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Futuristic skyscrapers set against a shimmering harbor; the chimes from double decker trams zipping through traffic; the smell of roast geese hanging by shop windows: Hong Kong makes a first impression like no other place on Earth. The business and financial hub proudly flaunts—and deserves—the title of “Asia’s World City.” The former British Crown Colony is prime for an urban adventure; from the neon-lit streets of Mongkok to the humble fishing villages in Tai O, you will never run out of sights to discover, and T+L’s Hong Kong travel guide will take you to the best of them.
In Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, everyone seems to be in a rush—dashing off to work in some soaring high rise, hurrying to catch a tram or a subway, speed-shopping through the countless shopping malls, hastening to make a date at one of the myriad glassed-in restaurants and chic cocktail bars. Beyond the 21st-century cacophony and the accelerated tempo, however, the savvy visitor can find glimpses of old-world tranquillity: incense-wreathed Taoist temples; polished hotel lobbies serving afternoon tea in the English style; rustic remote walking trails; graceful tai-chi practitioners in tidy city parks. When you visit Hong Kong, you’ll notice that its relatively small size—the city “only” holds seven million people—superb public transportation system, cheap taxis, and bilingual signage make it a cinch to navigate. Just remember to slow down every now and then.
The city is called many things, not least of all a country in and of itself. As the world’s most vertical and arguably futuristic city with high-tech transportation, it’s a fascinating place to explore. Tap into the city’s frenetic energy when you use our guide to plan a Hong Kong trip.