Wednesday, December 3, 2008

travel to Hong Kong——overviews

It would be hard to find a more exciting city than Hong Kong, people from the world over are so interested in this island. Here you can find the delights of modern living alongside an abundance of reminders of its historic past, the confluences of Chinese and Western elements.

Hong Kong, literally meaning "fragrant harbor", is a Special Administrative Region of PRC, situated in the southeast corner of China, very closed to Shenzhen. Praised as the Oriental Pearl, it’s the world's fourth largest banking and financial center and eighth largest trading economy.

Today, Hong Kong occupies an area of 1,104 square kilometers and composed of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. Hong Kong Island is the center of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping. Northern Hong Kong Island is the main commercial, shopping and entertainment area; the residential area is located in Eastern Hong Kong Island; and Southern Hong Kong Island known for its sea shores and bays. Kowloon is another flourishing part of Hong Kong. Above all, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai , Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most popular areas. These areas are busy day and night, and tourists can feel secure enjoying the lively nightlife, because Hong Kong is one of the most secure cities in the world. The New Territories and Outlying Islands are ideal places to experience a peaceful and natural Hong Kong.

Here, visitors will not have language problems. For most people (about 97% of the population) speak Cantonese and English, although Mandarin is becoming more popular in Hong Kong now. It is interesting that some of them are even better in English than Mandarin. The most common religions are Buddhism and Christianity, so you can easily find churches here.

As we said, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences for the special history. Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997. On one hand traces of British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule. On the other hand, Hong Kong preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. This is reflected in its colorful festivals ranging from Spring Festival to Christmas. Nowhere else on earth do luxury restaurants, street side food-stalls known locally as dai pai dong, grand mansions and penthouses, tenements, office blocks, wooden boats and huge liners coupled with English in a variety of accents and multifarious Chinese dialects coexist peacefully.

Hong Kong has a good development both in economy and culture. It is the dynamic Hong Kong that provides the environment in which the richest Chinese listed in Forbes directory do business. The city also is the backdrop for modern movies and pop music that together enjoy worldwide recognition. Home of Kongfu heroes like the late Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Hong Kong continues to attract more and more ambitious would-be stars and entrepreneurs.

In the next article, we will show you around Hong Kong. Thank you for your attention!

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