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Hong Kong History and Local Lifestyle

As a perfect combination of East and West, Hong Kong is enriched with cultural heritage for you to explore. The best way is to follow our shared interesting topics about Hong Kong local lifestyle.

1. Hong Kong's History

Hong Kong was known as a coastal island located on the southern coast of China. The locals are making a living mainly depending on the sea, so Hong Kong gradually became a small fishing village.

It has thousands of years of history dating back to the Neolithic age about 6,000 years ago. In 221 B.C., Qin Shihuang established three administrative regions as Nanhai, Guilin and Xiangjun. Hong Kong belonged to the Nanhai region. Later in 19th century, Qing Dynasty lost the First and Second Opium War and was forced to cede Hong Kong to the United Kingdom. Till July 1st, 1997, Hong Kong was successfully returned to the People's Republic of China and has enjoyed a special administrative region. At present, Hong Kong serves as a significant global financial center.

Want to know the history and culture of Hong Kong; you have to visit the museums in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is known as the heart and soul of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Science Museum are all located in this area.

Hong Kong Museum of Art

2. Safety of Hong Kong

Hong Kong brings to our minds images of hurried business people, crowed subways and tall building, but you know Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in China. Violent crime is rare, and parents feel fairly relaxed about letting their children out to play. Food is also safe to eat in Hong Kong. The tap water is safe when it is flowing in the city, but may be tainted by old pipes that deliver it to homes and businesses. Overall, Hong Kong is one of the healthiest places in the world.

3. Moral Quality of Hong Kong's People

The people of Hong Kong are extremely friendly and happy to help others, especially. When you travel in the street, you will be pleasantly surprised by how kindly their children are treated. Strangers always seem to have a minute to help a child tie a shoelace, find a misplaced umbrella, or reach a snack. Seats on public transportation are routinely given up for mothers with children.

4. Shopping in Hong Kong

Well-known as the "Shopping Paradise", Hong Kong boasts tax-free status on everything except alcohol and tobacco. The hot shopping area contains Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. In the market at these two areas, it is easy to find high quality goods from home and abroad at the better prices.

With relaxing atmospheres dotted with cafes and wide-variety of restaurants, the markets are usually very accessible. The world latest trends and styles are not rare things here. You can find the world's designer counters and signature brands from dresses, leather wares, watches to jewelries.

The locals usually shop the cheap but high-quality commodities in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. Remember to bargain in Central, as well as in Ladies Street, Temple Street night Market and Jade market in Yau Ma Tei.

Hong Kong shopping

5. Nightlife in Hong Kong

When speaking about the world's metropolis, like Hong Kong, we will sum up in a phrase – "work hard, play hard". In HK, everybody does so. However, when you step into the locals' life, you will find the other side of their side. Locals are willing to spending their time dine in restaurants, drink in bars, dance in clubs and enjoy attraction of city.

For those visitors who enjoy a good night party, there are many places for your walk: the cobbled streets of Lan Kwai Fong, moving between trendy restaurants and vibrant clubs between the glass and steel of the Central District; just around 3km to the east is the Wan Chai area, a range of British-style bars, watering holes and live music venues are for you to choose.

Hong Kong Lan Kwai Fong

6. Night Cruise in Hong Kong

If you fancy touring at night on land or over water, we have a good place to recommend: Lei Yue Mun. This wonderful trip begins from the Golden Bauhinia Square at dusk, and a stopover at seafood bazaar at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village. On the cruise, you can get a beautiful Hong Kong night landscapes. Finally shop in the Temple Street Open Market and learn to bargain for the high-quality specialties.

Hong Kong Night Cruise

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