With a population of over 7 million, Hong Kong Island, (originally named Victoria Island in honor of the Queen), covers only 30 square miles. Victoria Harbor separates its two islands, Hong Kong and Kowloon. Along the northern shore of Hong Kong and the
southern tip of Kowloon is where most of the cultural attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas are located.
Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 islands. These islands, known as Territories border Hong Kong with the rest of China. These suburban, modern towns are surrounded mountainous scenic backdrops. Lantau is the largest land mass which houses Hong Kong’s vast and impressive airport as well as Hong Kong Disneyland. Beyond these is Macau, globally known as “The Las Vegas of the East”.
With 5000 years of Chinese culture married with 50 years of British colonial influence, Hong Kong is a city of juxtaposition. Enchanting Hong Kong draws you in with its ancient Chinese temples, architecture, traditional festivals, tantalizing flavors, lively entertainment scene, art and plethora of karaoke bars. Since reuniting with China, Hong Kong operates as a Special Zone run by China under a “one country, two systems policy.” This arrangement has made for an easy transition, kept the economy thriving.
The Central District of Hong Kong is a gleaming, modern business center. Home to the stock exchange, five-star hotels, and high end shops.
Visitors migrate to the Western District for its bountiful markets, great shopping and variety of restaurants.
The range of hills, also known as the exclusive residential area of Victoria Park tower hight over downtown. The Peak at 1,805 feet, offers visitors spectacular views. There are no shortage of excellent restaurants in Victoria Park offering you panoramic views of the landscape. Ride the 1888 tram to the summit.
If you are looking for fun after dark, east of the Central district is where you will find it. Also known as the Wanchai District, famous for its nightlife.
If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, you will need to spend at least a week to explore its myriad of wonders old and new.
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