More than most cities, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. Its bustling streets reveal layers of history, with a lot of traditional Chinese values still visible alongside Western culture and cuisines from all over the world. Though the city is packed with over 7 million people, it comes as a surprise to find that it is set amongst lush green hills that offer many superb viewpoints over the city and the rocky coastline.
The official languages are Chinese and English. You could say that Hong Kong is a tribute to immigration, a process that has been continuing for thousands of years, with people arriving from different regions of China, as well as Japan and the United Kingdom. The result is a glittering cultural environment, as sparkling as the amazing views over Victoria Harbour at sunset. Ancient temples stand alongside futuristic skyscrapers. There are many ways of touring the city, but you can enjoy a 15-minute introduction by taking the legendary Star Ferry which crosses the harbour and provides views of the skyscrapers and the verdant green mountains above. It is probably one of the world’s best-value cruises.
From the climatic point of view, the best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December. It is particularly hot and rainy from June to August.
As regards transport, the Mass Transit Railway connects most parts of the city quickly and efficiently.