Hong Kong Tourism
It’s ever more impressive skyline! In 2010, the CNN declared the Hong Kong skyline as the most beautiful on the planet, better slightly than even New York’s Mahattan skyline. This is because Hong Kong’s skyline is layered; the beautiful buildings when viewed from the river, are framed by an equally enchanting mountain range.
It’s deep natural harbour! Victoria Harbour is a famous natural landform harbour between HK island and the Kowloon Peninsula. It lies directly in the middle of two densely urban areas continues its important and historical role as a port for thousands of sea vessels. Major public shows occur throughout the year here, the most famous of which is the daily government sponsored Symphony Of Lights.
It’s lively, uncountable markets! Colourful and bustling with activity, there are no limits to what Hong Kong markets will cater to. Antiques, birds, jade, garments, art and counterfeits of all of these and more are offered here. Bargaining is a must; you’ll easily get most goods upto 33% cheaper than the quoted price.
Each one of you should visit Hong Kong at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Hong Kong.
Essential travel information and Hong Kong tips for your visit
- Time Zone - Hong Kong Time (UKT). UTC/GMT +8hours.
- Currency - Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
- Electricity - The electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 Volts 50 Hertz Alternating Current. Most hotels and households have 3 pronged UK style sockets or Indian style sockets. Check your electrical devices for their voltage consumption and use adapters if necessary.
- Internet - There are free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city, especially in the major public spots. Look for the sign 'Wifi.HK', which means you have free Wi-Fi access.
- Languages - Chinese and English are the two major languages used in Hong Kong.
- Security - Emergency services (Police, Fire department, Ambulance): 999, Police Hotline: (+852) 25277177.
- Off-beaten Path - Hike where the locals do and try the local food that includes Lou Mei and Hot Pot.
- Tipping - Tipping is not mandatory in Hong Kong as the restaurants by default impose a 10-15% service charge. But if the service is so good, you can tip anything less than 5% of the total bill. At Hotels, you can tip something between HK $10 and HK $20 for the porters.
- Tourist Traps - Watch out for the taxi fares.
- Customs - Greet people with a handshake and maintain eye contact. Also, receiving and exchanging gifts are a big part of the Hong Kong culture.
- Avoid shopping in the malls, they are too pricey. Instead, try shopping in the streets and don't forget to bargain.
- Don't smoke in public places, a fine of HK $5000 might be levied.
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