Two cultures have collided in Hong Kong, and the result is something utterly unique.
One of the world’s most densely populated places, it’s divided into three main areas: the New Territories, the Kowloon Peninsula, and Hong Kong Island.
Step into crowded Kowloon to discover magnificent feng shui temples like Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin, chaotic markets selling everything from steaming stir-fries to cheap clothes and trinkets, and Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade – the best place to view Hong Kong Island, especially at night for the spectacular Symphony of Lights show.
Next, hop aboard the star ferry to Hong Kong Island, where you’ll get a close-up view of all that breathtaking architecture in the Central Business District. Here, people get around using classic London-style buses – one of the many products of Hong Kong’s British-governed era. Later, take the old tram to the summit of Victoria Peak, the island’s highest and best lookout point. On a clear day, you’ll see the entire cityscape laid out like a carefully arranged line of dominos, under a verdant, mountainous backdrop.
Hong Kong offers some of the most intense shopping, dining and sightseeing experiences. Yet moments of peace and quiet can still be sought out. Take a stroll round Lugard Road to explore Victoria Peak’s woodlands. Explore Kowloon's walled city park, a beautiful dedication to classic Xin Dynasty design. Take the bus to unspoilt beaches like Shek O and Clear Water Bay. Or visit one of the trail-packed outlying islands.
Hong Kong abounds with high-end hotels, chic apartments and budget-friendly hostels, suiting all traveller types. There are also some quieter options in the areas surrounding downtown Kowloon and on the south side of Victoria Peak.