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HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
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HONG KONG I
Arrival: Flight ~ Hotel ~ Meal
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City view of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the Hong Kong skyline
HONG KONG  is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in South China. Along with Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and several other major cities in Guangdong, the territory forms a core part of the Pearl River Delta metropolitan region, the most populated area in the world. With over 7.4 million Hongkongers of various nationalities in a territory of 1,104 square kilometres (426 sq mi), Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.

Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842. Originally a lightly populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the most significant financial centres and trade ports in the world. With the exception of the Second World War, during which the colony was occupied by the Empire of Japan, Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains a separate political and economic system apart from mainland China.

As the world's seventh-largest trading entity, its legal tender, the Hong Kong dollar, is the 13th-most traded currency. Hong Kong's tertiary sector dominated economy is characterised by competitive simple taxation and supported by its common law judiciary system. 

The territory features the most skyscrapers in the world, surrounding Victoria Harbour, which lies in the centre of the city's dense urban region. It has a very high Human Development Index ranking and the seventh-highest life expectancy in the world. Over 90% of its population makes use of well-developed public transportation. Seasonal air pollution originating from neighbouring industrial areas of mainland China, which adopts loose emissions standards, has resulted in a high level of atmospheric particulates in winter.


TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT


ON BOARD THE HONG KONG BUDGET EXPRESS
Our worst flight experience anywhere in all of Asia

HONG KONG AIRPORT
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NIGHT TIME ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG
Shuttle to Hotel


Hong Kong Island skyline at night, taken from Tsim Sha Tsui



THE HOTEL

City View Hotel


SETTLING INTO OUR ROOM


Catching up with our mail
A letter from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


ASIAN TOILETS ARE ALWAYS FASCINATING TO WESTERNERS


A SHORT WALK TO DELICIOUS CAFE FOR OUR EVENING MEAL


THE FOOD


MORNING DEPARTURE TO ABERDEEN


HONG KONG CONTENTS

INTRO 1. Arrival 1a. Ride 2. Aberdeen I 3. Aberdeen II 4. Aberdeen III 5. Aberdeen IV 6. Aberdeen V 7. Up Peak
8. Peak Views 9. Victoria Peak 10. Victoria Peak 2 11. Peak Tram 12. Walkabout I 13. City Tram 14. Walkabout II 15. Choy Family 16. To Hotel
OUTTAKES


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