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A: Hong Kong botanical garden greenhouse 2

摄影师Jiri Vambera, 距离此处10远

Hong Kong botanical garden greenhouse 2

B: 香港動植物公園

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处60远

香港動植物公園 香港動植物公園,或者叫兵頭花園,係香港歷史最悠久嘅公園。個公園響香港島中環雅賓利道,俾羅便臣道、己連拿利、上亞厘畢道及花園道等幾條街圍住。公園佔地5.6公頃。該公園大門口響雅賓利道。 本...

香港動植物公園

C: Hong Kong botanical garden entry

摄影师Jiri Vambera, 距离此处100远

Hong Kong botanical garden entry

D: Hong Kong botanical garden fontaine

摄影师Jiri Vambera, 距离此处120远

Hong Kong botanical garden fontaine

E: 山頂欖車

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处250远

山頂欖車 山頂纜車係香港最早運作嘅機動公共交通工具,喺1888年5月落成啟用,來往中環花園道同埋太平山(扯旗山)山頂。 山頂纜車路軌全長1.4公里,坡度由4至27度,由海拔28米至396米,車站位置有「...

山頂欖車

F: 石階及煤氣路燈

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处310远

石階及煤氣路燈 都爹利街 (Duddell Street) 位於香港中環皇后大道中以南,南端連接雪廠街。 都爹利街本身是一條小街,只有一端可以通車,在與雪廠街連接之處,建有一條花崗石樓梯與4支煤氣燈,煤...

石階及煤氣路燈

G: 聖約翰座堂

摄影师Wolfgang Lin, 距离此处370远

聖約翰座堂建於1849年。教堂位香港島市區的中心地帶 - 中環。教堂是現時仍被保留的香港古代建築物之一。 如想知道更多有關聖約翰座堂的資料,請瀏覽聖約翰座堂的網站。

聖約翰座堂

H: 香港藝穗會

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处370远

香港藝穗會 藝穗會(The Fringe Club)是香港推廣藝術創作的非牟利機構及慈善團體。成立於1983年,會址位於中環下亞釐畢道和雲咸街交界,近雪廠街南。 藝穗會原址建築物是建於於1892年落成,...

香港藝穗會

I: 聖約翰座堂

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处380远

聖約翰座堂 聖約翰座堂(英文:St John's Cathedral)座落於香港中區花園道4-8號,是香港聖公會香港島教區的主教座堂。1847年奠基,1849年落成及祝聖,為香港最古老的西式教會建築物,...

聖約翰座堂

J: 香港公園-溫室

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处390远

香港公園-溫室 公園文化設施有視覺藝術中心同茶具文物館,重有好康體設施,好似香港壁球中心、室內運動場同太極園。公園裏面有好多動植物畀人睇,有尤德觀鳥園、溫室等。其他地方重有,花園廣場、奧林匹克廣場、兒童...

香港公園-溫室

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这是一个概述香港

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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