Hong Kong, which means ‘fragrant harbour’ in Cantonese, is a vibrant metropolis renowned for its impressive panoramic skyline, lively markets and great cuisine.
With a population of over 8 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Top attractions include the Star Ferry Cruise along Victoria Harbour, a ride up the Peak Tram for breath-taking views of the harbour and city, or a day out with the family at Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s best-loved theme park.
Despite being home to a major commercial hub and the world’s busiest port, Hong Kong’s outlying islands boasts quiet parks, remote beaches and tranquil mountain-top views, which make for perfect day trips to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Throughout history, Hong Kong served as a port and naval base, but it quickly developed from an industrial port to become one of the region’s economic powerhouses. The city’s financial, social and political heart is situated on Hong Kong Island itself, while Kowloon is home to traditional neighbourhoods, old-fashioned shops, lively markets, modern malls, museums and art galleries.
Hong Kong’s heritage is uniquely Chinese and Western, traditional and modern, and all these are reflected in its architecture, cuisine and traditions. Its towering skyscrapers, unbeatable harbour vistas and peaceful Buddhist temples are what makes Hong Kong such an exciting place to visit.