Hong Kong Travel Guide

With its luxury malls and noisy street stalls, soaring neon-towers and serene mountain backdrop, Hong Kong defines the modern city.

Hong Kong has come a long way from its modest beginnings as a trading outpost for the British Empire. Building on its strengths in finance, manufacturing and general business acumen, it has worked hard to become one of the richest cities in the world. Travellers come from all corners of the globe, to gaze on its dazzling skyline, enjoy the thrilling and vibrant streets, and indulge in its luxury shopping experiences.

But most of all, they come to feel that tingle of electricity, generated by a city that has truly fused East and West. It can best experienced in the inner districts of Kowloon or Hong Kong Island – places like the crowded markets of Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, the opulence of Pacific Place or Soho, a cultural melting-pot bubbling with the best that Hong Kong has to offer.

Hong Kong is a city that delights in its urban intensity – it is, after all, the most vertical (and densely populated) city in the world. But Hong Kong is far from relentless. It clings to narrow gaps between the beautiful South China Sea and the verdant knife-edges of its mountains. So you're never far from an escape from Hong Kong's hurly-burly. That could be at one of its many parks – Victoria Park on the Island side, or Kowloon Park on the mainland – but you don't need to travel too far to find less busy respites. Spiritual calm can be found at the Po Lin Monastery, on the western Lantau Island. Or the sea-side charms of a fishing village like Sai Kung Town could beckon in the east, with its boat trips, sparkling islands and freshly caught seafood. To get an overview of the whole island, take a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car.

And Hong Kong does fun too. Happy Valley is where Hong-Kong's passion for horse-racing fills a valley, Ocean Park is where thrills and spills mix with pandas and dolphins. And if you want to take the party into the street, for a non-stop night of dance, Lan Kwai Fong is happy to oblige.

With mosques and temples, art galleries and museums, such as the Hong Kong Museum of Art (not forgetting the celebrities of Madame Tussauds), this city runs the full gamut of cultural experience.

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