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Hong Kong, China

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Overview

Hong Kong is one of the most interesting and popular tourist destinations in the world. Hong Kong is actually a classified as a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. Aside from being a major metropolitan city, lined with skyscrapers, Hong Kong is also well known for the great shopping deals you can find in the area (on both clothing and electronics).

What is now one of the leading financial centers of the world used to be a simple trading port, back in the 19th century. In fact, the history of Hong Kong is quite interesting. Hong Kong was a Crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1842 to 1981, when it became a British dependent territory until 1997. At that point in time the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred from British to Chinese rule. Today this city has a very capitalist economy, despite the fact that its ruling country of China is communist.

The British rule of Hong Kong for so many years, understandably, created a heavy western influence over this city. This is quite noticeable in the city's economy, education and daily lifestyle. Hong Kong is considered a place where East certainly meets West.

Hong Kong's weather is known for being somewhat unpredictable. Summers are usually hot and humid, with some rain and thunderstorms. The hottest months of the year are typically July and August, with average daily high temperatures of 88°F. Winters are colder, with an average high daily temperature in the mid-70s to the mid-60s (depending on the month).


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Hong Kong, China:
Asia
World Cruises


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Azamara Cruises
Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Holland America Line
Oceania Cruises
P&O Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises



Currency
The official currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese (specifically the Cantonese dialect) and English. Cantonese is the most widely spoken language in Hong Kong, while English is spoken by most people in the tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions
Many of the most famous attractions in Hong Kong are located on Hong Kong Island. The central area of the island is where Hong Kong's economic, political and historic centre is located. Hong Kong actually has the world's largest number of skyscrapers within it.

Located on Hong Kong Island is Victoria Peak (known as "The Peak"), a famous mountain that's considered to be one of the most visited tourist attractions in
Hong Kong . From this part of the island you can enjoy truly amazing views of the city centre. There are several shopping and dining areas at Victoria Peak.

Also on Hong Kong Island is the tallest building in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre (completed in 2003 and also known as IFC Two). Avenue of the Stars, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located by Victoria Harbour. It's a tribute to the Hong Kong film industry. Government House, located on Government Hill, is the official residence of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

Stanley Market, a great open-air market, is a famous tourist attraction located on Hong Kong Island. It's a great place to shop and bargain with the vendors for a good deal. Many Chinese arts and crafts, silk clothing, and various souvenirs can be purchased at this market. There are also several restaurants in this area.

Ocean Park is a marine-themed amusement park located on Hong Kong Island. It's widely considered to be one of the most popular theme parks in the world.
Within this park are an aquarium, roller coasters and much more. Another famous theme park in this area is the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which opened in 2005.

Nathan Road is the main street in the urban area of Kowloon, Hong Kong. It's a great area that's filled with many hotels, high-end shops and restaurants. It's a popular tourist spot and at night becomes quite lively as there are a few bars and clubs in the area.

There are many museums in Hong Kong. Among them are the Hong Kong Museum of Art (located on Salisbury Road, nearby the Hong Kong Space Museum) and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (which opened in 2000, located by the Shing Mun River).

Taking an excursion to the nearby city of Macau (also known as Macao) is a popular option among those who are going to be in the area for a few days. Similar to Hong Kong, Macau is one of China's special administrative regions. Within this area are various hotels, resorts, restaurants and casinos (including the Sands Macau). This area is located about an hour from Hong Kong, by boat.


Port Location
Ocean Terminal is the cruise terminal in Hong Kong. It's about a 40 minute drive (via car) from the airport to the cruise terminal. A bus ride from the airport to the cruise terminal will take about an hour. A train ride will take about 30 minutes from the airport to Kowloon Station, which is about a 5 minute drive from Ocean Terminal.

On the lower three floors of the terminal you'll find various stores and dining venues. Also, within walking distance of Ocean Terminal are museums, popular hotels, restaurants and various stores.
 
Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong Skyline
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Peak Tower on Victoria Peak
Peak Tower on Victoria Peak
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2 International Finance Centre
2 International Finance Centre
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Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
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Government House
Government House
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Avenue of the Stars
Bruce Lee's Statue at the Avenue of the Stars
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Ocean Park
Ocean Park
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Stanley Market
Stanley Market
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Nathan Road
Nathan Road



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