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Hong Kong

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Sub-Region: Guangdong Province

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Best Time: October to December Read More

Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Nearest Airport: Hong Kong Check Flights

"An Unmatched Cultural and Gastronomical Remedy"

Hong Kong Tourism

Hong Kong, officially known as the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is a burst of culture and colour. Housing 18 districts, Hong Kong is one of the most heavily populous regions in the world and the city with the most number of skyscrapers in the world. A major port and shopping hub, Hong Kong is the land of an iconic skyline, delectable cuisine, and protected lush nature reserves.

Home to the second-largest sitting Buddha statue, the Tian Tan Buddha, the Fragrant Harbour has a majority of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist followers. While sustaining ancient culture and tradition through architecture and festivities, Hong Kong perseveres to stand as an entertainment hub at the same time. Ocean Park, Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour and The Peak Tram are some brilliant sites in Hong Kong. 

This town of skyscrapers and some of the most beautiful skylines carries out Cantonese and British architectural aspects gained from its colonial period induced with the regional feng shui design. With art being a vital characteristic of this Gourmet Paradise, Hong Kong attracts visitors to one of Asia’s biggest cultural festivals, the Hong Kong Art Festival apart from the renowned Chinese New Year Night Parade. 

From puppet shows, ballet to the theatre, this Shoppers Paradise has its own aesthetics such as Cantopop, a regional combination of classic opera and pop. Besides offering an exciting exposure to art and shopping, the cuisine here is an irresistible fusion of local and international food. Some of the unique traits of Hong Kong, also known as the World’s Fair of Food, are its open-air food stalls and Dai Pai Dongs; inexpensive noodle stores!

Hong Kong is undoubtedly quite an unmatched cultural and gastronomical remedy!

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Currency in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the official currency of Hong Kong which is further divided into 100 cents. The currency code HKD carries the symbol - HK. The HKD is also acceptable in the neighbouring Chinese city of Macau. The Hong Kong Dollar is used alongside the Macau Pataca.

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Exchanging Money in Hong Kong

Indian Rupee (INR) to Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
As of 1st January 2020, 1 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) was equal to 9.16 Indian Rupee (INR). However, as per the country’s economy, the currency exchange ratio may vary accordingly.

US Dollar (USD) to Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
As of 1st January 2020, 1 US Dollar (USD) was equal to 7.79 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). However, the exchange ratio may change depending upon the demand and supply of the currency.

For those travelling to Hong Kong for the first time, it is advised to get the currency exchanged at the airport itself. However, changing money is fairly easy in Hong Kong. There are several authorised money changers in the city's commercial areas. There are also some that have been certified by the Quality Tourism Services Scheme, so look for those if you are a bit particular.

Traveller's cheques are accepted by almost all major banks, and there are HSBC ATMs in the city which will accept Visas and MasterCards. In general, international cards are accepted at all ATMs.

Daily Budget for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a fairly expensive city. Though the restaurants and bars are going to be expensive, street food options provide a decent and cheap alternative. Also, some attractions like Disneyland are very expensive.

A low-end budget will lie somewhere around HKD 350 - 600, a mid-range budget around HKD 1000 - 1500, and a high-end budget will go higher than HKD 2000 per day, per person.

Religion of Hong Kong

  • Buddhism is one of the most practised religions in Hong Kong and has greatly influenced the local culture of the port city. 
  • Over 43% of the locals follow the teachings of Confucius, the revered Chinese Philosopher. Taoism is followed avidly by many sections of the society, giving rise to Neo Confucianism that worships opposite powers of nature.
  • Hong Kong is also home to 360,000 Catholics and 480,000 Protestants with numerous churches holding regular services on Sundays and Holy Days.
  • Home to 300,000 followers of Islam with only one-third of them being local residents, the rest of the Muslim population in Hong Kong consist of Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian immigrants.
  • Hong Kong has 40,000 Hindus residing across the city. Almost all of them are immigrants from India, who have set up a Hindu Temple at Happy Valley.
  • Hong Kong also has a small Sikh community of about 8000 devotees in the area. They are the smallest minority of religions in Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Customs

  • Greetings are sufficed by a light handshake and wait for your friends to introduce you before you do so.
  • Be careful not to be too loud in public areas, the locals are not very fond of excessively loud people.
  • Refrain from public displays of affection.
  • If you're invited to someone's house, always carry a gift.
  • Do not give anything that is 4 in number, since it symbolises death, while the number 8 is favourable as it symbolises prosperity.
  • People in Hong Kong are used to foreigners by now, and small lapses in etiquette will be forgiven.
  • Tipping in the region of 10 - 20% of the bill in hotels and restaurants is enough where the service charge hasn't been added while rounding up taxi fares is sufficient. HKD 10 - 20 is enough when you're tipping porters or housekeep.

Language of Hong Kong

According to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, initiated in 1990 and officiated in 1997, English and Mandarin are the official languages of the country.

Shanghainese and Taishanese are a few other Chinese dialects are used among the languages in Hong Kong. Apart from these, German, French, Arabic, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and even Indian languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, Sindhi, Tamil and Hindi are also sparsely used by people, usually immigrants from other parts of the world.

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History of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, which now houses the world's numbers of largest skyscrapers was a former primitive land of the semi coastal people, adept in rice cultivation, fishing and farming in the history of Hong Kong. Starting as a small region with a scarce population, situated at the confluence of Pearl river delta and the South China Sea, Hong Kong, now is one of the world's leading global financial hubs. With an incredibly turbulent but enriched history, this developed cosmopolitan city on the southeastern coast of China is now an emerging tourist destination, around the world.

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Restaurants and Local Food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a major city and as such you can find all sorts of cuisines and fast food joints all over the city. Local food of Hong Kong is typically south east Asian. Wontons are a very popular addition to soup or rice, with a stuffing of meat; sweet and sour pork combines flavours true to the region deliciously; fish balls or shrimp and chicken balls, deep cried stuffed meat balls, are a hugely popular street food; and the rickshaw noodles are a favourite fast food among the locals. Hong Kong is heaven if you're a foodie, and exploring the city will bring you across some amazing local foods.
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