When flying over the South China Sea, the islands of Hong Kong take form as if in a mirage, an oasis of ancient tradition commingled with sleek, corporate towers. There are more than 266 islands in all. Most cultural attractions are located along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island and at Kowloon’s southern tip. Between Hong Kong and the border with the rest of China, the New Territories provide a mountainous scenic backdrop.
With 150 years of British colonial influence woven into 5,000 years of Chinese culture, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. From its ancient Chinese temples, to its karaoke bars, Hong Kong offers everything from food, art, architecture, to traditional festivals. The Central District is a glittering, modern business center. The Western District is filled with bountiful markets and restaurants. The city is built on steep terrain offering outstanding views as well as walking challenges. One of the city’s most unusual commuter routes is a half-mile series of escalators known as the Mid-Levels Escalator Link which brings workers from the Mid-Levels district to the Central district. Hong Kong offers a mosaic of memorable experiences and adventures.