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City Guide: Hong Kong

Located on one of the world’s most visually stunning coastal areas in the South China Sea, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. Surrounded by lush jungle and beautiful mountains, the city itself is the ultimate concrete jungle — a twenty-four hour business and entertainment capital that’s home to over seven million residents.

Densely populated and packed with sky-high buildings, Hong Kong is the ultimate city break location for those seeking a nonstop urban adventure that combines ancient Chinese culture with modern conveniences. Spread across the Kowloon Peninsula — the city’s major housing area — and Hong Kong Island itself, Hong Kong is divided by the magnificent Victoria Harbour.

The city’s top hotels are spread throughout the Tsim Sha Tsui coastal area and the Central, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay districts of Hong Kong Island. Home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world, Hong Kong hotel rooms are renowned for their small sizes and cosy feel — an inconvenience for some, but a true taste of the city’s space-conscious lifestyle for others.

Known as Asia’s capital of shopping, Hong Kong is second only to Tokyo for the total number of brand name shops found within its busy streets. Central, the city’s primary financial district, is an ideal location for high-end shopping, while Causeway Bay, a more down to earth district located in the island’s Eastern region, is home to small boutique stores and local designer outlets.

Hong Kong’s major entertainment districts are found in Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong, which are the city’s local and international entertainment spots, respectively. Visitors seeking a view of the city’s beautiful skyline should either visit one of the many Lan Kwai Fong sky bars, or board the world famous Peak Tram to catch a view of the skyline from the top of Victoria Peak.

Offering a fast paced lifestyle that rivals New York and London, a skyline that competes with Manhattan and Chicago for the title of ‘world’s best,’ and a food culture that rivals Tokyo and Singapore, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, and the perfect location for a short weekend break. Visitors to this bustling metropolis seeking a fun urban adventure will not be disappointed.

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