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Why fly to Hong Kong?
It is glitzy and glamorous but has an edge you aren't going to find anywhere else in South Asia.
Located just south of China on a collection of more than 200 islands, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world and a regional financial center playing host to the Asian hub offices of numerous multinational companies.
The city sits on the South China Sea and has a somewhat mountainous terrain. It is home to numerous cultural institutions from the Hong Kong Museum of Art to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Green spaces are extremely limited in the city but Kowloon Park is an exception and a great example of an urban green space. The park has a bird sanctuary complete with flamingos as well as a children''s park and a beautiful collection of sculptures. You can often find people practicing the ancient art of tai-chi in the mornings.
From cutting edge fashion to the latest in electronics, Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise where you can buy just about everything and shopping can be a 24 hour experience from hawker's in the streets, to open-air markets and warehouses.
If you want to do some of that shopping with a little flair then head to the uber stylish IFC Mall. This shopping center is pure consumption heaven. The real kicker however is the rooftop garden which provides a fantastic harbor view of the city.
The city has an electric nightlife, the hub of which is located in Wan Chan and includes world renowned clubs. Additionally, every night is virtual disco night in Hong Kong as the city turns into ball of light and energy with an amazing light show that is best seen from the water.
The end of the day light show in the city is just a tiny glimpse of what you're in store for when you visit this high-paced city of the future. It will be a pleasant sensory explosion you'll be glad you didn't miss.
Hong Kong Weather
The weather in Hong Kong is mix between hot and cool with a splash of humidity. The summer months and right through into September are very hot and hit the mid 30s. The winter months are cool and temperatures are in the low teens and tens. Thundershowers are sporadic throughout the summer.
When to fly to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is busy year round but summer time is particularly popular despite the heat and humidity. Flight prices are high from June through until the end of August. The January to February period is also very busy as this is when Chinese New Year celebrations take place.
If you book a flight in the latter half of February through to the end of April you will get a good flight price. The first two weeks of January also offer some deals as people aren't travelling just yet after the hubbub of December holidays.
Getting into Hong Kong
Your gateway to Hong Kong is located on an island just off the Hong Kong coast. Hong Kong International Airport sits about half an hour outside of Hong Kong. There are several ways of travelling from the airport to the city including the airport's express bus. There is also rail service that will get you straight into the downtown. You can also use private coach service or hop in a taxi and get straight to where you're going.
Getting around Hong Kong
The busy little city has a ton of ways to whip around it. The trains are a great choice, their quick and efficient. The underground rail will get you all over downtown and if you need to get to the outer corners you can use its above ground sister rail. There is also a funicular rail service that will get to what is called The Peak of the city, where you can check out the city's skyline. The tram is available in the northern part of the city. Ferry service is available if you want to get to the mainland.
- Visit Victoria Peak for one great fantastic view of the city's skyline. You can take the city's old tram to the top, which in itself is quite the experience. Once you get tot the top the city will spread out in front of you and you can really get a sense of its enormity.
- Visit a tea house. Tea drinking is ritualistic and will give you a chance to experience a little bit of old Hong Kong, one that no longer exists except for tiny little teahouses dotted throughout the city.
- Hire a small boat and go for a trip through the islands that make up Hong Kong. While you're in Hong Kong you may not even realize you're moving from island to island so this will give you a different perspective of where you are. Take a picnic and enjoy a slow afternoon on the water.
- Visit one of the city's many markets. If you don't mind a little colorful and whole lot of zany, head to the Temple Market located in the city center. Throw those images of a fruits, vegetables and home-baked pies out the window. This market serves up insects and fortune tellers as well as all sorts of other goods you can take home as souvenirs.
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