The former British colony has lost none of its zeal and swagger since the official handback to China in 1997. Now a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most modern and dynamic cities. Beneath its gleaming skyscrapers and aside from its streets and shopping arcades of neon, Hong Kong can still give an insight into ancient Chinese customs and traditions. Explore the maze of streets around Western District on Hong Kong Island or Mongkok in Kowloon, with their street food stalls, flower and bird markets or venture into the little known green hills of the New Territories with their traditional small villages. Hong Kong’s transport system is a highlight in itself, especially the Star Ferry across the harbour or the Peak Tram which offers amazing views of the whole city.
Still the financial hub of Asia, Hong Kong’s ever growing skyscrapers are testament to the lasting entrepreneurial spirit that has existed since its founding over a century ago. Today Hong Kong is home to every kind of shop and quality brand you can think of. Even Disney have spotted the potential by opening their latest theme park which is proving a great hit with the locals.
Many people only really visit Hong Kong Island itself, perhaps venturing as far as Kowloon on the Star Ferry. However Hong Kong has plenty of attractions, with something to offer everyone, and visitors should consider extending their stay to take in the New Territories and one of the other islands such as Lantau Island with its enormous statue of Buddha.
10 things to do in Hong Kong
- Admire the view from Victoria Peak
- Pop across the water to Kowloon to see the bird market
- Have a flutter at the Happy Valley races
- Stop off for a drink in the Peninsula and overlook the lights of Hong Kong Island
- Take the Star Ferry around the Harbour
- Visit the New Territories and see the walled villages
- Have a night out in Lang Kwai Fong
- Relax on the beach at Repulse Bay
- Go to Lantau Island to see the Giant Buddha
- Take the hydrofoil to Macau