A product of the British-Chinese Opium Wars, Hong Kong is a culturally-charged metropolis with a fantastic skyline cast against a backdrop of green hills. This sleepless city is a tourist magnet, and visitors are pleased to find as many historic attractions as there are modern amenities.
World-class skyscrapers, Chek Lap Kok International Airport, panoramas from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland, houses built on stilts, bi-level trams, efficient public transport, ancient temples and state-of-the-art museums.
The occasional typhoon, endless choices, cramped hotel rooms, foul-smelling alleyways, muggy weather, greedy taxi drivers, traffic, rats and expensive medical bills.
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Affluence is around every corner on the shiny northern coastline of Hong Kong Island, yet the territory isn't all skyscrapers and neon lights. The densely populated Kowloon offers a more down-to-earth experience while the New Territories and outlying islands offer great adventures if you can drag yourself away from the excellent shopping, world-class dining and luxury hotels.
The best views are on offer at Victoria Peak, and those who are too puffed to get up here after swiping their plastic can ride the Peak Tram. Lantau Island is host to an enormous Buddha statue and monastery which make for a fantastic daytrip but most visitors prefer to make a beeline for Hong Kong Disneyland or one of the surprisingly beautiful beaches like Repulse Bay.
Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport is one of Asia’s most impressive, and flights connect here from all over the world. Ferries regularly arrive from neighboring islands, and it is also possible to arrive by train from major cities on the mainland. Public transportation here is top-notch, with commuter trains and city buses traveling anywhere you want to go. The metro (MRT) runs from the New Territories to Kowloon and offers the quickest connections. Taxis are seldom needed.
Visiting Hong Kong during one of its major festivals can add a splash of color to your holiday.