A completely crowded place. Car noise, smog and a constant hustle and bustle. Without question Hong Kong is hectic, chaotic, but equally exotic, ultra-modern and traditional Chinese. The metropolis of Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating places in the world and a popular travel destination. Although the city can be very busy because of the constant hustle and bustle, tourists come to Hong Kong, enjoy shopping, a city tour or a trip to Macau. There are no palaces, no romantic ruins or contemplative places. But Hong Kong itself is the attraction that travellers want to discover. An alternation of man-made wonders, imposing skyscrapers, surrounded by mountains and water. Surrounded by tropical jungle with colourful butterflies and chirping crickets when the sun sets behind Hong Kong. Hong Kong is also known for its incredible culinary diversity. Many city guides describe the metropolis from gourmet stronghold. Fresh vegetables and colorful fruits are grown regionally, harvested from the Cantonese fields and finally offered at the numerous markets in Hong Kong. The depths of the South China Sea are home to unbelievable quantities of the most diverse fish and ingredients from all over the world, which daily migrate into the pans and pots of Hong Kong's chefs from around the world. The motto of the Cantonese always remains: The main thing is to keep it fresh! The chicken is slaughtered at the market and the sea creature is still swimming in the water when the guest enters the restaurant. Hong Kong's cuisine is steamed, spicy fried and spices are saved. The natural taste should be brought out. In Hong Kong this is done in an impressive way and so a visit to Hong Kong's restaurants is an experience in itself.
Facts and numbers
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region within the borders of China. The city, located on the south coast of China, has a population of almost 7 million. 262 offshore islands belong to Hong Kong. The name of the Chinese metropolis "Scented Harbor" is significant in German.
Sights in Hong Kong
Hong Kong itself is one of the most authentic sights to see on a city tour or on foot through the crowded streets. But even in this metropolis there are highlights besides the daily life of the inhabitants of Hong Kong that should not be missed during any visit to the exciting Chinese city. Those who only spend a short stopover in Hong Kong must have seen one thing above all: the overwhelming panorama of Hong Kong from the summit of the Peak.
The peak is with 552 meters the highest elevation of the island. Take the Peak Tram, a cable car, to the Peak Tower. Here you will find shops, restaurants, terraces and many other small diversions. But the real highlight is the way over the Lugard Road, about 800 meters to the steep slope. From here you can look over the whole of Hong Kong - a magical moment, especially at dusk.
In the Macao region, visitors can browse through antiques and art. Porcelain, jade, carpets or paintings can be discovered and purchased here. One thing above all counts: haggling like the world champions to get a real bargain. One of Hong Kong's most popular attractions is the night market on Temple Street. The market is open daily from 18 to 23 o'clock. The range of goods on offer extends from bags, jewellery, watches and sunglasses to electronics and toys. South of the temple Tin-Hau you will find fortune tellers and musicians in the market to entertain the crowds of visitors.
Museum of History
If you want to learn more about the origins and history of Hong Kong, the Museum of History is the place to be. The museum is one of the best in the world and explains life in and around Hong Kong in an unusually authentic way. Elaborate theatre stages house life-size houses, Hong Kong's nature is recreated using real plants and impressive presentations are lined up with wall-sized photographs. Interactive media are just as much a part of the museum's repertoire as historical film material in various languages. Wednesdays the entrance is free, otherwise it is $10. The museum is open from 10 to 18 pm. One hour longer on Sundays.
Excursions and Tours in Hong Kong
Due to Hong Kong's size and the colourful, hectic hustle and bustle, tourists can quickly lose track of things and especially hidden corners and undiscovered highlights remain hidden in the maze of the big city. Guided tours or excursions are very popular among tourists for this reason. In the first place there is the classic city tour, which is offered both as a half-day and a full-day tour. During the tours you will experience the authentic everyday life in Hong Kong from sights such as the Legislative Council, today's Hong Kong Parliament, Statue Square Park, St. John'sCathedral, Bank ofChina and finally the world famous covered and 800 meter long escalator Mid-Level. Also popular are guided tours to Hong Kong's dragon ridges, island hopping or trips to the most beautiful beaches of Bangkok. There is always a local guide who is your personal guide for the moment of the tour. While you are exploring the city in a group on public tours, you have the possibility to include your wishes regarding the route in the excursion program during a private tour in Hong Kong. Especially German speaking city tours are rare in Hong Kong and it is recommended to book a German speaking city guide in advance.