrities.
- Lantau is the largest adjoining island.
- Museum of Optical Illusions. Fairy tales come to life here.
- Ocean Park of Hong Kong.
- Victoria Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong Island.
- Hong Kong Planetarium.
- Lazy pedestrian street is a huge open escalator.
- If you list the cultural and religious attractions, you can not forget the Temple of Wong Tai Sin.
On the territory of Hong Kong you can find restaurants with local cuisine, as well as with more familiar European, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese and even Russian. In Chinese dishes dominate components such as seafood, vegetables.
Of them are prepared as a variety of soups, and delicious main dishes. In the street eateries you can find a very unusual and even frightening food, but it is better to refuse from it, the quality is usually not high.