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Everything You Need to Know About Hong Kong
Hong Kong or the ‘Fragrant Harbor’ as it literally means, is one of the most significant financial centers of the world. As you walk down the streets of Hong Kong, don’t be surprised by the number of Rolls Royce you see, it is amongst the richest cities of the world, after all. This city with the most number of skyscrapers in the world (yes, almost twice the number New York City boasts of) is made up of over 200 islands. The city has the largest fleet of double deck tram cars.
Whether you want to visit one of the world’s largest seated Buddha statues in bronze in Lantau Island or the Disney theme park, Hong Kong is a cultural gem, which is a great amalgamation of eastern and western cultures. You are sure to be mesmerized by the legendary skyline and the panoramic view that this thriving city offers. You can also choose to attend various unique festivals celebrated in some islands of Hong Kong. You can experience the night life as well as splurge on some interesting shopping. For those who wish to experience culture, don’t miss the ancient Dragon Boat festival that is held in June, where you can see some exciting boat races and parties around the harbor.
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
Official Language: English, Cantonese
Local Dish: Dim sum
Bottle of Beer: $10.00
Best time to visit: October to early December
One of the most efficient subway systems with 99.9% on time rate is in Hong Kong.
There is a 2,600-foot (800 metres) covered escalator in Hong Kong that helps people commute up and down the large hills in the city.
Visitors to Hong Kong are allowed to legally bring in only 19 cigarettes, not packs.