Welcome to LodgingGuide's hospitality industry listings for the Hong Kong area.
Until the mid-1800s, what is now Hong Kong was a group of independent small villages, loosely connected more by family ties than by government for thousands of years, arrayed between the China Sea and mainland China, primarily engaged in fishing, pearl harvesting and incense production. In fact, the Chinese characters from which this city’s name is derived, Heung and Gong, mean “fragrant harbor,” probably in reference to the volume of incense exported from here. About 2,000 years ago, China took possession of these islands during the Han Dynasty. The Cantonese and Hakka clans followed during the last millennium, and in the mid-1800s the British colonized Hong Kong, developing it into a major trading port for commerce with China. The world-famous jade and flower markets are still flourishing, and are not to be missed. In 1997, the Chinese regained possession of Hong Kong. Throughout its history, Hong Kong has retained not only the customs and traditions of the five ruling Chinese families, but also of the British and modern Chinese. Traditional afternoon tea in Hong Kong, for example, still is a distinctly British affair that frequently includes tea leaf readings or other fortune telling practices and ceremonial elements which date back thousands of years. Contemporary architects still consult Fung Shui masters as an integral part of the planning process, and the residents still gather regularly at dawn in public places to practice tai chi. The museums and galleries here are loaded with some of the oldest artifacts in the world, and there are festivals of colorful costumes and fireworks throughout the year celebrating important events from earliest recorded human history. Called the City of Life, Hong Kong also makes full use of the most high-tech advantages of contemporary life, without ever abandoning any cultural elements of its ancient past. The cuisine of Hong Kong includes preparations which span the entire spectrum of human history, yet exhibits a style which uniquely reflects the marriage of British and Chinese cultures. The tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak provides a breathtaking view of the entire area, which reveals Hong Kong’s less publicized outdoor treasures. In addition to being a major world exporter, and most recently a world financial center, Hong Kong’s surrounding rural areas also provide some of the most beautiful beaches, mountain streams and forests in the world, untouched from the beginning of recorded time.
You can begin researching lodging properties and on-site restaurants in the Hong Kong area by selecting one of the options shown below.
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|Lodging located on Hong Kong Island in the southeastern portion of China.||The Kowloon Peninsula is located across the Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island.|
|·||Tsim Sha Tsui||·||Wan Chai|
|Lodging located in the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula.||Lodging options located in the heart of Hong Kong Island near the Convention and Exhibition Centers.|
|Lodging located in Hong Kong's surrounding communities including Mong Kok, Shatin, Tsuen Wan and others.|
Area Facts: Hong Kong consists of more than 200 islands, and occupies an area about 6 times the size of Washington, D.C. The international area code for China is 86.
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