Because since the mid 19th century it was an important center of international trading, the city experienced a continuous development. As a result, today Hong Kong is among the leading financial centers in the world.
Being located on the eastern bank of Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong’s climate is influenced by this large water mass. The vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer means that this area has a subtropical climate. This climate is famous because of its ever-changing character. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are dry and mild. However, during the summer months showers and thunderstorms can occur, but also strong and cold wind in the winter months. Despite the fact that winters aren’t cold, the average high temperatures are below the summer lows. January and February are the coldest months of the year with temperatures between 14 and 18 °C, while in July and August the average is between 26 and 32 °C.
This Asian global city is attractive for many outlandish, who often settle down here after they come to the city during a vacation. As much as 95% of the population is of Chinese descent. The remaining 5% may sound few, but out of the 7 million residents of Hong Kong is quite a large number. Most of the non-Chinese residents are Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos, but a significant number of Americans, Canadians, Australians and Europeans live and work here. Beside Chinese, English is an official language in the city. This and the fact that many English-speaking tourists visit Hong Kong are the main reasons why the majority of Americans and Europeans work in commerce and tourism. Despite some pejorative stories and pieces of data about Hong Kong and the negative effect of the high density of population, the life expectancy is the third highest in the world. It is also true that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with nearly 6,300 people per square kilometer.
Because it was a Crown colony of the UK for many decades Hong Kong has a very interesting landscape and culture today. It is often said that this area is where East meets West. Since 1997, Britain isn’t ruling this area any more, but the marks of the Western culture didn’t disappear. The two, very different cultures live together in perfect harmony. At one end of a street, you can see a Buddhist temple and on the other corner a Catholic Church. Unlike anywhere in the world, here this is trivial.
Hong Kong is internationally known because of two reasons. In the first place because it is the center of international trading. The second reason is a most recent one. The entertainment industry was always popular in Hong Kong, but the production of action films featuring martial arts only began in the mid 20th century. In the 60s and 70s, there was an international craze about the Hong Kong action movies. Even so, Bruce Lee was the first who could achieve major success overseas. In the last decades, athletes-actors such as Chow Yun-Fat and Jackie Chan were all featured in mainstream Hollywood productions.
The cultural life of the city was a priority of the governance since early times. This is the reason why several museums and galleries are operating in Hong Kong to keep the ancient practices alive and preserve the heritage of this area. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is one of the best examples for this. This state of the art museum opened in 2000 and beside the six permanent exhibits it has several temporary exhibits, usually traveling collections. The Cantonese Opera is very popular in Hong Kong as well as in all Asia, because of its complexity. One of the six permanent galleries pays homage to this. Fashioned for the young, the dynamic and interactive exhibitions became very popular among visitors of all ages. In the Hong Kong Museum of Art, you can view some of the most important paintings, sculptures and other art objects of this culture, but not only.
The orchestral music performances are also very popular and several venues are in Hong Kong, where numerous events are held all year long. Such venues are the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
Hong Kong has several party centrals, which are in fact a couple block areas packed with places to spend your nights. This city has everything you need from Irish-styled pubs to luxurious lounges. One of the most popular areas in Hong Kong is Lan Kwai Fong, where you can find many bars and nightclubs. You can find plenty of places where live DJs are mixing your favorite tunes. The neon lights of the city make you feel like you are in Las Vegas.
Hong Kong is also Asia’s entertainment center. The numerous concerts make the music lovers frequently come to the city. The city also has an area, which is known for its bars since the 1940s. This is the Wan Chai, where you can find several British-styled pubs too. Some bars are also operating 24/7. The most popular bars of this area are the Delaney’s, Joe Bananas, Dusk Till Dawn and Mes Amis. In the Knutsford Terrace, you feel like you were at the beach. The themed bars include Eight Fine Irishman, Bahama Mama’s and Aqua Spirit.
Hong Kong started its fast development in the 19th century, but can still surprise you each year. Both the traditional Asian buildings and the modern skyscrapers are equally popular attractions. This contrast is characteristic of the whole city. The historical and modern architecture are present here in perfect harmony just like the Asian and Western culture.