Hong Kong Island
Ringed by a jagged coastline, this large, mountainous island (78 km2) reaches its highest point at Victoria Peak, whose foothills are dotted with skyscrapers and luxury homes. Here, set back from the seafront, opposite Kowloon, lies the modern city, a testament to Hong Kong's dynamism. Nevertheless, a few remnants of the Hong Kong of old still linger here and there.
Central (Hong Kong) and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon), tel. 2367 7065
Departing from Hong Kong, the Star Ferry offers one of the loveliest cruises of the territory for only a few dollars: a quick 5min run from Central to Kowloon and back on the wooden benches of the old green-and-white ferryboats.
Hong Kong Park
Vast and beautifully landscaped Hong Kong Park is home to the colonial-era Flagstaff House, which showcases a beautiful collection of tea ware. A short distance outside the park, Government House (Upper Albert Rd.) long served as the residence of the British Governor. On Garden Road, St. John's Cathedral dates back to 1849.
The Peak Tram, scales a very steep slope to take visitors to the summit of the Peak in just a few minutes, for a legendary view of Victoria Harbour.
Man Mo Temple
Located west of Central, near the aptly named Ladder Street, this old Taoist temple plunges visitors into the ambiance of eternal Hong Kong.
The site of a former British settlement which was established in the 1840s, Causeway Bay is now one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts. Nearby, the kitschy Tiger Balm Gardens were created in 1935 by the maker of the curative balm of the same name.
Established in 1846, this racetrack attracts a considerable number of gamblers from September through May.
Aberdeen remains famous as a floating port city that was once home to thousands of families living on sampans.
Hong Kongers' shopping frenzy reaches fever pitch in the shop-lined streets and shopping centres of Tsim Sha Tsui, on the southern tip of the Kowloon peninsula. The area's major thoroughfare, Nathan Road is now known as the "Golden Mile," due to its dazzling array of neon-lit establishments. Moreover, Kowloon's seafront offers a spectacular view of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
The Hong Kong Museum of Art features fascinating exhibitions devoted to Chinese antiquities, calligraphy and the colonial era.
Museum of History
100 Chatham Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
The Museum of History offers a good overview of the city's and territory's complex history, from the era when pirates scoured the South China Sea to that of the region's economic development.
Yau Ma Tei
The Yau Ma Tei district, just north of Tsim Sha Tsui, is renowned for its open-air markets and its Tin Hau Temple, named after the patron saint of seafarers. The Temple Street Night Market overflows with inexpensive goods, while the Jade Market mainly does business in the morning.
The New Territories
This less-visited area of Hong Kong has lovely surprises in store for visitors, such as the Miu Fat and Yuen Yuen Institute monasteries. The 10000 Buddhas Temple, in Shatin, is the most impressive however, with its 12,000 statuettes.
This small town includes the two archetypal walled villages of Kat Hing Wai and Shui Tau. Founded at least 500 years ago, they are still graced with ramparts, guard towers and moats
This large island, on which lies the international airport, boats vast natural spaces, a rare asset in Hong Kong. The island's Po Lin Monastery boasts the largest statue of Buddha in Southeast Asia.
A pedestrian paradise (vehicles are banned here), this small island invites visitors to stroll along the harbour or swim at the long stretch of Tung Wan Beach. A number of Hong Kongers come here for seafood before heading over to the Tin Hau Temple to pay homage to its eponymous goddess.