Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and retains autonomy in a range of areas like having its own passport, having its own visa requirements, and having its own currency. It is both one of the most densely populated places in the world and one of the most developed cities in the world (with the most expensive housing).
Visitors should remember that Hong Kong is very small and dense. So land is in high demand and everything is optimized to take as little space as possible. Hong Kong is a common business destination, but not so much as a tourist one. Hong Kong is ideal to spend a couple of days in while transiting to China or somewhere else.
About Hong Kong
Hong Kong was established as a colony of the British Empire and in 1997 was transferred back to China.
- Population: Over 7.5 Million
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
- Visa Policy: 90 Days Visa-Free for All Western Countries (180 Days For The United Kingdom)
While there is no shortage of things to see and do in Hong Kong during a short stay - although it does not require 90 days to visit!
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the territory's greatest attractions and is built on reclaimed land on Lantau Island. It is the largest theme park in Hong Kong and opened in 2005. It is made up of seven themed areas: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch, and Main Street, U.S.A.
Hong Kong Disneyland “2-Day Fun” Special Package (Tourist) General Admission Ticket:
- Adult: HK $719 (Aged 12-64) ($92.50 USD)
- Child: HK $535 (Aged 3-11) ($68 USD)
Hong Kong Museum Of History
The Hong Kong Museum of History is the best place to learn about Hong Kong's unique historical and cultural heritage. Its collection includes natural history (starting all the way back in the Devonian period 400 million years ago), archaeology, local history (ending with the Handover of Hong Kong in 1997), and ethnography.
The Hong Kong Story permanent exhibition details the history and development of Hong Kong. It outlines the natural environment and the folk culture of Hong Kong. The Museum has some 8 galleries and displays over 4,000 exhibits. At the museum, one can see prehistoric fossils, ancient Chinese pottery, and colonial documents from the 19th century.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm | Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holiday: 10 am to 7 pm | Closed: Tuesdays
- Admission: Free
Nan Lian Garden
Hong Kong is an expensive city to visit, so it's nice to find some attractions that are free. The Nan Lian Garden covers an area of 3.5 hectares and is designed in the Tang Dynasty style. It incorporates hills, trees, rocks, wooden structures, and water features - and every piece of these is placed according to the rules of Tang style.
It is designed in a one-way circular route. Visitors will see ponds, a lot of trees, the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection that is connected by two Zi Wu Bridges, the Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery, the Pine Path, and more.
Facilities here include a souvenir shop, a Chinese tea house, a vegetarian food restaurant. The Nan Lian Garden is adjacent to the Chin Lin Nunnery by a bridge and together they form one of Hong Kong's must-see attractions.
- Hours: Daily From 7 am to 9 pm
- Admission: Free
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Rules: The Garden Is To Be A Place Of Tranquility, So Visitors Must Be Properly Dress, Smoking is Prohibited, Pets are Forbidden
Tsim Sha Tuis Promenade
The Tsim Sha Tuis Promenade is one of the top attractions in Hong Kong and one of the best ways to see Hong Kong. It is about 1.6 kilometers (or a mile) long and starts from the Star Ferry of Tsim Sha Tsui and ends at the tunnel of Hung Hom. The main highlight of this promenade is the stunning views of Victoria Harbour. One will see the most typical scene of Hong Kong - the high-rise skyline of Hong Kong Island as it is lit up by the many neon signs.
Victoria Harbour is always busy. One will see a range of ships from everything from humble wooden sampans and traditional junk boats to massive cruise liners and luxury yachts.
Here one can just stroll and see the many historical buildings along the route like the Hong Kong Cultural Center, the Hong Kong Space Museum, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
- Length: One Mile (1.6 Kilometers)
- Admission: Free
See: Victoria Harbour And Hong Kong Skyline
Today some people consider Hong Kong to be more fun than China despite its small size and its expensive nature. Hong Kong is one of the most developed cities in the world, so many of its attractions are its shopping and modern conveniences.