Trip to Hong Kong
It is impossible to prepare for the awe-inspiring view from Victoria Peak or the Symphony of Stars light show on Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. Opposite the verdant grounds, the glittering skyscrapers have never looked so good. Soaking up the Hong Kong atmosphere is half the joy of being here. With Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, and Happy Valley Racecourse, there are options to suit all tastes. Your stay in Hong Kong will surely be an unforgettable adventure.
Location and geography
The total area of Hong Kong is 1,097 square kilometers. Only 15% of the area is built, while 67% is made up of meadows, scrub and wood. Forty percent of the territory is made up of recreation parks, mainly hills and mountains.
Stories and languages
Cantonese is spoken in 89% of homes. The other languages are Fukienese, Hakk, Mandarin, Chiu Chau, Shanghainese (less than 1%) and Sze Yap. English is the main language spoken at home by 3% of the population. Thirty-eight percent of the population say they can speak it, and 25% say they speak Mandarin, China's national language. During the colonial period, English was used in business and courts. Chinese was added as a second official language in 1974 in response to the anti-colonial riots. Hong Kong is claimed by Great Britain in several stages: Hong Kong Island was ceded to Great Britain by China "in perpetuity" in 1842 after the Opium War and the Kowloon Peninsula was ceded in 1860.
Victoria Peak is a must-see attraction, simply for its incredible views. Sitting atop the highest point on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak is as scenic as the lookouts. Visitors can not only admire a tide of skyscrapers and the city's beautiful blue waterways.
Chances are, you will accidentally stumble upon one of these shopping sprees while visiting the city. But don't stop at one of them. Hong Kong's street markets are very diverse and cater to a variety of clientele with different merchandise. In addition, each bazaar also has its own atmosphere. The best example is the Temple Street night market, a favorite with travelers. This night market is bustling with activity, with merchants selling clothes, electronics, local food, and culinary accessories from well-lit stalls. There are even fortune tellers and opera singers there. Another bazaar of note is the Stanley Market. Occupying a former fishing village on the south coast of Hong Kong Island, this market offers colorful decorative items, jewelry and souvenirs.