Historically, Hong Kong started as a small island with a few hundred fishing villages and families, to a massive metropolitan full of skyscrapers with millions of residents and enormous density. Gradually, the island, whose name means " Incense Harbour," has become a metropolis that displays world domination of modern finance, commerce, and economy while preserving ancient Chinese traditions. Near the big port in Asia and the world's largest and perhaps the most innovative airport, there are ancient neighborhoods and villages from the past, where not much has changed.
But ultra-modern Hong Kong, the banks, skyscrapers, and tycoons, which is a financial center and axis of the global economy, has a hard time getting rid of the diseases that are inherent in it. Thus, housing prices are among the highest in the world, and there are many contradictions between an old population, a modern population, and a forward-looking population.
Either way, you are in the heart of the island, which was an amazing city, with fascinating connections and a wonderful blend of the wisdom of the East with the West, of ancient modern people, nature near city and past living in peace with a vibrant and achievement present.
Welcome to Hong Kong!
After the Second World War, in the shadow of the dissipating British Empire and with the gradual rise of China, the small country became a prosperous capitalist city, which built one of the world's most prosperous and prosperous economies. Despite their small size, the city and island in Hong Kong have become a cosmopolitan and leading place in the global economy.
In 1997, after 156 years of foreign rule, Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty. Since then there has been a method agreed upon with Britain prior to the evacuation, of "one state and two methods". Hong Kong is in Chinese control, but it enjoys great autonomy, including its own immigration, legal, and customs systems. The foreign and security system, on the other hand, is run by the Chinese government. Simply put, the state continues to operate in the capitalist system and in great freedom, unlike the Communist mother country.
But since it was returned to China, Hong Kong has also become China's bridge to the West. The great country, which for hundreds and thousands of years guarded isolation and isolation from the influences of the West and foreign influences in general, was unable to withstand the dizzying economic success of the small island, which became one of the axes of the world economy and fascinated Chinese leaders.
As a result, Hong Kong has created a fascinating change in China, a change that has a decisive influence on the communist nation. China underwent an exciting change that brought it into a crazy economic leap and turned it into a technological superpower, the world leader. Beyond the enormous economic changes that have been created in China, China also seems to be connected to the global village and to the approach to the modern world culture, from which it has managed so far.
The "settlement" of Hong Kong spread across 1,070 square kilometers. It divides into four main sections - Hong Kong Island, the financial heart of the city, small Kowloon, densely populated, on the south side of the peninsula that is attached to the Chinese mainland, and the northern part of the peninsula, the New Territories.
All of Hong Kong is made of Hong Kong Island, the most populated area, together with Lantau, Kowloon, and 263 additional small islands, with the New Territories in the north of the peninsula.
For those on a budget - the summer months are much less busy with fewer tourists, and accommodation prices are lower than normal. The reason is that this is the wet and humid season. July-September is months when many tropical storms and typhoons occur. But the summer rain tend to be short, and it is enough to have an umbrella and raincoat to walk around.
For those driving - driving here is on the left side of the road.
The "Octopus" ticket is a smart discount ticket for saving money, where you can pay a discounted price for transportation. It includes the metro, ferries, and buses in Hong Kong, also restaurants like McDonald, Starbucks, 7/11, electronics, vending machines, phone booths, parking tickets, and more. Sometimes, at entrances to building and offices in the city, there will be an electronic identification system. It is easiest to purchase this ticket at the airport, load it with funds (with a deposit that is returned with the ticket at the end of your use), and enjoy the card during your trip from the airport to the city. Loading the card can be done mostly at metro stations, but also at kiosks around the city.
But in stores that have the QTS sticker, which stands for "Quality Tourism Service," meaning the prices are fair and correct.
The more fancy restaurants are located usually inside expensive hotels.
The great luxury restaurants in hotels offer a discounted lunch menu that cuts the prices in half from the dinner menus.
More lively entertainment you can experience at the club district in Lan Kwai Fong. This is a district with a few small streets located in Central. There are many dance clubs, bars, pubs, different restaurants, and jazz clubs.
Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island is an entertainment center for enjoying and walking around in the evenings, along with shopping of course.
For entertainment recommendations, click on the tag Entertainment in Hong Kong.
At the luxury hotels of Hong Kong there are fantastic kitchens, with big international menus. However, the prices in this city are usually expensive and high. For lunch, most places offer business lunch options that are much cheaper than the dinner menus.
Hong Kong is a paradise for seafood. These are mainly found in restaurants for decent prices. With dim sums, small dough pockets filled with different things, are crucial to taste while on your trip. Many times food stalls a the markets are the best places to try these dishes.
Health warning: don't buy in the market's food that is sitting out for display, without the proper heating this may be bad. Also in restaurants, beware of local dishes you do not know, especially those who have a sensitive stomach. All these can contain raw materials or something exotic and not familiar to your stomachs and may cause food poisoning or stomach paints. You don't want to be sick or not feeling well instead of enjoying your travels.
For food recommendations, click on the tag Must eat in Hong Kong.
From both sides of the Queen's Road, there are small side streets that have souvenir shops, like boutique fashion and jewelry stores. This street since 1849 had been the main of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong is not really all too cheap. There are cheap fakes, but some might be of low quality. Though there is endless variety here. The vendors in the city are strong and even sneaky. Haggling with them is difficult!
Luxury fashion - drive to Causeway Bay.
Cheap cameras and gadgets - go to Nathan Road.
Computer games - you will find at Oriental Shopping Centre, where new games are sold at great prices.
Athletic clothing and quality camping gear - you will find at Try Fa Yuen Street, near the Mong Kok train station.
Impressive Malls - you will find; Harbour City mall, the largest mall in Hong Kong and of the largest in Asia. Times Square Mall with its many floors, each one dedicated to a different type of product. With children it is recommended to go to the Festival Walk, where you can enjoy an ice rink, special events, and more.
For great shopping, click on the tag Shopping in Hong Kong.