Hong Kong’s signature attraction; the crowd of skyscrapers arched around the waters of Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island are a jaw dropping sight. As the most impressive skyline in the world, you should make time to see the skyline both in the day, from Victoria Peak, and at night, when it plays host to the Symphony of Lights laser and light show.
A Walled Village
Yes, Hong Kong does have a history. It might seem like the territory’s past only stretches back to the days of opium boxes, warships and treaties, but some of Hong Kong’s villages are over 500 years old and much of their heritage remains intact. Defensive walls, ancestral halls and traditionally dressed villagers can all be found at one of Hong Kong’s walled villages.
A few days on Hong Kong Island can have you feeling like you need to lie down in a dark room. Do the next best thing, go to Lamma Island. This rural retreat offers jungle greenery, deserted beaches and ramshackle villages stuffed with seafood restaurants. There are no cars on the island so be sure to pack a good pair of legs, if you want to go exploring.
Hong Kong might have major supermarkets in every mall and 7-Elevens on every corner, but this is a city that still thrives on market shopping. From fish freshly hooked out of the deep blue sea to fake, imitation Guccie bags, Hong Kong has a market for everything – even goldfish. Try one of the tourist markets to pick up some local souvenirs for a pocketful of pennies or brave a wet market to see where the locals do their daily shopping.