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       About Hong Kong
              General Information
              Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (PRC),
              the other being Macau. Situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South
              China Sea it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of
              1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely
              populated areas in the world. Hong Kong's population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from
              other groups. Hong Kong's Han Chinese majority originate mainly from the cities of Guangzhou and
              Taishan in the neighbouring Guangdong province. Under the principle of "       "one country, two systems",
              Hong Kong has a different political system from mainland China. Hong Kong's independent judiciary
              functions under the common law framework. The Basic Law of Hong Kong, its constitutional document,
              which stipulates that Hong Kong shall have a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign
                                         ence,                            .
              relations and military defence, governs its political system. Although it has a burgeoning multi-party
              system, a small-circle electorate controls half of its legislature. An 800-    -person Election Committee
              selects the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the head of government. As one of the world's leading
              international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low
              taxation and free trade, and the currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the ninth most traded currency in the
              world. The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a centre
              for modern architecture and the world's most vertical city. The dense space also led to a highly
              developed transportation network with public transport travelling rate exceeding 90 percent, the highest
              in the world. Hong Kong has numerous high international rankings in various aspects. For instance, its
                                 ,                                                                    perception,
              economic freedom, financial and economic competitiveness, quality of life, corruption perception Human
              Development Index, etc., are all ranked highly

                 Hong Kong Flag
                                                  Regional Flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the
                 The flag of Hong Kong, or the Regio
                 People's Republic of China , features a stylised, white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana flower in the centre
                 of a red field. Its design was adopted on 4 April 1990 at the Third Session of the Seventh National
                 People's Congress. The precise use of the flag is regulated by laws passed by the 58th executive
                 meeting of the State Council held in Beijing. The design of the flag is enshrined in Hong Kong's Basic
                 Law, the city's constitutional document, and regulations regarding the use, prohibition of use,
                 desecration, and manufacture of the flag are stated in the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Ordinance.
                 The flag of Hong Kong was first officially hoisted on 1 July 1997, in the handover ceremony marking the
                 transfer of sovereignty.

                 Hong Kong Map

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   Areas of interest
          Hong Kong Island
          The size is only 80 Square Kilometres, but it is the heart of Hong Kong.

             In between Hong Kong Island and New Territories is the Kowloon Peninsula. It is also an important part
             of the bustling city. Its districts like Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most attractive,
                                  shopping,                                                                   to
             they contain all the shopping, eating, entertainment and cultural attractions, highly comparable t Hong
             Kong Island!

             New Territories
             New Territories covers most part of Hong Kong, it also consists of Lantau Island Cheung Chau Island,
             Lamma Island and another 260 islands.


                                              Hong Kong Island
                    The Peak:
                    The anvil-shaped Peak Tower, with its attractions, shops and
                    restaurants, is a good place to bring the kids and makes a good
                    grandstand for many of the best views of the city and harbour. On
                    Level 4 there’s an outpost of Madame Tussauds, with eerie (and often
                    creepy) wax likenesses of international stars, as well as local
celebrities such as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Michelle Yeoh and Kelly Chen. There is an
open-air viewing terrace with coin-operated binoculars on Level 5.
                             Ocean Park:
                             Despite the arrival of its shiny, new Disneyland competitor
                             on Lantau, Ocean Park remains the best theme park in
                             Hong Kong and continues to add rides, attractions,
                             infrastructure, hotels and square footage. The investment
                             in revamping its rides and attractions is already working.
                             Visitor numbers have been soaring, thanks in part to the
presence of four giant pandas and four very rare and very cute red pandas, all gifts from the mainland. As well
as excellent animal attractions and enclosures with some worthwhile educational content, the park also offers
plenty of white-knuckle thrill rides, such as the celebrated roller coaster called the Dragon and the Abyss ‘turbo
drop’. In Marine Land you’ll find sea lions and seals, daily dolphin and killer whale shows, and aquariums. The
Atoll Reef is particularly impressive, with over 2000 fish representing 200 species in residence. Bird
are also catered for with aviaries, a flamingo pond and the Amazing Birds Theatre, with regular aerial shows.
The park is divided into two main sections. The main entrance is on the Waterfront (lowland) side and is linked
to the main section on the Summit (headland), where most of the attractions are found, by a scenic cable car.
The headland section affords beautiful views of the South China Sea. At the rear entrance, where a giant
escalator will bring you down to Tai Shue Wan and Shum Wan Rd, is the Middle Kingdom, a sort of Chinese
cultural village with temples, pagodas and traditional street scenes.

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                  Tian Tan Buddha:
                  On a hill above the Po Lin Monastery sits the Tian Tan Buddha, a seated
                  representation of Lord Gautama some 23m high (or 26.4m with the lotus), or
                  just under 34m if you include the podium. There are bigger Buddha statues
                  elsewhere – notably the 71m high Grand Buddha at Leshan in China’s Sichuan
                  province – but apparently these are not seated, outdoors or made of bronze. It
                  weighs 202 tonnes, by the way. The large bell within the Buddha is controlled
                  by computer and rings 108 times during the day to symbolise escape from
                  what Buddhism terms the ‘108 troubles of mankind’. The podium is composed
                  of separate chambers on three different levels. On the first level are six
statues of bodhisattvas, each of which weighs around two tonnes. On the second level is a small museum
containing oil paintings and ceramic plaques of the Buddha’s life and teachings. It’s well worth climbing the 260
steps for a closer look at the statue and surrounding views. The Buddha’s Birthday, a public holiday celebrated
in late April or early May, is a lively time to visit, when thousands make the pilgrimage. Visitors are requested to
observe some decorum in dress and behaviour.
                         Hong Kong Museum of Art     Art:
                         Southeast of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the excellent Hong
                         Kong Museum of Art is a must for lovers of the fine as well as
                         the applied arts. It has seven galleries spread over six floors,
                         exhibiting Chinese antiquities, Chinese fine art, historical
                         pictures and contemporary Hong Kong art; it also hosts
                         temporary international exhibitions. The seventh gallery houses
the Xubaizhi collection of painting and calligraphy. Highlights include some exquisite
ceramics in the Chinese Antiques Gallery the Historical Pictures Gallery, with its 18th-
and 19th-century Western-style paintings of Macau, Hong Kong and Guangzhou; and the Gallery of Chinese Fine
    ,                                                      20th-century
Art, which combines contemporary Chinese art and 20th century collections of painting and calligraphy from
                       Madame Tussauds:
                       Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is offering visitors an unprecedented
                       hands-on multimedia experience at its celebrity waxworks museum.
                                   famous                           more
                       The world-famous attraction now features more than 100 incredible
                       wax likenesses of stars, world leaders and sports heroes displayed
                       in five totally interactive themed settings that are spread over three
floors within the completely refurbished Peak Tower complex. It's an amazing experience like n other!

               1881 Heritage:
               1881 Heritage boasts an area of 130,000 square feet. It features a
               shopping mall, a heritage hotel, and an exhibition hall. The original site of
               1881 Heritage was the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police from
               the 1880's to 1996. The buildings’ unique Victorian architecture
               epitomizes its rich colonial background. Except for the Former Fire
               Station, the Former Marine Police Headquarters Main Building, Former
               Stable Block, Former Time Ball Tower were declared monuments by the Antiquities and
Monuments Office in 1994, as proof of their historical significance.
                         Temple Street Night Market:
                         Temple Street is an amazing shopping sight, featuring rows of
                         brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of
                         inexpensive items especially for men ─ including clothing,
                         pens, watches, CDs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware
                         and luggage. That's why it is also called 'Men's Street'.
                         Fortune-tellers cluster at the Yau Ma Tei end of the street, as
do Chinese opera enthusiasts seeking kindred spirits for impromptu performances. It is open from 4pm to
midnight, but really comes alive after sunset.

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                           Jade Market & Jade Street:
                           A visit to the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei will provide an
                           insight into something very important t Chinese people -
                           Jade. The written character for jade means a combination of
                           beauty and purity. The stone, in all its many hues and
                           colours, is associated with long life and good health. It is
                           smooth and cooling to the touch. Many people wear a jade
                           bracelet to ward off all sorts of health hazards.
Grandmothers routinely buy a piece of jade for newborns. the Jade Market is a collection of around 400 stalls
selling a wide range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments. Open from 10am to 5pm, the
market is also the main gathering place for buyers of this fine stone who today still communicate with secret
hand signals when making a purchase. Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces have a
                                                                                       semi-transparent. Opaque
yellow tinge but no brown or grey should be in the finished piece. The best jadeite is semi
jadeite with cloudy patches typically has less value.
                      Avenue of Stars:
                      Discover what makes Hong Kong the Hollywood of the East at this
                      tribute to the professionals who have contributed to the territory's
                      hundred-year history of filmmaking. The Avenue of Stars features
                      commemorative plaques, handprints of movie celebrities,
                      descriptive milestones, kiosks with movie memorabilia, a towering
                      Hong Kong Film Awards statuette, a                 size
                                                             and a life-size statue of the
legendary kung-fu action star, Bruce Lee. The location on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade offers incredible
panoramic views of the famed Victoria Harbour and the memorable Hong Kong skyline.
                                A Symphony of Lights:
                                This spectacular multimedia display, already named the
                                "World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by
                                Guinness World Records, has been further expanded to
                                include more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria
                                Harbour.    The show creates an all  all-round vision of
coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable
spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
There are five main themes — Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale, Celebration.

                                                New Territories
                             Ma Wan Park Noah’s Ark:
                             The world's only full sized replica of Noah's Ark at Ma Wan
                             Park is a must see attraction in Hong Kong for international
                             and local tourists. The distinctive Ark on the Ma Wan
                             waterfront overlooks the Rambler Channel and Tsing Ma
                             Bridge. The attraction also has wholesome activities and
                             shows the unique culture and history of Ma Wan making it a
                             wonderful destination for tourists and families. Activities:
        Ark Garden: Visitors can view 67 pairs of life size animal sculptures up close at the Ark Garden.
        Noah’s Adventureland: The eight metre Giant Swing, 3D Giant Ladder and other climbing games
        provide high-altitude excitement and thrills.
        Treasure House: Treasure House h                   filled
                                             has 15 fun-filled galleries with interactive games on life education,
        multiple intelligence development and liberal learning, offering a new education experience for children.
        Ark Expo: Ark Expo is an amazing multimedia experience with state                   art facilities including a
                                                                               state-of-the-art faci
        wide-screen and 4D theatres, plus displays of exotic offerings that let people see and understand the
        challenges the Earth is facing.
        Ark Life Education House: The Ark Life Education House is an interactive educational facility with
        innovative games that mirror the happiness and challenges of our varied journey through life. Come
        and gain a love for life!

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                     Tsing Ma Bridge:
                     The magnificent Tsing Ma Bridge, the world's longest span
                     suspension bridge carrying both road and rail traffic, is the key
                     connection between Hong Kong and its international airport on
                     Lantau Island. The bridge is 2.2 kilometres long, with the main
                     span measuring 1,377 metres. The towers supporting the bridge
are 206 metres high with a clearance of 62 metres. Approximately 49,000 tonnes of structural steel was used in
the construction of the bridge.
             Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree:
             A visit to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees is a great way to take part in a local
             Chinese tradition! This place is popular with locals who come to worship, hoping
             their wishes come true. During Chinese New Year, many Hong Kong people make a
             pilgrimage to this spot to make their Chinese New Year wishes by tying wish  wish-
             making papers onto the wooden racks beside the trees. Participate in this trad
             and your wish may come true
                        Hong Kong Wetland Park:
                        Hong Kong Wetland Park is a world  world-class ecotourism facility
                        aimed at promoting green tourism, education on environmental
                        protection and wetland conservation. It is home to a stunning
                        array of wildlife including birds, dragonflies, butterflies,
                        amphibians, mammals, reptiles and fish! Inside the Wetland
                        Interactive World, visitors will find themed exhibition galleries, theatre, souvenir shop,
indoor play area (swamp adventure) and a resource centre. The exhibitions showcase the importance of
wetlands on biodiversity, civilization and conservation. The outdoor Wetland Reserve comprises recreated
                                                                                           hands-on experience at
wetland habitats specially designed for waterfowls and other wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hands
the wetland Discovery Centre. Other facilities include Stream Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk, Butterfly Garden and
three Bird Hides that lead visitors up close to different habitats and wildlife.

   Practical Information:
                   o  Flights from Cape Town to Dubai/Hong Kong and return
                   o  Flights from Johannesburg to Dubai/Hong Kong and return
                   o        Luxury
                      Semi-Luxury coach
                   o  Luxury coach

             Visa Requirements
                    Holders of many African (including South African), South American and Middle Eastern passports
                    do not require visas for a visit of 30 days or less.
                    If you plan on visiting mainland China, you must have a visa

                    There are no required vaccinations for entry into Hong Kong or Macau unless you have travelled
                    from a country infected with yellow fever. In this case, you will have to show your yellow
                    vaccination certificate.
                    Dengue fever is caught from mosquito bites. This viral disease is transmitted by mosquitoes but
                    unlike the malaria mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue virus, is
                    most active during the day, and is found mainly in urban areas, in and around human dwellings.
                    Signs and symptoms of dengue fever include a sudden onset of high fever, headache, joint and
                    muscle pains (hence its old name, ‘breakbone fever’), and nausea and vomiting. A rash of small
                    red spots sometimes appears three to four days after the onset of fever. Aspirin should be
                    avoided, as it increases the risk of haemorrhaging. The best prevention is to avoid mosquito
                    bites at all times by covering up, using insect repellents containing the compound DEET and
                    mosquito nets.
                    Influenza: Hong Kong has a bad flu season over the winter months from December to March.
                    Symptoms include a cold (runny nose etc) with a high fever and aches and pains. You should
                    wash your hands frequently, avoid anybody you know who has the flu and think about getting a
                    flu shot before you travel.

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                  Travellers’ diarrhoea: To prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered
                                            (e.g. with iodine tablets); only eat fresh fruits and vegetables if they’re
                  or chemically disinfected (
                  cooked or peeled; be wary of dairy products that might contain unpasteurised milk; and be
                  highly selective when eating food from street vendors.
                  Water: Avoid drinking the local water as its quality varies enormously and depends on the pipes
                  in the building you’re in. Bottled water is a safer option or you can boil tap water for three

          Currency & Banks/ATM’s
             The official currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)
             Hong Kong Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere and are usually
             linked up to international money systems such as Cirrus, Maestro, Plus and Visa Electron. Some
             HSBC so-called Electronic Money machines offer cash withdrawal faciliti facilities for Visa and MasterCard
             holders; American Express (Amex) cardholders have access to Jetco ATMs and can withdraw local
             currency and travellers cheques at the Express Cash ATMs in town.
             The most widely accepted credit cards in Hong Kong are Visa, MasterCa MasterCard, Amex, Diners Club and
             JCB – and pretty much in that order. When signing credit card receipts, make sure you always write
             ‘HK’ in front of the dollar sign if there isn’t one already printed there.
             Taxes: There is no sales tax in Hong Kong. The only ‘visible’ tax visitors are likely to encounter is the
             3% government tax on hotel rates.

              Both Hong Kong and Macau have a subtropical climate characterised by hot, humid summers and
              cool, relatively dry winters.
              October, November and most of December are the best months to visit. Temperatures are moderate,
              the skies are clear and the sun shines. January and February are cloudy and cold but dry. It’s
              warmer from March to May, but the humidity is high, and the fog and drizzle can make getting
              around difficult. The sweltering heat and humidity from June to August can make sightseeing a
                                                 the rainy season.
              sweaty proposition, and it is also t

          Emergency numbers for Hong Kong
                Emergency number for Ambulance, fire and/or police: (from mobile) 112 or (from land line) 999

          Odds and Ends
                 Electricity: The electricity current is 220volts, 50 Hz and Hong Kong uses round three-pin type
                 Mobile Phone Sim Card It is advised not to activate roaming but to rather purchase a local Sim
                 Card for your visit.
                 Language: Cantonese, the official Chinese dialect in Hong Kong, is spoken by most of the
                 population. English, also an official language, is widely understood and is spoken by more than
                 one-third of the population.
                 Tipping: Hong Kong isn’t particularly conscious of tipping and there is no obligation to tip, say,
                 taxi drivers; just round the fare up or you can throw in a dollar or two more. It’s almost
                 mandatory to tip hotel staff HK$10 20, and if you make use of the porters at the airport, HK$2HK$2-
                 5 a suitcase is normally expected. The porters putting your bags on a push cart at Hong Kong or
                 Kowloon Airport Express station do not expect a gratuity, though; it’s all part of the service.
                 Most hotels and many restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Check for hidden extras
                 before you tip; some midrange hotels charge HK$3 5 for each local call when they are actually
                 free throughout the territory, and some restaurants consistently get the bill wrong. If using the
                 services of a hotel porter, it’s customary to tip them at least HK$10.
                Time Difference: Hong Kong is 6 hours ahead of South Africa (e.g South Africa 13:00 = Hong
                Kong 19:00)


          Included in the package
                 Accommodation (based on bed and breakfast) per person sharing (based on 2 – 6 per room)
                 Back-pack for each member
                 Activities (per option chosen)
                 Full time representation of Boots and All Adventure Tours

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          Excluded from the package
                 Passports and Visas (where applicable)
                 Airport taxes (where applicable)
                 Transport tips (where applicable), Bus drivers, Guides, etc
                 Personal expenses (e.g Tips for meals; gratuities, telephone calls, beverages, all meals not
                 specified; and anything else of a personal nature)
                 Group insurance

          Payment process:
                To be paid with your school name or group name as payment reference
                                                                 021-982 8087
                Proof of Payment for each payment to be faxed to 021
                Banking details:
                    o    Bank Name: ABSA
                    o    Branch Name & Code: Brackenfell, 512610
                    o    Account Number: 4072601032
                    o    Account Name: Boots and All Adventure Tours

                                 Date payment due                         Payment (per
                                                                           person) **
                  1st Payment (Registration deposit):                          R-
                  completed registration form to be
                              -982 8087.
                  faxed to 021-
                  2nd Payment: 9 months before                R-
                  departure date
                  3rd Payment: 7 months before                R-
                  departure date
                  4th Payment: 5 months before                R-
                  departure date
                  5th Payment: 3 months before                R-
                  departure date
                  Final Payment: 6 weeks before          as per quote
                  departure date
** Note: The above costing is an example of a tour scheduled for 12 months in advance. Costing is
dependant on the package built.

Terms and Conditions:
       Cancellation Policy:
       Cancellations must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the Registration Form and
       sent by registered delivery post. A cancellation is not effective until the Company receives the letter. You
       will receive a cancellation invoice from us within two weeks of receipt of your cancellation.
                             Period before                Cancellation
                             departure date (from         charge expressed
                             date letter received).       as % total tour
                           Before 90 days                 Registration deposit
                           89 - 61 days                   50%
                             60 – 31 days                     90%
                             30 days or less                  100%

          Clients are urged to insure against cancellation.

          Travel Documents:
          All documents/tickets issued to you are not transferable. All participants are responsible for obtaining
          their own travel documents necessary for travel. We provide visa information and other travel

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          Passports and Visas:
          It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas, or health
          documents, as required, for the entire duration of your tour, and to ensure that you meet the entry
          requirements of the country that you are travelling to. The name in the passport must match the name
          on your ticket where provided. We cannot accept liability, or consider refunds if you cannot travel,
          because of incomplete, or incorrect documentation. Passenger information is required in advance by a
          number of countries and airlines. It is your responsibility to provide this information to us or the airline
          as instructed. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding or refused entry to your
          destination. Emergency Contact Details may also be required. It is your responsibility to provide this
          information and you will be liable for any costs incurred.

          Minimum Numbers:
          All tours have been based upon a minimum number of members travelling together, and in the unlikely
          event that this number is not reached, we reserve the right to increase the cost per person or cancel the

          The prices of your tour is subject to surcharges if increases occur in transportation costs (including fuel),
          dues, taxes (such as increases in or imposition of VAT or other Government imposed taxes) or fees
          chargeable for services such as landing taxes, embarkation/ disembarkation fees at ports and at airports
          and currency fluctuation. In the case of all surcharges we will endeavour to advise you as soon as
          possible If the surcharge means paying more than 10% extra on the tour price you will be entitled to
          cancel your tour with a full refund of all monies paid with the exception of any monies pa to us in
          respect of insurance premiums and amendment charges. If you do decide to cancel because of this you
          must do so within 10 days of the date of issue of the amendment invoice. No surcharges will be applied
          within 30 days of your departure. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local
          currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your tour due to contractual and
          other protection in place.

          Payment terms:
          All prices quoted are inclusive of applicable dutduties (including VAT). Boots and All Adventure Tours
          reserves the right to adjust the pricing in this quote based on the HK$/ZAR exchange rate as published
          by the Reserve Bank of South Africa on date of departure differs by more than 5% from the exchange
          rate as at the date of this quote.

          This itinerary is not final and is subject to the availability of the places of destination. Boots and All
          Adventure Tours reserve the right to change the itinerary in the event of circumstances beyond our

          Passenger delays:
          Incase of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage as per the air carriers terms and

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