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Travel guide - Hong Kong
With a population of more than 7 million, it is easy to get carried away with the hectic pace of the metropolis that is Hong Kong. As you land in this tropical climate, you will see both modern skyscrapers and beautiful countryside. Several million tourists visit Hong Kong each year, and there is something for everyone here. Hong Kong’s main areas are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
Hong Kong offers everything from wonderful green areas and cultural experiences to tasty food. You are unlikely to get bored on a visit to this city; in fact, you will more likely have to prioritize your time in order to see even a small portion of the sights on offer.
Victoria Peak – take the Peak Tram funicular 500 metres skyward and enjoy views of the entire city of Hong Kong. You can get here by bus or by cable car. On your way back from Victoria Peak stop off in Soho where you´ll find the world’s longest escalator that takes you past restaurants, stores and fabulous night life.
Big Buddha – 34 metres tall, this sculpture located in Hong Kong is one of the world’s largest sitting Buddha statues.
Star Ferry – experience the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. Star ferry is one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions and has been plying Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, since the late 1800’s.
Kat Hing Wai Walled Village – was built during the Ming Dynasty (1600) and has a 400-year history. The walls around the village served as a defence against pirates in ancient times.
Hong Kong Disneyland – visit Fantasyland, Adventureland, Main Street or Tomorrowland at this magical theme park for all ages.
Repulse Bay – a true dream beach with turquoise water and fine-grained sand just a short bus or taxi drive away from the city center.
Macau – This Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China is a mixture of Europe and Asia and just a short boat ride away from Hong Kong. It is famous for its casinos and beautiful architecture dating back to the time of Portuguese rule. Well worth a day trip from Hong Kong. 60 minutes by ferry.
Shenzhen – with its coastline stretching more than 270 km and its superb beaches, the city contains the first national park area in China with hotels, golf courses and a Buddhist theme park. Under 60 minutes from Hong Kong.
Note that you will need a visa to be able to enter cities in Mainland China.
Hong Kong has a myriad of shopping districts, markets, malls and galleries with a mix of designer clothes, antiques, electronic gadgets, local products and porcelain on offer. Visitors should be aware that a lot of the goods sold at markets are not genuine and bargaining is the norm here.
Nathan Road – a huge shopping street with the most and best-known designer labels and the very latest in electronic devices.
You might also like Sogo, the large Harbour City mall and the City Gate Outlet near Hong Kong Airport.
Temple Street Night Market – open in the evening and at night, shoppers can find plenty of watches and clothes at this market.
Other markets to visit are Stanley Market, located near the beach in Stanley and the whole Mongkok area, situated close to Temple street market.
Take the opportunity to try plenty of Chinese food when you visit Hong Kong, as the price here is completely different from anywhere in Europe. In Hong Kong you will find some of the best western-style restaurants serving high quality food from both Chinese and international kitchens.
Dim Sum – a typical lunch or brunch offering consisting of several bite-sized dishes and served with tea.
Dumplings – thinly-wrapped pieces of dough with various fillings.
Chinese barbecue – often with fresh, seasonal food.
Pineapple balls – eaten as a snack, the bottom part is often made using slightly sweeter bread, while the upper part is made from pastry.
Noodles – served just about everywhere, noodles can be eaten with, for example, small pork balls, vegetables and shellfish. Noodles can also be served fried or in a soup.
Poon choi – served on a huge plate for several people, this traditional dish from Hong Kong contains a host of delicacies such as pork, lamb, chicken, duck, shellfish, mushrooms and vegetables. The dish is served layer upon layer, which guests eat their way through.
Milk tea – usually black tea with milk and sugar. If anything can be said to have a history in Hong Kong, it’s tea. For centuries, teahouses were the city’s social, cultural and commercial centers.
Hong Kong MTR subway – Hong Kong’s subway takes visitors quickly around the city.
Taxi – using a taxi in Hong Kong is relatively inexpensive. To avoid misunderstandings, give the driver a note with your end address, written in Chinese and be prepared to pay with cash.
Currency in Hong Kong – Hong Kong dollar ($)
Payment – paying by card works well in Hong Kong, and ATMs accept cards. There are special ATMs for American Express cards. However, to be on the safe side, it can also be a good idea to carry some cash.
Electricity in Hong Kong – 220 volts/50Hz.
Time zone – Hong Kong (China) UTC/GMT +8 hours.
Tips – tipping is not necessary in Hong Kong, but it is expected in hotels or if someone helps you with your luggage.
Etiquette – always be pleasant and remember that small gifts are appreciated in Asian cultures.
Water – bottled water is recommended in Hong Kong.
Traffic – remember that in Hong Kong vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
The airport is located 34km southwest of Hong Kong.
- Finnair’s check-in desks are at Terminal 1, area J for AY100 and area G for AY102
- Check-in opens 4 hours before departure
- Check-in closes 1 hour before departure
Check-in is also possible at Hong Kong and Kowloon railway stations, where it has to be completed 1.5 hour before flight departure.
If you are arriving at the airport for your evening flight AY100 from the Pearl River Delta by ferry, you can also check in at the SkyPier harbor at least 1.5 hours before your scheduled departure.
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