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					                                                  HONG KONG
                                                                     Adventures Ashore Port Guide
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                                               A City Rushing through the Present
                                               in Eager Anticipation of the Future
                                               Visit Hong Kong once, and you lose        Ironically, in a city so rich in the
                                               your objectivity forever. Immediately     memory of its builders, Elliott remains
                                               upon your arrival, you find yourself      unrecognized in the very colony that
                                               surrounded by a sea of humanity all       he founded. Apart from the 1941-45
                                               rushing to make money. The place          Japanese occupation, between 1842
                                               never sleeps.                             and 1950, Hong Kong served as a
                                               Hong Kong—which means Fragrant            staging post and entry port for trade
                                               Harbor—was acquired by Britain from       between China and the West. The
                                               China in three stages: the island was     colony’s population, heavily reduced
                                               gained in the Treaty of Nanking in        during the Japanese occupation, was
                                               1842; the Kowloon Peninsula by the        rapidly boosted following the commu-
                                               1860 convention of Peking; and the        nist victory in China in 1949. More
                                               New Territories—consisting of the         than 1 million refugees fled to Hong
           HONG KONG                                                                     Kong in the immediate aftermath of
               AT A GLANCE                     mainland area adjoining Kowloon and
                                               235 adjacent islands—under a 99-year      China’s civil war.
   SIZE: Approximately 422 square              lease by the Second Convention of         Since then, Hong Kong has transformed
   miles, about six times the size of          Peking in 1898.                           itself from a cheap manufacturing base
   Washington, D.C.
                                               In 1841, when news of the cession of      to a regional service and financial center,
   POPULATION: 6,898,686                                                                 while exporting many of its factories
                                               Hong Kong proper—a 26-square mile
   (July 2005 est.)
                                               rock with seven peaks 1,000 feet or       across the Chinese border to take
   LANGUAGE: Chinese (Cantonese),              higher—into the British Empire was        advantage of lower costs.
   English; both are official                  announced, London was dumbfound-
                                                                                         The real reason people visit Hong
   CAPITAL: Hong Kong                          ed. Parliament could only wonder how
                                                                                         Kong is to shop. The world’s most
   TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: Special
                                               it had all come about, but they could
                                                                                         spectacular shopping free-for-all
   Administrative Region of China              not undo the fact. Most thought that
                                                                                         reigns supreme with armies of
                                               the British negotiator, Captain (and
   CURRENCY: Hong Kong dollar (HKG)                                                      hard-bargaining shopkeepers in more
                                               later Admiral) Charles Elliott should
                                                                                         than 50,000 retail outlets crammed
   TIME ZONE: GMT + 8                          have followed victory in the first
                                               Opium War more ambitiously.               with every imaginable untaxed
                                                                                         good, including jewelry, watches,
                                               Actually, negotiators for both sides      optical goods, carpets, china, porce-
                                               met with their respective government’s    lain, electronics, cameras, antiques,
         ABOUT YOUR PORT GUIDE                 wrath; one for giving away too much,      artifacts and more.
This is your guide to Hong kong,               the other for not getting enough.
specially prepared by Princess Cruises.
                                               China’s negotiator, Kishen, was exiled    Be warned, however, that while Hong
This guide is intended to assist you if                                                  Kong allows duty-free goods, your
you are on a shore excursion, touring          to the distant Amur region, and Elliott
independently or doing both.                   drew the assignment as Britain Charge     government’s customs officer may
Please note that the information provided is   Affaires in the newly independent         insist you pay duty upon returning
general in nature and is subject to change.    Republic of Texas before concluding       to your home shores.
                                               his career as Governor of St. Helena.
                                  Adventures Ashore Port Guide ~ Hong kong
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When not shopping in Hong Kong, visi-       On July 1, 1997, according to the 1984    one prediction is every bit as good as the
tors eat supremely—for the city has few     the Sino-British Joint Declaration Hong   next. So Hong Kong very much remains
culinary rivals. Here, most every cuisine   Kong returned to China’s control.         a city rushing through the present in
known on earth is offered—as well as                                                  anticipation of the future.
                                            Looking ahead, nobody possesses the
some of the best Chinese food prepared
                                            crystal ball that will allow us to view
anywhere. Most think the best is the
                                            post-British Hong Kong. In the interim,
haute cuisine of the south, Cantonese.




 Floating restaurant, Hong Kong                                                        World’s largest seated bronze Buddha
           Places of Interest                                                                        Practical Information

VICTORIA HARBOUR                                           DOCKING                                                       Post Office: Nearest post office is located on No. 1
Victoria Harbour is ranked with Rio de Janeiro,            Your Princess ship will dock at Ocean Terminal                Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Generally open
San Francisco and Sydney as one of the world’s             in the downtown Tsim Sha Tsui area of the                     weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays
most beautiful harbors.                                    Kowloon Peninsula.                                            from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; closed Sundays and
                                                                                                                         public holidays.
VICTORIA PEAK                                              SHORE EXCURSION DEPARTURES
At 1,805 feet above sea level, Victoria Peak is the        Passengers will meet at a specific location for each          LOCAL CUISINE
highest point on Hong Kong island.                         shore excursion departure. Please refer to your tour          Cantonese Natural flavors are brought out by fast
                                                           ticket and the Princess Patter for the correct place          cooking at high temperatures. Ingredients, especially
KOWLOON                                                                                                                  seafood, beef, pork, vegetables, mushrooms and
The Kowloon Peninsula forms the mainland                   and time. Your Shore Excursion staff will be at that
                                                           location to assist you.                                       inland river fish from Guangdong (Canton)
section of Hong Kong.                                                                                                    province, are bought fresh from the markets
STANLEY MARKET                                             TAXIS                                                         every morning.
A popular site for bargain hunters, this Hong Kong         Taxis are available at the Star Ferry Terminal, and           One of the best known Chinese dishes is:
market offers everything from clothes to antiques.         accept only HK Dollars in cash. Passengers should
                                                           pay by the meter, and a computerized receipt is               Peking Duck: It consists of thin slivers of meat wrapped
ABERDEEN FISHING VILLAGE                                   available upon request. There are extra charges for           in a pancake with spring onion, cucumber and plum
The picturesque village is home to thousands               luggage and tunnel crossing which is added to the             sauce. Other recommended dishes are wheat dumplings,
of "water people" who live aboard their junks              meter total.                                                  lamb with spring onion, and beggar’s chicken.
and sampans.
                                                                                                                         It is always recommended that you drink bottled
                                                           FERRIES
REPULSE BAY                                                                                                              water while in port.
                                                           The Star Ferry Terminal is an approximate 15
Hong Kong’s most beautiful beach is both a resort
                                                           minute walk outside of the pier area. Star Ferries            TIPPING
destination and a home to Hong Kong’s elite.
                                                           travel daily from between Kowloon Peninsula and               Suggested tipping is 10 to 15 percent for good service.
MUSEUM OF ART                                              Hong Kong’s Island’s Central District.
                                                                                                                         SOME USEFUL WORDS
The museum includes Chinese antiquities, fine
                                                           SHOPPING                                                      With a population of more than 6 million, Hong
arts historical pictures and contemporary art of
                                                           Hong Kong is a mecca for shoppers and tourists.               Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in
Hong Kong. Also included are hundreds of oil
                                                           Hong Kong boasts every name worth mentioning                  the world. Some 98% of its residents are Chinese,
paintings, drawings and etchings as well as litho-
                                                           in the fashion industry, cameras and electronics,             and more than half of them were born in Hong Kong.
graph of Old Hong Kong.
                                                           watches, stereo equipment, jewelry and much more.             But the Chinese themselves are a diverse people and
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY                                The best places to shop are:                                  they hail from different parts of China. Most are
The museum traces Hong Kong’s evolution from                                                                             Cantonese from southern China—hence, Cantonese
a sleepy fishing island to world metropolis using          Harbour City: Located adjacent to the Ocean                   is one of the two official languages of the colony.
historical photographs, documents and models.              Terminal, this large shopping center has more than            English being the other.
                                                           500 shops inside.
WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE                                                                                                            Good morning . . . . . . . . Joe Sun
Visit one of Hong Kong’s largest Taoist temples            Nathan Road: Also known as the “Golden Miles”                       Good afternoon . . . . . . . . Uum On
and enjoy a rare opportunity to observe the daily          of Hong Kong, Nathan Road consists of more than                     Good Evening . . . . . . . . . Mount On
rituals. Taoism and Buddhism are the dominant              2,000 shops and is only a 20 minute walk from the                   Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ho
religions of Hong Kong.                                    Ocean Terminal.                                                     No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uum Ho
                                                                                                                               Please . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uum Goy
BIRD MARKET                                                Currency: Local currency is encouraged when shop-
                                                                                                                               Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . Doll Chae
Birds are popular pets, and the market is filled           ping ashore in Hong Kong as many shops may not
with colorful birds in ornate bamboo cages.                accept U.S. dollars. Credit cards are accepted at             PRINCESS CRUISES AGENTS
                                                           many locations. Stores will accept either major credit        In case of emergency while you are ashore,
LANTAU ISLAND                                              cards or Hong Kong dollars (HKD).                             please contact:
The largest outlying island of Hong Kong,                                                                                     Gulf Agency Company Ltd
Lantau is twice the size of Hong Kong Island               OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES                                          10/F Grand Centre
with a mere fraction of its population - just              Banks: Nearest banks are located on Tsim Sha Tsui.                 8 Humphreys Avenue
some 25,000 souls live there. Much of the island           Generally open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;               90825 Tsimshatsui Post Office
is designated parkland.                                    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; closed                     Kowloon
                                                           Sundays and publich holidays.                                      PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
PO LIN MONASTERY
                                                           Shops: Generally open daily including holidays                     Hong Kong
This Buddhist retreat in Lantau’s western hills is
                                                           from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.                                       Telephone: 852-27236306
the island’s most popular attraction. Tour the
                                                                                                                              Telefax: 852-23147300
monastery and view the largest seated outdoor
bronze Buddha in the world.
MAN MO TEMPLE
Hong Kong Island's oldest and most important
temple was built in the 1840s and is named after
its two principal deities: Man, the god of litera-
ture, who is dressed in red and holds a calligra-
phy brush; and Mo, the god of war, wearing a
green robe and holding a sword. But what makes
the temple particularly memorable are the giant
incense coils hanging from the ceiling, imparting
a fragrant, smoky haze—these are purchased by
patrons seeking fulfillment of their wishes, such
as good health or a successful business deal.


 THESE SITES CAN BE FOUND ON THE
  MAP AT THE BACK OF THIS GUIDE                             Hong Kong Skyline


                               Note: The information in this port guide is subject to change without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience,
                                             but Princess Cruises cannot accept responsibility for any such alterations. Thank you.
Hong Kong




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