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About Hong Kong

Hong Kong- city life
Hong Kong is a big, busy cosmopolitan city. It blends Western and Eastern cultures, providing a plethora of international shops, foods and ideas. However, the predominant culture is Chinese. Throughout the year traditional festivals involving lighting lanterns, burning money for the dead and eating moon cake are celebrated. 

Hong Kong is a bustling city with a striking skyline. Cocktails in restaurants overlooking the harbour give the best views of Hong Kong’s dramatic architecture. Down below, its busy streets are packed with shops and markets stalls, selling anything from clothes and jade to birds and flowers. It’s a shopper’s paradise! 

Amidst the shops are a range of restaurants. Most are Asian cuisines from all over China, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. However, Hong Kong is not without its healthy share of Western food- it’s equally easy to find a good Italian meal or Mexican dish!

One of the main advantages of Hong Kong is its central location in Asia, making it easy to travel to locations such as Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and mainland China. Japan, Korea and Australasia are also possible but a bit more expensive. Hong Kong’s bilingual environment also makes it a good home for native English speakers, as signs and menus are mostly in both English and Cantonese. And it’s also good to know that most doctors, lawyers and policemen can speak good English too!

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Hong Kong- outside the city

Despite the striking images of skyscrapers twinkling in the reflection of a busy harbour, Hong Kong is not just a big city. Obviously the hustle, bustle and skyscrapers dominate the centre, but it’s surprisingly easy to escape the city to find space and countryside. The South Side of Hong Kong Island is scattered with beautiful beaches and cliffs easily accessible by bus for a day's escape. The New Territories also provide excellent hiking, kayaking and biking as well as sandy beaches. Ferries regularly leave Central to the outlying islands. The island of Lamma is home to a small, relaxed community, ideal for spending a day strolling round the shops and exploring the beaches. Cheng Chau also hosts wonderful beaches and is famous for its seafood restaurants over-looking the harbour. Lantau is a bigger island, boasting hill walks and the biggest bronze Buddha in the world. 

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A great timelapsed video about Hong Kong