Travel Guide: Hong Kong

Located on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the Asian country which comprises Hong Kong Island, the New Territories, Kowloon Peninsula and over 200 Outlying Islands. It has subtropical climate and a varied geography, including hills, beaches and many bodies of water. Influenced by its former status as a British colony, Hong Kong is a mix of old and new, European and Chinese. Whether you're looking for gorgeous natural scenery or to expand your cultural and religious horizons, Hong Kong is the place for you. In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at Hong Kong.
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This region’s name means “fragrant harbor” in Chinese. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re continuing our travel series with a look at Hong Kong.

Location and Population
Located on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the Asian country which comprises Hong Kong Island, the New Territories, Kowloon Peninsula and over 200 Outlying Islands. With a population of over seven million spread out over a total area of about 420 square miles, it is considered one of the world’s most densely populated areas.

Geography and Climate


Hong Kong boasts hilly and mountainous geography that is punctuated by multiple bodies of water and beaches. The region’s humid subtropical climate brings mild winters, variable springs, dry falls and hot and humid summers with the potential for typhoons.

British Influence


Visitors traveling to Hong Kong by air will most likely land at Hong Kong International Airport, and on your way in you’ll be able to see the famous skyline. Because Hong Kong Island is greatly influenced by its former status as a British Colony, you’ll see a mix of historical British buildings and contemporary skyscrapers. However, most of the island is actually countryside, so take time to observe the natural scenery as well, like Aberdeen’s floating village and Victoria Peak. Other attractions include the Central-Mid-levels escalators and Hong Kong Stadium.

Kowloon


The majority of Hong Kong’s inhabitants live in Kowloon, and that peninsula is home to such fascinating features as the Walled City Park, the Wong Tai Sin Temple and the International Commerce Centre. While you’re there, visit the Avenue of the Stars to learn more about Hong Kong’s movie industry and be sure to stay for the evening light show.

New Territories


The New Territories, on the other hand, are known for their beaches, farms, large towns and country parks. Hong Kong Wetland Park and the island of Cheung Chau are of particular interest to nature-loving tourists.

Outlying Islands


Meanwhile, notable spots found on Hong Kong’s Outlying Islands include the peaceful Lamma Island and the naturally stunning Lantau Island. One of Lantau’s must-see attractions is the Tien Tan Buddha, which you can reach via the Ngong Ping 360 sky rail.

Culture and Religion


For those who are captivated by Chinese culture, there are two events that demonstrate its traditions and therefore are the ideal time to visit the region: Chinese New Year’s parades are a huge draw, while the Chinese opera of the Hungry Ghost Festival is also enchanting.

Sports


If sports are more your thing, you may be interested in golfing or watching a dragon boat race. Horseracing is also popular at venues like the Sha Tin and Happy Valley racecourses. Shoppers will find a variety of items in malls or at street markets. And, you can’t leave Hong Kong without trying the food – whether it’s at a fancy restaurant or from a street vendor.

Something for Everyone


From modern buildings to historical sites, mountains to beaches, sports to fine dining and so much more, Hong Kong has something for everyone.
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