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天星小輪 天星小輪(1898年5月1日至今)是香港歷史悠久及著名的渡海小輪公司,在維多利亞港兩岸提供服務,載客來往香港島及九龍。 天星小輪是旅客遊覽維多利亞港首選的途徑,近年更被國家地理旅遊雜誌列為「人生五十個必到景點」之一[1][2]。
本文内容在GNU自由文档许可证下发布。所使用的材料来自于维基百科的文章“天星小輪”

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在附近的图片香港

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A: 赤柱軍人墳場

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处30远

赤柱軍人墳場是香港開埠初期,為安葬香港駐軍及其家屬而設。墳場曾關閉達七十年,在一九四二年重開,以便安葬在香港逝世的戰俘或在拘留營中死去的平民。在一九四一年抗戰身亡而在戰場上殮葬的屍骸,特別是香港義勇軍人...

赤柱軍人墳場

B: 皇后像廣場

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处30远

皇后像廣場 皇后像廣場(Statue Square)是香港的一個廣場,位於香港島中環,為早年維多利亞城的地標性廣場建築。 隨著香港淪陷及戰後的城市發展,皇后像廣場現時已經沒有任何英國皇室成員的銅像,僅保...

皇后像廣場

C: Edinburgh Place(中環愛丁堡廣場), Central, HK

摄影师黃志全, 距离此处50远

Edinburgh Place(中環愛丁堡廣場), Central, HK

D: 皇后码头

摄影师Fat Chai, 距离此处130远

皇后码头 皇后码头(Queen's Pier,1925年—2007年7月31日)是香港一个可供小型船只泊岸上落客的公众码头,现存建筑建于1953年,位于香港岛中环爱丁堡广场,毗邻香港大会堂,面对维多利亚...

皇后码头

E: Apple Retail Store - ifc mall - in the dark

摄影师njohn, 距离此处150远

Apple Retail Store - ifc mall

Apple Retail Store - ifc mall - in the dark

F: Centralpano

摄影师Andrew Poon, 距离此处240远

Centralpano

G: HK People New Year's Day Marched Demand Democracy(港人元旦遊行爭真普選2)

摄影师黃志全, 距离此处240远

Thousands marched in Hong Kong on 2014 New Year's day to demand real universal suffrage, to direct el...

HK People New Year's Day Marched Demand Democracy(港人元旦遊行爭真普選2)

I: HK People New Year's Day Marched Demand Democracy(港人元旦遊行爭真普選3)

摄影师黃志全, 距离此处240远

Thousands marched in Hong Kong on 2014 New Year's day to demand real universal suffrage, to direct el...

HK People New Year's Day Marched Demand Democracy(港人元旦遊行爭真普選3)

此全景拍摄于香港

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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