Introducing Hong Kong
This enigmatic city of soaring towers, ancient rituals and action movies is safe, friendly and wonderfully well organised.
Neighbourhoods & Islands
The tantalising neighbourhoods and curious islands that make up Hong Kong are a sensory delight awaiting exploration. You can find yourself swaying along on a double-decker tramcar one moment, then cheering with the hordes at the city-centre horse races, or simply gazing out at the magnificent harbour. Over 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and sprawling country parks, some also home to geological gems. Escape the city limits on one of the world’s best transport systems and spend your day wandering in a Song-dynasty village, hiking surf-beaten beaches or scouring for sea shards on a deserted island.
If there were a mosaic of all the smells and flavours of all the restaurants in Hong Kong, it would be close to a food nirvana. The city that lives to eat is home to many a demon in the kitchen, whether the deliciousness in the pot is Cantonese, Shanghainese, Vietnamese, French, Japanese or Italian. Whatever your preference, your gastronomic curiosities and desires will likely be sated in Hong Kong – over a bowl of noodles with beef brisket, a basket of vegetarian dim sum, your first-ever stinky tofu, a plate of freshly steamed prawns fragrant with garlic or the culinary creations of the latest celebrity chef.
From ready-to-wear Chinese jackets to bespoke kitchen knives, the sheer range and variety of products on Hong Kong’s shelves is mind-bending. Every whim, need and pocket is catered for in true enterprising spirit by an equally dazzling number of venues – swanky malls where the wealthy hang out, chic street-level boutiques, bazaars flaunting garments or gadgetry, warehouses chock full of furniture, and a colourful mix of markets where you can haggle to your heart’s content. The city has no sales tax so prices are generally attractive to visitors.
Beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s commercial persona, the city also boasts a vibrant cultural scene that features the eclectic influences of its Chinese roots, colonial connections and a wondrous pool of homegrown talent. Here, you’re just as likely to find yourself applauding at Asia’s top film festival, as you are joining in dawn taichi or reading the couplets of a local poet to the drumbeat of a dragon boat. Culture could also mean indie music under the stars, an art walk, your first Cantonese opera – not to mention the exhibitions and events staged year-round at the many museums and concert halls.
Why I Love Hong Kong
By Piera Chen, Author
I love Hong Kong because it has a complexity that eludes definition, sometimes even by its own people. I can be soul-searching near the Chinese border, lunching with Sikhs at a Sikh temple, splurging on a set of kitchen knives, arguing with bohos about the merits of a dress – all within five hours – followed by a night of Cantonese opera, tango or karaoke, anywhere I choose. Hong Kong is so intense and so full of possibilities that I’m glad there’s the Rule of Law (and an awesome transport system) to stop it from whirling into chaos. Though even then it might be a sweet chaos – who knows? But for me, Hong Kong’s pretty darn perfect.
Top things to do in Hong Kong
Best places to eat in Hong Kong
Hong Kong city guide
This city of soaring towers, ancient rituals and action movies has a vibrant cultural scene born from the eclectic influences of its Chinese roots, colonial connections, and home-grown talent.
Hong Kong Market Walking Tour: Mongkok District
Shop your way through the streets of Mongkok! This guided Hong Kong walking tour takes you to the various street markets that the district of Mongkok is known for, including the Mongkok Wet Market, the Goldfish Market and the Jade Market! You’ll be immersed in the lively atmosphere of Mongkok as you explore the markets’ shops and restaurants, where locals stock up on everythin.
Hong Kong's best views
Pocket Hong Kong
Like love, Hong Kong is an enigma. The city of glass towers, stellar kitchens and award-winning gangster Triad films is also home to crumbling villages, a Late Jurassic volcano and idyllic beaches teeming with fish and luxury yachts. It’s a...
Hong Kong's best nightlife
Western Shoreline of Hong Kong and Afternoon Tea Cruise
Be amazed at the high-rises that show-case Hong Kong's architectural phenomenon including Bank of China, Exchange Square, Hong Kong Bank, Lippo Tower, Central Plaza, Kowloon Wharf and expressway, as well as nearby Stonecutters Island. This is a popular cruise for those who love the vibrancy and the ambitious town planning of Hong Kong.
Give thanks to the Cantonese language: without it we wouldn't have dim sum or Jackie Chan movies. Grab this phrasebook and you'll be able to say a lot more than thanks in the official language of Hong Kong and Macau.
Hong Kong Disneyland Admission with Transport
Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park is dedicated to the young and the young at heart. Your admission ticket gives you a full-day pass to Hong Kong Disneyland, where Disney characters come to life. Embark on a magical journey through various themed lands, such as Fantasyland and Toy Story Land.
Hong Kong for kids
China - Guangdong (Chapter)
Blue pine forests and the music of waterfalls boomerang in your direction - Guangdong's unique culture and natural beauty are yet to be discovered by most visitors, so you may have a plethora of sublime sights (and great dim sum) all to yourself.