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A: Sha Lo Tung Fung Yuen - hillside grave 沙螺洞鳳園-山邊的墳墓

by njohn, 1.3 km away

傷者指賊兇悍好似尋仇 刀槍蛇匪劫行山客 【本報訊】六名打扮成行山人士的蛇匪,昨在大埔沙螺洞附近匿藏在山邊的墳墓,乘九名行山男女路過時,撲出亮刀槍截劫,其中一名遇劫臈師被匪用鐮刀架頸,再遭推跌地上受傷,送...

Sha Lo Tung Fung Yuen - hillside grave 沙螺洞鳳園-山邊的墳墓

B: Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區 ) , Tai Po, NT

by wongchichuen, 1.4 km away

Fung Yuen, which is situated about 2 kilometers from Tai Po Town Centre, is a famous site for appreci...

Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區 ) , Tai Po, NT

C: Fung Yuen Development Site(大埔鳳園豪宅地盤), Tai Po, NT

by wongchichuen, 1.5 km away

The Hong Kong butterfly haven, Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve and nearby Sites of Special Science Intere...

Fung Yuen Development Site(大埔鳳園豪宅地盤), Tai Po, NT

D: Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區), Tai Po, NT

by wongchichuen, 1.5 km away

Fung Yuen, which is situated about 2 kilometers from Tai Po Town Centre, is a famous site for appreci...

Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區), Tai Po, NT

E: Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區), Tai Po, NT

by wongchichuen, 1.5 km away

Fung Yuen, which is situated about 2 kilometers from Tai Po Town Centre, is a famous site for appreci...

Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve(大埔鳳園蝴蝶保育區), Tai Po, NT

F: 鶴藪沙螺古道遊-沙螺洞/沙羅洞 Sha Lo Tung

by njohn, 1.8 km away

沙螺洞是一處約200米高的河谷濕地,四面環山,在此記錄了68品種的蜻蜓,佔全港蜻蜓102品種中近七成,並找到了世界稀有的「白線紋胸鮡」淡水魚。荒廢了稻田都已長滿了高高的野草,此自然環境孕育著各種蜻蜓和蝴...

鶴藪沙螺古道遊-沙螺洞/沙羅洞 Sha Lo Tung

G: 沙螺洞張家村 Sha Lo Tung Cheung Uk

by njohn, 1.8 km away

Cheung Uk village is located in Sha Lo Tung, Tai Po, New Territories is classified as Grade II monume...

沙螺洞張家村 Sha Lo Tung Cheung Uk

H: Sha Lo Tung village 沙螺洞村屋

by njohn, 1.8 km away

Sha Lo Tung (沙羅洞) is an area of Tai Po District, in the northeastern New Territories of Hong Kong.The...

Sha Lo Tung village 沙螺洞村屋

J: 荒廢屋棚@沙羅洞

by njohn, 1.9 km away

沙羅洞建有三條村,分別為張屋、李屋和老圍,有逾300年歷史,被列作二級古蹟。有部份沙羅洞屋群因欠缺保養已隱末在林木中。

荒廢屋棚@沙羅洞

This panorama was taken in Hong Kong

This is an overview of Hong Kong

Overview and History

Hong Kong sits on the south coast of China, on the Pearl River Delta. It's got a population of more than seven million people and is one of the most densely populated places on earth. It also appears to be putting into place the template for population management, which cities around the world will be implementing as soon as they can afford it. More on that later.

Archaeological evidence dates human activity beneath present-day Hong Kong back to the stone age. The area was first settled by people from the mainland during the Han dynasty, around the beginning of the common era (the P.C. term for when B.C. changed to A.D. Whoa!)

For hundreds of years, Hong Kong was a small fishing community and haven for travelers, with a few pirates here and there. Then whitey showed up.

Western influence reached China at the beginning of the 15th century, when all those great explorers in boats were cruising for loot in strange and mysterious places. Tea and silk were the commodities connecting eastern Europe to China, and Hong Kong was known as a safe harbor through which to pass. When you're carrying the Queen's tea, it's especially important to avoid ARRRRRRguments with pirates. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.

Seriously folks -- in the eighteenth century Britain was doing a booming business with China, offering Indian opium to balance their extensive purchases of fine porcelains and everything else. The opium was ordained to be for medicinal purposes only, of course.

Well, as you may imagine, the Chinese got sick of opium fiends junking up the place, so they attempted to stop the British suppliers, to no avail. The Opium Wars resulted and ended with China ceding Hong Kong to the British, in fear of their massive naval power. This took place in the year 1841.

Colonization soon followed, Hong Kong shot up in value as an international port, and its population increased dramatically. In 1898 Britain acquired additional territories on a 99 year lease -- expiring in 1997. Does that year sound familiar? Read on.

In the 20th century Hong Kong changed hands several times. The British surrendered it to Japan during World War Two, then took it back after Japan's defeat, then gave it to China later. Immediately following the war, Hong Kong served as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees, while the Chinese National Government was losing its civil war against communist leadership.

The population of Hong Kong exploded as corporations seeking to escape Chinese isolationism arrived and set up shop. Cheap labor in the textile and manufacturing industries steadily built up the economy and ensured foreign investment. By the end of the 20th century Hong Kong had become a financial mammoth offering banking services to the world.

In 1997 Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with a few stipulations in place to guarantee its economic autonomy, as much as possible. The phrase "one country, two systems" was coined by the Chinese to describe the relationship between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Getting There

Well, where do you want to get to from the Hong Kong International Airport? There are ferries servicing six mainland ports in the Pearl River Delta Region. Airport Express Railway connects directly to downtown Hong Kong, and it has been rated the best airport in the world multiple times.

The Airport Express Railway will get you into Hong Kong in about an hour, for $100. Public buses cost $10 and take a little longer. For direct service to your hotel you can take one of the hotel's private buses ($120+) or a taxi ($300+). As you can see, waiting time is optional for those who can afford it.

Here's a little blurb on travel times, with further information for access to nearby cities (cross-boundary transport).

Transportation

Grab an Octopus card when you arrive. Octopus is the world's first electronic ticket-fare card system and the Hong Kong public transportation system is the world leader in people-moving. 90% of Hong Kongers get around on public transportation.

Octopus covers the Airport Rail line, buses, ferries, the rapid-transit MTR network, supermarkets, fast food outlets, phone booths... It's how to get around the cashless economy.

Nevermind the microchip built into it, you'll get used to having one of those on you at all times -- and soon they'll be internal! What do I mean? Many schools in Hong Kong even use the Octopus card to check attendance, because you read the card's data with an external scanner from a distance. This will the global norm soon. What if that chip is installed in your body? It's in the works baby!

The hilly Hong Kong terrain also demands some special modes of transportation. If you've been to Pittsburgh, you may have some idea of how cool it is to ride a cable car up the side of a mountain, overlooking a majestic harbor and city. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you've got Hong Kong: vertical-travel trams, moving sidewalks, and the world's longest outdoor escalator system.

People and Culture

The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) which is pegged to the U.S. dollar. Official languages are Chinese and English.  You're on your own, baby!  Dive into the swarming, throbbing, pulsing, crawling and teeming mix!

Things to do & Recommendations

The Peak Tower and its shopping Galleria are the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong so don't miss it.

Cool off in the Kowloon Park public indoor swimming pool!

After that, go see what's happening at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, a non-profit organisation which puts together exhibitions for international artists and performers.

Organize sports fans flock to the Hong Kong Stadium, but there's good news for disorganized sportistas too -- Mountain biking is now legal in the parks! Have at it, baby!

All this excitement is going to make you hungry. Springtime is traditionally the time to celebrate seafood, summer is for fruits, and winter steams with hot pot soups to keep you warm.

The best thing to do is go and find some dim sum. Dozens of plates of tasty small items, sort of like sushi but it's cooked, and the varieties are endless.

Since you won't be able to walk down the street without complete and total sensory overload, I'll just whap in the Hong Kong tourist board's guide to dining and leave you to your intuition.

Good luck, take it slow and above all -- DON'T SPIT OUT YOUR CHEWING GUM ON THE SIDEWALK. Gum is legal but there's a $500 fine for intentional littering. Enjoy!

Text by Steve Smith.

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