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Things You Need to Know When Traveling To Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been ruled by the British for over one and a half century. It was passed on to the People’s Republic of China on July 1, 1997. Hong Kong has since then become a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Under the agreement, the legal, economic and social systems will remain the same for 50 years after which it is up to the chinese government to decide what to do.

Climate

Hong Kong’s humid subtropical climate attributes to its fairly pleasant weather. Winters are naturally cold from 9°C to 24°C; summers are hot and wet from 26°C to 33°C; autumns are sunny; and springs are salubriously favourable to all sorts of travellers.

Culture

“East meets West”- the tag that best describes HK’s culture, since Chinese traditions incessantly persist the culture in the midst of its speedy urbanisation, just like how feng shui affects modern structure designs. The Hong Kong government is a major supporter of world cultures fusion for the greater part, as the city becomes a venue where cultures can meet.

Language

Cantonese Chinese is the lingua franca of the region, the Chinese that is spoken in Guangdong, just north of Hong Kong. English is also the official language of the multicultural city due to British influences, thus, signs and media are also conveyed in English as they are is in Cantonese.

Religion

Hong Kong is an avenue for religious freedom maintaining an eclectic mix of local religions and with carefree respect to the minority- that is Christianity. Such strict adherence is carved on the constitutional document of Hong Kong, the Basic Law, and not meant to be broken.

The 90% of HK’s population practices Buddhism-Mahayana, Taoism, and Confucianism; the 10% are Christians of a near-equal division between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and a small parcel are of other Christian sects and world religions such as Hindus, Sikhs, etc.

Attraction

With a multitude of places from the HK Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories, there is too the unheard of 254 offshore islands that if a traveller would care to step out the threshold will realize there is more to see and do than stuff your tummy and empty your wallet with franchises.

The oceanariums and parks are sure-ball attractions, but for backpackers who have had their share of the urban life is HK’s best kept secret: nature trails. To the 100% urbanised population, these are free and sweet treats because campsites are at no cost- a rarity.

Victoria Peak is also one way to get a view of the mainland’s terrain. Lantau Trail, Hong Kong Trail, Maclehose Trail, Wilson Trail are literally priceless to enjoy Hong Kong’s landscape. On the other hand, Shek O, Big Wave Bay, and Repulse Bay offer the enigmatic views of the seas.

Food

HK’s fusion cuisine is one of the sure-hit attractions to what is a country of eastern and western influences; at least that’s how visitors feel with the warm steamy whiff of heaven in the air. Nevertheless, Hong Kong’s honest representation and interpretation of traditional regional Chinese cuisine has gained its “food destination” prestige. And with a raving “eat-out, take-out” culture that is bigger than any other country

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