Hong Kong or India: which one do you prefer?

Hong Kong or India

Are you planning to visit Hong Kong or India? Both destinations have some things in common like mysticism and contrasts. Do you want to know more about them to make your own decision? Keep reading!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a large city located in southeastern China, one of the most modern and densely populated cities in the world. It is a unique city due to its free port and its British past. It owns a mixture of cultures, of antiquity and modernity, which create a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

On the other hand, the mother tongue of 88% of Hong Kong’s population is Cantonese Chinese. Although English is the most used language nowadays. Chinese traditions are deeply rooted in the population but it is worth mentioning that the latest avant-gardes are well received and used in the city.

What to visit

Hong Kong is part of China since 1997, but it is actually an independent region. It even has its own currency and its people speak Cantonese.

Do not miss the following places on your next visit:

  • Climb to Victoria Peak.
  • Visit the Hong Kong History Museum.
  • Explore Lantau Island.
  • Climb the longest escalators in the world.

Typical food

If you are thinking of visiting Hong Kong, you cannot miss trying these dishes during your trip. Take note:

  • Skewer stick balls made with fish and curry.
  • Fried typhoon crab prepared with spicy spices, onions and garlic.
  • Roasted goose cooked in a coal oven.
  • Dim sums, which are steamed rolls filled with different flavors and made with rice dough.
  • Noodles and rice soup.

Traditions and most important celebrations

There are usually no handshakes between men and women, although there’s no problem between man and man and between woman and woman. Do not forget that things are given and received with both hands, especially gifts or a cup of tea.

New Year’s Day, Ching Ming, Labor Day, Buddha’s birthday, June Tuen Ng, the Dragon Boat Festival, The Fall Festival, the Chinese National Day and Chung Yeung are the main holidays of Hong Kong.

India

India is a sovereign country, it’s located in South Asia and it’s home of 1372 million inhabitants. It is the second country with the largest number of people in the world after the People’s Republic of China, with 1395 million.

Hindi and English are the official languages of the country although 22 more languages are also recognized.

What to visit

This is a small selection of the hundreds of places to visit in India. Take note!

  • Taj Mahal. Prince Sha Jahan Mumtaz Mahal ordered the construction of this mausoleum following the death of his beloved in 1632.
  • Old Delhi, the heart of the Indian capital. Be sure to visit the Chandni Chowk, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid mosque.
  • Golden Temple.
  • Jaipur, The Pink City of India.
  • Jaisalmer, the Golden City.
  • Varanasi, the most sacred place in the whole country.

Typical food

In Indian cuisine you will find all kinds of stews made with legumes and vegetables, usually prepared with curries or masalas.

  • Samosa: A typical pie, stuffed with potatoes and vegetables.
  • Masala Dosa: A kind of rolled dough stuffed with potatoes, onion, curry, coriander, turmeric, rice and lentils.
  • Chole Bhature: A fried bread that is eaten with chole, a paste of spicy chickpeas and spices.
  • Tandoori chicken: A spiced roast chicken.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala: chicken marinated with yogurt and spices, which is made in the oven.

Traditions and most important celebrations

Indian society moves through hierarchies due to the influence of Hinduism. Everyone is aware of their social position regarding their family, friends or strangers.

Maha Kumbh Mela, the Holi Festival, Diwali, Giri Pradakshina and the day of the Indian Republic are some of the most celebrated dates in the country.

Both destinations have a unique mix of cultures, where energy and dynamism do not cease. Which one do you prefer?

Finally, if you visit Hong Kong from India you must request the HK Pre Arrival Registration. On the other hand, if you visit India, you will need an e-visa to enter the country. We assure you an incredible experience whether you visit Hong Kong or India.

Travel with children to Hong Kong!

Travelling with children to Hong Kong!

Hong Kong, an ideal destination for children!

Currently, Hong Kong, an special administrative region of China, has many attractions for children. This territory, despite the crowds, pollution and traffic, is an ideal destination to visit with the little ones. Certainly, if you travel with children to Hong Kong, you will find a wide range of activities and tourist attractions.

Attractions, restaurants, museums,… to enjoy with your family

First of all, we recommend you to head to the Pearl River Delta. There, there is the Hong Kong Dplphinwatch where you can observe the pinkest wild dolphins. They fight to protect dolphins and promote responsible tourism.

Also, there are some quite interesting museums for children: Hong Kong Science Museum, Museum of History, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong Space Museum and Comix Home Base.

In addition, there are many parks in the territory: the Ocean Park, the Middle Road Children’s, the Playground, the Kowloon Park, the Victoria Peak, etc. Also, you can visit the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

On the other hand, the children are in love with food and Hong Kong offers a variety of restaurants. If we think about children’s favorite foods, we recommend you go to Yue Hing, Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Mammy Pancake, King Lee, Tai Cheong Bakery, among others.

As the last recommendation, if you have time to go shopping, the best places to buy toys are Stanley Market, Tai Yuen St. and Horizon Square.

Important tips in case you travel with children

If you travel to Hong Kong or anywhere else in the world, it is very important to consider certain things when travelling with children:

  • Don’t set up routines, you must improvise. You can be flexible.
  • Cultural immersion: make children understand and accept cultural differences.
  • Involve, motivate and arouse children’s curiosity.
  • Have all the documentation and prepare a kit with the necessary medications.

Finally, you must have one thing clear: travelling with children is learning new things. Following the topic of this article, travelling with children to Hong Kong can be a great experience to enjoy as a family.

We hope this article has been useful if you plan to travel to Hong Kong in the near future. Please, do not forget to fill out the Pre Arrival form Hong Kong in order to enter the territory. It is mandatory for all members of your family.

Bilateral trade between Hong Kong and India

Bilateral trade between Hong Kong and India

Protests do not affect the trade between India and Hong Kong

First of all, we want to inform you that India has suffered a drop in its exports to Hong Kong. Initially, all the blame was attributed to the critical situation that Hong Kong is living. Later, it has been confirmed that the fall has been due to the economic scenario of India. We can confirm that the bilateral trade between Hong Kong and India has not weakened.

A reciprocal relationship between countries

Unfortunately, Hong Kong is experiencing one of its worst moments in history due to protests against extradition laws. Fortunately, this has not caused a break in relations with India. The relationship between both countries is mutually beneficial, so it is unlikely to break.

In addition, Hong Kong remains a safe territory and its financial market is still working very well. For this reason, India has no reason to break relations.

Also, India has suffered a drop in its exports of gems and jewels. Anyway, it has been able to recover by increasing the export of electronic products. Nowadays, Hong Kong is one of the main countries where India exports.

It is a fact that Hong Kong will never cease to be a destination for India since to reach the international market this will need their help. Certainly, India will participate in the HKTDC (Hong Kong Electronics Fair) in October 2019. This event will give great opportunities to all participating countries.

Hong Kong, an essential piece

Currently, Hong Kong is the key to the proper functioning of some world economies due to is one of the most important financial centers in Asia.

For this reason, if China decides to intervene in the Hong Kong protests, it would have serious consequences on its economy. Certainly, Hong Kong is the first trading partner of China and the main destination for Chinese companies that want to be publicly traded outside the continent.

In conclusion, this critical situation is not affecting bilateral trade between Hong Kong and India. Anyway, it is important to solve the problem and return to a situation of balance due to the importance of the country in the world economy.

Please, keep in mind this last tip related to travelling to Hong Kong or India. Currently, you need a mandatory visa to enter both countries: the Hong Kong PAR for Indians to enter Hong Kong and the e-Visa to enter India.

We hope you can visit both countries in the future!

The essentials of Hong Kong!

The essentials of Hong Kong!

The essential and necessary experiences if you travel to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the best known cities worldwide for different reasons such as: fashion; milk tea; shopping and delicious food; etc. For this reason, we would like to list some of the essentials of Hong Kong.

Things to do and see in Hong Kong

Please, find below some of our recommendations:

  • Enjoy the Star Ferry cruise, opened more than 100 years ago. This ferry is one of the many ways to visit the Victoria Harbor that attracts more than 70,000 passengers per day.
  • Travel on the Ding Ding Tram. The tram will allow you to enjoy the local landscape, history and culture of the city. Currently, trams remain efficient and very popular.
  • Visit Hong Kong Disneyland. Live the magic that transmits the whole park together with the Disney characters.
  • Visit the Victoria Summit. This is the highest point in Hong Kong and can be reached by cable car. You will find a 360-degree observatory platform at the summit overlooking Victoria Harbor.
  • Visit the Night Market on Temple Street. You will find much cheaper products.
  • Stroll through Stanley and visit the Murray House.
  • Meet the Big Buddha, the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world.
  • Meet pandas at Hong Kong Ocean Park.
  • Find the statue of Bruce Lee in the Hong Kong Culture Museum.

Finally, Hong Kong has a lot to offer, so planning a trip there takes time. Anyway, we have tried to named the essentials of Hong Kong if you visit the territory.

As a last advice, do not forget to apply Pre Arrival Registration for Hong Kong before starting your trip. If you do not request it, you will not be able to enter and you must return to your country.

The route from Hong Kong to Macao

The route from Hong Kong to Macao

Different options to travel

Firstly, if you travel to Hong Kong you must visit Macao. It is an essential city to stay, an easy and there is a relatively cheap route from Hong Kong. For this reason, the route from Hong Kong to Macao is mandatory.

Below, we recommend you 3 different options to travel from Hong Kong to Macao.

1. By ferry

You will find 4 ferry routes that offer a total of 141 departures a day. The 2 most important companies that perform them are TurboJet and Cotai Water.

The journey takes between 55 and 70 minutes, and costs between 115 and 175HKD. In addition, there are boats from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2. On a guided tour

In case you do not have enough time to visit Macao, we recommend you to book an excursion or guided tour.

This option includes the pick-up at the Hong Kong hotel and travel by bus across the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge.

During the tour, you stop at the Macao tower and the temple of A Ma, the most important in the Chinese city. Later, you can enjoy a buffet restaurant in one of the luxurious hotels of Macao, and in the afternoon you visit the ruins of San Pablo.

3. By car

Recently, they have built a macro infrastructure, bridge-tunnel, that unites both cities. The 55km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge over the Pearl River connects HK, from Lantau Island, to Macau and Zhuhai.

We hope you take advantage of your trip and you can visit both territories. The last important thing is that you will need to apply for a Hong Kong visa registration. Do not forget it!

Enjoy your future trip!