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Hong Kong, famous for its iconic skyline and vibrant food scene, is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and several outlying islands. Each district, from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, has its own distinct character. Despite its "concrete jungle" reputation, Hong Kong surprises with nearly 70% of its land designated as countryside, offering scenic landscapes just a short drive away.

Established in the 19th century, Hong Kong's modern boundaries were shaped by the Opium Wars. In 1842, Hong Kong Island was permanently ceded to the British, followed by the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860. Later, in 1898, the New Territories were leased to the British for 99 years. Throughout 150 years of colonial rule and development, Hong Kong thrived as a hub for trade, industry, film, and finance. It also served as a haven during tumultuous periods in Chinese history. Hong Kong's sovereignty was ultimately transferred to China in 1997, becoming one of the "special administrative regions".

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Top Attractions in Hong Kong

Suggested Itinerary

For an optimal first-time visit, allocate 5-6 days. Stroll through "Victoria City," encompassing present-day Central, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay, where historical landmarks adorn charming hillside streets amidst towering skyscrapers. At night, explore some of the most vibrant shopping areas and street markets in Kowloon.

Hong Kong Airport → Avenue of Stars Sunset View → Mong Kok
Star Ferry → Central Market → Tai Kwun → Peak Tram → Lugard Road Observation Deck
Sai Ying Pun / Sheung Wan → Chun Yeung Street → Monster Buildings → Tai On Building → Causeway Bay
Hong Kong Disneyland / Ocean Park
Ngong Ping 360 → Big Buddha → Tai O Fishing Village → Tung Chung Outlets
West Kowloon Cultural District → Sky100 → Hong Kong Airport

For a deeper exploration, venture into the New Territories, where you'll find traditional villages, temples, and stunning natural beauty. If time allows, consider a day trip to Macau, just a one-hour ferry ride away. Immerse yourself in the Macau Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the Portuguese colonial architecture while experiencing the extravagant atmosphere of the "Oriental Las Vegas."

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Best Areas to Stay in Hong Kong

Most tourists stay in convenient areas like Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok or Central. These locations offer a variety of accommodation options and easy access to dining, shopping and entertainment. Consider staying in Tung Chung for 1-2 nights for easier access to attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland, Tai O, Tian Tan Buddha, and the airport!

    Yau Tsim Mong   ✓ easy to get around

     The OTTO Hotel


     Hotel 1936

    Central   ✓ easy to get around

     ibis Central & Sheung Wan

     Lander Grand Hotel

     Butterfly on Wellington

    Tung Chung   ✓ close to airport + disney

     The Silveri Hong Kong

     Novotel Citygate

     Four Points by Sheraton

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