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Hong Kong

Introduction

Formerly under British Rule, Hong Kong is now a "Special Administrative Region" of the Peoples Republic of China. The city itself is fast paced and has a mix of Chinese and Western influences. With a reputation for efficiency and lots to see and do, Hong Kong is a great place for a city break.



Getting there

Air: Chek Lap Kok or Hong Kong International is a thoroughly efficient modern airport which is one of the world's busiest. To get from the airport to the city the best option is the airport express train which takes just over 20 minutes. Taxis are also widely available. For flights to Hong Kong click Expedia.co.uk for great flight deals.

Rail: There is a regular rail service connecting Hong Kong with Beijing, Shanghai and other areas of China.

Ferry: It is also possible to arrive in Hong Kong by ferry from either mainland China or Macau. Services are extremely regular and efficient.

Accommodation

Hong Kong has a wide range of tourist accommodation. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Hong Kong's numerous attractions include the following:

Victoria Peak: From Central you can ascend Victoria Peak on the tram. The views from the top are simply stunning, especially after dark. Peak Tower at the summit has cafes, restaurants and many viewing areas where you can peer on the spectacular skyline below.

Lantau Island: This area may come as a surprise to those who usually associate Hong Kong with skyscrapers. Monasteries, beaches and traditional villages can be found here. Outdoor pursuits such as walking, fishing and cycling are a good option. Also on Lantau Island is Disneyland, but don't take this as a recommendation!

Cuisine: This is considered a highlight of any visit to Hong Kong. Sea food is a local speciality as is dim sim. Various different types of cuisine from all round China are well represented in the city. Eat where the locals do and it will be very affordable.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Hong Kong is to use public transport and your own two feet!

Subway: The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is a very efficient way to get around the city. There are 5 lines from which to choose.

Tram: Trams are a good sightseeing option as they travel through Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tram will take you to the top of Victoria Peak for the spectacular views.

Ferry: Make sure you travel on the ferry between Kowloon and Central even if just for the view. The skyline is truly spectacular. Ferries also travel to numerous other islands within HK.