China and Europe, the exotic and the well-known, East and West – Hong Kong makes it easy for visitors to fall in love with the city, since it excludes no one and makes everyone feel as if they are somehow at home.
Despite a population of just on seven million, Hong Kong doesn’t have the same overwhelming atmosphere of other Asian cities, but is compact and easy to find your way around. Large parts can be covered on foot, and there’s plenty to see wherever you go. Those who wish to will find luxury products from all over the world in the elegant shopping malls – or curios from the Middle Kingdom in its tiny stores.
There are international and expensive restaurants, but also humble «cook shops», and both are worth a visit. Fans of the open air also have plenty of choice since 70 percent of Hong Kong is rural, and beyond the towers of glass and steel there are forests, mountains and the sea. The view of the city skyline from the Star Ferry is unique. The fascination of Hong Kong by night is almost impossible to resist. It’s best enjoyed with a cool drink in your hand on the terrace of the Bar Sevva on the 25th floor of the Prince’s Building in Central. From there, the view is of futuristic bank buildings and the impressive colonial Hong Kong Club.
As well as the active business centres, Hong Kong also has a surprising number of idyllic spots such as Aberdeen Harbour, Stanley, Repulse Bay and Sai Kung. The island world of Hong Kong also boasts over 800 km of coastline. The islands of Lamma and Lantau are retreats for many of the foreigners who work in Hong Kong. The quietest one is Lantau with its main town Mui Wo. Half of the island is a nature reserve. Hong Kong combines traditional and modern, urbanity and greenery more skilfully than almost any other city in the world.
Harbour metropolis on the south coast of China
About 7 million
Approx. 1104 km²
- Public transport
Very well developed network of underground, tram and bus
Humid subtropical climate. Winters are cool and dry; summers – from April to September – are hot and rainy. There is also a risk of typhoons
- Best time to visit
October/November and February/March are the pleasantest
- Good to know
Although officially a part of China, Hong Kong has its own laws, government, passport etc. The Internet is not censored; the press have complete freedom – and people can also say what they like. They do not appreciate being compared with the People’s Republic of China.
- Nice to know
Hong Kong translates as «fragrant harbor».
Chek Lap Kok; approx. 34 km from the city centre
Various buses travel between the airport and the city. The buses with an “A” are most suitable for passengers with a lot of luggage
The Airport Express (departs every 10 minutes) takes approx. 25 minutes to the city
The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals terminal on the left. The red taxis go to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon