Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong's geographical position as a gateway between the East and the West has made it an attractive center for international commerce. To reflect this, the Victoria Harbor which is the heart of the Asian world city is always bustling and beautiful. The 1,104 square kilometer area of Hong Kong includes Hong Kong Island, which lies to the south of the harbor, the Kowloon Peninsula, forming its northern shore, the new territory north of Kowloon, extending All the way to mainland China, and more than 200 remote islands, including Lantau Island, where Hong Kong International Airport is located.
Hong Kong Island is part of the Van Son Islands
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. Predictable weather events have an impact on your travel plans, which are hurricanes.
The storm season begins in May and ends in November. When a hurricane approaches, forecasts are broadcast on television and radio. There are various degrees of differentiation made by the Hong Kong Observatory, but when the eighth-grade hurricane occurs, most business operations as well as shops are closed and flights are canceled. There is also a separate rain forecasting system.
You can find detailed information about the current weather at the Hong Kong Observatory website. When you are in Hong Kong, you can also dial 188 200 and press 3 to use English to update current weather situation.
Hong Kong's climate is subtropical and is influenced by monsoons
Language and culture
Cantonese, a dialect of a small proportion of mainland China, is used by 88% of Hong Kong residents. However, other Chinese dialects such as Hakka, Taishanese and Teochiu are also used, as is Beijing's official Chinese language - which has become popular in Hong Kong since the 1997 merger.
Many languages and dialects coexist to reflect the high cultural integration in Hong Kong
Since its establishment as a colonial port, although it has served as a transit hub and until now serves as an international financial center, Hong Kong's population is constantly integrating with the outside world. . As a result, English is becoming more popular. Currently, English is the language spoken by the government, business and travel industry. Signs, public transport instructions as well as menus are bilingual. As a tourist, you will encounter very few issues related to English communication as most taxi drivers, sales staff, travel industry staff and police officers can speak fluent English. In fact, many local people use English words and phrases when speaking Chinese.
Many languages and dialects coexist to reflect the high cultural integration in Hong Kong, where Catholic churches coexist with Chinese incense houses; Buddhist, Sikh temples, mosques and synagogues. In addition, the presence of a longstanding culture in a continuous society must adapt to changes that contribute to a cultural identity that combines tradition and innovation. In Hong Kong, you'll see old people playing traditional Chinese games on tablets where Christmas is just as important as Lunar New Year and where the most modern skyscrapers are designed with the advice of masters of feng shui.