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AUTO EVENTS

With the new year comes new car models and the auto show season. Here are some of the premiere vehicle shows to get you excited. ST. GEORGE'S DAY BRITISH MOTORING SHOW VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK twen ty e i g h t e E n RETROFEST

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British heritage is still strong in the city, which allows English speakers to feel extremely comfortabl­e travelling throughout the city. Only rarely is language a barrier in ordering, shopping or on transit. Most signs are in English, which makes for an extremely accessible experience for Canadian visitors.

Also, in stark contrast to visiting mainland China, you don't have to travel without google. On past trips to Beijing, it has been difficult to adjust to the sudden absence of data we've all grown accustomed to. In mainland China, you can't rely on a friendly navigation voice to guide you back to the subway. By contrast, Hong Kong is much more like a European centre. It's very simple to get a SIM card or use your existing Canadian SIM and have full internet access for all your on the-fly research decisions, or to call an Uber. With no great firewall, you can stay up to date on the latest restaurant­s and transit times without fear that it might be blocked and leave you stranded.

Hong Kong is a clean and organized modern city – but with plenty of tradition to suit all tastes. Soaring towers stand next to low-rise buildings encased in bamboo scaffoldin­g as antique double decker trams, roll by multistory LED billboards. Hong Kong is a city that offers a compact and diverse experience, with the majority of hotels and tourist areas on the islands of Kowloon and Hong Island.

While typical visits include plenty of shopping and dining, Hong Kong offers some impressive outdoor experience­s as well. The vast majority of Hong Kong's land – 75 % - is still relatively natural with much of it being protected from developmen­t. Given the subtropica­l weather, this provides the opportunit­y to get outside and enjoy hiking, surfing, and more.

Lantau Island not only features the super efficient Hong Kong Airport, but also many beaches, trails and the impressive Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Lantau is also home to the Tian Tian Buddha Statue and is definitely worth visiting outside of the typical central attraction­s.

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