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.
On China's south coast between the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, Hong Kong has a population of seven million people. 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 with our Hong Kong travel guide.
Things Not to Miss in Hong Kong
If you're heading to Hong Kong in the summer, attend the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Hundreds of thousands of people flock here each year to watch 5,000 athletes participate in dragon boat races. If you plan to visit Hong Kong in the winter, consider organizing your trip around the 15 Days of Chinese New Year Celebration. It's one enormous street party complete with elaborate floats and performers. During your Hong Kong travel, also visit the Peak, the island's highest point.
When to Visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate and four distinct seasons. Any are a great time to travel to Hong Kong, but autumn and winter are the most temperate. Spring brings in the humidity, summer is hot and humid, autumn is sunny and breezy, and winter is cool and dry.
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.