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Hong Kong

Andrew Harper's Travel Guide

Hong Kong is a “special administrative region” of China, with its own government and currency. It consists of Hong Kong Island, plus Kowloon and the so-called “New Territories” on the mainland. Island and mainland are linked by the iconic Star Ferry boats, which take around ...

Hong Kong is a “special administrative region” of China, with its own government and currency. It consists of Hong Kong Island, plus Kowloon and the so-called “New Territories” on the mainland. Island and mainland are linked by the iconic Star Ferry boats, which take around five minutes to cross one of the world’s most spectacular harbors. Fueled by recent economic growth in China, today’s Hong Kong is thrilling and relentless. Sadly, the Chinese display little interest in historic preservation, and you invariably have to seek out the old: an opera, a lion dance, the bird market or an early-morning session of tai chi. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for one month beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

WHEN TO VISIT

October-March is warm and dry and is the best time for a visit; May-September is rainy, hot and humid.

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