Hong Kong is like no other city on earth.  It’s pulsating, densely populated fusion of East and West, lit by neon, fuelled by nonstop yum cha, dressed in faux Dior and serenaded by Cantopop.  And just whenyou think it’s all too much, it’s  a secluded sandy beach on Lantau or a visit to a Taoist temple in the New Territories.  Despite its British colonial past, Hong Kong has always stuck to its roots, and the culture beneath the glitz is pure Chinese – with a vibrant twist.

 

Best time to visit

October to December (dry season)

Eat

Juk (breakfast rice porridge), cha siu bau (steamed pork buns), sinning jin yuen gain (pan-fried lemon chicken), she gang (snake soup).

Drink

Dong gafe (chilled coffee, soft drink), bolei (green tea), Tsingtao (a popular Chinese brand of beer), mao tai (Chinese wine).

Interesting information

Hong Kong consumes more oranges than anywhere else on earth.  The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese year.  Expect a lot of colourful decorations but not much public merry-making; for the most part, this is a festival for the family, though there is a parade on the first day, fantastic fireworks display over Victoria Harbour on the evening of the second day, and one of the largest horse races is held at Sha Tin on day three.

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