June 29th, 2010
Hong Kong, a former British colony that is now part of China, is often described as "the place where East meets West." Englad took control of Hong Kong from China during the first Opium War in 1841. It was finally returned to Chinese control in 1997.
Today, the island is a major financial hub and tourist attraction. Tourists visit Hong Kong for shopping, dining and to see impressive attractions like the Giant Buddha of Po Lin Monastery.
Hong Kong is part of China, but do you need a Chinese visa to visit it? Not necessarily. If you are just visiting Hong Kong as a tourist and will be staying less than 90 days, all you need to enter is your US passport, enough money to support yourself while you are there, and a return ticket.
Even though you don't need a visa, there are few imp
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