Hong Kong – A Fusion of East and West
Hong Kong has a huge amount to offer tourists. Most visitors will find themselves in either Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, where the majority of the shopping, business, attractions and nightlife are to be found. Almost all of the city’s skyscrapers are found on Hong Kong Island, surrounding the harbor, and they combine to create an extraordinary light show every night. A night-time harbor cruise provides a perfect vantage point from which to witness this impressive display. Kowloon is famous for its markets, neon lights, and the sheer number of people. It is one of the most densely populated places in the world. It is a great place for shopping, with everything from electronics, clothing, jewelery and kitsch Mao Tse-Tung souvenirs. The weather is never too extreme in Hong Kong, but the best time to visit is between March and May and also between September and December, during Chinese New Year when the festivities make up for any inclement weather. Festivals are a major part of Hong Kong life; the Spring Lantern Festival, the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Moon Festival are just a few of the events on the Hong Kong calendar. The majority of flights arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, frequently voted as the world’s best airport. Hong Kong is also home to Cathay Pacific, so there are daily flights to and from almost all of the world’s major cities, including as many as 10 to London and up to 40 to major Asian hubs. There are cheap flights available to Hong Kong, but many discount airlines fly to nearby Macau Airport instead because of the lower landing fees. Hotels in Hong Kong are plentiful but often quite small, like other property in this busy and densely packed city. The more luxurious Hong Kong hotels are generally to be found on Hong Kong Island, with Kowloon and the New Territories offering cheaper and more varied options to travelers.