Visit Hong Kong
The old bastion of British imperialism, Hong Kong, is a jewel on the orient. It’s fusion between UK and Asian culture is unique, and anyone who has visited will have seen the open top trams, double decker buses and the spectacular Happy Valley Racecourse. Hong Kong today was born out of the first Opium war when the Qing dynasty ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. Kowloon followed in 1960. Then, in 1898 China leased the New Territories together with 25 islands to Britain for 99 years. Then on 1997 under the governor of Chris Patten Britain returned it’s territories back to China fater the 99 year lease was up. If you do visit Hong Kong then why not use our luggage shipping service, AiroLuggage can ship to Hong Kong within 4 days, door to door.
During the outbreak of the second world war/Sino Japanese war Japan occupied Hong Kong with many residents fleeing to China. Records show that the population dropped more than 50% during this period. It was only in 1946 that Britain established civil government.
In 2017, demonstrations took place after China (mainland) proposed to instill it’s own officials on the island. Civil unrest continued for the following 2 years but then re-surfaced as new legislation proposed the extradition of citizens to mainland China. This would apply to citizens protesting, as under communism democratic protest does not exist. Effectively, extradition to mainland China would prevent any peaceful democratic protests occurring..
For UK citizens visiting Hong Kong a visa is not required for the first 180 days. After this a visa application must be made at the Chinese embassy.
If you are planning a trip from Hong Kong then why not check out our airline destination pages to avoid excess baggage charges and what items you can and cannot take on the flight.
Here are our top 5 things to do in Hong Kong
- Happy Valley racecourse – enjoy a quick flutter at this all-star racecourse only a hop skip and a jump from the main thoroughfares of Connaught place, and Elgin Street
- Stanley Beach – white sand and very clean, only a bus ride form the city centre, a great place to chill out and enjoy a splash
- Lan Kwai Fong – full of markets and bars – loads to do, the fusion of British and Sino is very unique.
- Tour of the Nassau islands – great day out to explore islands beyond Hong Kong
- Open top trams – some of these trams were built in the 19th century, and still bear the cities of where they were built such as Preston.
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On the ferry across from Hong Kong you can visit Kowloon, and the famous chunking Mansions, the only piece of real estate in the Kowloon, which is worth a fortune, offering hostel beds for travellers. The Star ferry is a tourist attraction in itself and has been operating since 1888, when a grant smith form England had an idea to offer trips form Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, eventually he sold his boats to a local businessman, who started the Kowloon ferry company and bought two steam boats. The service still runs today as a franchise which is renewed by the government each year.