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Tai Mo Shan Country Park(大帽山郊野公園), New Territories

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Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an altitude of 957 m. It is located at approximately the geographical centre of the New Territories. The area surrounding Tai Mo Shan is a known as Tai Mo Shan Country Park, which covers an area of 14.40 square km. 

大帽山是香港新界區的地理中心,也是香港最高山峰,海拔957米,周邊列為大帽山郊野公園,面積達14.4平方公里,高處遠望,可見錦田谷及華界的深圳灣。

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A: Tai Mo Shan Viewing Point 大帽山觀景台

di njohn, 60 metri di distanza

大帽山公園的郊遊設施主要集中在扶輪公園一帶,包括大帽山郊野公園遊客中心、扶輪公園露營場、廁所、停車場、遠足研習徑、大帽山家樂徑等。從觀景台可飽覽荃灣、青衣、港島區及大帽山附近村落一帶的景色。公園內設有燒...

Tai Mo Shan Viewing Point 大帽山觀景台

B: 麥理浩徑上大帽山

di njohn, 300 metri di distanza

大帽山(英語:Tai Mo Shan)俗稱「大霧山」,是香港最高的山峰,海拔957米,比第二高的山峰鳳凰山高23米。大帽山處於新界中部,山體廣闊,坡度相對平緩,其附近範圍被劃入大帽山郊野公園和城門郊野公...

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D: 大帽山道 tai mo shan road

di njohn, 740 metri di distanza

大帽山道(英語:Tai Mo Shan Road)是香港新界中部大帽山的一條狹窄的道路,連接荃錦坳荃錦公路和大帽山林道的西端(雷達站閘口)。該道路是荃灣區和元朗區的分隔線之一[1]。雖然大帽山林道可通往...

大帽山道 tai mo shan road

E: Hong Kong Observatory weather station at Tai Mo Shan 大帽山天文台

di njohn, 890 metri di distanza

大帽山(英語:Tai Mo Shan)俗稱「大霧山」,是香港最高的山峰,海拔957米,比第二高的山峰鳳凰山高23米。大帽山處於新界中部,山體廣闊,坡度相對平緩,其附近範圍被劃入大帽山郊野公園和城門郊野公...

Hong Kong Observatory weather station at Tai Mo Shan 大帽山天文台

F: Tai Mo Shan @ Night(新界大帽山夜景), NT

di wongchichuen, 940 metri di distanza

Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an altitude of 957 m. It is located at approximate...

Tai Mo Shan @ Night(新界大帽山夜景), NT

G: Tai Mo Shan @ Day(新界大帽山日景), NT

di wongchichuen, 950 metri di distanza

Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an altitude of 957 m. It is located at approximate...

Tai Mo Shan @ Day(新界大帽山日景), NT

H: Tai Mo Shan Forest Track to Lead Mine Pass 大帽山林道往鉛礦坳

di njohn, 960 metri di distanza

Tai Mo Shan Forest Track to Lead Mine Pass 大帽山林道往鉛礦坳  大帽山道(英語:Tai Mo Shan Road)是香港新界中部大帽山的一條狹窄的道路,連接荃...

Tai Mo Shan Forest Track to Lead Mine Pass 大帽山林道往鉛礦坳

I: Tai Mo Shan Hiking 大帽山山頂天文台塔

di njohn, 980 metri di distanza

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Tai Mo Shan Hiking 大帽山山頂天文台塔

J: Miu Ko Toi Fire Lookout 妙高台山火瞭望台屋群

di njohn, 1,000 metri di distanza

妙高台,高度約765米,位於大帽山主峰西南方,其上建有山火瞭望台,治脊南下是為墳場脊,可經響石墳場極速下降回川龍坐車回家,是以曾多次踏足。山頂南部山腰位置有一平石,是為「妙高台石」,可能是此山名之由來。...

Miu Ko Toi Fire Lookout 妙高台山火瞭望台屋群

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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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