Hong Kong :
Hong Kong, is one of the premier cities of the world, a city where the “West meets the East” and creates a perfect concoction of a culture which retain its traditional charm and open heartedly accepted the Western values and practices. This is a city where innovation, efficiency and western values combine perfectly with quaint Cantonese charm and exuberance of the locals. Hong Kong is now Asian Global City where you will find the traits of Toronto, financial stability like Singapore and the proud culture of Shanghai combined. It ranks highly in various standards like Human Development Index, Economic Freedom, Media Freedom, Quality of Life, Corruption Perception and many more. Today, Hong Kong is one of the leading financial centres and has a free trade policy with low taxation, resulted in a strong and stable currency.
Hong Kong enjoys special privileges and is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of People’s Republic of China. This City State is situated on China’s South Coast surrounded by Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. The City’s lack of space, fast paced financial growth and decades of British suzerainty has lead to towering buildings, efficient public transport system and high quality of infrastructure. Hong Kong is now one of the most popular tourist Destinations Guides of Asia and is frequently visited by the affluent population of Mainland China. Hong Kong is also an important transportation and shipping hub in East Asia and serves various world cities. This city has absorbed the cultural influences from diverse regions. One visit to Hong Kong will give you a glimpse of local Han Chinese population’s culture and you will find diverse cultural influences from Vietnam to Vancouver.
Food of Hong Kong :
Hong Kong, being closer to mainland China has all the regional specialities and Chinese cuisine combined with more loved Cantonese cuisine and years long of British influence and exposure to Western Countries, resulted in many international cuisines make Hong Kong one of the best places in Asia to savour various culinary delicacies. Try out Dim Sum, Which means to “touch your Heart” is a revered Cantonese speciality, which will certainly touch your heart and try out the Chinese tea with it. Try out Siu Mei and Congee, both are Cantonese and is available in various restaurants. Another thing which one must consume in Hong Kong is the Wonton Noodles which is the favourite food of the locals. Besides this, Hong Kong is famous for its street food and sea food where you can savour fresh fishes cooked in a various ways with different ingredients and served with various side platters. Eating out in Hong Kong will be unique experience for you as you will see the cultural and food customs of locals like rinsing the plate with Chinese tea, tapping fingers to express thanks and skilful use of Chopsticks. Eating out is certainly costly as compared to other Asian cities but definitely cheaper than most European cities.
How to Reach Hong Kong
By Air : The Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport which is well connected by many direct and transit flights from Europe, Middle east, South East, Asia Pacific, North America, South America and Oceania. The nearby Shenzen International Airport in China is considered as the beat option for flying inside China. The Macau International Airport is best to travel to and from South East Asia as many low cost airlines like Air Asia has set up their hub in Macau.
By Road : One can enter Hong Kong from mainland China through Shenzen, a highly developed city. There are six land checkpoints between Hong Kong and mainland China, namely Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, Sha Tau Ko and Shenzhen Bay. Lo Wu is a train and pedestrian crossing; Lok Ma Chau spur line is a pedestrian crossing; Lok Ma Chau and Sha Tau Kok are road, cross-boundary bus and pedestrian crossings; while Man Kam To and Shenzhen Bay bridge are road and cross-boundary bus crossings.
By Train : The MTR Corporation runs regular intercity Passenger Train services from Hung Hom station located on Kowloon side. The train connects Hong Kong with Guangzhou (east), Dongguan, Foshan and Zhaoging in Guangdong province, Beijing and Shanghai.
By Boat : There are four ferry service companies that run regular ferries between Hong Kong and Kowloon islands. These ferry services provide a great view of the city skyline and harbour front.