In the shadows of mountains and towers, Hong Kong (Hēung Góng in Cantonese or Xiāng Gǎng in Mandarin, 香港) goes about its business, with crowds thronging street markets and luxury malls, dining in steamy dim sum eateries and elegant world-class restaurants and otherwise enjoying a city renowned for its independent spirit, wealth and industriousness.
Hong Kong's unique mix of East and West makes for an exciting, modern metropolis full of surprises. Comprised of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and the Outer Islands, the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (SAR) is unlike any other place in the world. On Hong Kong Island, skyscrapers soar against a backdrop of lush peaks and ridges, with Victoria Peak providing a stunning counterpoint to architectural landmarks such as I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower, the modular HSBC Building and the elegant International Finance Centre (IFC).
Across Victoria Harbor, Kowloon appears to be entering into competition with its glamorous opposite number (though it has a long way to go), constructing its own phalanx of new high rises—including the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in the in Hong Kong—and tempting consumers with brands and bargains galore in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Beyond Kowloon stretch the surprisingly expansive New Territories, including large areas of undeveloped land perfect for getting away from the crowds for a day at the beach or visit to a village with the feel of an older China. To the west, Lantau Island is home to fishing villages and trail-laced parks as well as Hong Kong's top-rated international airport and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Man Mo Temple (Man Mo Miu) is a quite traditional Chinese temple situated at the corner of Hollywood Road and the aptly named Ladder Street (it appears to run straight up the..
Ocean Park, once unquestionably Hong Kong's premier theme park, took hits from the Asian Financial Crisis, the SARS scare and, most damaging of all, from the Disney empire, which..
Stanley, the town, sits at the narrow neck of Stanley, the Peninsula, and is home to Stanley Market, Stanley Beach and Stanley Military Cemetery. It's also where you'll find St...
Wong Tai Sin Temple (黃大仙祠) is a great example of Chinese practicality. Technically a Taoist temple dedicated to Wong Tai—a man who found the way and ascended to Taoist godhood—it..