Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong

Few cities in the world beat Hong Kong for sheer diversity. The mix of old and new, Western and Asian, traditional and modern, is fascinating, and people from all walks of life have made Hong Kong their home, giving rise to a truly international city.

This cultural mix is evident in everything from the wide range of cuisines available to the variety of clothing being sold – from saris, to cheongsams, to cocktail dresses. In fact, you can buy almost anything in Hong Kong and many flock to the city to shop. With its shiny mega-malls, bustling markets, and quirky boutique-lined streets, it is certainly possible to lose days at a time shopping for clothes, electronics, antiques and curiosities. However, Hong Kong has far more to offer visitors than shops alone.

Wander along the waterfront promenade to gawp at the city’s incredible skyline, breathe in the heady scent of incense at a temple, take the ferry to one of the many islands to feast on the freshest seafood, listen to the hauntingly shrill notes of a Chinese opera, feel the wind whip around your face as you gaze down at the city from its highest peak. Hong Kong engages all the senses and offers the world in a city – the difficulty lies in choosing what to do next.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in China:
    1.34 billion
  • Inhabitants in Hong Kong:
    7.07 million
  • Official language
    Cantonese, English and Mandarin
  • Currency
    Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)
  • Time zone
    GMT + 8 hours
  • Emergency number
  • Constitution
    Special Administrative Region
  • Country phone code
  • Country code
  • Local transportation
    Subway, bus, taxi, tram, ferry