Religion in Hong Kong, China
In Hong Kong, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism (among the Chinese population), as well as Catholicism are common.
Transport in Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong has a complex and highly developed transportation system. It consists of 4 metro lines, a high-speed train to the airport, ferries – Star Ferry and New World First Ferry, city and suburban buses from Citybus, Kowloon Motor Bus and New World First Bus, fixed-route taxis, two commuter train lines, a funicular to the top of the mountain Victoria, a historic double-decker tram system in the city center and a light rail system on the far outskirts.
According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS, the Hong Kong subway is the main mode of transportation around the city for locals and tourists. It has 5 branches and 50 stations. Trains are not divided into wagons, but are a single “flexible” composition in the manner of our “double” buses and trolleybuses. Inside the train the route of movement is displayed on electronic scoreboards. Air-conditioned not only trains, but all underground rooms. Almost every station has many shops, bank branches, ATMs, collection points for cleaning clothes, cafes and other service points. The fare depends on the distance. The minimum fee is 4 Hong Kong dollars. The farthest travel costs 23 Hong Kong dollars. Payment is made mainly in coins, but if there is no change, many machines accept 10 and 20 dollar bills and give change. If you use the automatic electronic multi-purpose payment card “Octopus”, then a small discount is provided. The card is valid for trips by metro, airport express and public transport.
Buses have separate fares for each route and even for different parts of the same route. If you are traveling through the same part of the city, then it is usually 3-5 Hong Kong dollars, with the air-conditioned bus fare about a third higher than the non-air-conditioned one. Individual routes may cost less or more – 1-2 or 6-7 dollars. If you move to another part, especially using bridges and tunnels, the fare can rise to 10-15 dollars, on long-distance suburban routes – up to 20.
Fixed-route taxis are yellow and green minibuses. They have a fixed route. Tariffs depend on time, direction, supply and demand, so it is better to find out about the price in advance. It is better to pay without change, as it often does not happen.
A very convenient mode of transport is a taxi. You can catch a car in 2-3 minutes, and the drivers skillfully and quickly drive through the narrow streets. The fare consists of the payment for landing and the first 2 km (about 15 HK$) and the payment for each subsequent 200 m (1.3 HK$). The Victoria Bay Tunnel has an additional charge.
You can rent a car in Hong Kong. Renting is possible if the driver is over 18 years old and has an international driver’s license. Under these conditions, you can drive the car for a year. After a year, you must obtain a Hong Kong license from the Department of Transport (without passing additional exams).
Plant and Animal World in Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong’s natural vegetation is forests of oak and various forms of laurel. After intensive construction, the forest thinned out significantly, and the territory of Hong Kong began to be artificially planted with trees, mainly Chinese red pine.
The parks and reserves of the region are inhabited by Chinese porcupine, Chinese sun badger, Chinese lizard, Chinese leopard, squirrel, and various types of macaques. Birds and inhabitants of coastal waters are widely represented.
Minerals in Hong Kong, China
On the territory of Hong Kong there are deposits of feldspars.
Banks in Hong Kong, China
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:30, and on Saturday – from 9:00 to 13:00. Hongkong Bank opens earlier – at 8:30.
Money in Hong Kong, China
The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). One Hong Kong dollar is equal to 100 cents. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 dollars and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50 cents. Currency exchange can be done at exchange offices or banks. When exchanging, a commission fee of 50 HK$ is charged per transaction, regardless of the amount. The most favorable exchange rate is in banks, the most disadvantageous is at the airport. Credit cards of all major chains are accepted.
Rate: 10 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) = 1.28 USD
Political State in Hong Kong, China
On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong acquired the status of a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. However, it enjoys a high degree of autonomy and has maintained its own political, social and economic system. Executive power is exercised by the government (Executive Council), consisting of 10 newly appointed members and three representatives of the previous government. The Legislative Council (Parliament) consists of 60 representatives, 30 of whom are elected in the districts, 20 directly by the population and 10 are elected by the members of the electoral committee. The judicial system is built on the principles of English law.
Population in Hong Kong, China
The population of Hong Kong is 6.4 million people. This is one of the most densely populated regions of the planet with an average population density of about 5190 people per km2. The majority of Hong Kong residents are ethnic Chinese (98%), there are also Filipinos, Indians, from Europeans – the British and Portuguese.
The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese (Cantonese) and English.
Cuisine in Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong offers a wide range of restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Here you can easily find all kinds of Western-style establishments – from English pubs to French bistros. There are numerous Japanese and Korean restaurants, but there is no need to talk about establishments with Chinese cuisine.
Hong Kong cuisine has dishes that are not found in other national cuisines of China. These are “pineapple” pies (baolaobao) and “tea coffee” (inyun). “Pineapple patties” are sweet dough buns with a wide variety of fillings. The quotation marks before the word “pineapple” are quite justified – they got their name because of the appearance, not the taste. Thanks to their special shape and special cutting on top, they really resemble pineapple. “Tea coffee” is a drink