Hong Kong (香港, see Name section), alternatively known by its initials H.K., is one of the two Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, the other being Macau. It is situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong's population is 93.6% ethnic Chinese and 6.4% from other groups. Hong Kong's Cantonese-speaking majority originate mainly from the neighbouring Canton (now Guangdong) province, from which many of them fled to escape wars and Communist rule in China from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Now so much has been written about Hong Kong, you will find about 257 million results on Google. So instead of repeating what is already out there, I will just include some of the places I visited while in Hong Kong.
February 11, 2014, I arrived in Hong Kong by way of Shenzhen. I took the bullet train from Changsha to Shenzhen. Normally a six hour drive, the train did it in three hours, including stops along the way. After arriving in Shenzhen, I took the subway from the high-speed railway station to the customs border. I walked over the short bridge and was in Hong Kong.
At that point I took the subway to Kowloon City, just north of Hong Kong island, where I registered my hotel. I stayed at the Caritas Lodge at 134 Boundary Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The room was pretty nice and the staff spoke English. A complimentary breakfast comes with the room. Not just the same 'ole same 'ole traditional continental breakfast at a buffet table, you receive a menu with a choice of breakfast from western to Asian to a health conscious diet. Actually prepared when you order.
If you visit Hong Kong, I recommend this hotel. Their phone number is +852 2339 3777. Since I visited during the height of a holiday, the room cost 574 HKD per night. Which actually was pretty cheap considering the other hotels I checked out ranged in prices up to 1200 HKD per night. I suggest you call for current pricing. You can email them for reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website.
The first thing I did after checking into my hotel was to have a look around. The weather was a bit cold, with on and off drizzling. One of the first places I went to was Admiralty on the north edge of Hong Kong island. This is where the convention center is located. Just south of that is Hong Kong Park.
The Cenotaph was initially inscribed with the words "The Glorious Dead" and the years of the First World War, i.e. "1914-1918", to commemorate the victoms of the war. The years "1939-1945" were subsequently added to honor victums of the Second World War. In the 1980s, eight Chinese characters " " (meaning "May their martyred souls be immortal, and their noble spirits endure") were carved on one side of the Cenotaph corresponding to the inscription "The Glorious Dead" to make it clear that the Cenotaph commemorates all who fell, especially those who fell in the defense of Hong Kong. Commemorative activities are still held by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and other relevant associations at the Cenotaph every year.
The Cenotaph is an exact replica of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, United Kingdon, which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The memorial is constructed in the style of Classic Revival and built of dressed ashlar blocks. It is designed with a stepped plinth and the upper part diminishes by offsets to culminate at the top in a rectangular sarcophagus upon which rests a stone wreath. The memorial is decorated with stone moldings to the plinth and sarcophagus, carved wreaths on the top and two sides, and six permanently attached bronze flagpoles.
The Cenotaph was declared as a monument in 2013 and is protected under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
Of course there are many places to eat. McDonalds, KFC, Burger King if you just want western style food. If you would like to try some of the local food, I recommend "Family Kitchen". If you take the subway to the North Point Station exit at 'A1', Java Road. At the top of the stairs at the street, turn right. It's the first little restaurant on the right. I ordered Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs with Pineapple and a cup of Cress Honey Tea. Although the bill should have come to 58 HKD, I only paid 45. It was a very tasty meal. very much worth it. The staff doesn't speak English but the menu has both Chinese and English along with pictures so ordering is easy.