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Hong Kong SkyscrapersHong Kong is truly an international city which blends the best from the East and West, creating a unique city with global appeal which sets trends for the world to follow. Hong Kong leads the global resurgence of Chinese culture, and stands at the forefront of an exciting new era where every moment in this exciting city is an unforgettable experience.
Hong Kong presents the visitor with a wide range of opportunities from ordinary cruise to remote islands with century-old Chinese traditions to a breathtaking hike over lush green hills to adorable white beaches. This is added by a trek to charming Chinese fishing villages, fascinating city tour of art, history and modern museums.
Hong Kong comprises 235 islands including one with the largest Buddha in the world. There's the Kowloon peninsula packed with shops, temples, markets and restaurants; the New Territories which offers a contrast of scenic beauty and man-made achievements, it's unique gardens adorned with birds, wildlife and plants.
Besides these, Hong Kong presents visitors a number of options including shopping, swimming, hiking, golfing, sightseeing, dining in world class restaurant, horse racing, to lure the tourists from across the globe.

Fact File
Country : China
Population : 6.7 million
Area : 1,098 sq km

Languages : Chinese (Cantonese dialect) and English are the official languages. Mandarin Chinese
Climate : Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasonal changes. It is often hot and rainy from spring(March-May) through summer(May-September) where the average temperatures are 29°C (84°F). It is wise to carry an umbrella as the weather may be erratic during these seasons. Winters are cool and humid (15 to 20 degrees celcius).
Official Currency : Hong Kong dollar (HK$) ; 1 HK $ = 5.6050 INR = 0.1287 USD = 0.1062 Euro (subject to change).
Location : Hong Kong is located in Eastern Asia, off the China mainland, bordering the South China Sea. There are 235 outlying islands, Lantau Island being the largest.

Hong KongGetting There
By Air : Hong Kong International Airport is located 40 kilometres west of the city of Hong Kong. It takes less than a half hour to get to the Central Station riding the Airport Express rail service.

Getting Around
By Train : The Airport Express train connects Chek Lap Kok with Hong Kong station in Central, stopping in Kowloon along the way, in just 23 minutes. The north side of Hong Kong Island and most of Kowloon are well-served by Hong Kong's ultra-modern Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Three tunnels link Hong Kong with Kowloon. The Kowloon-Guangzhou (Canton) Railway (KCR) runs from Kowloon to the Chinese border at Lo Wu and is a quick way to get to the New Territories. Light Rail Transit (fast, modern, air-con trams) run in the New Territories, connecting the city of Tuen Mun with Yuen Long. Double-decker trams trundle along the northern side of Hong Kong Island.
By Road : Metered rental cars
No visitor to Hong Kong should miss the longest escalator in the world, the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System. It consists of three moving walkways and 20 elevated walkways that can be reversed; they run down in the morning and up the rest of the day and evening to handle commuter traffic flow.
Ferry, trams and airbus are other ways of seeing the city.

The city of has very good hotels to ensure a comfortable stay for the tourists. Mentioned below is a list of some of the hotels in the city:
5 star hotels in the city:
Pacific Place shopping mall in Hong KongHotel Le Meridien Cyberport
Hotel Metropark
Hotel Four Seasons
4 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Ritz Carlton
Hotel JW Marriott
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
Hotel Grand Hyatt
3 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Empire
Hotel HK Cathay

Major Tourist attractions
Victoria Peak : It is the best place from which to admire the lights of this enchanting place. Peak Tower adorned with its famous wok-like architecture stands at the exit of Peak Tram. The exciting Peak Explorer Motion Simulator, and the relaxing terraces and restaurants make up this a great place for entertainment. One favorite attraction is the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum with figures of celebrities including local movie star Jackie Chan.

Star Ferry : It is an inexpensive way to realise romantic setting. A ride on the ferry provides the optimum angle from which to have fantastic views of Victoria Harbor.

Ocean Park : It is among the top theme parks and aquariums in Southeast Asia, as well as the best marine education center. This must be attended by children with its newly added entertaining facilities.

Aberdeen : This is the essence of a Hong Kong tour and it is hard to imagine that the lighted trawlers are where fishermen and their families live. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant offers superb fresh seafood.

Other Attractions
Stanley Market
Open-air markets
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

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