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Tips for Travelers Visiting Hong Kong

By: John Edwards

is a key destination for many travelers. It has a population of more than seven million, scattered all throughout its more than 200 islands.

It is located in Eastern Asia, near China and the South China Sea . Formerly, leased to Great Britain , Hong Kong was officially returned to China in 1997. Hong Kong offers diversity in culture, religion, and lifestyles.

Chinese, (Cantonese) and English are both the official language here. So foreigners, who are planning to visit, should not have any problems exploring, and experiencing the culture of this vibrant place; since English is widely spoken here.

The Hong Kong dollar is the currency in use. One American dollar roughly equals around 7 Hong Kong dollars.

Hong Kong is known for: its unique energetic vibe, its wonderful food, and beautiful skylines. It's best to always bring a camera when roaming around the city, so travelers can capture the essence of this place, and will always have a memento of their visit.

Hong Kong offers many great upscale shopping districts that rival the high end streets of: Shanghai , London and Paris . But the best places to shop here are small shops that line the roads, and street markets that exhibit the charm and uniqueness of the locality.

It is wise to look around at the various stores to compare prices before buying anything. The best part of all is that sales tax is exempted on everything in Hong Kong .

is to purchase an Octopus payment card. This card takes you everywhere. It can also be used on any public transportation system, except taxis. It can even be used in vending machines, restaurants, and convenient stores, fast food places, etc.

Some of the key places in Hong Kong are:

  • Hong Kong Island is the most urbanized district. It is the heart and soul of the city.

  • Kowloon is one of, if not, the most populated cities in the world. It also offers the best view of the skyline. 

  • , located in Lantau Island . This is only the third International sight for a main Disney them park. It is best to make reservations ahead of time for lodging. It tends to be packed, especially during the holidays. click for SD Forums on

Hong Kong also has a great natural landscape that can be seen by riding a train that goes all the way up to the higher part of Hong Kong Island . With so many things to do and sights to be seen, Hong Kong is truly a must-visit destination for any traveler.

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