Views

Victoria Peak Pilgrims the world over come here for unbeatable views of the city.

Sevva A million-dollar view in every sense.

InterContinental Lobby Lounge Afternoon tea and late-night drinks come with some of the best harbour views in Kowloon.

High Island Reservoir Climb the dramatic East Dam to survey this engineering feat and the polygonal rock formations below.

Tai Long Wan Hiking Trail Gasp and whip out your camera every time a bay comes into view.

Tai Po Waterfront Park Telescopes at the viewing tower rein in views of the hills and retro factory premises.

Tung Ping Chau Mother Nature’s flight of fancy brought stunning sedimentary rocks resembling layered sponge cakes.

Amah Rock Visit the city’s all-seeing guardian in Sha Tin for its cross-harbour study of population density.

Pak Nai Drink in the sunset at this westernmost edge of Hong Kong.

Sai Wan Swimming Shed Rickety local swimming pier on the western edge of Hong King Island.

Modern Architecture

HSBC Building The Norman Foster masterpiece commands a special place in the city’s hearts and minds.

Bank of China Tower Some scoff at IM Pei’s ingenious design as a futuristic meat cleaver.

Old Bank of China Building Six decades on, this art-deco gem still exudes terrific modernity.

Asia Society Hong Kong Centre A beautiful roof garden grows out of an overgrown former military site.

Lippo Centre 'Hugging Koalas' was designed by American architect, Paul Rudolph.

Two International Finance Centre A wannabe Angkor Wat? Or the ultimate phallic temple to Mammon? What do you think?

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre A stingray washed up on an artificial island.

Parks & Gardens

Victoria Peak Garden The peak above the Peak. This landscaped haven of calm commands untrammelled views.

Tai Po Waterfront Park A charming park by the Tolo Harbour with picnic lawns and a viewing tower.

Kowloon Walled City Park The former sin city par excellence reincarnated as a traditional Jiāngnán (southern Yangtze) garden.

Nan Lian Garden A splendid Tang style garden at Chi Lin Nunnery, adorned with a pagoda, tea pavilion, koi pond and Buddhist pines.

Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens Enveloped by skyscrapers, this stronghold of nature has graced the city since 1871.

Hong Kong Park A rainforest-like aviary and the city’s oldest colonial building lie in this man-made leisure space.

Ocean Park A huge aquarium and thrilling rides draw families to this highly popular amusement park.

Cheung Kong Park A petite oasis favoured by lunching office workers in the middle of Central.

Astropark This park appeals to the stargazer within, with Chinese and western astronomical instruments.

Kowloon Park An oasis of green off Nathan Rd.

Unusual Eats

French toast, Hong Kong–style Popular comfort food, liberally served at cha chaan tang (tea houses). Try it at Sei Yik.

Snake soup A winter favourite trusted for its warming properties. Served at Ser Wong Fun.

Chiu Chow pig’s blood with chives A timeless delicacy of jiggly russet cubes. Served at Chan Chun Kee.

Cow innards Cheap and nutritious, simmering away in vats of stock behind steamy noodle-shop windows. Try City Hall Maxim’s Palace.

Turtle jelly A mildly bitter concoction of turtle shell and Chinese herbs. Good for skin. Available at Kung Lee.

Yin Yeung Born of colonialism, the quintessential Hong Kong drink of tea mixed with coffee. Served at Mido Café.

Stinky Tofu Fermented, bacterium-rich goodness. Smells more pungent than it tastes. Available at Chuen Cheong Foods.

'Russian' Borscht Hardly Russian but still delectable, it epitomises soy sauce western cuisine. Served at Tai Ping Koon.

24 Herbs This common bitter drink the colour of wrath will cool your system. Enjoy at Lui Seng Chun.

Hiking

Tai Long Wan Hiking Trail Emerge from the luxuriant mountains to find the idyllic Tai Long Wan beach.

Dragon’s Back A popular see-the-sea ramble that undulates to the somnolent village of Shek O.

Lamma Island Take a gentle 4km hike across the leafy island to the embrace of waterside seafood restaurants.

High Island Reservoir East Dam The only volcanic site of Hong Kong Geopark that humans (and stray cattle) can access on foot.

Lai Chi Wo Any walk from Wu Kau Tang or Luk Keng passes this ancient Hakka village surrounded by woodlands and mangroves.

Hong Kong Cemetery Wander through this hilly, overgrown, deeply atmospheric resting place of Hong Kong’s good and naughty.

Morning Trail Dappled path encircling the Peak, with stellar city skyline views.

Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Pack a picnic and aim for the waterfall amid the lush greenery.

Tai Mo Shan Several hiking trails thread up and around Hong Kong’s tallest mountain.

Colonial & East-Meets-West Architecture

Old Supreme Court Building The most imposing colonial edifice left in town, though perhaps not the most beautiful.

Former Marine Police Headquarters Even blatant commercialism cannot detract from the poise and beauty of this neoclassical monument.

Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre Christian buildings with Buddhist characteristics designed by a Dane sit on a hill in Shatin.

Morrison Building This art-deco building topped with a Chinese roof was the site of a political tug-of-war.

Tai Kwun Stern edifices that trace the history of law enforcement in Hong Kong.

Lui Seng Chun A surprisingly harmonious marriage between a Chinese 'shophouse' and an Italian villa.

St John’s Cathedral Criticised for blighting the colony’s landscape when it was first built, today it’s a reminder of dear old Blighty.

Béthanie Two octagonal cow sheds plus a neo-Gothic chapel equal a new performing-art space.

Traditional Culture

Tai O Visit the stilt-houses in Hong Kong’s southwestern corner for a glimpse of the city’s fishing culture.

Aberdeen & Ap Lei Chau The Water People's culture is palpable at the markets and food stalls, and on dragon boats.

Walled Villages Dotted around the New Territories, villages like Lai Chi Wo preserve traces of an agricultural way of life.

Folk voodoo In full swing every March after the first (mythological) thunder of the year rouses the animal world.

Cantonese opera The endangered Unesco-listed art is conserved at the Sunbeam and Yau Ma Tei theatres.

Pok Fu Lam Village This 'urban' village features an old way of life among relics of a dairy and a fire dragon.

Dried Seafood Street Hold your nose browsing the stalls around Des Voeux Rd West, where Cantonese cooks shop.

Tsim Sha Tsui TST's little-known side comprises colonial-era recreation clubs and the homes of early Shanghainese migrants.

North Point Hong Kong's Little Fújiàn since the turn of the last century, particularly evocative at Chun Yeung Street Market.

Yau Ma Tei Kowloon's grassroots street culture is still very much alive at places like Tin Hau Temple.

Chinese Architecture

Kang Yung Study Hall A beautiful study hall that used to function as a private school in a far-flung Hakka village.

Tang Clan Ancestral Hall Hong Kong's most magnificent ancestral hall sits in Ping Shan alongside other worthy village structures.

Tin Hau Temple A fine Tin Hau Temple that has kept much of its original elements, including the elaborate roof ornaments.

Tsz Shan Monastery An impressive ancient-inspired modern Buddhist complex in Tai Po.

Chi Lin Nunnery A meticulous modern replica of Tang dynasty Buddhist architecture.

Man Mo Temple Creaking, heady-scented behemoth on Hollywood Rd.

Markets

Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong's liveliest night market, with occasional free Cantonese opera performances.

Cat Street Daytime street market selling Chinese repro antiques, vintage Bruce Lee posters and old Hong Kong photos.

Graham Street Market A vestige of old Hong Kong, this Central street market still sells fermented beans, Asian fruits and veggies.

Chun Yeung Street Market Atmospheric Fújiànese spot amid old tenement buildings.

Bowrington Road Market Outdoor and indoor wet market with lively late-night dai pai dong (food stalls).

Tai Po Market Outdoor wet market in the New Territories selling dried seafood, sugar cane juices.

Vintage Market Find recycled fashions from all over the world and handmade jewellery at this Macau market.