Contrast is everywhere in Hong Kong. Whilst majestic mountain peaks form a dramatic backdrop to one of the world’s best skylines, traditional junk boats float by in the foreground of Victoria Harbour.
This sense of contradiction is also apparent when you set out to explore Hong Kong – a relatively straightforward task, thanks to its easily navigable public transportation system. Each area seems to have something special to offer, with Hong Kong Island known as the glitzier and more glamorous counterpart to hip, laidback Kowloon. No wonder, then, that more than seven million people choose to live in Hong Kong.
The area is not short of modern attractions, whether your passion is trawling the shopping malls, lounging in luxury hotels or indulging at some of the best restaurants and lounges in the world. The dining scene is particularly impressive – Hong Kong boasts the world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant – with a cosmopolitan population that ensures you can find cuisine from almost any country across the globe.
There are ample opportunities to get to know the cultures and traditions of the area too, by visiting the local temples and shrines. Many visitors flock to Wong Tai Sin Temple, a stunning building that hosts devotees from three religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Also worth a visit is the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po village, where you’ll find Hong Kong’s famous Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.
Hong Kong is also well-placed for day trips to other parts of Southeast Asia. If you have time, take a catamaran to nearby Macau and explore the oldest European settlement in the region.