The expensive district of Mid-Levels is situated on the Hong Kong hill, between Victoria Harbour and the Peak. Characterized by huge towers and affluent residential neighborhoods, Mid-Levels is surrounded by lush areas.
Renowned for being one of the most prestigious locations of the city, it has been a long-time favourite district for expats. Close to downtown but relatively quiet, Mid-Levels is often the perfect choice for young couples and families.
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Hong Kong always attracts more foreign investors, and it has a considerable consequence on the real-estate prices, which have skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2014, prices increased by 12% and reached new heights: some luxury properties have been sold 185,000 euros per square meter, despite the legal measures taken by the Government to calm down the housing market. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that the number of building plot did not rise these past years, which led to a frenetic increase of the existing properties. According to experts, Hong Kong is considered as the most expensive city in the world and this tendency is not ready to change as Hong Kong appeals to Chinese elite and very wealthy foreign businessmen every year.
Hong-Kong has a subtropical wet climate which is characterized by milld temperatures all along the year. From May to September, temperatures are at their highest but this period is characterized by a predominant rainy weather and typhoons, which mainly occur in September. The moisture is important and easily reaches 90%. However, it can be interesting to visit Hong Kong during this period as there are various incredible events such as the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival in June or the Mid-Autumn Festival in August.
From October to April, it is the best period to visit Hong Hong as climate is pleasant and rains are reduced. Temperatures can be cool in January and February. There is a little moisture and possible mist. This period is the ideal one if you want to attend the Chinese New Year in Hong Hong, which is a massive and unprecedented event for foreign visitors.
The months of November to December represent the perfect period to fully enjoy Hong Kong. The weather is sunny and temperature are comfortable. Rains are rare and there is less moisture. Besides, in November, Hong Kong welcomes the International Cricket Sixes, which is said to be an unmissable event. For this reason, the city becomes crowded during this period.
The Po Lin Monastery (which means "precious Lotus"), was built by monks in the beginning of the 20th century. The extraordinary Tian Tian Buddha Statue, of 34 meters high, was installed in 1993 and is named "Big Buddha of the Sky Temple", in reference of its base, which represents the base of the Sky Temple. This new monument allowed the monastery to be internationally known. Until two years ago, it was the biggest Buddha statue in sitting position in the world. The Po Lin Buddhist Monastery is one of the most popular religious place in Hong Kong.
The Ladies market is one of the most popular markets in the city and became a tourist attraction for its inexpensive bargain-priced clothes and accessories. Visitors will discover, in a very local atmosphere, a large range of merchandise, from clothing to household items, by ways of electronic gadgets and toys displayed by over 100 stalls.
Night markets are typical in Asia and are very appreciated by tourists. Temple Street, which was named in reference of the Temple dedicated to Tin Hau, welcomes the busiest night market of Hong Kong. Formerly known as "Men's street", to distinguish it from the "Ladies' Market", this place offers countless stalls for clothing, entertaining and eating.
Hong-Kong is situated in the South-East of the People's Republic of China and is composed of more than 230 islands and a part of the continental territory. It is mainly made of mountainous relief and it has an exceptional deep water port. In 1842 the island of Hong Kong was given up to the United Kingdom. However, in July 1997, the Hong Kong territories were retroceded to China and they became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, with a high degree of autonomy. Very urbanized, Hong Kong is a leading financial and commercial area and has a mature economic market and an active domestic consumption.
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