It is hard to believe that what was once a sleepy, sparsely populated area of farmland and fishing villages has now become arguably the world's most influential financial capital and commercial port. Past and present fuse in Hong Kong to create a capitalist utopia embedded within the world's largest Communist country. There is nowhere on earth quite like Hong Kong, which is reason enough for anyone to travel here.
Hong Kong © Mike Behnken
The city, or 'Central' as it has become known, sits
on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, the original territory
colonised by the British, and the tourist capital of the region.
Central is backed by the green-blanketed hills of Victoria Peak,
and looks out over Victoria Harbour, home to annual firework
displays and promenades forming natural meeting points for tourists
and locals alike.
The city of Hong Kong, despite its surviving
traditional enclaves, feels delightfully futuristic. The vast
majority of the more than 350 skyscrapers in Hong Kong are
concentrated in Central, and this glittering night-time skyline is
one of the most iconic in the world. The speed of modernisation and
construction means that few colonial buildings now remain. The
oldest surviving Western-style building is Flagstaff House, dating
back to 1846, now home to the Museum of Tea Ware.
Hong Kong is a booming business hub, a fashion centre
and a celebrated foodie destination. The diversity of its
population and cultural influences adds hugely to its unique
appeal. In addition to all its impressive sightseeing attractions
visitors will be happy to discover just how well everything seems
to work. Most notably, the efficient transport system makes getting
around a pleasure.