Hong Kong

Hong Kong Panorama
Hong Kong is a diverse and decidedly cosmopolitan city thanks to a long history as a trading port. To this day, it is home to a large number of traditional “Junk” vessels, noted for their unique sail and hull construction. However, the vast majority of the trade is conducted in modern container ships, and in fact Hong Kong has o­ne of the largest and most advanced trading ports in the world. Thousands of ships pass through the harbor every day, and from almost every part of the city it is possible to see them pass. There are even many city tours administered purely by boat, and even some amphibious vehicle tours.

Hong Kong is o­ne of the most densely populated places in the world, with over six thousand people per square kilometer. As such, it is world renowned for the diversity of food and culture, and it is home to more five-star restaurants than almost any other city in the world. Hong Kong is also home to more five-star hotels than any other city in Southeast Asia, exceeded in Asia o¬nly by Beijing and Tokyo. Hong Kong is renowned for traditional Chinese food, especially in regards to seafood, but it is also home to restaurants catering to food from all over the former British empire.

Sunset Skyline of Hong Kong
Despite the extensive build and sprawl of the city, Hong Kong has a few areas that have remained undeveloped. The most notable is Lantau Island, located immediately outside the harbor. It is home to the Tian Tan Buddha, o­ne of the largest Buddha statues in the world, which is also a major tourist site. The surrounding area is largely undisturbed, with extensive forest land suitable for hiking, meditation or relaxation. There are a number of smaller monuments and statues also located o­n the island, as well as an extensive monastery.