Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is certainly one of the most unique cities on God’s green earth. This is due to its multifaceted nature. On one side, Hong Kong is a sprawling metropolis of massive skyscrapers, commercial laden streets and high end shops and restaurants. On the other, it is a peaceful natural wonder created from mountains and extensive country parks, home to geological spectacles and hidden villages. As a result it really can suit every personal taste, whether it’s fast city living or peaceful traditional living that you are seeking to sample. Its personality is even more complex, a mixture of Cantonese and Chinese as well as a nod to the British colonisation which only relinquished in 1997. Get a splendid view of Hong Kong Island on Victoria Peak atop the giant, wok-shaped Peak Tower to contextualise the bustling city. The Hong Kong Museum of History in Kowloon gives an excellent overview of Hong Kong's fascinating past. Despite its reputation for skyscrapers Hong Kong is actually roughly 70% countryside, and Lantau Island with its traditional villages and secluded beaches is a perfect escape from the hectic city.
Where is it?
The city is found on the southern coast of China, where the Pearl River Estuary meets the South China Sea.
What is it?
Hong Kong’s deep natural harbour made it a hugely important port for China before it’s colonisation by the British Empire. It has since become a massively important trade and business centre for China, and is world renowned for its skyscraper infused skyline.
Best time to visit?
October to early December is the best time to visit, as the summer wet season is extremely hot, humid and rainy, sometimes leading to typhoons.
The Sai Kung Peninsula in the northern New Territories region of Hong Kong is a hugely worthwhile excursion from the city centre. Its spectacular mountain ranges and astonishing coastal scenery make this a truly special and unexpected escape.