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Hong Kong

Hong Kong/香港

Region: Asia

Area: 1,104 sq km

Capital: Victoria

Major cities: Hong Kong, Kowloon, Yung Shue Wan

Climate: sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year

Languages spoken: Chinese, English

Religion: Buddhists, Taoists

Local time: GMT +08

Calling code: +852

Currency: Hong Kong dollar

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Visa: not required for EU, US, Israeli, and Japanese nationals for a stay up to 90 days; required for CIS citizens. For more details please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Hong Kong

Hong Kong is often called the meeting place of East and West. However, the expression has little or no relation to Hong Kong medicine. Only the prices here are “western”, and they still largely depend on the type of medical or recovery centre you visit. There is an abundance of various health centres here: massage and spa salons, acupuncture centres, stalls offering medicinal herbal remedies, minerals, dried lizards and bats are almost on every corner. You should always keep in mind, however, that in Hong Kong any quality medical service is at a considerable cost, including procedures based on traditional Chinese methods. Health issues should be treated with the same caution as the cases of buying electronics at local stalls or Hong Kong street food — there are frauds at every step. Of course, there will be no significant harm from such “treatment”, but no benefit as well not mentioning wasted money. And if you are lucky enough to find a real Chinese specialist, consider you have reached your goal: even a few sessions will bring about visible improvements of your health, especially in case of diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, respiratory organs, and nervous disorders.

Overseas patients are attracted to Hong Kong by treatment and rehabilitation possibilities based on traditional methods of Chinese folk medicine blended with innovative Western technologies. Another point of attraction is drug addiction treatment, where Hong Kong specialists have assembled vast practical experience. And not surprisingly, considering the history and tradition of this small insular state, which has long been one of the world centres for opium trade. Wealthy patients from all over Asia arrive to local centres of drug and other addiction treatment.     

As we know, Chinese medicine is based on reuniting and harmonising the inner and outer worlds. This is not mere science, but more of philosophy. Any treatment here implies the mobilisation of internal resources of the human organism. Local medicine draws upon Yin-Yang teaching. The notions of Yin and Yang are in constant contradiction and interaction with each other. The fundamental principle underlying Oriental medicine is circulation of vital energy through energy channels (meridians). Its unhindered flow through meridians facilitates normal activity and functioning of the human organism. By the opinion of Chinese doctors, most diseases stem from imbalance of Yin and Yang forces. This is why each person should attend a doctor 3 times in life: at the age of 5, 30, and 50. It is thought that during these years, essential changes occur in the organism, and there are possibilities for imbalance of Yin and Yang. Applying traditional Oriental diagnostic methods, Chinese doctors estimate the exact organ where imbalance occurred and help restore its balance. Along with philosophical background, Chinese medical professionals also have profound knowledge of human physiology: types of pathologies, examination methods, treatment and prevention of diseases.

Chinese medicine offers three main methods of disease treatment: prescription of traditional medicinal remedies, acupuncture (needle therapy), and Chinese therapeutic massage.  Chinese medicines are traditionally prepared from wild-growing herbs, fruit of shrubs, roots, minerals, dried animals and birds. Remedies are usually taken in the form of extracts, mixtures or pills. They all are prepared exclusively by individual recipes and from natural components only. Display windows and shelves of medicinal shops of Hong Kong are filled with hundreds of jars and bottles with various herbs, seaweed, minerals, and organs of exotic animals. It will not be a surprise here to find remedies from ground pearls, dried lizards, deer tongue or seahorse. Such remedies may be rather expensive, especially remedies from ground pearls or amber.

Acupuncture is a method of impact on biologically active points of the organism with thin silver needles or moxibustion. This method allows achieving striking results and is effective in treating more than 300 types of chronic diseases.

During massage, the impact on biologically active points and sore spots is produced with fingers, the sharp of the hand or special devices. Such massage is beneficial in treatment of migraines, joint diseases, chronic bronchitis and tracheitis, asthma, and hypertension. It will also help lose excessive weight, increase brain efficiency and improve memory after apoplectic attacks and stresses. 

Surrounding environment is given great attention in Hong Kong. This holds true for both household facilities of residents and interior design of medical centres. In many Hong Kong houses you can see a small octagonal mirror opposite the front door as protection from evil forces. It is believed that after seeing their reflection evil forces get scared and fly away. Such mirrors are often placed in ultra-modern medical centres. Every detail should follow the principles of Feng Shui, even functional hospital beds.

Recommended time for treatment: November to January, February and early March.

There is probably no other place on Earth where a small plot of land, with 90% of its territory occupied by mountains, holds a super-urbanistic metropolis blending together the cultures of Europe, America, and Asia. Despite the enormous rhythm of business life, ancient Chinese traditions of treatment and recovery are treasured and sparingly preserved here.

In the northern part of Syangan Island there is a city looking like a jungle of glass skyscrapers on the seashore. In English it is called the “City of Victoriaby the name of the island, and in Chinese — Syangan City, or by the name we are more accustomed to — Hong Kong City. And even in these glass-and-concrete jungles you can encounter oases for replenishing vital energy and relaxation. In the business centre of the city and along major tourist routes there are numerous private massage salons and centres for reflexotherapy, many of them conjoined with beauty salons. These are the places to relax, undergo a massage course, facial and body care procedures, to have manicure and pedicure done. And people desiring to improve their health in a more profound way are suggested to attend multiple treatment centres of traditional Chinese medicine. Besides, many hotels also offer luxury spa procedures to arriving business people. 

Today Hong Kong features a wide range of services for people wishing to relax tense muscles or nerves. Here you can attend the sessions of simple massage, acupuncture or therapeutic reflexology. Chinese wraps with herbs and aromatherapeutic baths are especially popular among the Europeans and Americans. These procedures can satisfy the most exquisite demands. They guarantee renewed tonus and replenishing of vital energy. 

Due to high cost of treatment even local residents of Hong Kong are more inclined towards recovery and prevention of diseases. And in this respect they prefer to turn to traditional Chinese methods. The country has numerous health clubs, where you can practice Taijiquan gymnastics in the gym or right on the grass. This gymnastics is also very popular among overseas guests, especially US citizens. As the legend goes, the system was designed by the Taoist priest Zhang Sanfeng back in XIII century. Its main principle is the indissoluble connection between the three components: mind, breathing, and movement. Movement should be smooth and calm, and vice versa, the state of calm should resemble movement. Both indoor and outdoor classes are necessarily conducted by professional instructors. Many of them even receive additional compensation from the Ministry of Healthcare of Hong Kong, which reasonably considers it gainful to pay to several dozens of people than treating thousands.

Gymnastics and massage are the indispensable components in the recovery course of overseas patients at the health centres of this country. As we know, the basic principle of traditional Chinese treatment is not bringing in health from outside but stimulating the organism’s ability for self-recovery. Gymnastics and massage are major means of such stimulation. Spa centres also offer thalassotherapy and wraps with seaweed, amber, and pearls. Aromatic and mineral baths, and colour therapy help patients cure of various types of nervous disorders and chronic fatigue.

Local specialists skilfully combine advanced Western technologies with traditional Chinese methods practiced for centuries. Chinese specialists can restrain “seven major emotions”. Anger, worry, sadness, concern, fear, surprise, and even happiness can undermine person’s spiritual and energy balance, and sometimes lead to a disease. To prevent a disease, it is necessary to mobilise all internal resources of the human organism. This is why the aim of treatment or recovery massage is in facilitating proper circulation of vital Chi energy through the energy channels (meridians). Masseurs work on the bioactive points and sore spots with fingers, the sharp of the hand or special devices.

If you leave the city jungles and go across the bridge, you will find yourself on the Island of Lantau. This is Hong Kong’s green zone with preserved unique ecosystem. The resort spreads along a magnificent sandy coast and holds numerous spa hotels, but their level is somewhat lower than in Syangan. Coastal waters of Lantau are the dwelling place of unique pink dolphins. Swimming with the dolphins is included into the complex of recovery procedures of several recovery centres.

A few noteworthy spa centres are also located on the Kowloon Peninsula attracting thousands of tourists desiring to enjoy the famous Symphony of Lights laser show. But this route is more suitable for young people, who will not be frightened away by loud music and crowds of tourists.

3*- from €60;

4*- from €80;

5*- from €100.

All best cuisines of the world are represented in Hong Kong, so you can savour different national dishes every day. You will easily find all Western-type facilities here: from Australian pubs to French bistros, as well as Japanese and Korean restaurants and places with excellently prepared dishes from the neighbouring Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Gourmets will greatly appreciate spicy dishes of Sichuan cuisine, wheat breads and noodles of Shanghai cuisine, various traditional dishes of Taiwanese cuisine. Canton/Guangzhou cuisine holds the leading position in the food culture of Hong Kong. Won Ton noodles, steamed pork, shrimp, fried pasta with beef and rice clear soup from sea products are only a few of its classical dishes. Every year, special tournaments are held in Hong Kong where gourmets can taste the best achievements of Hong Kong cooking specialist.
Be sure to try the famous Chinese continental dishes, such as Beijing roast duck (served with green onions, sweet soy sauce, and crêpe), Dim-Sam (traditional Chinese breakfast with shrimp rolls, chicken, vegetables, and rice soup), Coconut Little Pudding Cake or Put Chai Ko (Chinese dessert from steamed sugar, flour, and spices), and a variety of Chinese bakery.  

Hong Kong Island (island’s area is full of tourist attractions such as Repulse Bay and Stanley Market for bargain hunters), Hong Kong Museum of Art (with more than 15,000 antique artworks, paintings, and calligraphy patterns), Tian Tan Buddha (the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha placed outdoors), Chi Lin Nunnery (Buddhist temple complex founded in 1934 and occupying 33,000 sq m).

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