Kansas City is a large city in USA’s Midwest sitting at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. As such, there are actually two Kansas Cities, one in the state of Missouri as well as an adjacent namesake city in the state of Kansas. Kansas City, Missouri (also known as K.C.) is the larger of the two and also the birthplace of musical styles such as Kansas City jazz and Kansas City blues.
Kansas has four distinct seasons but experiences humid summers due to its proximity to the humid subtropical zone to the south of US. The city is also located on the periphery of “Tornado Alley” and is at high risk of being hit by tornados (3 per year, on average). Travellers should check weather reports before visiting the city. Hong Kong passport holders will need to apply for a tourist visa to visit the United States.
Currency in the United States
The official currency accepted in Kansas City is the United States dollar, which has an exchange rate of approximately HK$1 to US$0.13.
Getting Around Kansas City
The primary airport serving the city is Kansas City International airport situated just 24 km from the downtown area. There are currently no direct flights from Hong Kong to Kansas City; however, major international carriers such as United and American Airlines operate flights with connections in San Francisco and Dallas.
Like many cities in the US, Kansas City’s public transport system is under-developed, and hence most residents and visitors prefer to drive. There is a good selection of car rental companies at the airport and the traffic in the city is relatively light with several highways connecting to the city.
Although there are taxi and limousine services available to get around the city, these fares can add up to a tidy sum. If travelling in the downtown area, you can try out the Metro Area Express (MAX) which is a bus rapid transit line. However, do note that the coverage of MAX is limited to a small area. For the athletic types, biking around the city is a great way to enjoy the city and there are many bicycle paths within the metropolitan area.
Sightseeing & Attractions in Kansas City
Kansas City is often called the City of Fountains, and claims to only be second to Rome in terms of the number of fountains in the city. Some well-known fountains include those at Kauffman Stadium and the fountain in front of the historical Union Station which lights up and dances.
The City Market (also known as the River Market) is the result of this and is today one of the largest and longest running market in the American Midwest. There you will find an interesting mix of speciality growers and niche small businesses offering everything from speciality foods, fresh produce, home accessories, as well as independent cafes and restaurants.
Kansas City is also well known for its barbecue culture so be sure to check out one of its many barbecue joints. Restaurants such as BB’s Lawnside Barbecue serves BBQ pork ribs together with beer and live music – a true blue Kansas City experience!
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