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Hong Kong [1]( He?ng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a long-time British influence. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is much more than a harbour city. The traveller weary of its crowded streets may be tempted to describe it as Hong Kongcrete. Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape. Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with at least one season to match your comfort zone. Boasting one of the world’s best airports, it is the ideal stopover for those who wish to travel deeper into the Orient.

Attractions

The Peak

There’s a reason why The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong: It is absolutely incredible! Looking down from The Peak you’ll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.

Getting there is an unforgettable trip. There’s nothing in the world like the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres (about 1,200 feet). It’s so steep that the buildings you pass look like they’re leaning! Whether you’re going up or coming down, you’ll love this trip.

And now this fabulous vista has been further enhanced by the 2006 revitalisation of one of Hong Kong’s most striking landmarks, The Peak Tower. Even more than before, it’s a destination in its own right. Once on The Peak, there are a number of locations providing magnificent views of the city below. For great continuous unfolding vistas, take the Peak Circle Walk or go directly to the Lugard Road Lookout for fabulous views over the harbour. There are more great vistas from the Lions View Point Pavilion and the viewing terrace at the

Peak Galleria, as well as the Peak Tower Sky Terrace.

Be sure to visit Madame Tussauds Hong Kong , open from 10am to 10pm daily, for an engrossing interactive entertainment experience!

Magical Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour is one of Hong Kong’s greatest assets, a jewel that people marvel at, no matter how many times they visit the city. People come from all over the world to see and admire it.

Spectacular Harbour Views

Travel up to The Peak or visit the Avenue of Stars along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade for spectacular harbour views and to catch the magnificent A Symphony of Lights, featuring more than 40 Hong Kong’s skyscrapers in a stunning multimedia extravaganza.

Starry Nights of Delight

There is no better way to capture the magic of the harbour than by taking a nighttime cruise aboard a ferry where you’ll be able to enjoy A Symphony of Lights, the stunning multimedia show featuring more than 40 Hong Kong skyscrapers in a dazzling extravaganza.

Ladies’ Market

One of the most popular shopping street markets in Hong Kong, Ladies’ Market is a must-visit destination for fashion lovers with an eye for bargain-priced clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cosmetics and household knick-knacks. The stalls making up this enjoyable market can be found on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok. It is open from noon until 11:30pm.

SoHo

Stroll along nearby Hollywood Road and you’ll soon discover Hong Kong’s “SoHo”, the area “South of Hollywood Road”. It offers a wide range of upmarket international restaurants and bars along Staunton Street, Elgin Street and Shelley Street. Jump on what Guinness World Records calls the world’s longest covered escalator and experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this popular food district. Here you’ll enjoy international fare from New Orleans to Nepal, Mexico to Malaysia, Provence to Portugal.

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