Best Cities to Visit in China (VI): Hong Kong

Best Cities to Visit in China (VI): Hong Kong

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Best Cities to Visit in China: Hong Kong

 

What Hong Kong lacks in size it makes up for with sheer sophistication. There's nowhere in China that comes close to matching the territory's cosmopolitan population or luxurious modernity. Incredibly dense and urban and yet with moments of unexpected natural beauty, the territory is a proudly unique space in the otherwise vast expanse of the PRC.

 

But the former British colony is part of China all the same, albeit with entirely different economic, legal and education systems. Because of this, visiting Hong Kong is bound to be a very different experience than visiting the mainland; indeed, for first timers it will probably be much easier to navigate.

 

But don't let this seeming familiarity fool you into thinking there's nothing left to discover here – Hong Kong still has plenty of stones waiting to be turned over. 

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Hong Kong

 

What's here? Hong Kong is immediately associated with shopping; browse through the numerous shops in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Causeway Bay. On the southeastern side of Hong Kong Island is Stanley Market, a good place to pick up tourist knick-knacks. In terms of activities, taking the tram up Victoria Peak and the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour are certainly on the must-do list.

 

Less known but equally appealing are the Museum of History, the various Buddhist and Taoist temples, and the hiking trails scattered across the islands and New Territories. And, of course, no trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a taste of dim sum.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Hong Kong

 

Practicalities: Unlike the PRC, most visitors will not need a visa for a short-term stay. Remember that Hong Kong has its own currency, the Hong Kong dollar.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Hong Kong

 

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