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Hong Kong

Facts about country

Capital Hong Kong

Population

6.15 Million

Main Languages

English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Electricity

3 Plug System 220 50 HZ

Currency

Hong Kong Dollar (HK$).

Exchange Rate for US $ as of Oct 2001

7.8 HK$ per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

1092 sq km (mainland)

Transport

train, bus, plane, taxi, subway

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Yes
Religion Officially Atheist; Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Muslim, Christian
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
40 $ 15 $  10 $  5 $ 10 $

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Hong Kong Y Hong Kong was given back to the Chinese in 1997. The main attractions are Victoria Peak, Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, surrounding islands, shopping and expensive restaurants. 8

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bunji Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding
Canoeing
Camping
River Rafting
Sky Diving
Abseiling  
Surfing x
Windsurfing x
Kayaking x
Sailing x
Mountain biking x
Rollerblading
Motorbike
Sand boarding
Snorkeling
Water Skiing
Skiing
Bicycling x
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Hong Kong

Hong Kong is expensive and therefore not recommended for budget travelers. Though if you stay in a dorm and have cooking facilities you can be on a reasonable budget.  The main attraction is Victoria Peak, which one can ascend and descend via the tram or walking.  It is slightly steep but an easy 1 hour walk up.  At the top one has great views of the city and the Hong Kong harbor.  Hong Kong is not a must to see, but we enjoyed ourselves there.

 

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