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Season
Cricket season runs October to February, although games are played throughout the year

When to go
October to March is the best time to visit as the summer months can be swelteringly hot

Foreign Office Information
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Although Hong Kong is now part of the People's Republic of China, it remains a Special Administrative Region with its own immigration controls. You can stay in Hong Kong for up to six months without a visa

Pros
Non-stop entertainment

Cons
Fairly expensive, and a long way to travel for a short stay

Contacts
Hong Kong Tourist Board website
Yahoo - Lonely Planet guide

British Consulate General
No. 1 Supreme Court Road
Central Hong Kong
PO Box 528)
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General

Until 1997 Hong Kong was a British colony, and although it then returned to Chinese sovereignty, it has kept close links with the UK as well as retaining an almost unique crossover of eastern and western cultures. The main event on Hong Kong's cricketing calendar is the Sixes tournament in November, which features sides of past and present players from most Test-playing countries. The atmosphere is relaxed but the games themselves are competitive. The four-day event, played at Kowloon Cricket Club, is preceded by a club tournament at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.

Grounds
The high cost of land means there are few grounds, and those that there are are heavily used for a number of activities. But Hong Kong does possess some of the most spectacular (and valuable) venues in the world.

Opposition
Limited, and all games will be between 35 and 50 overs.

Entertainment
There is an abundance of nightlife in Hong Kong, as well as endless opportunities for shopping and sightseeing.

Conclusion
An ideal week-long break, although not a cheap one. Be prepared for little sleep and much socialising. Book well in advance and make sure that you stay close to where you are playing or watching. Although distances are mimimal, the island is extremely densely populated, making travel an often painfully slow process.