Hong Kong has steadily moved from an outpost for Britain in the East to one of Asia.s most vibrant and important cities. Although China took back control of Hong Kong a few years back.t he city remains western leaning and independent thinking. Hong Kong has the distinction of having a foot into the past and the future with its traditional culture and the feel of a modern urban metropolis.
Situated on the Southeast coast of China, and with a population of 7.3 million Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated island. The sovereign state consists of four areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands.
Hong Kong maintains its governmental independence from China electing its own President and having a western style democracy that would be familiar to any westerner. The island nation only depends on Chine for its military defense. In all other areas including banking and negotiating with foreign countries, Hong Kong controls.
As a result, Hong Kong is one of the most prosperous places in the world. The cost of living and lifestyle here is on par with any European country and in some ways can surpass many of Europe’s great cities. As a banking center, Hong Kong is tops in the region, and is recognized as a world leader in financial matters. More than 50% of its residents are fluent in English and all speak Cantonese.
Hong Kong is a Foodie City
Hong Kong has been an international city for more than 75 years with both a Chinese and a European influence. From a food perspective that has created very interesting and unique food options in the city. Hong Kong has some of the best street food anywhere and some of the best high end restaurants in Asia. There is traditional Chinese food as well as new creations that add western influences. The city also has variations on traditional western food that has to be tried to be appreciated. Try the restaurants at Victoria Harbor. When you are in the city, consider a Hong Kong food tour to sample many of the city’s wonderful food offering.
Hong Kong is a High End City – Where to Stay
Hong Kong is a great city for high end tourists and business visitors. The shopping is great and there are a large number of high end hotels for all tastes placed throughout the territory. For high end visitors who want to have a tourist experience it is best to aim for hotels on either Kowloon Peninsula in the Tsim Sha Tsui or Mong Kok areas. If you chose Hong Kong Island look for great hotels in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Central Hong Kong and Sai Ying Pun. Either area will give you easy access to tours and attractions throughout Hong Kong.
What to Do in Hong Kong
Charter a Junk
A Junk is Chinese traditional fishing boat and you can rent a high end Junk to take you and up to 14 guests on a tour of Victoria Harbor. These motorized water limousines tour for up to 7 hours.
Go to Shek O Beach
You can find some of Asia’s top beaches less than an hour form the center of Hong Kong. The best is Shek O where the high end locals come on weekends. The beach is perfect for water sports nd features White sand and beautiful palms. If you want privacy, head instead to Tai Long Wan on the eastern coast of Sai Kung Peninsula.
Visit the Quinary
Hong Kong is known for its high-end hotel bars and speakeasies hidden behind secret doors throughout the city. For a feeling of the coolness of the city, visit the Quinary, where cocktails are made with liquid nitrogen and other cool gadgets. You will find the bar located behind an unmarked door at 56-58 Hollywood Road Central.