The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or simply Hong Kong as we all know it owes its name to the Cantonese language and it means “Fragrant Harbour”. More than fragrant, Hong Kong means success, modernity, hard work and excellence. The city developed so quickly that it became the first of the “Four Asian Tigers”. Hong Kong was a British colony…
It’s hard to imagine that the island of Hong Kong with its swanky neighborhoods and classy buildings was once a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages. The world’s most expensive place to live in is a special administrative region of China, which means that Hong Kong has a separate government and economic system.
The island has the distinction of having the largest number of skyscrapers in the world. This land of mortar and steel has a vibrant and thriving culture, having Chinese roots with heavy influences of colonialism. Some of the top things to do in Hong Kong is to soak in this unique culture in the art galleries, bamboo theatres or at any one of the city’s numerous concert halls and museums. The market places are also great places to experience this vibrancy. The city has a variety of venues where you can shop and caters to every kind of budget. A great place to loosen those purse strings would be at the Mongkok Markets. Eating is another activity at the top of the things to do in Hong Kong. The city whips up a variety of delicious cuisines from Asian, European and anything else you desire.
The city, however, is not all about skyscrapers and urban living. Rather surprisingly, most of Hong Kong’s landmass is made up of mountains and expansive parks. Take a ride in the 125-year-old Peak Tram to the iconic Victoria Peak to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There are some great walking trails up here which are extremely popular. Better still get on the Hong Kong Trail to experience the country’s outdoors to its fullest. This 50 km trail winds across the entire length of the Island.
For a peek into Hong Kong’s varied history visit Yuen Long’s walled villages, fortified to keep out pirates, or sail out on the iconic Star Ferry to Kowloon. The remodeled former Central Police Station at Tai Kwun is also another great place to get a deeper insight into Hong Kong’s history.