Travel + Leisure
February 24, 2010


There's always a new skyscraper to stare at (right now, the Cheung Kong Center), but with steep mountains and 23 parks, much of Hong Kong doesn't feel urban at all. Get a new perspective on the city by hiking the Maclehose Trail.CULTURE/ARTS

There are occasional treats worth traveling for, like the recent Cambodian sculpture exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Kowloon and the Film Festival each April. For listings, grab the South China Morning Post and the free weekly HK.RESTAURANTS/FOOD

Choose from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Australasian—even English fish-and-chips. There's an especially cool food scene in Soho; for great sea views, book a balcony table at the Boathouse in Stanley.PEOPLE

Hotels have service down pat, but cultural differences mean storekeepers can seem unhelpful. Local TV ads are teaching them a more Western approach.SHOPPING

No. 1 in the world in our survey. Have your concierge hook you up with a tailor, and try Hollywood Road (antiques), Stanley Market (gifts), and the Pedder Building (affordable clothes).VALUE

Myriad outlets sell designers for less (watch out for fakes, though). To be sure of the provenance of your purchases, go to Queen's Road East, where craftsmen make furniture according to your sketch.

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