HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People's Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea.
Hong Kong is much more than a harbour city. The traveller weary of its crowded streets may be tempted to describe it as Hong Kongcrete. Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape. Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.
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HONG KONG QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Victoria (Central)
- Currency: Hong Kong dollar ($, HKD)
- Area: 1,092 km²
- Population: 7,451 million (2018)
- Language: Cantonese, English
- Religion: mix of local religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism) ~84%, minority atheists and Christian
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (UK plug)
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HONG KONG PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 January, New Year’s Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 1 July, SAR Establishment Day
- 1 October, National Day
- 25 December, Christmas
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Chinese New Year (3 days), Tomb Sweeping Day (Qing Ming), Dragon Boat Festival, the day after Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Chung Yeung Festival, the day after Chung Yeung Festival, and Buddha’s Birthday according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Also, Good Friday through Easter Monday.
HONG KONG WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Subtropical Monsoon; Cool And Humid In Winter, Hot And Rainy From Spring Through Summer, Warm And Sunny In Fall
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN HONG KONG
The best time for outdoor activities in Hong Kong is from October to April, with October to December being the most pleasant temperature wise and December to February being the coldest but clearest months.
BEACH OPTIONS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has some lovely beaches but be warned, they can get very crowded! The weather can be good from May to August, with June, July and August being the hottest months.
SURFING IN HONG KONG
You can find good surf in Hong Kong, but the conditions can also be dangerous, so take this into consideration. Sai Wan is the most accessible beach and probably also the most beginner friendly. Tai Wan has the most consistent surf break but is very isolated and can have strong rip tides. At Ham Tin the waves break closer to the shore.
KITESURF IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has some great conditions for both kitesurfing and windsurfing from September to May when the east and northeast winds prevail. Shui Hau Bay is the hot spot for kitesurfing.