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Hong Kong : When and where to go?
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Hong Kong: Climate & Weather
With a subtropical climate, Hong Kong offers a high degree of humidity and low temperature variation.
20°C - 68°F
Hong Kong, updated 03:00 GMT
Hong Kong: Map
What to do in Hong Kong
There are a thousand ways to discover Hong Kong and its various facets, such as taking the Star Ferry, preferably at night, with the illuminations of the boats and the reflection of the skyscrapers in the water, but also to climb up From the China Tower, on the 43rd floor, to admire the panoramic view of the city.
Another way to approach Hong Kong, the food markets, where all your senses will be awakened, thanks to the piles of exotic fruits, "hundred years old eggs", fresh tofu, fish and live reptiles. You can also make a tram ride in the north of the island, in order to cross the urban landscape in these double-decker cars, an original and unforgettable journey. Very different, the historical heart is constituted by the streets of Sheung Wan, a neighborhood to walk, to discover a district remained very Chinese, with its shops selling traditional remedies.
Do not miss out on the Peak Tram, the Peak, a residential neighborhood where real estate prices also hit peaks. You'll see the Peak Tower with its restaurants, Shops and a panoramic terrace, and the Peak Galleria shopping center. Also worth seeing is the temple of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin, with its many colors, always crowded city dwellers who come to know their future using divination sticks; The Hong Kong Museum of History, which traces the history of the country in 8 rooms, from prehistory to the moment of the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, through videos, reconstructions, films, testimonies And collections of everyday objects; The Hong Kong Park covers an area of 8 hectares, an astonishing and offbeat space with greenhouses, an artificial waterfall, museums and, above all, an extraordinary aviary where more than 150 species of birds live, and which you can visit on a footbridge In wood at 10 meters in height, between the branches of the trees.
An experience to try absolutely, to do his shopping in the middle of the night in Temple Street, after having dinner by buying a bowl of noodles in a street stall or in a terrace restaurant. Finally, visit the port of Aberdeen, with its fishermen who still live on the water, and its regattas of dragon boats that celebrate the past of the place: you can take a sampan walk to discover the place, and Sailing in the middle of the skyscrapers will not leave you undoubtedly indifferent!
If you leave the city, there are still 260 islands to be discovered, some without cars, others uninhabited: you will then have before your eyes thick forests, deserted beaches, mountains where nest temples. Know that 40% of the territory is covered by 23 national parks crossed by many hiking trails! Some examples of walks: the Peak Circle Walk, a small road that goes around the peak already cited amid lush and exotic vegetation and songs of birds; The long hike from Mui Wo, the Lantau Trail, a 70 km loop that passes through the Great Buddha to Po Lin; A ferry ride to the island of Cheung Chau, where you can only walk or cycle.
Hong Kong : The basics
EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong, if they stay for less than three months, a passport valid for at least another 6 months is sufficient.
The current currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK $).
The island is served by an international airport, and there are direct flights from France. You can also reach Hong Kong from Macau by ferry.
To get around, there are several public transports: bus, ferry, metro, tram, for which you can use the Octopus Card which is a rechargeable smart card. The taxi is also very convenient and cheap when it's too late for the subway.
Regarding the budget, and although Hong Kong is very expensive, food and transport remain affordable. You will have to count on average about 70 € for a double room, and a little less than 15 € for a decent meal.
Health: There is no compulsory vaccination but it is advisable to have its universal vaccinations up to date, and to add those against hepatitis A and B, and against typhoid fever.
Security: Security is guaranteed in Hong Kong. There is no particular problem.
Shopping: Here everything is bought! You will find especially large shopping malls, like The One in Kowloon with its 200 stores on 23 floors, or Times Square and its 9 levels where to buy audio-visual, electronic and computer equipment. But another possibility is to find the street dedicated to the object you are looking for: indeed, in Cat Street are grouped antique shops, in Tai Yuan Street, toys, in Tu Tu Street Street shoes and sportswear ...