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Hong Kong City Map

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Description :  Hong Kong City Map showing tourist places, major roads, rail network, airports, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels, museums and major localitis. Disclaimer




About city
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is a deep natural harbor situated on the south coast of China. It covers an area of 1,104 sq km and had an approximate population of 7,071,576 in 2011.
The region where modern Hong Kong lies was incorporated into China in 214 BC by Qin Shi Huang – the first emperor of China. The area gradually grew due to trading activities. During the Opium wars, Hong Kong was occupied by the British forces in 1841. Finally, in 1842, the city was ceded in perpetuity to the British by the Treaty of Nanking. The establishment of a free port greatly encouraged the growth of Hong Kong. On 1st July, 1997, the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred from UK to PRC. It became the first Special Administrative Region of PRC and enjoys a high degree of autonomy in governance.

Geography
The city state of Hong Kong is located on the southern coast of China on the South China Sea. It is enclosed by the Pearl River delta. It includes over 200 offshore islands as well as parts of the Kowloon peninsula. It is located over a volcanic area. Most of the region is hilly and the highest elevation is marked by Tai Mo Shan at an altitude of 957 metres. The region is intensely urbanized, though 40% of the area is covered by parks and greenery. Hong Kong is a natural deep harbor backed by steep mountains and occupies a strategic position on the trade routes of the Pacific.

The city state enjoys humid subtropical type of climate. Summers are hot and sunny while winters are mild. Most of the rainfall is concentrated in the months from March to the middle of May.

How to reach (transport)
You can reach Hong Kong in the following ways:
  1. By Air : 
    • The most widely used method of visiting Hong Kong is by air. The city is served by the Hong Kong International airport, also called Chek Lap Kok. Flights are available to all major destinations in every continent.

    • If you are traveling to or from China, it is cheaper to use the Shenzhen International airport of Hong Kong.

    • You can also fly to the Macau international airport and then use the ferry or helicopter shuttle to travel to Hong Kong.

  2. By Sea : Several cruise ships and long haul vessels also dock at Hong Kong.

  3. By Road : You can travel from mainland China to Hong Kong by road on buses and cars.

  4. By Train : Intercity passenger trains connect the city to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong.

When to visit
The best time to visit Hong Kong is during autumn and winter, from the middle of September to February. This time is characterized by clear sunny days and average humidity.

Culture (fairs and festivals) and traditions
Because of its complex cultural history, a variety of festivals are celebrated in Hong Kong throughout the year. These are as follows:
  • The Chinese New Year celebrations are one of the most magnificent in Hong Kong. It is held in January or February. Flower markets are held and colorful parades and lion dances are common. Worship is offered at temples and fireworks are displayed. Several sports events are organized.

  • Four festivals, together called Hong Kong cultural celebration are held in April and May. It includes birthdays of Tin Hau – the sea goddess, that of Buddha and Tam Kung who could predict the weather. The Cheung Chau Bun festival is also a part of this. Traditional dances, food and ceremonies are held to celebrate these festivals.

  • Several summer shopping festivals are organized from June to August.

  • The Dragon boat festival is held in every June. Dragon boats race in the Victoria Harbor accompanied by cheers and much music and merriment from the crowds on land.

  • The mid-autumn festival is held in September with a fiery dragon, a giant eco lantern structure and a number of street carnival activities.

  • The wine and dine festival is held for four days in October and November. It includes wine tasting, feasts and live music.

  • The Great Outdoors includes a number of outdoor activities like biking, hiking, cycling and guided tours of the geopark. The event is held from November to February.

  • The winter fest is celebrated from end of November to the middle of February. It includes shopping extravaganza and a number of Christmas-themed activities.

Points of interest (places to visit)
The most important sights of Hong Kong are as follows:
  • The Victoria Peak offers a stunning view of the city. Several interesting trails to the peak can also appeal to nature lovers.

  • The Hong Kong museum of history in Kowloon offers interesting insights through innovative galleries.

  • The Hong Kong museum of art contains Chinese art, ceramics, terracotta, rhinoceros horns etc.

  • The Hong Kong heritage museum offers a deep insight into Chinese culture.

  • There are several theme parks as well as natural preserves and parks in Hong Kong which should be explored.

Accommodation
A wide variety of accommodation is available in Hong Kong to ease your trip. You can choose any that best caters to your need and budget. The five star hotels include Upper House, Hyatt Regency, Langham Place, Mandarin Oriental, and Four seasons, while the four star hotels include Park Lane, Regal, Panorama, Eaton, Novotel, and Cosmopolitan. The three star hotels include Walden, Xi, and Harbour view. In addition, there are a large number of budget accommodations in Hong Kong.

Last Updated : December 02, 2013