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HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE

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HONG KONG

Child plays with toy airplane next to shop.
Child plays with toy airplane next to shop.
Photo © Barb & Ron Kroll

Major airline:

Cathay Pacific Airlines

Capital:

Victoria

Languages:

Chinese and English. Cantonese is the most widely-spoken Chinese dialect in Hong Kong.

Currency:

The Hong Kong dollar

Eating Out:

Everything from European to North American cuisines are available in Hong Kong, but if you want Chinese specialties, try: dim sum (Cantonese dumplings and snacks), Hakka salt-baked chicken or shrimp, Mongolian hot pot (vegetables and meat cooked fondue-style in broth), Peking duck (wrapped in thin pancakes with spring onions and sweet plum sauce), beggar's chicken (stuffed with vegetables and herbs and baked in clay), and a dazzling array of fresh seafood, steamed, braised, stir-fried and deep-fried.

Shopping Specialties:

Custom-tailored suits, jewelry, jade, optical-wear, both frames and lenses, calligraphy, chops (traditional Chinese seals), wall scrolls, porcelain, toys and electronic games, watches, cameras and electronic equipment.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

Hong Kong Tourism Board: www.discoverhongkong.com


More things to see and do in Hong Kong:

Michelin Guide Hong Kong

Hong Kong and Macau City Guide (Lonely Planet)