China tour Hong Kong experience
Since the handover from Great Britain to China in 1997, Hong Kong has been made as a ’Special Administrative Region’ and still maintaining its own system even though as part of China. While big cities like Beijing and Shanghai from the mainland have grown to epitomise the modern to attract foreign visitors, Hong Kong, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ still has her smouldering attraction. This city continue to maintain its own reputation in the world as one of the must visit destination in Far East.
Hong Kong is geographically and administratively divided into three main regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories (New City Zone).
Today, Hong Kong Island is one of the most important financial districts in the world. Banking, shipping, import & export and other financial institution from all over the world have their offices mainly in Hong Kong Island, especially in the Central District area. Kowloon is connected to the mainland China. In the old days most factories and workshops are concentrated in this area, to manufacturer products from toys to electronic goods and export to all over the world. Since the handover to China and received the Special Administrative Regions status, most of the factories and manufacturing businesses moved into the mainland China. However there are still many factories and industrial buildings in the Kowloon Peninsula also housing one of the world biggest cargo port handling multi-million tons of cargo in and out of Hong Kong daily. New Territories (New City Zone) in the old days were mostly farmlands. Since the city expansion plan, majority of the farmlands are now become a massive housing projects for millions of locals and foreigners alike to live there. Travel from the Kowloon Peninsula to mainland China by train or by car, you need to travel through the New Territories (New City Zone) area and you will see all the housing zones, buildings like in a bamboo forests. They are well developed and organised with transports like highway, buses and train / underground services.
Hong Kong economy and tourism continues to grow and has been running successfully to improve in a very positive direction. The city is more grown up, easy to navigate, more diverse and still an exciting destination with traditional fishing villages, incense filled temples, lively nightlife and the dizzying number of bars and restaurants. Shopping is still a paradise for all young and old.
Although Hong Kong often advertises as a cosmopolitan blend of east and west, this is still a very Chinese metropolis with the blend of western culture is preserved somewhat intact when it was under the British rule. It works well for short break stopovers and as part of longer China tours. We suggest to visiting Hong Kong when festivals are in full swing.Chinese New Year in February to take part and share the celebration with the East. The Rugby Hong Kong Seven in March, when the party rages from the stadium to the street of Wanchai. The more traditional Tin Hau and the Cheung Chau Bun Festival in April are fantastic for real local colour, ceremony and spectacle, or the sea splashing Dragon Boat race festival in June.
You will find Hong Kong is like the City of London and the City of New York put together into one place but a place of delightful, utterly safe, fantastically organised, with plenty of excitements. There are 3 main offers to anyone who are visiting Hong Kong = Shopping, Food, Drinks, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This go with entertainments and clubs, and this city never sleep! For those want to take time out, you can visit many outer islands of Hong Kong offering sun, sea and sandy beaches for relaxation. Hong Kong has certainly maintained its name as the Pearl of the Orient!
We have decided to add Hong Kong as our 3 night stopover after our long China tour before we head back home.Please read more details from Hong Kong Travel Information