Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant
and exciting cities in the world. From humble beginnings as a small fishing
village, Hong Kong is one of the world’s largest financial hubs and densely
populated metropolises. These days, Hong Kong is an attractive, large modern
city, but it still clings on to reminders of its historic past, and it has long
been a shopping mecca and tourist destination for many visitors.
Sights and Activities
One of Hong Kong’s most iconic images
are the junks floating around on the harbour. A traditional junk boat ride will give you
a great view of the Hong Kong skyline. Another great place to take in the
views is ‘The Peak’. From either viewpoint, it’s worth immersing yourself into
Hong Kong’s famous evening light show, the Symphony of Lights.
Another icon and Hong Kong landmark is
the Big Buddha. You can reach the Big Buddha via bus, hiking, or via the Npong
Ping Cable Car - a 7km journey suspended high above the ground and across the
Hong Kong is synonymous with shopping
– and many travelers can relate to needing to check their baggage limits for
the journey home. Shopping in Hong Kong has everything you could possibly
imagine – from designer goods to genuine imitations. There is Sogo, the popular
department store that is everyone’s meeting point which sells all sorts of designer
goods, shoes, leather goods and great food. The Hong Kong Trade Development
Council Design Gallery in Wanchai has an interesting collection of bits
and pieces from picture frames and fashion accessories to soft furnishings and
laptop speakers. For the gadget geeks, Pacific Place in the Admiralty has the latest
in electronic goods.
People in Hong Kong live to eat – not
eat to live! Food is an integral part of living in Hong Kong and it’s easy to
eat your way around the city across multiple cuisines and budgets. The cuisine
is heavily influenced by Cantonese culture, but other Asian influences are
popular, as well as western style fare. Feel free to commence your day with
some small, bite-sized portions of dim sum – chewy pastry filled with shrimp,
chicken, spinach and mushrooms or vegetables and rice noodles, usually served
in traditional bamboo steamer baskets. Universal Hong Kong dishes include
Wontons and Sweet and Sour Pork. Regardless of your taste, it’s hard to be
hungry in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong has excellent health care
standards and medical practitioners – some of the best in the world. However,
accessing medical treatment is expensive as costs are second only to the United
States, hence it is recommended taking out travel insurance to cover potential
Hong Kong is one of the safest places
to visit, but it’s always worth checking the risks before travelling there. Violent
crime rates are very low but there is always the risk of pick-pockets and
bag-snatchers in cities, so it’s wise to take the usual precautions when it
comes to taking care of travel documents, cash or credit cards when you’re in a
crowded area or travelling on public transport. As a general precaution, avoid
carrying large amounts of cash, jewellery or cameras, or expensive watches,
especially in less populated areas.
The typhoon season occurs between May
and October, so if you are travelling at this time, bad weather may cause
delayed or cancelled flights or ferries, and you may have to arrange extra
accommodation and meals at your own expense, if you do not have insurance.
Tap water is safe and meets World
Health Organization guidelines for drinking water; however, many people prefer to drink bottled
Infectious diseases such as the bird flu
exist in Hong Kong, so it’s a good idea to discuss your travel plans with your
GP before you go, and make sure you have taken all necessary precautions to
While Hong Kong is generally a safe
destination, visitors are also advised to use common sense and caution while
travelling to avoid the potential risks.
Being a smart traveller by getting
vaccinated before you leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the
risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances
of your trip to Hong Kong being memorable for all the right reasons. However,
some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring
you have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of
an illness or misadventure in Hong Kong.
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