Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities. So in no particular order here are my 10 reasons to love HK!
10: Public transportation – from creaking sampans to crazed light-buses Hong Kong is fantastically easy to get around. The MTR, public buses, ferries and taxis all accept the Octopus card, making things even easier and to top it off all the transport information is bilingual!
9: architecture- soaring skyscrapers, colonial relics, traditional temples and WWII outposts Hong Kong has it all.
The skyscrapers of Central
8: beaches: for a massive city Hong Kong’s beaches are surprisingly nice. Repulse Bay and Deep Water bay are the most popular but secluded Shek’o is probably the prettiest
Repulse Bay, some of Hong Kong’s most expensive real estate
7: hiking: the dragon’s back hike is renowned as one of the best urban hikes in the world, if you can stand the heat.
6: skyline – just stunning from every angle
5: shopping – high end designer, custom boutiques, antique shops and street markets, Hong Kong has it all. Not to mention the huge residual British influence; high street names such as M&S, Top Shop, Boots and Lush can all be found.
Temple Street market
4:The Film Industry – from Jet Li to Jackie Chan Hong Kong cinema is famous worldwide. Art house to action you can find it all. Enjoy spotting sites from famous movies and visit theAvenue of Stars for some cheesy Hollywood style.
3:multiculturalism- truly a world city Hong Kong is increasingly embracing its international status. For a snapshot visit Chung King Mansion, quite literally the world in one place.
2: History – Hong Kong’s turbulent history is fascinating. Ming dynasty villages, opium wars, Pirates, 99 years of British rule, Japanese occupation, the 1997 hand-over, the umbrella protests. Time to hit some museums!
King George in the botanical gardens
1: Food – a foodie’s heaven Hong Kong has everything from Michelin starred restaurants and celebrity chefs to hole in the wall noodle shops, street vendors and copious international cuisine.