Hong Kong

Hong Kong (meaning fragrant harbor) is one of the most unique destinations in the world for many reasons.

 

First of all, it is a city-state and Special Administrative Section of the Peoples’ Republic of China, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea. Hong Kong is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor, and with a land mass of 426 square miles and a population of over seven million people, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

 

In 1997, China resumed sovereignty of the Hong Kong colony from the British Empire. The 150 years prior to that greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as “East meets West”.

 

This world city is a retail mecca characterized by low taxation and free trade and the currency, the Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Needless to say, Hong Kong can offer you most anything you would want to purchase.

  • The official languages spoken here are Cantonese and English.
  • They have a highly developed transportation network with the public transport travelling rate exceeding 90 percent, the highest in the world.
  • The top ten attractions are: The Peak, Ocean Park, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ladies’ Market, Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and the Clock Tower.
  • Air pollution and smog are an issue.
  • Archaeological findings indicate a human presence in this area for over 35,000 years.
  • The average temperature is mid-70’s with average humidity of 78%.
  • Concepts like Feng Shui are taken very seriously, Ba gua mirrors are still used to deflect evil spirits and buildings generally have no floors labeled with a “4”.
  • There are 1,223 skyscrapers in Hong Kong, which puts the city at the top of world rankings. It has more buildings higher than 500 feet than any other city.
  • Much of the land within Hong Kong is reclaimed.

There are a multitude of hotel options in the city. There is something to meet every financial, cultural and historical need. VoomaGo has worked with our network of Locals and partnered with many accommodations options. When we’re building your trip with you, we can discuss the availability and right fit for your needs.

A day in Hong Kong…

If you are a movie fan, the Avenue of the Stars pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the “Hollywood of the East”, and a panoramic view of the city is there for the viewing. The Peak, however, is the best of all views. The trip there is worthwhile because it is indeed spectacular.

There is shopping everywhere you turn but the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street during the day and Temple Street Night Market for the evening are your two best bets.

You need to make a wish at The Wong Tai Sin Temple since the story goes it will ‘make every wish come true upon request’. Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it a lovely visit even if your wish doesn’t come true.

You must experience Victoria Harbor by boat to catch the real essence of the heart of Hong Kong. This natural harbor has connected Hong Kong to the world for over 160 years and you can feel that cultural history as you move through the water.

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