Philadelphia, United States
Philadelphia is the largest city of the state of Pennsylvania, the United States of America. Having more than 1.5 million residents, it is the 5th most populous city in the country. The city is known widely for its rich history and its involvement in the American Revolution. It is the place where the Founding Fathers of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the entire country. There are, in total, 67 national historic landmarks in the city. In addition, it is among the top education destinations in the world, welcoming lots of students from other states and international students every year.
The currency accepted in Philadelphia is the US Dollar (USD). 1 USD is equal to 7.75 HKD.
Several renowned tourist destinations in Philadelphia are:
Liberty Bell:This is among the most iconic landmarks of the city, for it is the very symbol of the American Independence. It is located in the Liberty Bell Center in the Independence National Historical Park. Owing to its historical importance, the Bell has been featured on coins and stamps, as well as on many materials produced by corporations in the US.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: It is among the largest arts museums in the United States. It welcomes almost 1 million visitors every year. There are more than 200000 pieces of European and American artworks in the museum, many of which are globally influential.
Independence Hall:Well-known as the most historically significant building of the city, this is where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and signed. It is listed as a World Heritage Site, and is featured on the back of the US$100 bill.
Franklin Square:Located right in the heart of the city, this is an open-space park where the Liberty Carousel can be found. Even though it went through periods of deterioration, the park is now carefully maintained and is recognised as a historic place.
The main international airport serving Philadelphia is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). It is the biggest airport in the state of Pennsylvania, and a main hub of American Airlines. The airport is located 14 miles from Downtown Philadelphia. An average taxi ride from the airport to the city center should cost around 300 HKD. There are several airlines that fly from Hong Kong to Philadelphia, including Air Canada, ANA, Delta, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways and United.
Hong Kong citizens who wish to enter the United States for vacation purposes need to apply for non-immigrant visa B-1 or B-2, which requires that their passport needs to have a minimum validity of 6 months.
In Philadelphia, summers are often hot and muggy, with temperatures averaging around 26 °C. The season also brings lots humidity. Winters, on the other hand, are cold and dry, with temperatures averaging around freezing point. Snow is common but varied throughout the months, usually accumulating in December or January. Rainfall is usually observed throughout the year. Philadelphia is good to visit all year round, thanks to its relatively non-extreme weather.
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*All information and prices are valid as at January 2016.
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