One of the world’s centers of business and banking, this city is a true metropolis: a culinary paradise and a mecca for nightlife lovers, a wonderful place to explore… and shop!
The Hong Kong island is small and mountainous, and the city occupies a relatively narrow seafront area, so everything here is built ‘up’. Perfectly normal is entering a crowded restaurant directly from an elevator, on some eleventh floor of an otherwise regular apartment building.
It’s a very photogenic city, thanks to the amazing vistas. The Kowloon’s seafront is the place to see the iconinc Hong Kong cityscape—and watch the mandatory laser show. Another classic view offers The Peak, a steep mountain rising above the city, reachable by the cable car.
The most recent addition to the Hong Kong’s impressive collection of skyscrapers presents opportunity for perhaps the best view yet. The International Commerce Centre rises 490m above the sea level and its Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel lets guests dine and sleep with unmatchable views of the island.
Hong Kong is at its most interesting from the street level. This small patch of land is a unique urban environment that packs hurried crowds of commuters, distinctive taxis and luxury sports cars, double-decker trams, passageways suspended above streets, small shops clinging to glass skyscrapers, myriad eating places—with the ubiquitous neon lights cast on everything.
As one of the world’s business and banking centers, the city provides plenty of chances to go on a shopping spree, or indulge in the vibrant nightlife. But for some Hong Kong is first of all a true culinary paradise, famous for its restaurants of all shapes and kinds: crowded dim-sum places, tiny street stalls (the traditional fish balls are a must-try) and thousands of restaurants with cuisine from all over the world.
Hong Kong is not just a city: despite the appearance of an urban utopia, city parks and forests cover most of the island, inviting for a trekking. There are plenty of beaches around, with the best of them Tai Long Wan. Its soft sand and turquoise water makes Tai Long Wan seem more fitting a remote Thai or Balinese location, rather than adjacent to one of the most densely populated cities in the world. And while getting to the beach is not easy (it involves either a long walk or a speedboat ride)—it is worth it.
Numerous hotels, excellent transportation system, the legendary number of restaurants make Hong Kong a great destination
Further still, there are about two hundred islands scattered around Hong Kong, where no motorized traffic, empty beaches and quiet villages represent a pace of life sharply contrasted with the frenzy of the city.
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Hong Kong has one of the best public transport systems in the world, with convenient metro, cheap taxis, trams and an excellent airport built on an artificial island.
Spring is the best time to visit Hong Kong—it’s not too humid yet, but it is already warm; in winter the city can be surprisingly cool… and wet. Chinese New Year period is also interesting to visit, though it’s worth remembering that the colorful parades and no commute traffic makes the experience of the city not entirely authentic: after all, Hong Kong is most true to its spirit when the streets are full of life.
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