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  :. The History of Hong Kong

( The history of Hong Kong) : The bustling city of Hong Kong was just a collection of fishing villages when claimed by Britain in 1842 following the First Opium War with China. This failed attempt by the Ching Dynasty to stop the British trading in opium led to Hong Kong being ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking that year. The Kowloon Peninsula was handed over in 1860 and a 99-year lease on the New Territories, comprising the area north of Kowloon up to the Shenzhen River plus 235 outlying islands, was granted in 1898.


Under the unique principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July 1997 as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. This arrangement allows Hong Kong to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.

Hong Kong's magnificent harbour has been the key to its development as a trading port and entrepot for China, progressing through an industrial era to become a leading financial and services centre in Asia. The unique blend of eastern and western influences, matched by diverse attractions and stunning countryside, has also made Hong Kong Asia's prime tourist destination


:. All of the major international hotel chains are represented in Hong Kong, along with a dazzling array of local and regional hotels. What's more, there are a multitude of hostels and guesthouses to satisfy the budget-conscious traveler. The site provides a handy hotel search engine.

  :. Location

Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China at the mouth of the Pearl River facing the South China Sea. Covering an area of 1,104 square kilometres (425 square miles), the territory is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. At the core is Victoria Harbour, which separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon and beyond that, the New Territories that runs up to the boundary with Mainland China. As well as making up the bulk of Hong Kong's land mass, the New Territories also incorporates 262 outlying islands, including Lantau where the airport is located.

Despite its dense urban environment, more than 70% of Hong Kong's total area is rural, including about 40% designated as protected country parks and nature reserves that are all easily accessible.


  :. Hong Kong Weather

7-day Weather Forecast : You can find detailed current and seasonal weather information at the Hong Kong Observatory website. When in Hong Kong, dial 1878-200 and press '3' for English to check the latest situation. You may also check out the weather forecast for Mainland Chinese cities.

Seasons
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. Typhoon season is May to November. When a typhoon is approaching, warnings are broadcast on TV and radio, and signals indicate its significance, the latest position and expected movement of the centre of the tropical cyclone, information on the wind strength, rainfall and sea level in the territory. When typhoon signal 8 is hoisted, businesses and shops close down and flights may be cancelled. There is a separate warning for heavy rain.

Spring April - June Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool.

Summer July - September Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperture can exceed 31C.

Autumn October - December There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong.

Winter January - March Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10C in urban areas.


  :. Languages in Hong Kong

English is widely used in Hong Kong


  :. Hong Kong Money

Currency The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. Interestingly, Hong Kong banknotes are issued by three banks (HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China), and vary in design and colour for each denomination.

Banknotes $10 - green or purple (The purple note is issued by the government) $20 - dark blue or light blue (old or new) $50 - purple or green (old or new) $100 - red $500 - brown $1000 - yellow Coins (issued by the government) 10c - in bronze, circular, smaller 20c - in bronze, wavy-circular 50c - in bronze, circular, larger $1 - in silver, circular, thinner $2 - in silver, wavy-circular $5 - in silver, circular, thicker $10 - in bronze/silver, circular


  :. Health and Safety in Hong Kong


Health : Upon arrival in Hong Kong, automatic sensors will take your temperature and if it is high, you will be required to have a quick health check.

Vaccination certificates are usually not required. Check with your local carriers because requirements may change.

Tap water is soft in character and conforms to the guidelines for drinking-water quality recommended by the World Health Organisation. However, most people prefer to drink bottled water. Mineral water including major imported brands is readily available from supermarkets and convenience stores.

For more health advice, visit the Department of Health website.

Hospitals : As an international city, Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. Visitors using Accident and Emergency services in Hong Kong public hospitals are charged a set fee of HK$570 per attendance, but will always be treated even if they cannot pay immediately. For more details, please go to the Hospital Authority's website.

Related link:
List of public hospitals in Hong Kong

Smoking Restrictions : Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas, including restaurants, karaoke lounges, malls, bars, clubs, nightclubs, bathhouses, massage establishments and mahjong-tin kau premises. Smoking is also banned in some outdoor areas, such as public beaches, swimming pools, transport interchanges and outside escalators etc.

Related link: List of no-smoking locations

Hygiene : Cleanliness: Hong Kong has strict laws to maintain environmental hygiene, including fixed penalty fines of HK$1,500 for littering or spitting. Please help to keep Hong Kong clean and beautiful!



  :. Business Hours

( The history of Hong Kong) : The bustling city of Hong Kong was just a collection of fishing villages when claimed by Britain in 1842 following the First Opium War with China. This failed attempt by the Ching Dynasty to stop the British trading in opium led to Hong Kong being ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking that year. The Kowloon Peninsula was handed over in 1860 and a 99-year lease on the New Territories, comprising the area north of Kowloon up to the Shenzhen River plus 235 outlying islands, was granted in 1898.


  :. Hong Kong Useful Numbers

Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 999
Police Hotline 2527 7177
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline (multilingual) 2508 1234
Hong Kong International Airport 2181 8888
Hong Kong Immigration Department 2824 6111
Department of Health 2961 8989
Consumer Council 2929 2222
RTHK's service hotline (Newsline) for the latest news 2272 0000
Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong 2807 0707
Customs and Excise Department Enquiry Hotline 2815 7711
Hongkong Post 2921 2222
Weather (Hong Kong Observatory) 1878 200
Hong Kong Hotels Association Hotel Reservation Hotline 2383 8380 /
2769 8822
Directory Enquiries 1081
International Services 10010
International Enquiries Service
(Country Codes & World Time Inquiries)
10013


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