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The name "Hong Kong", which literally translates to mean "fragrant harbour", is derived from the area around present-day Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island. This is an area where fragrant wood products and fragrant incense were once traded. The narrow body of water which separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula is known as Victoria Harbour and is one of the deepest natural maritime ports in the world.
There is plenty to see and do in Hong Kong. Explore the Museums of Art, Space, Science and History on Kowloon. Take a ride on a Star Ferry from Hong Kong Harbour, one of the best ways of seeing the twin skylines of Hong Kong and Kowloon. On Lantau Island visit the Po Lon Monastery with its stunning location perched on a plateau halfway up Phoenix Mountain . One of the main features is the giant Tian Tan seated bronze Buddha-statue built in the 1990s. Standing at 34m high it is the world's largest outdoor Buddha of its type. If the hustle and bustle of the city is all too much head to the beaches of Lamma Island. This is a great place to come for some rest and relaxation, there’s not so much as a motor car on the island!
On the south side of Hong Kong Island, Stanley is a tiny village very popular with visitors. It is most famous for its market, an open-air bazaar selling everything from clothing to craftwork. For some of the most impressive views in the world, you need to head to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The peak tram will whisk you to the top. From there, head for the Peak Tower - that's the unmistakable wok-shaped building that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi movie. From the viewing galleries you will have the best possible lookout over the whole of Hong Kong - an unforgettable experience.
Hong Kong's climate is subtropical and, for nearly half the year, tends toward temperate. The region is cloudy in January and February, meeting with the occasional cold fronts. In March and April, it is pleasant, with occasional high humidity. From May to August, the region is hot and humid, occasionally confronted with showers and thunderstorms. During November and December, there are pleasant breezes, with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.