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HELLO AND WELCOME TO HONG KONG

Hong Kong is a fusion of Asian and European cultures and offers singles, couples and families a unique and very cosmopolitan experience. From the mind-bending variety of shops and the gastronomic delights of their cuisine, to their vibrant night life and the magic of Disneyland, Hong Kong offers something for everyone.

About the Pacific Islands

Located in south eastern China, Hong Kong is a former British colony, offering a cauldron of Chinese, Cantonese and British influences. Hong Kong is comprised of 3 distinct areas - the New Territories to the north, which include Lantau Island (the largest of the islands) and more than 260 outlying islands, Kowloon to the south of the mainland and Hong Kong Island (the second largest island).
Hong Kong itself, covers 426 square miles with a population of more than 7 million, however, Hong Kong Island is only 30.34 square miles with a population of more than 1 million. This extreme density is the catalyst for an explosion of cultures, sights, sounds and aromas that result in a unique experience felt by all travellers to Hong Kong.

Total population of the Pacific Islands

Hong Kong: 7.19 million Hong Kong Island: 1.29 million

Language

With its British Colonial heritage and a mixed population of Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians and Caucasians, Hong Kong offers a medley of different languages. The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English, however you can expect to hear both Cantonese and Mandarin spoken frequently as you travel around Hong Kong.

Key Phrases;
Hello = Nay Ho
Good morning = Joe Sarn
Yes = Hai
Don’t know = Mm Zhi Dough
How much? = Gey Chin
Thank you = Mm Goi

Currency

The Hong Kong Dollar ($HKD) is used throughout Hong Kong. This includes note denominations of $1,000, $500, $100, $50, $20 and $10 and coins of $10, $5, $2, $1, 50ȼ, 20ȼ and 10ȼ.

Food and Drink

The cuisine in Hong Kong offers a gastronomic diversity unseen in many other destinations - from the street food to some of the best restaurants in China. You can expect to see Cantonese, Sichuan, Teochew, Hokkien, Hakka, Jiangsu and Zhejiang cuisines, as well as Indian, Pakistani and Japanese foods.

Note: The legal drinking age throughout Hong Kong is 18 years.

Local drinks: Milk Tea, Sugar Cane Juice, Herbal Teas, Coke Float with Chocolate Ice-Cream, Gin and Tonic and San Miguel Beer.
Local foods: Cantonese dim sums, barbeque pork buns, steamed shrimp dumplings, Peking duck, roast goose, snake soup, fish balls, fried noodles, tofu pudding and egg tarts.
Tipping: In Asia tipping is generally not expected however, due to its European heritage, tipping is accepted in Hong Kong. There are no established rules, but many European restaurants add a 10% service charge and you might add another 5-10% as a tip. Don’t worry about tipping a taxi driver, because they usually round the fare up to the nearest HKD and bellhops and housekeeping appreciate a few coins, but it is not expected.

Electricity Info:

220 volts AC, although you will find 110 volt points in many hotels, usually 3 pins.
HKG

Topography

Hong Kong is located on the southeast coast of China and is dominated by hills and mountains, which run in a northeast to southwest direction across the country. Due to the mountainous terrain, less than 25% of Hong Kong is developed with the majority of this development on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Highest peak in Hong Kong is Ta Mo Shan at 957 meters.
Highest peak on Hong Kong Island is Victoria Peak at 552 meters.

Climate and seasons

Hong Kong has a sub-tropical, humid climate, which is highly influenced by monsoons, but stops short of being a true tropical monsoon climate. Even though it is sub-tropical, Hong Kong experiences 4 northern hemisphere seasons.

Spring: March, April and May.
Summer: June, July and August.
Autumn: September, October and November.
Winter: December, January and February.
Peak season: October – December.
Min 10C Max 24C
Off-peak season: June – August.
Min 26C – 31C

Note: Chinese New Year and Golden Weeks are also peak travel times.

International Airports

Hong Kong International Airport is the fourth busiest international airport in the world. It is located on the artificial island of Chek Lap Kok and is the southern gateway to mainland China and Hong Kong Island.

Flight Times to the Pacific Islands

Fiji Airlines flies to a variety of airports on Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Departure from:

Flight time to Samoa

Flight Time to Vanuatu

Sydney

6 hrs

3.5 hrs

Auckland

4 hrs

3.5 hrs

Fiji

2 hrs

2 hrs

Hong Kong 11.5 hrs 9.5 hrs
Singapore 12 hrs 9.5 hrs
Canada 14.5 hr 13 hrs

Best times to visit:

Hong Kong is an exciting place to visit all year round, however many people prefer to visit from October through to April, as the cooler, drier weather makes it easier to travel around and explore the region. One of the most affordable times to fly to Hong Kong is in the Spring, during March, April and May, as the weather is not too hot and you can avoid the peak tourism times around December and January.

Key Tourist Hotspots:

Hong Kong Disneyland: Located on Lantau Island, this is the first Disneyland in China and has three attractions that are exclusive to Hong Kong - Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land. With a host of magical attractions, two Disney themed hotels, shopping, entertainment and eating, Hong Kong Disneyland offer lots of fun for the entire family. Victoria Peak: This is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and the views from the top are absolutely breath-taking. Located to the northwest of the Island, this is one of Hong Kong’s exclusive, wealthy housing areas. Enjoy a night time cable car to the top for a lovely romantic evening. Hong Kong’s Ladies Market: If you love bargain shopping, then you must head to the Ladies Market at Mong Kok in Kowloon. With an entire kilometre of clothing, accessory and souvenir shops you will be in credit card heaven. Don’t forget to brush up on your haggling skills before you arrive, so you can walk away with a few bargains. Chinese New Year – February 8th 2016 Spring Lantern Festival – February 22nd 2016 Hong Kong Games – April 23rd to May 29th 2016 Dragon Boat Festival – June 10th-12th 2016 Hong Kong International Jazz Festival – September to October 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival – September 15th 2016 Hong Kong Winter Fest – December 4th to January 1st 2016

Getting Around:

With their fast, clean and efficient public transportation system, you should have no problems navigating your way around Hong Kong. Public transportation: This consists of buses, ferries, trams and trains or subways, but just remember that they require the exact fare. You can purchase an electronic smart card, which allows you to hop on and off any of these transport systems. Trains and subways: These are clean and efficient, but can become quite crowded at times. Also remember that drinking, eating and smoking are prohibited on trains and stations and they operate from 6am to around midnight. Buses: One of the pleasures of Hong Kong is touring the city on the top of a double decker British style bus. Don’t forget that you have to flag buses down in Hong Kong and that you require the exact fare. Trams: These trams are only available on Hong Kong Island and travel slowly from the north to the west and then across to the east of the Island, passing through many interesting districts on the way. This is a great way to explore Hong Kong and to enjoy a side of Hong Kong that is rarely seen by tourists. Ferries: These run a variety of different routes around the city of Hong Kong, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and between the outer Islands. A trip on the Star Ferry is a trip you can’t miss and is one of the best rides in Hong Kong. Rides are usually very cheap at around $2 HKD. Taxis: In Hong Kong, taxi drivers are strictly controlled and you can hail them from the street. Expect to pay around $20 HKD for the first 2km and $1.50 for each additional 200m – luggage is extra.

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