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A: Chi Lin Nunnery - Hong Kong

摄影师Charilaos Kalogirou, 距离此处10远

Established in 1934 and renovated in Tang dynasty style (AD 618–907) in 1990, the Chi Lin Nunnery is ...

Chi Lin Nunnery - Hong Kong

B: 香港九龍鑽石山志蓮淨苑西蓮苑西門

摄影师影攝 Guy - 騎籬乎皇, 距离此处40远

香港九龍鑽石山志蓮淨苑西蓮苑西門 志蓮淨苑志蓮淨苑是一座仿照唐代藝術風格設計的木構建築群,佈局層次分明,順循地勢,將主體與單體建築沿中軸線作主次分佈,配置對稱平衡,內有天王殿、大雄寶殿等殿堂和馨香撲鼻的...


C: Nan Lian Garden Main Entrance(南蓮園池之山門)

摄影师黃志全, 距离此处60远

Nan Lian Garden is situated at Diamond Hill of Kowloon. The Garden is a  designated public park, with...

Nan Lian Garden Main Entrance(南蓮園池之山門)

D: 香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池中國木結構建築藝術館

摄影师影攝 Guy - 騎籬乎皇, 距离此处110远



E: Nanliangarden(南蓮園池) Daimond Hill of Kowloon HK

摄影师黃志全, 距离此处110远

Nan Lian Garden is situated at Diamond Hill of Kowloon. The Garden is a  designated public park, with...

Nanliangarden(南蓮園池)  Daimond Hill of Kowloon HK

F: 香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池圓滿閣及午橋

摄影师影攝 Guy - 騎籬乎皇, 距离此处150远



G: 香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池龍門樓銀帶瀑布水車磨坊

摄影师影攝 Guy - 騎籬乎皇, 距离此处160远

香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池龍門樓銀帶瀑布水車磨坊龍門樓樓是中國建築的重要類型之一,多用作登高望遠。 龍門樓是一座翠綠的三層高的建築物,屬於現代建築,樓頂是園池的最高點,登臨可以望遠。從龍門樓放目,眼底的南蓮...


H: 香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池水月台蒼塘

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I: 香港九龍鑽石山南蓮園池水月台蒼塘槐亭

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J: Wong Tai Sin Temple In Chinese New Year Day (年初一黃大仙祠上香客5), Kowloon, HK

摄影师黃志全, 距离此全景1.2

Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. On the Chinese ...

Wong Tai Sin Temple In Chinese New Year Day (年初一黃大仙祠上香客5), Kowloon, HK



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).


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.