Wan Chai is a trendy district situated at the north shore of Hong Kong Island. This historic neighborhood became famous thanks to the 1960 movie "The world of Suzie Wong" and its lively nightlife. This old district is now home to businessmen, upscale pubs and the Academy for Performing Arts as well as the glass-shiny Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Wan Chai hosts homes of high-class residences and welcomes a wealthy population.This is a pleasant area for wandering and shopping and to discover historical and cultural temples. Its lovely parks and trails offer a piece of nature to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of the urban life.
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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 Hong Kong Arts Center is a non-profit arts organization which was created in 1977 in order to promote contemporary arts and culture in Hong Kong and abroad. This self-financed institution became a major hub and one of the most respected art organizations. Home to various theaters, galleries and classrooms, it offers to experience creative spaces to discover art and culture thanks to a digital 3D-equipped cinema. The center displays permanent Hong Kong's artistic and cultural treasures and proposes temporary world-class exhibitions on international works and crafts, giving it both a local and international profile.
The Wan Chai Heritage Trail is a walking trail which starts at Mallory Street and ends at Wing Fung Street. Launched in 2009, its aim is to make discover buildings of historical, architectural and cultural interest, such as Blue House, Wan Chai Market or even the Pak Tai Temple. As Wan Chai is one of the earliest settlements in Hong Kong, it enjoys an interesting heritage, with fine historic buildings from different periods. The whole walk takes about two hours (around 3 kilometers long) and has a total of 15 stops. Taking a stroll along this historical route is an easy and free way to experience not only the city’s culture, but also to appreciate both its colonial and modern architecture.
Tamar Park is a green carpet in Hong Kong and is part of the Tamar Development project whose concept is "perpetual green". Over 1,76 hectares, this is the best place to unwind, have a picnic or simply stroll with family and friends. The park also offers a beautiful front view of Victoria Harbour. Other park facilities include a landscaped garden, water features, a floating platform, a cafe as well as an amphitheater and a garden.
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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