Introducing... Hong Kong
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For many travellers, Hong Kong is the gateway to Asia. Foreign yet familiar, the city is a true melting pot of eastern and western cultures, where old and new live side by side in harmony.
It's renowned for its skyscrapers, rooftop bars, incredible views and fine dining, but there’s actually much more to Hong Kong than first meets the eye. Above all, what agents should sell is the diversity.
Hong Kong is in fact 70% green and has over 200 outlying islands, stunning sandy beaches and beautifully undulating mountains – all ripe for sporting pursuits and relaxing.
The history of Hong Kong is like no other and evidence of its heritage comes alive during major festivals like Chinese New Year, Cheung Chau Bun Festival and The Birthday of Buddha.
Amongst the trendy bars and restaurants of Hong Kong, your clients will find pockets of tradition and heritage: beautiful ornate temples, red lanterns and walled villages.
Geography: Hong Kong consists namely of three geographical areas - Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Together, these cover an area of about 1,100 square kilometres – just over 400 square kilometres smaller than London.
Getting there: Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from London to Hong Kong, whilst European and Middle Eastern carriers offer connecting flights from UK regional airports.
Time Zone: Hong Kong is eight hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of BST
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). The exchange rate is aproximately £1: HK$10, subject to currency fluctuations
Climate: Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. From March to mid-May the average annual temperature is 23C and the air humidity is 95%. The dry and warm autumn from the end of September until the end of December has clear and sunny days, with an average temperature of 23C and a humidity of 72%. The winter (mid-December to February) is a little cooler, with an average temperature of 10C to 17C.