In Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, everyone seems to be in a rush—dashing off to work in some soaring highrise, 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. Hong Kong’s 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.
Riding the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui. The ride provides glorious views of the city skyline—and costs just 28 cents a pop.
Horse races at downtown Happy Valley or suburban Sha Tin. Locals here are huge gamblers, and nothing gets them more excited than laying bets on the ponies each week.
Poking among centuries-old treasures in the antique shops of Central’s Hollywood Road.