Adventures Ashore Port Guide
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
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
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
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.
It is always recommended that you drink bottled
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
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.